(GoHealthier.com) – The forest and fields are blooming, and while the color of spring flowers may be beautiful, the itchy, watery eyes that come from pollen and allergies may not be so lovely. But spring allergies don’t have to get us down or make us miss out on this time of year. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural remedies for red, irritated eyes. Here are six to try at home.
1. Local Honey
Honey may work as a natural vaccine against the pollen that’s troubling our eyes. The bees have used local plants and flowers to make their honey, so there are trace amounts of problematic pollen in that honey.
By ingesting small amounts of it, we allow ourselves to adjust to it being in our bodies. That may help our immune system get more comfortable with it, so it doesn’t have as much impact on our eyes or other bodily systems.
Chamomile is very soothing if eyes are red and irritated. A teaspoon of the substance in a cup of boiled water is a great way to start feeling better fast.
Let the chamomile steep for five minutes, strain the tea, and then let it cool. Put the cooled tea on a cotton pad and apply it around the eyes. It also works well in a cold compress.
3. Indoor Exercise
Naturally, we don’t want to exercise outdoors where all the allergens are. But indoor exercise may be one of the best ways to treat the itchy, watery eyes that come with spring allergies. Just 30 minutes of exercise may produce enough of an anti-inflammatory response to reduce allergy issues, say researchers.
4. Cold Compresses
When eyes are red, irritated, and puffy, a cold compress may be a great option to reduce discomfort. Not only does this option reduce swelling and itching, but people may also get some relief from the coolness, too. Plain water may be used, or some people choose tea or other options for a compress.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Just a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar may be enough to reduce mucus production. Some people swallow undiluted vinegar, but most prefer to mix it with honey and hot water to make it more palatable.
However a person chooses to take this option, it may help drain the lymphatic system and reduce the body’s immune response to allergens.
6. Tea Bags
The tannic acid in tea may help soothe the itchy eyes that come with spring allergy season. Either green or black tea may be used. Prepare a cup of tea with a teabag, and then place the tea bag on the eyes after it’s completely cool.
This tip may not only reduce itching but may also lower the amount of inflammation we experience from the body’s immune response. That may translate into feeling better and experiencing fewer allergy symptoms.
There’s no reason to settle for itchy, watery eyes that don’t feel good or cause discomfort. With these natural remedy options, we can reduce the eye problems that come with spring allergies. That helps us focus on all the natural beauty this time of year may bring our way.
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