Peppermint tea is a common home remedy used as a decongestant and to help relieve inflammation. Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid, which is a plant compound known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. It may help reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies such as runny nose, itchy eyes, and even asthma attacks. One small study found that people with seasonal allergies who took an oral supplement containing rosmarinic acid had fewer symptoms of itchy nose, watery eyes, and itchy eyes than those given a placebo.
You can use a steam inhaler, take a hot shower, a hot cup of tea, or pour boiling water in a bowl and cover your head with a towel. Steam may help your allergy symptoms by loosening the mucus congested in your nose, helping it drain out, and enabling you to breathe more easily.
Saline solution moisturizes dry nasal passages and sinuses and removes pollen and other irritants from the nasal lining. Saline solution also helps reduce inflammation of mucous membranes. Saline sprays may also aid in keeping the small hair-like structures in the nose healthy, which may help treat rhinitis, also known as hay fever or seasonal allergies.
You may need a humidifier in the winter, but come springtime, a dehumidifier may help you breathe better. It decreases humidity levels in the room, which helps reduce the amount of dust, pollen, dust mites, and other possible allergens. Pollen, mold, and mildew thrive in a humid and moist environment.
If you suffer from hay fever, try to take a hot shower as soon as you get home. There are at least two benefits: first, you’re going to wash the pollen, dust, and other allergens off your skin; second, the steam from the shower will help clear your sinuses and help you breathe easier.