Spring means longer days, your favourite floral dresses and bubbly cocktails…but for many of us it also means allergies. Not a fan of popping pills to relieve your hay fever? Here are 3 natural ways to help you get over your allergies.

1. Make your own sinus rinse

Sinuses blocked and driving you mad? The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends the following recipe:

In a clean container, mix 3 heaping teaspoons of iodide-free salt with 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda. Store in a small airtight container. Add 1 teaspoon of the mixture to 1 cup of lukewarm distilled or boiled water.

Use fewer dry ingredients to make a weaker solution if burning or stinging is experienced.
For children, use a half-teaspoon with 1/2 cup of water.

2. Drink green tea

Green tea is effective in reducing allergy symptoms. One of the ingredients in green tea, catechin, decreases excessive levels of histamines, which cause a host of common allergy symptoms including sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. Switch to green tea as your choice of drink throughout the day to combat excessive histamine release.

3. Enjoy foods high in quercetin and vitamin A

Quercitin has been called a “secret weapon” in combating excessive histamine. Up your intake of foods that are rich in quercetin, such as onions, capers, broccoli, leafy greens, cranberries, apples and raspberries.

Vitamin A helps strengthen the integrity of the mucous membranes. Vitamin A-rich foods include melon, sweet potatoes, persimmon, pumpkin, carrots, parsley, spinach and apricots. Have fun creating a diet made up of these foods and watch your defences strengthen against allergies, naturally.

What do you do to relieve your allergies?