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:
Aside from promoting increased energy and feelings of well-being, peppermint helps to decrease the annoying (and exhausting) dry coughing associated with allergies.
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.
Great for upper respiratory infections, hoarseness, cough, and sore throat. Here’s a recommended blend: Eucalyptus citriodora, Eucalyptus globulus, peppermint, Syrian oregano, and rosemary.*
Great to help with the ever-present and ever-trying runny nose associated with allergy symptoms. Great anti-bacterial as well.
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!
- Medical News Today*
- Seasonal Allergies and Complimentary Health Approaches, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH