Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

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Green forest canopy of tree branches to show potential allergens of Spring
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For the first time since middle school I’ve been suffering with seasonal allergies. The memories of misery have all come back. The runny nose, the dry cough, the headache … not fun. And, on top of all the allergens floating around Paris, the city also suffers from serious air pollution. Allergens + Pollution? Bad combination. On the bright side, I’m working with a few natural solutions that I wanted to share. Maybe one — or a combination — will work for you!

Apple cider vinegar is usually my go-to for everything. (I’m like the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” who sprays Windex on everything. For me, whatever ails you … I’m always insisting that ACV can help.) What I’m doing is adding a teaspoon of ACV to my neti pot nasal wash of water with a pinch of salt. I’m also sipping my “ACV tonic” during the day: 8 oz. water, 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar. If you have issues with the smell and taste you can always add a little honey.

Essential oils are also in my go to survival kit. Here’s a list of oils that target allergy symptoms:

1. Peppermint

Aside from promoting increased energy and feelings of well-being, peppermint helps to decrease the annoying (and exhausting) dry coughing associated with allergies.

2. Frankincense

One of my favorites as it sounds so biblical and important. And it is! Excellent anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe mucous membranes. Helps with asthma as well.

3. Eucalyptus

Great for upper respiratory infections, hoarseness, cough, and sore throat. Here’s a recommended blend: Eucalyptus citriodoraEucalyptus globulus, peppermint, Syrian oregano, and rosemary.*

4. Lemon

Great to help with the ever-present and ever-trying runny nose associated with allergy symptoms. Great anti-bacterial as well.

5. Lavender

Always known to soothe and great for sleep, but also great to ease inflammation.

You can diffuse essential oils at home. I like to put drops into the bath. A combination of eucalyptus globulus (2-3 drops) and lavender (2-3 drops). You can use a carrier oil like sweet almond or jojoba, but I put them directly into the bath. What I’m also doing at the moment is putting one to two drops on a tissue and inhaling 3-5 times a day. I’m currently using lemon or eucalyptus citriodora. This works! My nose is clearing up and when I feel a dry cough coming on I inhale the eucalyptus and … it’s gone. I hope these suggestions help!

Sources:

  1. Medical News Today*
  2. Seasonal Allergies and Complimentary Health Approaches, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH

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