There comes a time every year when some of us face seasonal allergies which sucks the life out of us. Allergies such as these can be caused by pollens in most of the cases. The allopathic medications are helpful but there are chances of these medications causing a side effect on our bodies, which mostly make us sleepy throughout the day because of the sedative content in them. Seasonal allergies, like any other allergies, develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.
In most parts of the world, seasonal allergies begin in February and last till about early summers. Some of the following climate factors can influence how bad your symptoms might be:
- Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours
- On a day without any wind, airborne allergens are grounded
- The pollen count can increase when the day is windy and warm
- It doesn’t help if you plan to move to another climate to avoid allergies, they are virtually everywhere.
The trick to tame your allergies is to know what triggers them. It is not just pollens which usually trigger the allergies. It is better to consult allergists in case your symptoms get serious. However there are a few steps that you can take to take care of your triggers:
- Keep the doors and windows shut at your home and in the car during allergy season.
- Stay inside midday and during the afternoon, when pollen counts are highest.
- Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors.
Allergies can be very time and health consuming and it can take charge over your life for that time frame. It is very important to take control of your situation and keep a check on what triggers your allergies at which time of the day. There is only so much that medications can do. However, given the problems that can be caused by allopathic medicines, turning to Ayurveda can prove to be beneficial for the long run. According to Ayurveda, an allergy is the result of a particular substance aggravating a specific dosha, vata, pitta or kapha. Ayurveda therefore classifies allergies according to dosha, depending on which one(s) are triggered in each individual case.
Given the profound connection between the digestive system and the immune function, it is suggested to undertake a dietary cleanse which can prove to be an incredibly powerful way to support the immune system and minimize the development of allergies. Cleanses help to clear toxins, balance the doshas, and kindle a stronger digestive fire—all of which will support digestive health, proper immune function, and fewer allergies.
Nasal Rinse is the practice of pouring warm salt water through the nasal passages. It moistens the mucus membranes and cleanses the nasal passages of dust, dirt, pollen, other allergens, and excess mucus. You can use your pinky finger to lubricate the nostrils with a bit of sesame oil or ghee.
You can also try alternative ayurvedic medicines, if you do not have the time to carry out the above processes:
- Sitopaladi is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal formula that tastes like chai and eliminates congestion. Because it comes in a powdered form, you actually taste the herbs, which is fantastic because some of the herbs in Sitopaladi are cinnamon, cardamom, and Indian pepper. You can take 1/2 tsp. directly on your tongue and wash it down with warm water three times a day. Or you can put the 1/2 tsp. in warm water and drink it.
- Talisadi includes all of the herbs in Sitopaladi, but it packs substantially more heat because of the addition of talisa, black pepper, and ginger.
- Ashwagandha is an adaptogen with a strong affinity for the nervous system, and helps to bolster the body’s ability to resist stress, which is often involved in the allergic response.
- Chyavanprash is an herbal jam primarily aimed at supporting the immune system. It nourishes the mucous membranes, helps to balance mucous production, and benefits the lungs.
If you follow these simple practices and give the amount of attention that is required to take care of your allergies, we hope it will cease to take control of your life. You can surely reduce the affect of your allergies if not completely erase it.