Sunshine, longer days, and warm weather make us want to take advantage of every waking moment we can be outside. Pollen, on the other hand, makes us want to seal our windows and doors shut and stay inside to avoid the nasty headaches, fatigue and congestion that ails those who are allergy prone. While medicine can provide temporary relief, it isn’t fun to be popping pills all spring long. That’s why we tried to find the most effective natural remedies for the seasonal sniffles.

  1. Turmeric

If it isn’t obvious already, we are hot on the turmeric craze right now. Among this magical spice’s many benefits, is its ability to work as a decongestant - which is exactly what you need when your head feels like it weighs 200 lbs and you can’t breathe through your nose. Warm water, turmeric, honey, and lemon will get you cleared right up.

  1. Local Honey

Did you know that adding local honey into your diet helps strengthen your immune system and fight off any colds or bugs going around in your neck of the woods? It can also have the added benefit in helping you build up immunity to pollen!. If you incorporate honey into your diet before allergies hit, your body will already be used to the pollen in your area, and the effects of the flowers being in full bloom won’t feel as deadly. Genius, right?

3. Nettle Leaf Tea

The first thing that comes to mind when we think of nettle is the whole “stinging” aspect. Surprisingly enough, when in tea form, nettle is more soothing than biting and serves as a great allergy relief remedy. It is also known as a spring-specific drink, because of the plant’s prevalence during the season of bloom.

4. Kombucha

This popular drink, and probiotics in general, help the body fight against the symptoms of allergies the natural way. Incorporate probiotics into your diet come spring, and you’ll find that your congestion will be at bay and your sniffles and red eyes will be a thing of the past.

5. Workout

While it may seem counterintuitive, going for a run makes a big difference. Getting your blood flowing helps with the removal of allergens from the system, and you’d be surprised by how great you feel after only 30 minutes.

Feeling better already?

Share these tips with your friends to help them out this season!