Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring may have spurng, but so have my allergies!

Hello friends...As beautiful as spring is, when everything is in bloom, how many of you out there suffer from allergies?  It seems like such a cruel joke that Mother Nature has bestowed all her beauty upon us, but for many of us, it comes with incredible suffering. 

I don't know about you, but isn't it always those of us who love the fresh air, suffer the most?  You'd think I'd learn, but as soon as spring is in the air, the windows fly open, the patio door is open to the max. so I can 'air' the house out...and replace it with dreaded pollen!  I also love, love, love to hang my laundry out on the line.  Not only is it great for the environment, saves us on electrical bills, but nothing compares to the fresh scent of line dried clothes...especially sheets!  Big NO NO for allergies sufferers.
Here are some of my tips and tricks for getting through allergy season naturally:

  • Do not hang the laundry out doors
Although this is tough, fortunately I only suffer in the spring, so I don't miss out on an entire summer of line drying.

  • Nasal Irrigation (using a Netti Pot...see above picture)
This is an interesting one...for several years I had been aware of  'cleaning out your nose' with a saline solution, but was soooooooo creeped out and afraid of it.  When I finally worked up the courage to give it a try (after watching several videos on You Tube), I can honestly say, that it has made a huge difference for me.  At the worst times, I will do this twice a day.

  • Homeopathic medicine
This is something new I'm trying out this far it actually seems to be working.  I'm still a little sceptical, as the season is early, so the true verdict is still out on this one...I'll keep you posted.

  • Wash hair and clothing regularly - I'm not big on washing my hair everyday, so I'm not doing this one yet...I also have pretty short hair, so I think less pollen gets trapped in my locks.

  • Put a fresh pillow case on each night - this is easy and effective.

  • Close those windows and doors - not ready to give this up yet!  I try to do all of the above so that I can enjoy the fresh air.

Having said all that, when all else fails, my fall back is good old Claratin. Hopefully, I won't need it this year, but we'll see how it goes.

I'd love to hear how you allergy sufferers out there cope...any tips or tricks to share?

1 comment:

  1. I am also an allergy sufferer, but for me, it's not seasonal, cause I have it year-long. Maybe because weather here is different. And no matter what, I will still hang the laundry outside, I love it, LOL! Am also not big on washing my hair everyday :-)