Nine Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Nine Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

I remember growing up watching my mom suffer from seasonal allergies every year. I felt fortunate that I didn’t have any allergies, especially because even as a young child I hated the idea of taking pills. That all changed when I moved a couple of years ago. Something in the air now gets me every Spring, and I’ve learned firsthand how downright miserable seasonal allergies can be. But I still hate the idea of taking pills. Besides the side effects and questionable ingredients, pharmaceutical remedies are pricey.

No thanks.

Thankfully there are several natural remedies for seasonal allergies.

How allergies affect your life

Sneezing, itching, watery eyes… there’s really nothing fun about seasonal allergies. But beyond just the annoying symptoms, studies have shown that during certain seasons that allergy sufferers often experience a general sense of fatigue and are more prone to sadness. People who suffer from allergies are also up to 14 times more likely to experience migraines (source).

Yikes.

What causes seasonal allergies?

When an allergen trigger like pollen lands on top of receptors in our nasal passage it alerts the body to release histamine. Histamines are naturally occurring. They initiate a series of reactions that are designed to help the body get rid of unwanted visitors. The problem is when body overreacts to non-harmful substances. That’s when we end up with the constant itchy eyes and runny nose. For some people these reactions can become increasingly bothersome and in some instances can make it difficult to breathe.

Nine natural remedies for seasonal allergies.

Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Here are some of the most popular approaches to dealing with seasonal allergies that don’t involve pharmaceuticals.

1. Nasal Rinse/Neti Pot

Nine natural remedies for seasonal allergies.Neti pots rinse the nasal passage. This simple act also rinses away allergens. These small pots have been used in India for thousands of years. An Italian study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that nasal flushing was a mild and effective way to treat seasonal allergies in children, and markedly reduced their use of antihistamines (source).

Neti pots are widely available online and at natural food stores. Use your pot about twice a day during allergy season, especially in the morning and after spending time outdoors. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. And be prepared to feel a little weird the first time you use it. I personally love my Neti Pot. It’s been the most simple and effective means to help me deal with seasonal allergies.

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2. Local Raw Honey

Raw, local honey has been known to reduce allergies for a long time. The idea behind it: If you know what it is that causes your allergies to flare up, your body can build a tolerance to it if you consume local honey from that specific plant source. Check out your local farmers market and do a little research to find the honey that’s best for you.

3. Cool-Mist Humidifier

Nine natural remedies for seasonal allergies.According to John Salerno, DO, a family practitioner at Patients Medical holistic wellness center in New York City: “When it’s still a little cool at night and indoor humidity is low, using a cool-mist humidifier can help get allergens out of the air. Water droplets bind to the allergens, and they get heavy and fall to the floor so you don’t inhale them” (source).

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4. Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) behaves in much the same way as many of the drugs sold to treat allergies. With one big bonus: no ugly side effects like drowsiness or dry mouth.

Nettle actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. It’s a common weed in many parts of the United States, but the most practical medicinal form is a freeze-dried extract of the leaves sold in capsules. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams daily will offer relief for most people, although the effects may last only a few hours. You also can make your own tinctures or teas with stinging nettle (source).

A simple tea made from nettle leaves is very effective. Be careful, however, if you are foraging for your own herbs as contact with the stinging hairs on fresh nettle can cause skin inflammation, so wear protective gloves when handling it. Always do your research or consult with an expert before making your own herbal remedies.

5. Raw, organic apple cider vinegar

Nine natural remedies for seasonal allergies.Another win for ACV! According to many, taking a tablespoon of raw, organic apple cider vinegar before going outside helps with seasonal allergies by blocking our body’s histamine reaction. It also reduces inflammation. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with a cup of warm water and a spoonful of local, raw honey.

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6. Keep the pollen out

Some of the most basic and simple ways to reduce seasonal allergies is to be diligent about keeping pollen out of your house. Wash your hair before at night. Put fresh sheets on your bed. Don’t line-dry clothes outside. Keep windows closed during peak allergen hours.

7. Essential Oils

Many find relief through the use of various essential oils including lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. Simply diffuse a few drops in a humidifier or cold air diffuser. Or massage oils using a carrier oil (like olive, coconut, almond, or jojoba) into the feet, wrists, face, and chest. (Mix 1 drop of essential oil into 1 Tbs. of carrier oil).  (Learn how to get my favorite essential oils at wholesale prices here.)

