Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

· March 9, 2018
Seasonal allergies are related to a specific time of the year. As it goes, the most common allergy is pollen during the spring

Seasonal allergies are an exaggerated reaction of the immune system that occurs when a foreign substance shows up in the body, such as allergens.

These substances don’t affect the majority of the population. However, there are some people with allergies that have immediate reactions when they come in contact with them.

Among the most common seasonal allergies, the ones that stand out are rhinitis, conjunctivitis and asthma.

Pollen allergy

seasonal allergies

Trees and plants are pollinated during different seasons. However, grasses are a plant that tend to provoke allergies.

The allergen concentration found in pollen tends to be more elevated on dry and hot days when the wind is blowing.

Symptoms

Rhinitis

Rhinitis often appears in children. If it’s not treated, the symptoms get worse. Rhinitis is the inflammation of nasal mucous.

The patient experiences:

  • Nasal obstruction
  • Excessive secretion
  • Itching
  • Sneezing

On occasion, you can also experience watery and red eyes. Seasonal rhinitis affects the airways because of the pollen.

Asthma

Asthma

In some cases, a patient can experience an asthma attack and have problems breathing, tightness in the thorax and a cough. 


This can happen when plants start their flowering, whether that be in the summer or the spring. However, the patient typically doesn’t have symptoms the rest of the year.

This can affect people at any age.

Conjunctivitis

This is the inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the surface of your eye and the inside of your eyelids. It occurs when the patients is exposed to an allergen. It can be accompanied by rhinitis or asthma.

The allergens that tend to cause conjunctivitis are:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Animal fur
  • Funghi
  • Cosmetics
  • Antibiotics

Natural remedies

Mint nettle tea

Mint nettle tea

In general, any hot tea works as an expectorant. This means it fights congestion that forms in the mucous membranes.

Particularly, mint contains a component that helps to stop the secretion caused by the histamine.

Meanwhile, nettle is an antihistamine that reduces allergy symptoms.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of dried mint (10 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)
  • A cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of nettle (10 g)

Preparation

  • Start by putting the water in a pot and boiling it.
  • Then, add the mint leaves and nettle.
  • Let boil for 10 minutes and inhale the vapor that is coming from it.
  • Finally, sweeten with honey and drink it as a tea.

Saline solution

Nasal washes are one of the oldest and most effective methods to clean out pollen, mites and any residue that accumulates in the nasal passageways.

In addition to cleaning the area, they also prevent infections.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of distilled water (250 ml)
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt (5 g)
  • 1 pinch of baking soda

Utensils

  • 1 dropper

Preparation

  • First, heat the distilled water without letting it boil.
  • Then, add the salt and baking soda.
  • Combine until all of the ingredients are well mixed. Let it cool.
  • Then, pour the mixture into a dropper and put one drop in each nostril.
  • Finally, repeat this procedure 3 times a day.

Herb extract vaporization

Herb extract vaporization

Inhaling vapor helps to remove mucous and calm irritation in the nostrils. As a result, the allergy symptoms decrease.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 4 drops of essential oil (rosemary, mint or eucalyptus)

Preparation

  • First, boil the water and add the drops of oil.
  • Then, cover your head with a towel, leaving your face uncovered.
  • Carefully lean into the infusion, inhaling the vapor and slowly exhaling.
  • Repeat this procedure for 10 minutes.
  • To finish, blow your nose.

Preventative methods

  • Remove unnecessary objects from your bedroom (books, toys, flowers).
  • Keep the house ventilated in the morning and close the windows in the afternoon.
  • Wash and dry your hair before going to bed.
  • Avoid smoking or being around smokers.
  • Don’t expose yourself to strong odors like perfumes or deodorants.
  • Clean the blades of your fans.
  • Keep your pets out of the house.
  • It’s very important to clean your furniture, lamps and picture frames every day.
  • Avoid using feather rugs and pillows.
  • Line your mattress with a plastic cover and put it out in the sun once a week.
  • Wear cotton pajamas instead of wool.