A Dozen Natural Ways to Manage Your Allergies
Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, hives… over 50 million Americans know the miseries of allergies all too well. If you are one of the afflicted, over-the-counter remediesor prescription drugs and allergy shots may not bring you much relief.
BY: Jo Ann LeQuang
6. Invest in a neti pot, a small “tea pot” that allows you to flush your nasal cavities with water. Best used in the shower, these devices do take a bit of practice. But neti pots are inexpensive and very effective.
7. If you have access to a steam room at your local gym or recreation center, check it out. Steam has a way of removing allergens from your skin, nasal passages, and lungs.
8. Scents make sense with aromatherapy. Aromatherapy using essential oils has been effective in loosening mucus and relieving congestion from some allergies. Eucalyptus, frankincense, juniper, lavender, lemon, rosemary or a combination of these can do the trick. Oils can be inhaled directly out of the bottle, diffused in the air, or massaged into the skin. In particular, a couple of drops of lavender oil applied several times a day on the bottoms of the feet or on the neck can help soothe the itchiness of allergies.