Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Simple home remedies, proven to offer effective relief to many seasonal allergy sufferers

"Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies"

The eye-watering misery of seasonal allergies affect millions of people worldwide, with symptoms felt anywhere during the period from early spring through to the end of  the Autumn/Fall. If you’re a sufferer, you may well find that while you get some relief from taking conventional medication, they carry with them unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness and even depression. One assumes that anti-histamine medications prevent the production of histamine but they don’t.  Antihistamines merely block the action of histamine at receptor sites. In other words, they suppress the appearance of physical symptoms, but do nothing to address the underlying cause.

Allergies occur as a result of the over-reaction of the body’s immune system to allergens such as grass, pollens, airborne fungi, cosmetics and certain foods. When an allergen is introduced, the body reacts by producing an abundance of inflammatory compounds, such as histamine, from mast cells. This attempt to find and destroy the allergen brings on the sufferer’s symptoms of sneezing, watery eyes and a runny nose.

Though many natural remedies can be very effective, allergist Marianne Frieri MD and chairwoman of Allergy and Immunology at Nassau Medical Center NY, explains that “Natural doesn’t always mean better, or safer”. She points out that “It’s possible to overdose on even the most seemingly mild preparations, and that almost anything in nature’s pharmacy could cause a toxic reaction if you use too much.” Most importantly she says, “Never mix alternative treatments with traditional drugs without your doctor’s approval.” Dr Frieri continues, “If, for example, you are taking the allergy drug Allegra (an antihistamine) — at the same time you decide to try a natural substance with antihistaminic properties, you can end up with far too much antihistaminic activity, which can result in some significant problems.” She also cautions, “Those with moderate to severe allergies should always consult an allergist first, before seeking alternative treatments”. It is thought to start your treatments a good three to four weeks before the start of the hay fever season, to achieve the best results.

Quercetin"home remedies for seasonal allergies" is a type of antioxidant called a flavonoid also known as a bio-flavonoid. This natural antioxidant helps rid the body of free radicals that can cause damage to cells which can lead to cancer. It is also believed to hinder the release of histamine, an inflammatory chemical the body produces in response to allergens. Quercetin is found naturally in many foods including broccoli, berries, wine, lettuce, capers, tomatoes, parsley, citrus fruits apples and onions. It almost goes without saying that to eat a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, is a must for any allergy sufferer. For those who wish to supplement their intake of Quercetin, then a dosage of 1000mg a day is recommended. If you are pregnant, lactating or suffer from liver disease, please consult your doctor before taking any supplements.

CartenoidsHome Remedies for Seasonal Remedies" are a family of pigments found in plants as well as animals. They are powerful antioxidants that help mop up free radicals and help the immun system to work more effectively. Good sources of  these cartenoids can be found in orange carrots, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli, egg yolk, peppers, tomatoes, papaya, apricots and watermelon.

Nettle (Urtica dioica)"Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies" is thought to be nature’s answer to antihistamine, and behaves in a similar way to conventional medication without the nasty side effects. It inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. Before the allergy season arrives, it would make sense to start  drinking nettle teas on a regular basis. Anyone who wishes to supplement this further should take a dose of 300mg a day which should offer significant relief. Please ensure you do not mistake this herb with another similar species Urtica Urens, which has quite the opposite effect and is loaded with histamine.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids."Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies" Research is revealing that these wonderful acids reduce inflammatory chemicals in the body over time. Although allergy related research is far from conclusive, a recent study in Europe has shown that there is a decreased chance of allergy in those participants who had the highest levels of omega 3 fatty acids in their  blood cells. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds ( my latest discovery and loaded with this precious oil! )  walnuts and animals that have been grass-fed.

Elderberry Tincture"Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies"    Elderberry juice is a traditional remedy which is used both internally and and topically to treat cuts, colds and flu.  Research at the University of Maryland Medical Center, suggests that elderberry juice may be effective in treating inflammation of the mucous membranes and therefore reducing nasal congestion, which may make it a beneficial treatment for those suffering with allergies. Learn how to make your own tincture here on Natural Mothers Network: Homemade Elderberry Tincture Recipe


Raw Honey Allergy Warning!
"Home remedies for seasonal allergies" Some people recommend eating raw honey in the belief that the tiny particles of flower pollen in local honey can be considered an inoculation that will make their seasonal allergies easier to endure and relieve symptoms. By eating small amounts of the trees or flowers you are allergic to in local, raw honey, you build up your tolerance to these allergens. For many sufferers this appears to work, but there have also been many  reported instances of people eating raw honey (containing unknown levels of pollen) who subsequently suffered severe allergic reactions and even anaphylactic shock- symptoms varied from shortness of breath, dizziness, low blood pressure, fainting and even heart failure. Proceed with caution if you have a known history of seasonal allergies!

