Spring is here and with the wonderful warm weather comes blossoming plants that produce pollen. If you are experiencing watery/itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, trouble breathing, etc, you could have seasonal allergies. This article discusses some at home and natural treatment options for allergies.
Using a saline rinse in a neti pot can help clear out mucus in your sinuses and nose. You don’t want to overdo it, typically most people won’t benefit from doing a neti pot more than 2 times a day. It is very important to use distilled water and create the saline solution fresh, each time you intend on using your neti pot. This recipe for a saline rinse should help clear out mucus without irritating the mucosal tissue. (1)
Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
For natural treatment of seasonal allergies, it’s best to start a protocol in the month leading up to when you start experiencing your symptoms typically. These treatments are often best done in combination and should help relieve symptoms of hay fever.
Additional Allergy Relief
If you don’t find much relief from the remedies mentioned, there are still more options. An in-office procedure that can provide symptomatic relief for congestion is Nasosympatico. This procedure requires physician skill and should not be attempted by anyone untrained in the procedure. The procedure utilizes essential oils in a carrier oil applied deep in the nasal passages to help open up the nasal passages and allow for drainage of sinuses.
A referral to an allergist may be warranted to see if subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT/allergy injections) or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is right for you.
Dr. Cheatum and Dr. Doize are Naturopathic doctors writing about health topics from a holistic viewpoint.