Many people unnecessarily suffer from seasonal allergies when a few simple remedies can offer a lot of allergy relief: As prime allergy season approaches (at least in our area) I’m sharing the natural resources that I’ve found to be the most effective for seasonal allergies and that I use when needed. These won’t be as immediately useful as a medication, but over the long-term have lessened my seasonal allergies significantly.
A runny nose, itchy eyes, and the infuriating sensation of not being able to sneeze? The pollen count is on the rise as the weather warms up which means one thing allergies. When it comes to home remedies for allergies, you hear a lot about local raw honey preventing them.
It is work because the regular intake of local pollen will help built your immunity before the symptoms start, thereby providing relief when the season hits. And while it does work for some people, let’s not forget that there are plenty of remedies you can try at home to help relieve the common symptoms of seasonal allergies. As a Minnesotan, I intend to soak up every last bit of warm weather, especially after our brutal winter, and I’ll be utilizing some remedies to help fight any allergies dragging me down.
1Natural Allergy Relief
We don’t suffer from many allergies anymore after our time on the GAPS diet, but we still occasionally get hit with an allergy attack from dust. These simple natural remedies have been very effective for allergy relief in our family. Different people seem to benefit from various treatments, so it might be worth trying more than one of these to see which works best for you.
If local honey isn’t doing the trick for you, try bee pollen. The same concept lies behind how it works starting in small amounts and gradually increasing the dosage daily will help build up your immunity to the pollen in your area.
Here you expose yourself to allergens before allergy season, so your system doesn’t take a huge blow when the air fills with pollen. There are two vital parts to this remedy first, make sure you are not anaphylactic or severely allergic to bees, or so allergic to pollen that you experience anaphylaxis. Second, get local pollen. You also need to make sure that your pollen is coming from a good source, and free from insecticides.
There are 3 forms (granules, capsules, and powder) but I prefer granules. Bee pollen is crunchy, musty, and very floral-enjoy it plain or sprinkles some over yogurt or oatmeal in the morning!
Start taking pollen 5 months before your allergies flare Start with 1 or 2 granules under the tongue and let them dissolve or chew them. The next day increases the dosage by 1 granule. Continue this until you feel confident that you will not have a reaction. If you experience no adverse reaction, you can take up to 1 tablespoon daily throughout allergy season.
3Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an age-old remedy that is recommended for a variety of health conditions. I’ve personally used it for allergy relief with great success. The theory is that its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies.
4Red Onion Water For Allergy Relief
Onions contain a water-soluble chemical compound called quercetin, which has been demonstrated in preliminary studies to reduce the amount of histamine produced by the body, therefore reducing symptoms of allergies. It is, essentially, nature’s version of an anti-histamine.
Thinly slice the onion and add it to the water. Allow it to infuse for 8-12 hours before drinking 1-2 times daily. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir some honey into individual glasses when you drink it if you like (I recommend it.)
5Quercetin For Allergy Relief
Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid that is said to help stabilize mast cells to keep them from releasing histamine. It is best used as a long-term remedy & many people start taking it about 4-6 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy. As with any herb, you should check with your doctor before using.
The Quercetin is natural in foods like citrus and broccoli, it is tough to get the amount need to relieve allergies from food alone. A supplemental dose can be helpful for preventing allergies or helping acute symptoms. Not recommended during pregnancy or nursing though some practitioners feel it is safe after the first trimester and while nursing.
6Nettle Leaf For Allergy Relief
Nettle leaf is another natural antihistamine that can be very effective as it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. It grows in many places and can be made into a tincture or tea, but for allergy relief. Capsules made from dried nettle leaves are the easiest and most effective option.
Nettle leaf can also use in combination with other herbs to make a soothing herbal tea for allergy relief. It is the mix of peppermint leaf and sometimes red raspberry leaf to make a refreshing allergy relief tea.
I often include nettle in homemade herbal tea during allergy season and use capsules for sharp relief of allergy symptoms.
7Probiotics For Allergy Relief
Allergies are the result of an imbalance in the immune system that causes the body to react too strongly to stimuli. New research links the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut with reduced incidence of allergies. The evidence is even emerging that a mother’s gut bacteria during pregnancy and nursing can impact a child’s likelihood of getting allergies throughout life.
To Use :
I make sure we consume a varied diet that includes fermented foods and drinks like Kombucha or Kefir, which can hep boost gut bacteria. We also take a high-quality probiotic capsule.
8Local Honey- Easy Way To Get Rid Of Allergy Relief
There isn’t much scientific evidence to back this one, but there seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence from people who have tried it. The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. This is supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot” and doesn’t seem to have a downside.
To Use :
Consume a teaspoon or more of raw, unprocessed local honey from as close to where you live as possible. Do this one or more times a day to help relieve symptoms.
Be aware that line drying your clothes can contribute to allergies as all of the pollen sailing around sticks to it. If you simply must open your window, don’t fling it open all the way. Allergens will fly into the house and settle on everything. At the end of the day, briefly, rinse off with fresh water. Doing so will rinse any pollen stuck in your hair or on your skin off. It also ensures you don’t transfer a bunch to your bedding!
If all else fails, sometimes dietary changes can be the answer to allergy problems. In our experience, the GAPS diet helped relieve many of the allergy symptoms we experienced, including some rather severe food allergies in one of our children. After our experience, I’d encourage this as an option, especially for severe allergies or those in need of gut healing/rebalancing.