'Tis the season for gardening! And there's nothing like spending time outside to awaken your senses. But if you suffer from seasonal allergies, it may be a little harder to answer your garden's calls. That doesn't mean you have to hang up your gardening gloves. You can still take part in the joy of gardening by choosing the right selection of allergy-friendly flowers, plants and herbs that aren't a nemesis for your nose.
JUST FOLLOW THE BEES AND BIRDS
Believe it or not, when it comes to allergies, not all pollen is created equal. There's good pollen, which tends to be low-allergen and less irritating (if at all). And there's bad pollen, which is the high-allergen, symptom-producing variety. The way pollination works is that pollen is carried to other flowers and plants either by insects and birds (self-pollination) or by air (wind pollination). 2
Typically, birds, bees and other insects are drawn to showy flowers that produce bigger, heavier grains of pollen, aka the good pollen. They do all the heavy lifting, moving the pollen from flower to flower, keeping it from being blown through the wind and carried to your nose. So if you're hoping for a sniffle-free garden, go for these showy, allergy-friendly flowers and plants 1—they're real bee magnets (in a good way).
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Now that we've covered allergy-friendly botany 101, here are some additional tips to help you take back your garden during allergy season.
Treat Ahead & Plant Wisely
Don't want to limit yourself to just a handful of plants? No problem. With
FLONASE® SENSIMIST™ Allergy Relief, you can plant whatever your green heart desires. It delivers a gentle mist that provides powerful relief right at the source, while treating your nose- and eye- related allergy symptoms.*
Diversify & Go Herbalicious
Balance things out even more by adding a variety of herbs to your garden. Not only are they allergy-friendly, they're also delicious! Consider herbs like mint, rosemary and oregano.
Gear Up & Rinse Off
Before you start toiling in the soil, be sure to dress the part. Wear gloves, a hat, sunglasses and clothes that fully cover your skin to help limit your exposure to pollen. You can even wear a pollen mask for added protection. When you're done, change out of your clothes and take a quick shower to rinse off any clingy pollen.
Check The Weather & The Count
To avoid any rough patches while you garden, try to hit the yard on cloudy and windless days, since pollen levels tends be lower then.
To get a better sense of the pollen count, check out The Weather Channel Allergy Tracker, brought to you in partnership with FLONASE® Allergy Relief, for a detailed allergy forecast in your area.
With these tips in hand, you can weed out the sniffles and take in the joy of watching your garden grow. So get out there and get your green thumb dirty!