Carol isn’t just full of savvy ideas — she’s a home expert in her own right. As a busy professional, wife, and mother of two, Carol understands the need to have your home be your sanctuary. She’s a communication executive in an industry focused on managing homes and communities and has spent a lifetime collecting ideas on how to manage her own in fun and unique ways.
Wednesday April 11, 2012
Alleviating allergies naturally
It happens every year. The weather turns warmer, the sky turns blue and we rush to put on our shoes and head outside. And that’s when it happens — our eyes water, our throats get scratchy, and we can’t stop sneezing. Allergies. Mother Nature’s reminder that she doesn’t always get along with us.
This year, when allergies strike, instead of running to the pharmacy to pop a pill, why not try some natural remedies, like these.
- A saline solution — Whether you use a neti pot or not, it’s important to keep your nose moist and to rinse away pollen that may have hidden itself away inside of your nasal cavity.
- Keep your house cool — Keep your house at 70 degrees. Any warmer and you’re just inviting dust mites and mold to breed. Also, change the air filters in your heating and cooling system once a month.
- With flowers, go big — Bigger flowers a pollenated by insects. Keep more of these around than small flowers. Those are pollenated by the wind and that means allergy problems.
- Foods full of Omega 3s — Omega 3s fight inflammation, and people who eat foods rich in them have shown to be more allergy resistant than those who don’t.
And, in the end, if nothing else seems to be working, spicy foods are known to make your nose run. If you need a natural decongestant, then maybe a plate of something spicy is just what the doctor ordered.
What are some of your natural allergy remedies?