Surviving Summer Allergies

April’s showers came, May’s flowers are gone, and the June trees have had it with their pollen fest…

It’s 92 degrees right now. My nose is stuffy, eyes are watering, and I’m itchy all over. Why? How?

Welcome to summer allergy season. April’s showers came, May’s flowers are gone, and the June trees have had it with their pollen fest. So that leaves us down to a couple hidden culprits that are keeping our allergies buzzing in beautiful summer.

Common triggers:

Fresh Cut Grass — Oh, but how I love to smell you.

Weeds — Ragweed (most common, can travel hundreds of miles on the wind), pigweed, thistle.

Smog — Summertime = smog, thanks to strong sunlight mixing with chemicals from car exhaust, creating clouds of ozone around some cities.

Insects — Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, fire ants and mosquitos. They are all loving life and causing us some mild symptoms in the meantime.

Other — Molds love damp warm areas, and may be growing in hidden places around your home. Spores become airborne and, in turn, set off those allergies. Dust mites peak during summer with humid, warm temperatures and can easily make it into beds, fabric and the air. Their residue causes sneezing and wheezing.

I’m no doctor, and this certainly shouldn’t be construed as medical advice, but here are some remedies that have helped me survive my allergies.


We should be practicing this always, but if you have a hard time motivating yourself on the reg, really try focusing during allergy season. Try mixing a tonic of water, organic raw apple cider vinegar, and fresh lemons. Drink up. This  helps boost immunity, and keep your body hydrated and happy to fight off any of that yuck.

Local Honey.

Honey that has been harvested in your hood contains pollens that are right in your backyard. One tsp of honey daily acclimates my body to these pollens, and also soothes the throat. Be kind to the bees, thankful for them, and plant some extra wildflowers in return. It’s farmers’ market season, so make a trip this weekend and find the honey stand.


Those dust mites I was talking about? Well, yeah, they are the real allergy deal. Wash bedding and rugs in warm water at least once a week, and consider a dehumidifier to keep them from returning. Clean air filters in your home, as well as vents and bookshelves. Pollen has a way of easily collecting in these places.


Help your body out a bit by boosting vitamin levels during this time. Any bit of effort we can lend to keep things running smoothly is key.

Oil Up.

Essential oils are a must. They fight inflammation and boost immunity. Applying oils during the summer months helps to detoxify and reduce overreaction to your environment. I love the ease of keeping a little rollerball tube in my purse. I love the Immunity flavor, which smells punchy and perfect.

What helps you survive allergy season? Any tips I missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Is smog supposedly even worse in the summer? I can sense it becoming a nightmare here in polluted Hong Kong…

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

3 years ago

Love this post!

3 years ago

Thank you for this! Very much needed!

3 years ago

I just purchased one of the rollerball oils with hope to keep it in my everyday bag as you suggested….. thanks!

3 years ago

Nice! Love this post!