Will allergies compromise your family life this spring?

Updated: May 18

It isn't fun when springtime allergies take the spring out of a child's step! Common symptoms like drowsiness, runny nose and sneezing result in diminished focus and an overall sense of poor wellbeing. These symptoms can last for months and well into exam time. Here's how to reduce allergies naturally, without medication.

Saline nasal spray: Use it daily to clear away pollen; start using it now, before the season begins.

Sunglasses: Never leave home without them. Sunglasses keep pollen out of your eyes, reducing itchy, watery peepers. Not ideal for school but allowed in the playground.

Change your clothes when you come inside: Leave the pollen at the door (or in the washing up basket). If you've been outside for a long time, take a shower before changing into clean clothes.

Save outdoor workouts for evening: Most pollen is released from trees and plants in morning and mid-day, so plan your outdoor workout for the evening.

Essential oils: Peppermint and eucalyptus oils can relieve hay fever symptoms. Use them in a room diffuser for relief, or combine them with coconut oil and massage it into your temples. Lemon and tea tree oils can be mixed with purified water and a little vinegar, then sprayed around your home.

Himalayan salt lamps: These gorgeous looking lamps don't just look pretty. They remove dust, dander and other particles from the air, leaving you with fewer allergy and cough symptoms.

Drink lots of water and eat healthy foods. A bit obvious but a teaspoon of honey works wonders (not suitable for children under the age of one). Research suggests that adding quercetin to the diet may help to relieve allergy symptoms. You can find this apples ,berries, black tea, broccoli and grapes amongst others.

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