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13 Simple Allergy Remedies For Surviving High Pollen Counts

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Allergy Relief Made Easy

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, including my husband and 3 of our 4 kids.

There are plenty of prescription and over-the-counter medications that can help combat common allergy symptoms, but their side effects can range from intense drowsiness to nosebleeds and beyond. Plus, if you’re already taking allergy medicine daily, it may not help with acute symptoms that arise on windy and high-pollen days.

For those reasons, I’ve been researching simple and natural allergy remedies to share with Dave and kids that can help ease their symptoms this spring. Check out the 13 helpful tips I found below!

13 Simple And Natural Allergy Remedies To Use This Spring

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1. Essential Oils

Certain essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them a valuable tool for easing allergy symptoms related to inflammation, like stuffy noses and puffy eyes. Several anti-inflammatory oils, including tea tree, rosemary, and lemon oils, can be found in my All Clear Essential Oil Blend, along with other oils that help promote easy breathing, like eucalyptus and peppermint.

Jessie, our customer service guru for the By Jillee Shop, recently told me that All Clear helped her navigate an allergy flareup while helping her grandma move. Between the house itself being dusty and old and there being an abundance of cat hair around, Jessie noticed she had started wheezing and feeling stuffed up. Without her inhaler handy, she grabbed her bottle of All Clear, held it under her nose, and took several deep breaths, and said her symptoms started to ease almost immediately.

My daughter Britta suffers from seasonal allergies pretty much year round. Her favorite way to get the benefits of All Clear is in her diffuser. Not only do the oils smell wonderful, but Britta says she can often feel herself breathing easier in just a few minutes!

Related: Allergies Acting Up? This Is Helping Others Breathe Easy

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2. 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, and even sign up to get updates to your email!

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3. 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.

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4. 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.

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5. 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.

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6. 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.

This is another situation where essential oils can help. When I’m feeling stressed, I find that the scent of my Calm Mind Roll-On helps me feel more grounded and peaceful.

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7. 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.

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8. 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.

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9. 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!

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10. 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!

A boxer dog resting on a comfortable turquoise dog bed, unaffected by pollen allergies and without the need for remedies.

11. 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!

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12. 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 help reduce allergens in your home.

And don’t forget to clean the air as well! Diffusing certain essential oils can actually help clean your air — learn more about that by reading the post below.

Related: The Best Way To Get Rid Of Stale And Stuffy Air? Clean It!

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13. 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 options for DIY allergy relief. With the help of these natural allergy remedies, you can spend less time focused on your runny nose and itchy eyes, and more time focused on the things and people you love!

Do you have any other tips or tricks for allergy relief?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • One thing that I have to add to the above tips. I have recently started doing facial gua sha massage with acupressure with some pretty great results for my aging (really well btw!) skin. A great side benefit was IMMEDIATE relief of sinus congestion when done on the area surrounding the nose. I started with a follow along video on youtube, but as I learned to recognize the acupressure spots that were the most effective, I adapted the routine to suit my needs. HIGHLY recommend!

  • Can I ask where you bought your diffuser? I like the style of the one you have, and there are a zillion diffusers out there-no time to sift through all those. Thanks!

  • Sorry but this has nothing to do with THIS blog but it is a great hint from another! Use Visine ( I used Clear Eyes ) to stop blood from a cut. I used it on a razor cut from shaving my legs and it worked! I also scraped off a scab and it worked on that too. I just put a couple of drops on the cut directly and caught the run off with a cotton round and reapplied. I could not believe it REALLY WORKED!!!

  • If you buy local honey, make sure it’s not pasturized and that it’s not cut with corn syrup. If the cost seems too cheap to believe, it may not be pure honey.

  • Years ago I went to the most amazing allergist. He said don’t ever buy antihistamines from the drug store. He recommended an herbal supplement from AOR called quercetin. It’s the main ingredient in antihistamines. I’m sure other companies make it but AOR doesn’t use any additives or unnecessary crap in their products. All organic.Quercetin is amazing for allergy sufferers.

  • Great tips!

    I wanted to add that we also have to be careful when diffusing oils around our dogs. We should avoid tea tree, cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, pine, sweet birch, wintergreen, and ylang ylang with them.

    Symptoms of essential oil poisoning for dogs include:

    Muscle tremors
    Weakness
    Difficulty in walking
    Low body temperature
    Excessive salivation
    Vomiting
    Excessive pawing at mouth or face
    Drooling

  • I love essential oils whenever I start to feel my allergies coming on. I use essentials oils for almost everything! I love them, I also love local honey! These are great tips, thank you for the wonderful post!

  • Please mention that many essential oils used in diffusers can be very toxic to cats. These include cinnamon, peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, tea tree, citronella, peppermint, spearmint, pine, cypress, juniper, rosemary, eucalyptus, citrus oils, and many more. Thank you.

  • I make my own DIY Xlear by mixing 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon Xylitol in 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, let cool and pour into a nasal spray bottle. Much cheaper than buying on line!

      • Okay if your question was stupid I have another one for you: What is it about a sugar substitute that makes it beneficial to squirt up your nose?

      • Xylitol is used as an artificial sweetener, but it’s also an ingredient which cleanses and moisturizes. Normal saline nasal sprays can dry out the nasal passage, actually leaving it more irritated and susceptible to external contaminants. But with the addition of xylitol, Xlear will moisturize and soothe your sinus and nasal passages. Xylitol also has cleansing benefits; it almost acts like soap for your nose. It’s able to alleviate congestion and it prevents bacteria and other pollutants from sticking to nasal tissues. :-) Pretty cool!

      • Cool! Thanks for the info Jillee! I was just really surprised I had not heard of such a thing before and wanted to know more about the ‘science’ behind it. I make my own sinus spray using essential oils ( I can thank you for getting me started into EO’s). So it’s nice to know Xylitol may be a beneficial additive to keep nasal passages moisturized.

      • There are no stupid questions here Retha! Yes, xylitol is also used as an artificial sweetener :-)

  • I would love to try this. I’ll probably just buy it. The price is cheaper in stores than the Amazon price. The Midwest climate where I live is awful for allergies with its high mold and pollen counts. I usually have less trouble with mine in drier climates like Utah. I had them growing up in Denver, but moving to the Midwest made them much more severe.

    • I think xylitol is the sugar replacement. My body can’t handle it in food products. It gives me big time stomach problems. Hopefully it won’t cause me problems being in a spray formula.

    • I may have to just bite the bullet and as much as I hate it, go to Walmart for this. The stores by me don’t carry it. The Walmart price is about $12 vs $30 on Amazon. The price of buying Xylitol for this was at least $20.

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