04/09/2013 09:31 am ET Updated Oct 15, 2014

Nothing to Sneeze At: 12 Easy Ways to Combat Spring Allergies


If your nose is itchy and running as you read this, don't just reach for a tissue -- pour yourself a cup of peppermint tea, too. I'll explain.

For all of the wonderful things that come with spring -- the sun, the flowers, the singing birds, even the spring cleaning -- there is one aspect of the season that is not so wonderful: allergies! Every spring, as the trees begin to bloom, clouds of pollen are released into the air and the annual chorus of sniffling and sneezing begins.

One of the recommend remedies is to stay inside, close the windows and sit in front of an air purifier. But who wants to be trapped inside when everything is coming back to life outside? For most of us, a few simple tricks and clever practices are all it takes to prevent, or at least reduce, the symptoms of our allergic reactions.

For example, did you know that the hair products you use could make your allergies worse? Were you aware that certain types of clothing can actually attract pollen? And, yes, peppermint tea can actually clear up congestion and reduce inflammation.

We found twelve easy ways to combat those spring allergies, so take a look and see if a few of these tips may help to make your spring season a little less stuffy and a lot more beautiful.

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