While the return of warm weather is a breath of fresh air for most people, for others, the arrival of spring means something else entirely: seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergy symptoms can range from an annoying runny nose to debilitating sinus headaches that sideline your whole day – and can be enough to make you want to stay inside until summer comes. There are a number of medications available to ease these symptoms, but the side effects of these drugs can be just as bad as the allergies themselves. Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, nausea – you’re trying to feel better, not worse! But all is not lost. Mother Nature might be the source of the problem, but she can also help you solve it. Here are some natural ways to treat seasonal allergy symptoms. Eat raw, local honey This sweet solution might sound too good to be true, but enjoying a tablespoon or two of raw, local honey during the worst part of allergy season could help ease your symptoms. Honey contains pollen, and ingesting it can help to build up your defenses against it. The key, though, is that it must be local honey. That way your defenses are tailored to the area where you live (and breathe!). Go for an evening stroll While it’s not necessary to quarantine yourself inside all season, it does help to avoid going outside midday. This is when the pollen count is at its highest, and when you’re going to experience the worst symptoms. Instead, head out for a jog before dinner or a sunset stroll after. You’ll still get some fresh air, but will avoid aggravating your symptoms. Take a shower before bed If you want to sleep soundly and wake up with a clear head, be sure to shower and wash your hair before bed. Any pollen that you’ve picked up throughout the course of the day will only continue to irritate you as you sleep, so it’s important to make sure you’ve done a thorough cleanse before you hit the hay. Diffuse essential oils There is a very direct and tangible connection between diffusing essential oils and relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Breathing this vapor can help to clear nasal passages and relieve sinus pressure. For the most effective allergy relief, try eucalyptus, lemon, basil, and peppermint oils. Try acupuncture Acupuncture has been shown to help with a wide range of health issues, and seasonal allergies are one of them. This solution is not for everyone, but if your symptoms are particularly severe, consider meeting with an acupuncturist before the start of allergy season. It might seem easier to pop a pill when you want quick relief from seasonal allergies, but these natural remedies can be less damaging and even more effective.