Don't let seasonal allergies get you down! Stay healthy, productive, and feeling great with these natural allergy remedies, most using things you probably already have in your cupboard!
Seasonal allergies and all the yucky-ness they entail can really put a damper on your day and stop productivity in its tracks. Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! Stop the sneezing and get your life (and clear head) back with these natural allergy remedies.
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Whether you're suffering from hay fever, skin allergies, or all of the above… we've got over fifteen home allergy remedies that are bound to help! Now, keep on reading for all the good stuff. Trust us, you won't regret it!
ALLERGY REMEDIES FROM SIMPLE LIFESTYLE CHANGES
One of the easiest ways to keep allergies at bay is to limit your exposure to them! It may sound like a challenge, but a few small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. Here are a few ways to do it:
- Allergen-Free House – Allergists all agree that making your bedroom as allergen-free as possible should be top priority. Invest in allergen-proof mattress covers, limit drapes and carpet as much as possible, and wash sheets weekly if possible. You can even vacuum your mattress!
- Don't Line-Dry Clothes – While line-drying your laundry may be a way to save money, it can definitely come at a cost during allergy season!
- Air Conditioner/Dehumidifier – Moisture in the air can cause mold and mildew to grow, making allergy symptoms worse. Keep air circulating through your home and invest in a dehumidifier if you live in a particularly humid area.
Make these easy and cheap (or free!) lifestyle changes and your allergies won't know what hit them!
SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELP RELIEVE ALLERGIES
If the sneezes and watery eyes are keeping you up alllll night long… there is hope! Try one (or all!) of these supplements and find what gives you relief!
- Raw, Local Honey – A teaspoon daily of truly local honey supposedly does wonders for seasonal allergies. Could relieving allergies be any sweeter?!
- Spirulina – Spirulina is said to help reduce congestion as well as inflammation. Add a teaspoon to your smoothie or oatmeal daily to keep those allergies at bay.
- Magnesium – Magnesium is a natural antihistamine. In fact, magnesium deficiency has been shown to raise histamine levels in the body, making allergy symptoms worse! Eating dark, leafy greens can help boost your magnesium levels naturally or you can grab an easy magnesium supplement at the store.
- Probiotics – Some experts believe probiotics can improve gut health, leading to less severe and frequent allergy attacks and better overall health!
- Omega 3 – The anti-inflammatory properties of omega 3s can have protective effects agains several inflammatory effects, including allergies! Yay!
- Vitamin C – Another anti-inflammatory, vitamin C can also help prevent those seasonal sneezes! Take it as a supplement or load up on the citrus! Lemonade, anyone? 😉
Sneeze no more with these allergy remedies!
HOME REMEDIES FOR SKIN ALLERGIES
Maybe it's not hay fever putting a damper on your day… Allergens can attack our bodies in several ways, one of which is by irritating our skin! No bueno, right?! These home remedies will bring you relief quickly:
- Baking Soda – The alkaline nature of baking soda can help soothe and heal skin rashes and irritations. Make a paste with a little water and baking soda and apply to the affected area or simply toss a cup or two into the bathtub and soak!
- Coconut Oil – This handy oil isn't just used for cooking! It contains analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to help painful, itchy allergy rashes. Plus, it makes a great cheap, all-natural skin moisturizer!
- Aloe Vera – We all probably know aloe vera is great for sunburns, but did you know it works for skin allergies, too? It has anti-inflammatory properties that can really calm a rash and stop the itch! Grab a bottle of the gel at the store or grab an aloe plant for just a few bucks and have an endless supply straight from the leaves.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – The acetic acid in ACV can help treat skin allergies and even prevent infection. Put one tablespoon of ACV in one cup of warm water and mix. Soak a cotton ball or cotton pad and rub it on the affected skin. Let it dry, then rinse off.
Since most of these, if not all, are probably already in your house, these home remedies won't cost you a penny. Score!
MORE ALLERGY REMEDIES
Here are some more of our best allergy remedies and relief tips you need to try!
- Basil Tea – This one is sooooo good for quick relief on a bad allergy day. Crush or grind some fresh basil leaves and steep them in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes. Strain the leaves out, add a little local, raw honey, and enjoy! Carefully breathe in the steam to help release chest congestion, too.
- Neti Pot – A neti pot won't help prevent allergies, but it can bring relief when you're feeling sinus congestion.
- Essential Oils – There are several essential oils that are said to help relieve the symptoms of allergies and boost the immune system at the same time. Just be sure to consult with your doctor first since they aren't all safe for everyone.
If these tips don’t provide relief, or you are looking to treat allergies with medication, then have no fear! There are tons of options from tablets and capsules to medicated nasal sprays, all geared towards helping reduce your body’s allergic symptoms and reactions. You will want to be sure to consult with your doctor and find the best fit for you!
A QUICK BUDGETING TIP TO HELP COVER THOSE ALLERGY EXPENSES
Opening a Health Savings Account, or HSA, to cover all the unexpected costs of treating or preventing seasonal allergies or sickness can really help ease some of the cost burdens. You can open a formal HSA through your health insurance company, employer, or bank/credit union and stock a little away each month in the account. Then, when you have a medical need, you pull out your cute little HSA debit card and pay for it with money you've already set aside. Yay for not completely draining your grocery budget for the week!
If you don't qualify for, or can't open, a formal HSA, just open a separate checking account and make your own HSA! The money won't be tax-free, but the benefits of setting it aside are the same. Pretty genius, huh? To get all the details, be sure to check out our post that gives you all the ins and outs of HSAs!
How do you help relieve seasonal allergies? Give us your best tips in the comments below!
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Sneeze ya later!