Summer allergies can be particularly rough. The weather's great, the kids are out of school, lazy Sundays and backyard BBQs beckon.....but allergies keep reminding you of the pollen in the air......
Don’t worry, you may fight summer allergies naturally using 20 natural strategies. Read on to find out more.
Causes of Summer Allergies
You are not alone. Millions of people are dealing with summer allergies each year. When your body’s immune system overreacts to a trigger or allergen, such as mold, dust, or pollen released from a flower, tree, or weed, an allergic response occurs and you end up with summer allergy symptoms. The exact allergen what causes allergies depends on the individual and the area they live in. As a response to the allergen, your body releases histamine a chemical that triggers your allergic reaction resulting in summer allergy symptoms.
Symptoms of Summer Allergies
Summer allergy symptoms may vary. They may include:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Watery eyes
- Itchy and watery eyes, nose, or throat
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure of pain
Don't worry about your summer allergy symptoms. Try some natural strategies instead to get rid of summer allergies. Summer is waiting, and summer allergies shouldn't slow you down.
20 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Summer Allergies
Though there is very little scientific research on claims that there are natural ways to treat summer allergies, anecdotal evidence says otherwise. There are various natural alternatives you may try to find relief from our summer allergy symptoms.
1. Clean Your Home
This may be a no-brainer, but a clean home may help to relieve your allergy symptoms. Clean or change your air filters, clean your air purifiers, dust your shelves and vents, vacuum your carpets, and clean other places where pollens may collect. Make sure to change your pillowcase regularly, as pollen and other summer allergens can easily transfer from your hair each night.
2. Cleanse Your Nose
If you have summer allergies, cleansing your nasal passages is important as dirt and pollen can easily get trapped in there leading to more summer allergy symptoms. Try a neti pot and saline rinse to relieve your summer allergy symptoms.
3. Nasal Spray
Neti pots are not for everyone. Using a natural nasal spray by spritzing some saline solution into your nose may flush harmful irritants and reduce summer allergies.
4. Manage Your Stress Levels
You may wonder what stress has to do with your summer allergies. They may actually affect your summer allergy symptoms more than you think. Your stress hormones may destruct your body, especially your immune system. Having a compromised immune system may make your summer allergies worse. Try stress management strategies, such as meditation, journaling, deep breathing, low-impact exercise, and time in nature.
5. Strengthen Your Immune System
If your immune system is compromised, you may be more susceptible to inflammation and other summer allergy symptoms. Make sure to strengthen your immune system by eating a nutrient-dense diet, sleeping plenty, and exercising regularly.
6. Change Your Diet
Your diet plays a huge role in your overall health and may be related to intense summer allergy symptoms. Make sure to eat a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet with lots of organic greens, veggies, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Make sure that there are no hidden food sensitivities standing behind your summer allergies.
7. Detox Your Body
In our modern world, our bodies are full of toxins from non-organic food, conventional cleaning and body products, our air, and our environment. Toxins may compromise your immune system, lead to inflammation, and may increase your risk of summer allergy symptoms. Eliminate processed foods, refined sugar, alcohol, junk foods from your diet. Use organic, natural, and homemade cleaning and body products. Add liver supportive herbs and foods, including milk thistle, turmeric, dandelion, artichoke, and citrus.
8. Take Probiotics
Probiotics and allergies go hand in hand. If your gut flora is compromised, you may be more susceptible for irritation, infections, and inflammation. Too much bad gut bacteria may lower your body’s ability to respond to allergens and fight summer allergy symptoms. Try probiotics and allergies may reduce or disappear.
9. Explore Herbal Remedies
There are a number of amazing herbs that may help to relieve your summer allergy symptoms. Butterbur and nettle lead, for example, are powerful herbs with antihistamine benefits, whereas quercetin in onions, apples, and tea may block the release of histamines in your body.
10. Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is fantastic for so many health issues. It may relieve your summer allergy symptoms by boosting your immune system, breaking up mucus, and supporting lymphatic drainage. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one glass of water. You may add a bit of lemon as well. Drink it three times a day.
11. Try Local Honey
If your summer allergies come from pollen, local honey is perfect to prevent and fight your summer allergies. Local bees create honey from the flowers around you, so local honey may contain a trace amount of the pollen that’s behind your summer allergies. Eating a tablespoon (or two) or local honey may gradually reduce your summer allergy symptoms.
12. Local Bee Pollen
Just like local honey, local bee pollen may contain trace elements of the pollen you are allergic to. Taking be local bee pollen regularly may gradually reduce your summer allergy symptoms and may even make your body stronger eliminating your summer allergies completely. You may add it to your salads, smoothies, or take it by the teaspoon.
13. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for reducing inflammation in your body. Healthy inflammation levels may reduce summer allergy symptoms. Take fish oil or vegan omega-3 algae oil regularly to lower summer allergies.
Hydration is crucial for your health. Dehydration may compromise your immune system and overall health making your summer allergy symptoms worse. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
15. Try Essential Oils
Essential oils may be a fantastic way to tackle summer allergies. Peppermint, tea tree oil, basil, and eucalyptus oils may be great for removing inflammation, boosting your immune system, detoxifying your body, and fighting infections and allergens. You may add them to an oil diffuser, massage oil, or our bath.
Regular exercise may boost your immune system and lower your stress levels, and as a result, may fight summer allergies. Research shows that exercise may help to clean your nasal passages and reduce summer allergy symptoms.
17. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture may be a fantastic technique to address underlying imbalances in your body. Your acupuncturist may also develop a treatment plan to help with the acute symptoms of your summer allergies along with treating the root cause in your body that results in a reaction to summer allergens.
18. Visit Your Chiropractor
Chiropractic treatment helps to release stress in your body and aids better immune system function. By boosting your immune system, releasing stress, and improving overall health, it may also help with summer allergies.
19. IV Drip Therapy
IV drip therapy is an increasingly popular way to add missing vitamins, minerals, and nutrient to your diet and boost your immune system. Since it bypasses your digestive tract, it may help to boost your health. It may help you to reduce your summer allergy symptoms.
Immunotherapy introduces a small number of allergens to your body to help your body’s immune system to respond better to allergens. While treatment may take years, many patients eventually end up enjoying a summer allergy free life for the rest of their lives.
Summer allergies can be rough. Thankfully, there are some wonderful natural strategies you may try.
Don’t let allergies to slow you down. Summer is waiting for you to enjoy it! Try our 20 natural methods to get rid of summer allergies, and you may notice a major reduction in your summer allergy symptoms.