Seasonal allergies make me miserable. Dust, pollen, dirt, and dander lead to itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and congestion. While over the counter and prescription medications do provide some relief, they also make me incredibly sleepy. This does not allow me to function as I normally would.
I like to try other methods and am happy to share some of my tips for surviving seasonal allergies.
1. Take a Shower.
If I’ve spent time outside, I like to take a shower as soon as I’m back inside. Just being outdoors means I’m picking up unwanted particles (like pollen) that may trigger my allergies. A hot bath is also a nice way to relax and wash away any pollen or dust I’ve picked up throughout my day.
2. Use a Neti Pot.
If my nose feels congested or runny, a Neti Pot is the best way for me to flush out anything that might be lurking up there. Many people are intimidated by the Neti Pot, but it’s actually really simple to use. It takes just seconds to get the hang of it. During allergy season, I like to use my Neti Pot several times per week.
3. Use a Steam Inhaler.
Even though I love my Neti Pot, I will admit it isn’t for everyone. A simpler solution for some might be inhaling steam. It can be as simple as filling a bowl full of hot water, covering your head with a towel, and inhaling the hot steam. You can also purchase steam inhalers at the pharmacy. I have one from Vick’s that works well and can be used with menthol pads.
4. Wash Bedding.
Dust mites are a common allergy trigger and they are lurking in bedding. Wash pillows, blankets, sheets, and curtains frequently. Also be sure to vacuum carpets regularly to deter dust.
5. Use Essential Oils.
Peppermint is my favorite essential oil for combating allergies. I have a rollerball that I carry in my purse. It’s easy to use and can be reapplied as needed throughout the day. Peppermint oil can also be added to the water when using a steam inhaler.
My favorite way to use peppermint essential oil is in a diffuser. I like to run a diffuser at night while sleeping. Peppermint oil is great to mix with lavender and lemon oils to help alleviate allergies. I even have a diffuser that I can use in my car. It’s perfect for long drives!
What are some of your favorite solutions for combating seasonal allergies?