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These Remedies Will Relieve Your Allergies — Naturally

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Are you suffering from seasonal allergies or the aptly named hay fever? If you know the misery of constantly sneezing, reaching for a tissue to address that runny nose, and perpetually watery eyes, then chances are, you’re affected by allergies. With over-the-counter medications coming in plastic bottles and nasal sprays linked to addiction, it can feel like there aren’t many zero-waste and natural options for zero-wasters suffering from symptoms of allergies. Don’t get discouraged — there are plenty of natural remedies for allergies that require no plastic and no addiction. How’s that for a compromise?!

What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

So many different factors can contribute to allergies or seasonal allergies. You might be agitated by dust mites, pollen, pet dander, ragweed, sagebrush; these are called allergens, meaning they can incite allergies. These allergens are tiny particles released by weeds, trees, and grasses and depending on which allergens affect you, they tend to be the worst from January to April, April to July, and August to December. They can make us sneeze, cause our eyes to water, and essentially cast our entire body into feeling flu-like symptoms (although, usually without the quintessential muscle ache associated with the flu or a virus).

Did you know 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from allergies? That accounts for about 50 to 60 million people affected by the above mentioned allergens. You can also be allergic to mold spores, insect stings, food, and medications, but those aren’t considered seasonal.