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Natural Allergy Relief

Every year around this time, many of us suffer from itchy eyes, a runny or stuffy nose, inflammation in the throat and nose, and sneezing. The probable cause is ragweed allergy, sometimes known as hay fever. The season begins in the late summer and doesn’t end until the first frost. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, 10 to 20 percent of Americans suffer from this type of allergy.  However, if you are allergic to pollen-producing plants in general, there’s a 75 percent chance you’re allergic to ragweed.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for ragweed allergy. Avoiding contact is your first line of defense. That’s difficult to nearly impossible considering the unbelievable amounts of ragweed pollen in the air this time of year. 

There are some things, however, you can do to minimize the discomfort of seasonal allergies:

  • Track pollen counts in your area. You can even download an app to your smartphone from or
  • Stay indoors as much as possible when the pollen count is high.
  • Keep windows and doors shut during high pollen counts.
  • Keep car windows closed when driving.
  • Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter at home and in your car.
  • Shower or change your clothes after coming in from outdoors.
  • Do not dry clothes outside.

Common natural treatments for allergies include saline rinse, steam inhalation, and eating local honey. Salt therapy is another option. Salt therapy is used to help adults and children who suffer from allergies and respiratory problems. It is a gentle and noninvasive therapy that helps reduce inflammation, loosen congestion, and boost your immune system. All you need to do is spend 45 minutes per session relaxing in a room full of microscopic sea salt particles that circulate in the air. These particles are able to travel to the deepest parts of your sinuses and lungs.

The most effective way to reduce your allergy symptoms is to come in for regular salt therapy treatments before the season is in full swing. However, you can also help reduce your symptoms by coming for a series of sessions when you are experiencing the symptoms.

The Respira Salt Wellness Center in Berkeley Heights offers salt therapy services. For more information about salt therapy or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 908-665-0333.

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