8. Acupuncture and Homeopathic remedies

Both acupuncture and homeopathic remedies have been used successfully to help with seasonal allergies. Find a qualified healthcare practitioner who can help you with your unique situation.

9. Eat well

Not surprising, our diet can also help with seasonal allergies. A German study, published in the journal Allergy, found that participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms than those who didn’t regularly eat these foods (source). Avoiding highly processed foods, pasteurized dairy, and consuming lots of probiotic rich foods can strengthen your immune system and help keep seasonal allergies at bay.

Not sure where to start? Check out my real food basics to get you going.

 

There you go, lots of options to explore as you combat those nasty seasonal allergies naturally. Tell me, what are you favorite ways to deal with allergies?

Nine natural remedies for seasonal allergies.

Sources:
http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/six-natural-allergy-remedies.aspx
http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/natural-remedies-for-seasonal-allergies/
http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/conditions-diseases/10-all-natural-allergy-remedies-106253#ixzz2S4jJDPFy

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21 comments

  1. Sarah

    One of the fastest effective remedies I’ve found for itchy allergy eyes is vitamin c. I was told that your eyes store vitamin c, and when they start to itch and water, it is because your body is robbing vitamin c from them to help fight the allergy. So you have to replenish it. I’ve sucked on limes and lemons for a quick temporary fix, like when I’m at a friends house with cats, or just take the vitamin pills when it’s allergy season and I feel like clawing my eyes out all day. On days like that, I take one in the morning, one at night, and keep some in my pocket for throughout the day, sometimes taking as much as 3 or 4000 mg in a day. Never had any side effects, and it works within 15 minutes. One of the best things I’ve ever learned. Buy I’m excited to try some of these others for people who allergies but no itchy eyes.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Wow, that’s cool. My allergies are generally all “nose” related, but this will be a handy little tip to keep in mind. :)

  2. jen

    Thank you for these tips…I usually end up using flonase for my allergies but last year it started giving me headaches and I didn’t want to keep using medication. Two weeks ago my husband and I started the Whole 30 program and my allergies have only been a very minor annoyance a couple of times. As long as I drink some ice water, they go away pretty quickly. Diet can really make a huge difference in the way you feel. I tried the neti pot but usually waited until my allergies were already out of control. I really want to try it again and see if I can make them disappear all together. Thanks again!

    1. DrMommaLaelle

      The two times I’ve followed the Whole 30 program were just about the only time I can remember where all of my allergy symptoms pretty much disappeared! No having to blow my nose throughout the night and even visiting friends with cats didn’t bother me. Looking forward to following it again and sticking to it more closely after once my babe is born (any day now) and I’m feeling up for it :-).

      1. DrMommaLaelle

        I’ve used just about all the remedies in this article too. They all help to some extent, but not the same as eating an entirely clean diet!

  3. Rachel

    Awesome recommendations! If I have an allergy attack I mix 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tsp. Raw local honey, and 1/8 tsp. Saigon Cinnamon with 8 oz. of water. It really does work! I also give it to my son, he hates the ACV but admits that it works for him too. ;-)

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  5. Amanda

    I started the GAPS diet in January and I have not had any allergies at all. My husband who “sort of” does GAPS with me (meaning he cheats whenever he can lol!) spent all night last night suffering from hay fever. He finally took benadryl to keep it at bay. I’m thinking that I’ll get him back on kefir, water kefir and meat stock for a while. This is what happens when they don’t listen! :-)

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  7. CCM

    I have been eating a WAP diet for several years but still suffer from spring hay fever – where I have several days with overwhelming sneezing attack and histamine overload, runny nose, itchy eyes, sheer misery. The problem is quickly resolved with over the counter homeopathic hay fever pills. It’s amazing that the sneeze attack immediately stops upon my taking the pills. Don’t need more than a few doses and I have no more hay fever the rest of the season.

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  9. Robin T

    When the allergies still get bad, I put one drop of euchalytus, rosemary, and frankincense in my neti pot and drainage clears up immediately.

  10. Palak

    Does anybody know of breathing allergy?
    Since few years I fell shortness of breath.I checked with various doctors.Some would say,this is because of low hemoglobin,some would say you might have asthma,recently a doctor told me this might be breathing allergy.I have never heard of this before?
    Does anybody have any insights?


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      Robin Konie

      Hmmmm… haven’t heard of that term before. Did you ask him what that means?

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