When spring is in the air, it’s a great time to take a moment to smell the flowers — that is, unless you have pollen allergies or hayfever. If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans that have to deal with springtime allergies, you know the frustration of loving the sight of flowers but not being able to keep them in your home. Though you’re not alone in the struggle, it can be frustrating to have to pass on fresh flower gifts when so much natural beauty is around you.
So what do you do if you want to add beautiful colors and natural sights to your home? How do you overcome your springtime allergies and still get the wonderful plant and flower additions your home needs to look at its best? The answer lies in dried flowers or potted plants. If pollen gets you down, then these hypoallergenic options will help you enjoy springtime without needing to carry a box of tissues with you.
Hayfever and pollen allergies happen when your body has an allergic response to an allergen that is indoors or outdoors. Common allergens include dust mites, pet dander, grasses, and pollen, but you can also be triggered by something else like Bermuda grass or tree blossoms. The body recognizes the allergen as an invader and starts an immune response that includes watery eyes, itchy skin, sneezing, and congestion. These unpleasant symptoms can be alleviated by over-the-counter medication and some homeopathic remedies. But one of the best ways to stop allergies is to get rid of the allergens themselves.
If you love the sight and scent of flowers, it can be disappointing to pass up bouquets because of hayfever. However, the good news is that there are several alternatives that you can take home to enjoy the color and beauty of nature. Whether it’s dried flowers, succulents, or potted shrubs and plants, you can decorate your home or office without fearing another bout of allergies. Which one should you get and why? This brief guide will show you which kind of gift is the best for you.
Dried flowers don’t trigger pollen allergies because they simply don’t contain pollen. During the drying process, flowers lose their pollen and become preserved versions of their fresh state. They can either be left in their natural color or dyed to suit a variety of color palettes. This frees many people with allergies to get the flowers they love without the pollen that irritates their sinuses. It also makes it fun to order the same type of flower in different colors!
However, it’s important to note that if you are allergic to grasses, you should approach dried bouquets with caution. Check the species of grasses that are used with the arrangement to make sure you aren’t allergic to their dander. Ragweed and pollen allergies are completely different, so it is important to know your triggers. If grasses aren’t good for you either, then you’ll love our selection of potted green plants and succulents!
Dried flower arrangements have all the beauty but none of the pollen — making them perfect for your friend (or yourself) with pollen allergies. Order one of these favorites alone, or customize your gift with an add-on candle or sweet treat!
If you need to avoid both fresh flowers and dried grasses, you can still enjoy green plants and succulents, which are free of pollen and the most common allergens. Our substantial selection of potted plants can last for months to years with proper care, too. Whether you want a couple of money trees to make a dazzling green space in your home office or show off a cute succulent with our much-loved The Phoebe in its unicorn planter, there are so many ways to enjoy nature in your home — without any of the ragweed or hayfever!
If you have someone special on your mind or want to simply spruce up your home or office, this is a great time to schedule a dried flower delivery. Our variety of dried bouquets, fresh flowers, and plant gifts ensures you can find the perfect gift for all your favorite people. Also, if you plan on ordering flowers regularly, you can save by setting up a flower subscription service. It takes just a few minutes online, allowing you to customize your cadence and skip deliveries when plans change.