Turn Your Home Into a Sanctuary from Seasonal Allergies

Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors… except for those pesky seasonal allergies! If you want to try a natural approach to treating your seasonal allergies, I think a multi-factorial approach is often best. In this blog, I’ll discuss how you can work to turn your home into a sanctuary during allergy season.

To do around the home: 

Obviously the most effective way to get rid of seasonal allergies is to avoid exposure to the allergen altogether.  This is not possible for a seasonal allergy as we have to (and should) go outside.  That said, it’s still a relief to be able to return to a place that minimizes exposure to the seasonal allergens of the outdoors. Here’s how I recommend you turn your home into a safe haven from those allergens.

  • Shower after being outside:  This may sound like a lot, but it is worth it to at least rinse each time you come in from outside.  Pollen and dust get trapped in your hair especially so getting it off and away from your body can greatly reduce symptoms and keep your house a safe space. If this is not realistic, be sure to at least shower before bed. 
  • Clean bedding: Change and wash your bed sheets and blankets once a week and change your pillow case every night.  
  • HEPA air filter:  Get a high quality air filter for your bedroom.  
  • Pets: Do your best to keep pets out of your bedroom, especially those that go outside.  You may consider brushing or bathing them more often as they, too, bring pollen in from the outdoors. 
  • Air ducts:  Get your heating/AC air ducts professionally cleaned at least once a year, preferably before allergy season.  
  • Neti pot:  Cleaning out your nasal passages with saline seems intense at first but over time, even children learn to appreciate the benefits.  Think of it as a shower for your sinuses.  

From the naturopathic perspective, treating seasonal allergies is best done with a three-pronged approach that also includes attention to diet and incorporating supplements. Don’t forget to check out my other blogs for a deeper dive into my suggestions for treating your seasonal allergies. And don’t forget to do other things for yourself, such as maintaining a regular exercise routine (to move your lymph), drinking plenty of water and scheduling time for relaxation and meditation every day. Hopefully a combination of these things will help you to find the joy of spring again!

At Intuition Wellness Center, we specialize in health and wellness services for children, young adults, and their families. If you think you would like some extra support, we’re here for you.


Written by: Dr. Kate Sage, NMD, Naturopathic Family Physician

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