Yes, plants, along with trees, grass, mold, etc... are the biggest offenders of high pollen counts. It may seem fruitful to keep your allergies in check at the expense of your houseplants, but fret not as there are several plants you can have throughout your home with low pollen counts including, begonias, nasturtiums, crotons, peace lilies, miniature roses, and passionflowers. However even with these, plants are a large collector of dust, so be sure to dust them (along with the rest of your house) weekly. Also be sure not to over-water your plants as this can eventually lead to moldy soil.
In addition to your surroundings there are also several natural, ingestible antihistamines like the herbs parsley, thyme and bay or vegetables like broccoli, kale, onions and garlic that can help. Okay, yes, garlic is not a vegetable, it's neither an herb or a spice, so what is it? you tell me. You can even grow these yourself in your home garden, just be sure to plan ahead and find out the optimum times for growing and harvesting. Vitamins D and C also help fight histamines, you can either take vitamin supplements for D and C or eat citrus fruits high in vitamin C.
Other tips and tricks to fight pollen
- Oddly enough, I've read washing your hair after a day out is a good way to fight pollen as your hair is a big catcher of it.
- Washing your sheets, comforters, etc... weekly.
- Dusting and vacuuming your home.
- The use of a Neti Pot (several people in the office swear by these)
Or really, when all is said and done, just pop a Benadryl. Happy Spring!
You have any tips for fighting seasonal allergies and Hay fever? Let us know in the comments!
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