It’s official—allergy season is upon us. And unfortunately, it’s shaping to be one of the most brutal ones to date. Thanks to warming temperatures across the globe, the season for ragweed is vastly extended—meaning this pesky plant’s pollen is an even more potent allerge (thanks again, global warming). It’s estimated that over 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, so if your sniffles are already setting in, rest assured you’re not alone.
But before you sprint to the drugstore, we’re here to tell you that there are many (effective!) ways you can help ease allergy symptoms naturally. Because remember, while Mother Nature may be the source of our allergy woes, she also puts the tools for relief at our fingertips!
Believe it or not, those tiny needles could mean big time relief. In a study published in the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, patients who underwent active acupuncture (meaning the needles were placed in a way that induced a feeling of numbness or tingling) three times a week for four weeks showed a significant reduction in allergy symptoms like nasal congestion and sneezing.
You already know that probiotics like kombucha, kimchi, and natural yogurts are good for your gut, but it turns out their healing properties could extend to your allergies, too. A study published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Psychology, found that Lactobacillus paracasei ST11 (a particular strain of probiotics found in many probiotic supplements) lowered nasal congestion in those suffering from seasonal allergies.
We know, we know—the last thing you feel like doing when you’re sniffling and sneezing is work out, but lacing up your sneakers and breaking a mild sweat could reduce allergy symptoms. Researchers have found that when allergy sufferers exercised at a moderate intensity for just 30 minutes, they saw an 83% decrease in nasal congestion, itching, and sneezing. The researchers believe the moderate level of exercise produces an anti-inflammatory effect in the nasal passages.
Twig + Petal to the rescue!
Twig + Petal’s line of specially-formulated Allergy Relief essential oils help unclog your sinuses and offer relief for scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies as well as coughs, colds, sinusitis, and asthma. Soothe seasonal irritation and breathe easier with Twig + Petal’s Allergy Relief Blend and Roller.