It is spring and the flowers and trees are blooming. Pollen is in the air. Here are five things that pollen allergy suffers should know about their allergic condition.
Eat Local Honey?
Nectar is not the only thing bees gather from flowering plants. They also take pollen back to the hive and it is formed into balls where the queen bee lays her eggs. The pollen is used as a nutrient for the larvae.
Honey contains traces of these various, local, pollens. Can consuming local honey really help? Studies have shown that you will find no relief here.
Have Some Ginger Tea
Pollen can trigger many symptoms including headachesand sinus congestion. Ginger tea, used as an aromatic hot beverage can help relieve sinus pressure. Be careful that you don’t drink too much and stay under the safe limits.
Ginger root is found in many grocery stores. It is commonly found at vegetable stands that specialize in ethnic foods. The root can be planted in pots and grows easily giving you a convenient supply. Ginger’s benefits are many.
Pollen is not as much a problem when it is raining. The moisture absorbs the pollen in the air and concentrates in in puddles on the ground.
Spraying water on your car and keeping the windows up will help minimize exposure when driving. Stay indoors with a proper air filtration system running. Plan your vacation during the peak pollen season in an area that is less affected.
Use Aromatherapy Steam Therapy
Many oils contain substances that work wonders on the allergies associated with pollen. Eucalyptus oil is well known and the main active ingredient in several over the counter compounds used for sinus congestion. Putting a drop of these kind of oils under your nose will be of tremendous help.
Using aromatherapy by breathing steam or using inhalers and other devices, that contains one or more of these oils, can be beneficial.
Adjust the Temperature and Humidity
Pollen spore count is affected tremendously by temperature and humidity. The use of air-conditioning and humidifiers can be adjusted to maintain a 40-50% humidity level. This will help relieve pollen population in the air. The use of HEPA filters on these systems is an added bonus.
Pollen allergy suffers have many things they can do to help relieve the symptoms. Now you know that local honey has no benefit. You found several ways to relieve sinus congestion and pressure. You learned how to keep expose to pollen to a minimum. Soon, summer will be here and the problem will solve itself, until next fall of course.