Let's be real. Allergy season sucks! Although I love seeing everything in full bloom, the runny nose and itchy/watery eyes can often make or break your day. At their worst, you become that person who just looks completely miserable. I don't know about you but I've definitely been that person before. It's awful. Don't worry, there is a glorious light at the end of the tunnel. I've got a few easy tricks up my sleeve and better yet, these are all natural methods of fighting allergies. No over-the-counter meds needed!
Taking daily doses of locally harvested honey can help acclimate your body to the things that are blooming around you. As you do this, your body will build up a tolerant and you should see that your allergies aren't as sensitive when Spring is in full bloom. It's highly unlikely that you'll find this at your local Safeway, so reach out to a smaller local grocery store to see what they have. The goal is to get honey from bees that live near you. This means that they have been around the same kinds of plants that make your allergies run wild! One tablespoon won't immediately resolve your symptoms but taking small doses, daily, can help naturally reduce your symptoms over time.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar is quickly becoming one of my favorite and moat useful condiments in the kitchen. After all, I use it in my favorite salad dressing! Apple Cider Vinegar is also an amazing natural allergy remedy, as it can help reduce mucous production and cleanse your lymphatic system. The quick and dirty approach is to swallow a tablespoon. If that's your choice, more power to ya! For a more palatable option, try adding a tablespoon to a cup of hot water with a small bit of honey.
The concept of taking bee pollen is very similar to honey. Taking small doses of bee pollen derived from local bees will help your body get used to what's blooming around you. Bee pollen offers an alternative way to introduce these foreign Spring substances into your body. Try it sprinkled on fruit or tossed in a salad for a good crunch.
This might sound funny, but you'd be surprised to see that getting in a good workout (preferably indoors during the peak of allergy season), can help open your airways!
I have found that diffusing a blend of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint gives a refreshing and revitalizing scent. When my allergies are at their worst, these babies cleanse and purify the air without any of the toxins.
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Diet plays a huge role in our overall health. Our health begins in our gut- influencing our energy level, skin appearance, and weight balance. It can also greatly influence how our body handles allergies. That means drinking enough water (you're likely more dehydrated than you think!), eating your greens, and being accountable to your sugar intake. The healthier you are, the better your body can handle disease, and yes, even allergies.
With these easy lifestyle changes and simple tools, you'll be set to handle allergy season!
-The Happy Egg