Our life so far into Spring has been red, itchy, and watery eyes. So much so, that everywhere we go, everyone is asking if Kamryn has been crying. I suffered from extreme allergies as a child and my heart goes out to her already because I know the irritation and pain she is experiencing. If you find yourself or child suffering from allergies this year, here are 5 Natural Ways to Fight Allergies.
Do Not Skip Spring Cleaning
Sure, most people think Spring cleaning is just about clearing out Winter clothing and shoes but it is a major component in fighting allergies as well. Each day you leave your home, you are being covered in pollen as soon as you step outside. The pollen is in your clothes, on your shoes, and in your hair. If you come home and flop all over your furniture, that pollen has now transferred its way into the fibers of your carpet and sofas. Make sure you are removing outside clothing immediately when you enter your home. Dust and vacuum regularly as well as making sure your little ones are constantly washing their hands.
Keep Windows and Doors Closed
I know we waited all year long for beautiful breezy days like this but until the pollen has passed, it may be best to keep your windows and doors closed. Because it is breezy, the wind is blowing pollen into your home. Purchase an air circulating fan instead and wait a little while longer to feel the outside breeze. It also may be beneficial to keep your children indoors on high pollen count days. Most weather stations can prepare your family for days where the yellow devil is acting in full force.
Bee Pollen Is A Natural Deterrent
Bee pollen (click the photo to purchase) is made by worker honeybees and packed into little pellets. Benefits of bee pollen are that it is anti inflammatory, it is an antioxidant, it boosts the immune system, and you guessed it- it is a natural allergy fighter. With anything orally taken, talk to your doctor first before giving bee pollen to your children to make sure they are not allergic. It can be taken as a capsule, a tea, or in pellet form.
Humidifiers & Natural Oils
Dry air can definitely increase allergy irritation. Purchase a humidifier (click the photo above to purchase) for your home to help circulate moist air and relieve irritation from dry skin and itchy eyes. Humidifiers also help reduce mucus and stuffy noses. Some great oils to add in your humidifier are peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, basil oil, lemon oil, and tea tree oil.
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Wear A Mask
If your allergies are just completely out of control, wear a mask! Believe me, I’m sure your children will get a kick out of this, especially if you make a game out of it. Allergies are directly affected by the air we breathe so protect yourself and your family by covering up if and when you have to leave your home.
I would love to hear some tips you use to protect your family during allergy season. Comment below!