Ah, the holiday season: a time for joy, for stuffing our faces, for giving, for receiving. But what you don’t want to receive are your annual holiday allergies that kick up just when you should be kicking back. Don’t let your holiday hijinks fizzle. Try these natural remedies to combat holiday allergies.
People suffer more allergic reactions during the holiday season because many of the things we love have an allergic price tag attached to them: foods specific to the season, a proliferation (or addition) of pets, smoke in the chimney, and, worst of all, the honest to goodness real live tree that isn’t even plastic. And if you’re living in an area of the country where the winter season tends to be cooler (or down-right cold), you’re probably feeling like hibernating when the snow falls and the wind begins to blow. That means you have effectively trapped yourself with many allergens that you might not notice otherwise.
Common holiday allergies can be triggered by the food you probably feel tempted to consume; by the mold spores attracted to evergreens damp from the snow such as wreaths or trees, or carried in on your shoes atop simple leaves fallen from autumn-weathered trees; or from dust mites you only encounter when you sleep in someone’s guest bed.
Avoid natural decorations. As much as you might want your holiday experience to be as authentic as possible, one of the easiest ways is to avoid real live wreaths and trees in favor of plastic décor.
Cut out the candles. While they may make your house smell extra good, holiday candles or scents can cause irritation. Make sure your house is well-ventilated if you insist on burning any kind of candle.
Build up your immunity. Allergens you encounter over the holiday season break down your immune system. You can effectively combat this process by building it up beforehand by taking plenty of vitamins. Even a simple glass of orange juice will help you out.
Lighten up on the food. Or watch what you eat … literally. Food allergies won’t knock you back if you keep up with the kinds of foods you can (and can’t) enjoy. Whether you suffer from an inability to eat gluten or are lactose intolerant, make sure to be careful around the cornucopia of foods, desserts, and drinks that are sure to be available at the variety of holiday parties you plan to attend.
Chill out! Be aware of what causes you stress and try to reduce it. Stress reduction will also bolster your immune system and make you less vulnerable to nasty allergens. Some of the best natural therapy out there can come from doing yoga (or even taking one of the many varieties of classes offered out there), tai chi, working on your meditation skills, or enjoying a nice, long massage. You should also consider taking a hot bath a few hours before bed, and then listening to soothing music as you fall asleep.
Happy holidays, and stay healthy!
About the Author
Sarah Danielson is a contributing writer for AchooAllergy where you can find Allergy Armor bedding and a variety of other items to alleviate your allergy symptoms.