The weather is really warming up here in the UK, and while this is great news for most, for those with spring allergies such as hay fever, it can be unpleasant.
Rather than sitting out in the park for lunch, you’re relegated to the windowless staffroom thanks to your streaming eyes and constant sneezing – which is less than ideal.
While some people may have to resort to over-the-counter allergy medication (or even prescription tablets in some cases), there are ways you can support your immune system naturally.
1. Inhale some steam
Breathing in steam can help to calm your nerves and ease irritated nasal passageways. Try mixing essential oils like eucalyptus, pine or rosemary to break up congestion and open up your lungs. If you suffer from a breathing or lung condition, be sure to check with your doctor before trying this.
2. Try some inverted yoga poses
Allergy symptoms can increase your stress levels, and when this happens, it can increase inflammation – making you feel even worse. Yoga can help ease stress, and inverted poses in particular boost your circulation and flush clogged sinuses. Try a standing forward bend or downward facing dog pose.
3. Eat fresh foods
Foods that contain anti-inflammatory properties can help to ease any irritation you may have in your nose and throat. Good foods for this include apples, grapes, tomatoes, seafood and nuts. Spices like garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper can also work to clear congestion.
4. Get a detoxifying massage
Not only does massage help reduce stress, it can also help to boost your immune system. Book yourself in for an aromatherapy massage containing some of the following oils:
- Geranium and grapefruit to stimulate the lymphatic system.
- Cardamom and lemon to support your liver (the body’s detox organ).
- Ginger and juniper to help cleanse the kidneys.
5. Use aromatherapy
Especially helpful when you’re finding it hard to get to sleep, aromatherapy oils in a diffuser can help you relax, breathe easy and drift off to sleep. Consult a professional aromatherapist to find out which combination of oils would work best for you.