Allergies are the worst. They’re fatiguing enough to be confused with a cold, but also so on and off that you can’t be sure how to make them stay away for good. It’s an ongoing struggle but I haven’t given up hope yet.

I was desperate about a month ago – I turned to Wal Mart to help find me a room spray that would do the trick. And I did. It was Febreeze’s Anti Allergen spray (or a name something along those lines), and I won’t bother linking you because although it did help get rid of morning sniffles, this stuff is loaded with chemicals. Chemicals that have killed pets in the past, so a definite no no for me. I returned it the next day. All which got me thinking, there has to be a better way to manage my allergies. There has to be a homeopathic solution that doesn’t kill cats and dogs.

So here are the (few but reliable) things that keep me from going through an entire box of Kleenex in three days.

Essential Oils
The golden mix? 4 drops each of lavender, peppermint, tea tree and lemon oils. I personally like dosing up higher on lavender or peppermint depending on my mood. It works wonders and you’ll feel your nose clear up within 20 minutes of breathing in the vapour. Of course, you’ll need a diffuser for this to really work. I like VicTsing’s – super inexpensive and it does the trick.

Steaming
All you need for this one is ten minutes in the morning, a large basin, a towel, hot water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil. It’s essentially another way of using an essential oil, but this is a much more direct method. Boil some water and fill your basin 1-2 thirds of the way. Tap 3-6 drops of eucalyptus oil in and put your face over the basin so you can feel the steam on your face. Drape a towel over your head (so it covers the basin as well) to trap the vapour in, making sure you’re getting all that steamy goodness. Breathe deeply for 10 minutes and you should feel a difference right away.

Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar
The best way to use apple cider vinegar for your allergies is on a consistent basis. Mix 1 tablespoon ACV with 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon raw bees honey and drink three times a day. Be patient with this one. It’s definitely a long term solution that’s meant to work it’s magic over a period of weeks when done consistently. Almost something you need to make a habit. I personally turn to honey and apple cider vinegar when I get that itchy feeling in my throat or a cough. It’s usually not my first stop for a stuffy nose.

Hygiene
Can’t end this post without commenting on the regular day to day habits that can make or break any internal remedy. They’re simple really: vacuum every week, especially if you have carpet, wash your bedsheets every week, consider investing in a good vacuum cleaner that can work on mattresses (who else geeks out over Dysons?), dust regularly, and open your windows to help circulate the air in your rooms and bathrooms.

Hope you find something here that helps you in your battles against allergens. I firmly believe that there are natural remedies that can help, if not totally get rid of symptoms, so people don’t have to pop pills every day. Medications can take a toll on your body in ways you don’t realize until many years later, so if it’s something you can avoid – why not, right?

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