Spring is here! YAH! The trees have new blooms appearing, the sun is not only out - the sun rays can be felt, the pitter patter of rain has replaced the slushy soft blanket of snow………..and MY ALLERGIES ARE IN A HEIGHTENED STATE. I love spring, I have been looking forward to it all winter, but now that it is here, how do I survive the stuffy nose, the lethargic feeling, the cloudy head, and the itchy throat and eyes. My husband passed me a Claritin, but I prefer the natural and more preventative remedies. Here is what I have learned, and some of the OTC fixes that can be thrown in when needed.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – It is often found at the top of my list for natural cures. Drink straight, mix it with water, top it on a salad, heat it up with water for tea. However you take it, take it! It is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, & E. It helps reduce the amount of mucus in your sinuses, soothes sore throats, and pushes out toxins.
  • Singular - This can be taken by individuals 6 months and older, and once your little one hits 4, a chewable tablet is an option (about.com).
  • Water – Drink it or inhale the steam. The steam can clear congestion, and drinking the water can clear mucus and detox your body of allergy inducing toxins. A lack of water vapor in the lungs can cause the airways to restrict and the lungs to produce mucus (feedrinkingwater.com) – keep hydrated!
  • Red Clover - this can be taken in the form of tea. This asthma fighter is a natural expectorant and can assist with allergies and colds too. Here is a recipe for red clover tea, recipe. Do not give red clover to children without talking to your pediatrician first.
  • Zyrtec is approved for children over 6 months of age and comes in the form of syrup for easy administering (about.com).
  • Eucalyptus – it smells great and when mixed with steam can clear my nasal passages in minutes! This natural expectorant can be found in many cough medicines, and it’s one of the most successful natural allergy aids available. Rub the oil under your nose, or on your chest. If it is in the leaf form, you can drink it as tea and inhale the steam.
  • Claritin – this is approved for children 2 years-old and older, and comes in the form of a chewable tab and syrup. It also comes in the form of a dissolvable pill for children 6 years and older. Adult’s can enjoy this allergy relief also, and in a cheaper form with Alavert which is Claritin’s generic counterpart (about.com).
  • If you are feeling really motivated, you can try a salt water flush to release many toxins from your body which could be adding to your allergies (this is definitely not for kids). Here is a link on this:Salt Water Flush
*These are all suggestions and not meant as medical advice. When utilizing the OTC medications, adhere to the directions that come with each medication.

You can also adjust things around the house, or alter your activities a bit for a clearer, allergy reduced spring:

  • For outdoor allergies, there is not a lot that can be done, but you can check the pollen count in the air before you sign up for a day at the park to see how risky it will be to your currently clear and unstuffed nose.AAAAI is the link to check the pollen count in your community.
  • Take up water activities if you or your little one is an allergy sufferer. Water is fun, cool and washes the allergens away.
  • Wear sunglasses, not just because they look good on you, and sooo cute on your little one, but because they help prevent pollen from getting in the eye. Wrap around sunglasses are most effective.
  • You can also minimize indoor allergies by keeping your home free of dust mites. Vacuuming, dusting and washing linens (especially your bed linens – it’s scary how many dust mites find a happy home here), can clear away festering dust mites. You can take it a step further and purchase a humidifier, clean your duct vents, and change your air filter.
Put on your shades, take your kids out, and enjoy the sun….. allergy free, or at least allergy minimized, have fun!