This post is sponsored by Xlear. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.
I’ve had my fair share of annoying health issues over the years, but seasonal allergies have never been a problem for me. (*Knock on wood!*) While I’m one of the lucky ones in this regard, suffering from allergies is quite common—around 20% of Americans suffer from nasal allergies. That’s a lot of sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes! My husband suffers from nasal allergies that are particularly bad during the spring, and 3 of my 4 kids have some form of nasal allergies too. So while I’m not feeling the effects of all the pollen in the air recently, I know that most of my family is!
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There are hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter medications that are designed to combat the symptoms of nasal allergies, but a lot of them have problematic side effects (like intense drowsiness and frequent nosebleeds, just to name a few!) I’ve recently been exploring more natural options to try to help my husband and kids control their allergy symptoms. When the opportunity presented itself to work with Xlear, it felt like fate! Working with Xlear, I’ve learned so much about natural ways to treat and prevent allergy symptoms. I’ve passed that information along to my family already, and now I want to pass it on to you too!
Here are 14 helpful tips for finding simple and natural allergy relief. I hope these tips help you feel better, so you can enjoy springtime while it lasts! :-)
14 Natural Ways To Ease Nasal Allergies
1. Use A Natural Nasal Spray
A growing number of studies suggest that a xylitol nasal spray may be more effective at treating and preventing allergy symptoms than standard nasal sprays. Xylitol nasal sprays are similar to saline sprays, in that they help to rinse allergens out of the nasal passages without causing dryness. But xylitol nasal sprays have added benefits that saline sprays don’t.
Xylitol, a sugar alcohol found in many plants and produced in the human body, is much more than just a sugar substitute. Researchers suggest that xylitol can reduce the ability of harmful bacteria to “colonize” along the inside of the nasal passages. This reduces the effect that allergens and bacteria can have in your nasal passages, and it lets your body’s immune responses take care of the rest.
I gave bottles of Xlear xylitol nasal spray to my kids who suffer from seasonal allergies last month. They’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and say that it has really helped reduce their allergy symptoms—especially those annoying stuffy and runny noses!
While spring allergies are already in full swing around here, you can use this nasal spray year-round to help reduce other allergy symptoms too. It’s a good form of prevention, like washing your hands—you don’t just wash your hands when you’re sick!
And even though I’m not an allergy sufferer, my nose tends to get really stuffy at night which makes it really hard to get a good night’s sleep! Since I started using Xlear at night before bed, I have noticed that the moisture in my nose has helped me breathe much easier. And I know that I have been getting better sleep because of it! I’m excited about the effect Xlear nasal spray could have on snoring, too. My husband has always been a snorer, so I’m planning to have him give it a try ASAP. :-)
2. Essential Oils
Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce irritation and inflammation in your nasal passages. My favorite way to get these benefits is by diffusing essential oils in my diffuser. I typically add a couple drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils to my diffuser. These oils smell wonderful together, and when I run this combo in my diffuser, I can often feel myself breathing easier in just a few minutes!
3. Check Pollen Counts
Many natural methods for controlling season allergy symptoms depend on your ability to limit your exposure to pollen during peak times and dates. But first, it helps to know when those peak pollen times and dates are! Luckily, there are several resources online that you can check for daily or hourly pollen counts. You can enter your ZIP code at Pollen.com to see a 5-day forecast for pollen counts in your area!
4. Keep Windows Shut
Once you know when pollen counts will be high, make sure to keep your windows and doors shut as much as possible during those times. You can’t really avoid pollen when you’re outside, but this simple step will at least help keep it out of your house.
5. Change Your Air Filter
Your HVAC system has a filter that helps to trap dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens. But the filter can’t do its job if it’s already dirty, so be sure to replace it regularly. Choose a filter that fits your system and that is rated to filter out the allergens that affect you the most. (You can find filter rating information through Home Depot here.)
6. Wear Sunglasses
When you do go outside during the springtime (or whenever you’re suffering from seasonal allergies), wear sunglasses. Your shades can provide a barrier that may help keep pollen and other allergens out of your eyes, which can help reduce your symptoms.
7. Don’t Stress
Make sure to get plenty of rest and relaxation during allergy season, because stress will only make things worse! Stress itself triggers an immune response in your body, which can make other immune responses worse (like the ones that cause allergy symptoms like itchy noses and eyes.) Give your immune system a break by taking a bath, meditating, reading a book—anything that helps you feel calm.
8. Exercise Indoors
Exercising is important, but doing it outside when you’re suffering from seasonal allergies is only going to make things worse. If possible, do your exercise inside at a gym, or even do it in your living room. If you do need to do it outside, try to avoid doing it in the afternoon. The afternoon is typically when pollen counts are at their highest.
9. Eat Probiotics
Probiotic foods are packed with good bacteria, and those good bacteria can be very beneficial. Not only do they aid in digestion, but recent studies suggest they may even help reduce allergy symptoms too. This link is still being studied, but increasing your consumption of probiotic foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi certainly can’t hurt! You can even make your own probiotic yogurt right in your Instant Pot.
10. Change Clothes
When pollen counts are really high, you may want to take extra measures to stop it getting tracked into your house. Remove your shoes and change your clothes near the front door, or at least before you sit down after you get home. It may seem a bit extreme, but anything that helps reduce your allergy symptoms is well worth the effort!
11. Rinse Off
You may even want to rinse off in the shower after being outside during when pollen counts are high. This can be especially helpful for those with long hair, since pollen can get trapped there and make your allergy symptoms worse!
12. Keep Pets Off Beds
As much as you may love to snuggle with your pets, this can do more harm than good where seasonal allergies are concerned. If your pets go outside during the day, they can get pollen trapped in their fur. If they transfer that pollen into your bed, it will likely turn you into an itchy, sneezy mess while you sleep. So fight the urge to snuggle in bed with your pets, at least until your seasonal allergies have subsided for the year!
13. Clean Regularly
Along the same lines as the last couple of tips, make sure you’re keeping up on your cleaning chores! Vacuuming regularly, washing your sheets, and keeping your home (relatively) dust-free will all help reduce allergens in your home. And fewer allergens means fewer allergy symptoms, and a happier you. :-)
14. Eat Local Honey
Another natural remedy that may be worth trying is eating a small amount of local honey (meaning honey produced locally in your area) every day. Some people believe that because local honey contains local pollen, that eating the honey will help your body develop an immunity to it. I can’t say for sure that it works, but honey is delicious and it’s always good to buy local when possible. So I say why not? :-)
As you can see, there are plenty of natural ways to find allergy relief. With the help of these tips, you can spend less time focused on your runny nose and itchy eyes, and more time focused on the things and people you love!
And if you’re looking for a way to breathe easier, whether due to allergies or just plain stuffiness in your nose, give Xlear a try. I know you’ll be glad you did! Xlear offers a money-back guarantee for added reassurance. If you haven’t seen or felt a difference in your sleep, allergy symptoms, or nasal congestion after using the product for 2 weeks, they will give you a full refund! You can find Xlear on Amazon here.