Warm weather, flowers in full bloom, long sunny days – what’s not to love about spring? Well, if you’re one who gets seasonal allergies, spring can be a total drag.

But it doesn’t have to be. This spring you can find allergy relief in one simple, natural ingredient – water.

Check out the following ways H2O can help you say “no” to those sneezy, stuffy symptoms so you can fully enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors.

And yes, soft water, reverse osmosis drinking water or filtered water is always the best way for you and your family.

Wash away the allergens: One of the simplest ways to help allergies from arising is to rinse off. The debris and particles you bring in from daily activities outside contribute to stirring up the allergies inside the house.

Take a shower when you come home to remove any unnecessary allergens that have collected on your skin, hair and clothes. Using soft water to shower has many advantages: no spotting on fixtures and shower doors, and gives your skin that silky, no dry skin feeling.

Rinse out sinuses: Clogged sinuses can be one of the biggest annoyances to deal with for those who suffer from seasonal or daily allergies. Nasal irrigation, essentially rinsing out those stuffed-up nasal passages, is a classic, natural allergy remedy.

Use a neti pot to pour a purified water and salt solution through your nasal passage. This technique can help ease sinus pressure by removing mucus within your breathing passages as well as flush out toxins. Using reverse osmosis water for your neti pot is always my recommendation.

Drink more water: Water can do wonders for the body, especially when it comes to allergies. Consciously try to drink more water when you’re feeling stuffed up. Track water intake to proactively combat negative effects of allergies. It can help to thin mucus within your nasal passages.

Hot water in teas and soup can also provide an added benefit because the warmth and steam further loosen and get rid of mucus.  Drinking reverse osmosis water is the safest, healthiest water you can drink.

Chill out with steam: Steam for allergies can lead you to better breathing when you’re congested. Fill a large bowl with hot water, then place your head over the bowl with a towel covering it to trap the steam. Breathe in deeply to help relieve a stuffy nose.

Again, reverse osmosis water is best, because it has no impurities and heats up faster.

The type of water matters: Although you might think all water is created equal, you wouldn’t want to fight those pollutants obstructing your nasal passages with potentially impure water, would you?

Always have your water tested to determine if there are any contaminants in your water. That way you can use cleaner water in your natural allergy relief methods and truly enjoy the great outdoors waiting for you this summer.

For more information on how you can safeguard your home’s water supply, visit the Water Quality Association at wqa.org or call a local water treatment professional.

Chris Lane is the owner of Culligan Water Conditioning of the Lowcountry, serving Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. culliganhhi.com