Achoo! Spring is almost here, which means the peak of allergy season is about to be upon us once again. If you have seasonal allergies, you may start to experience eye irritation, a runny nose, and of course, constant sneezing as soon as spring rolls around. Many of these symptoms can be caused by exposure to certain plants. What plants should you avoid if you have allergies? Which plants are safe for you to be around? Here’s a look at the best and worst plants for people with allergies:
Finding flowers to add to your garden can be difficult when you have allergies. But. this flower is not only brightly colored and beautiful, but it’s also perfect for people who suffer from allergies. But, you should be aware that hydrangea flowers can be toxic to house pets, so if you have pets, this may not be the best choice.
Daisies are part of the asteraceae family, which is known to be one of the worst families of flowers for people who are suffering from allergies. Why? Daisies, and many other flowers within this family, produce a large amount of pollen, which could trigger an allergic reaction. These flowers are often used in gardens, wedding bouquets, and decorative arrangements, so be careful to avoid them if you have allergies.
Lilies are another great choice for people who are suffering from allergies because there are pollen-free varieties of this flower available. Pollen often contains allergens, so flowers that have a lot of this substance are the ones that create the strongest allergic reaction. Another bonus? Lilies are breathtakingly beautiful, and come in a variety of colors including pink, red, orange, and white.
Chamomile is related to ragweed, which is one of the most common seasonal allergens. As a result, many people who suffer from ragweed allergies will also experience reactions when exposed to chamomile.
Orchids do not produce a lot of pollen, so it is unlikely that this flower will trigger your allergies. Plus, the pollen is sticky, so it does not float through the air like the pollen in other types of flowers. Instead, it waits for a pollinator, such as a bee, to extract it. Even if you put your face close to the orchid to take a whiff of its scent, the pollen will remain inside the pollen packet.
Also known as the weeping fig, the ficus is one of the most popular houseplants, but it can be irritating to those who have allergies. Allergens are found in this plant’s sap, which is known to attach to dust and travel throughout the air. If you have a ficus in your home, it could trigger a reaction even if you’re in another room.
Even if you don’t have allergies, this is a great list to keep handy the next time you are thinking of sending someone flowers online. Before you choose a bouquet, scan this list to ensure you aren’t including any flowers that could irritate the recipient’s allergies.
Author: Naomi Shaw