Do you know of any home remedies for seasonal allergies I’ve not included? Please leave a comment below if you have found one that really works for you!

Disclaimer: All material on this website is provided for educational purposes only, although every effort is made to provide accurate and up-to-date information. Unless otherwise noted, the articles at this website are not written by doctors or other health care professionals. If you are concerned about your health, or that of your child, consult with your health care provider regarding the advisability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your individual situation.

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Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca's days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.

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  1. Interesting–I have been drinking nettle tea to help with my iron levels recently, and while some of my family has been sneezing, I have not had many problems lately–despite the high pollen levels. I know many who are stuggling with allergies lately, but it hasn’t been a huge problem for me of late. I had to go check the latin name of my nettle leaves, and sure enough: Urtica Dioica. Interesting!

  2. Jennifer says:

    We have been eating raw, local honey for a couple of years now and our allergies are better. I do have nettle tea in the cabinet, I will try that too.

    • I also eat row honey on regular basis as it has several properties like anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It is a powerful antioxidant, make stronger the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections.

  3. Gale says:

    I’ve also read that most of the polens that cause seasonal allergies are air-borne, while most of the pollens that are distributed by bees are heavier, and therefore what you’re inoculating yourself against may not be the polens that usually find their way to your nose.

  4. Kasondra says:

    I think it’s really funny that I sneezed the instant I pulled up the page…

    I take an Allegra occasionally but I might try diet things for the next few weeks and see how I do! Thanks for the post!!

  5. Heather H. says:

    I have had great luck with Quercitin. This year I’m trying a new liquid extract (in capsules). Gaia Herbs makes a formula called Aller-Leaf. It has Turmeric, Nettle, Bayberry bark, feverfew tops, eyebright, chinese skullcap, goldenseal and yarrow flower in it. It is very affordable and so far I haven’t had one allergy symptom.

    Great article!

  6. Jerry says:

    This is great advice if someone doesn’t have insurance and can’t make it to the doctor to get meds for their allergies. I also suffer from seasonal allergies and had no idea that stinging nettles were good for them. I will start making that tea and hope it leads to less watery eyes!

  7. Amber says:

    Thank you for this great post! We are all sick right now with allergies. All the trees in our area are blooming and it’s just miserable.

    Thank you for sharing this post with us last week on AFW! Be sure to check back this week for reader favorites and hostess picks.

    Be Well,
    –Amber & AFW Hostesses

  8. Crescent says:

    You can also boil Thyme in water and inhale the steam. It’ll dilute the mucus in your nasal passages, lungs, and bronchial tubes. This can help clear out sinus headaches and even clear out the symptoms of seasonal allergies for some odd reason.

  9. dodo says:

    wow… it’s new to me to know that raw honey can be dangerous if we consume it. I usually drink green coconut water (immature coconut)to treat my allergies (my symptoms are that my skin becomes red and feels itchy), it really works if we rest after dranking it…

  10. analy says:

    wow nice post, it is very helpful to those who doesn’t know about remedies of allergies, good tips . thanks

  11. Lee says:

    Hi
    That was a great read. I have never had hay fever before but have been sneezing and my eyes have been itching for weeks. Your site has been really informative. I was just going to go to the chemist and get some anti histomines. But now I am going to look at dieters remedies first.

    Thanks again lee

  12. Jenny says:

    Hey these are really useful for me because i avoid taking over-the-counter medicines as much as i can. Honey and ginger is my favorite combination for common allergies.

  13. lisa says:

    Simple home remedies are all ways at it best. Really loved your post rebecca waiting for some more.

  14. Senn says:

    I always use nettipots for seasonal allergies. This is good though because now I have some new things to try. Maybe these kids will stop having runny noses 24/7 during the spring now!

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  16. Home care says:

    Very informative post, indeed! We often suffer from seasonal allergies, but nature has given us everything. We do not use them due to unawareness. Thanks for sharing such simple and effective home remedies.

  17. subhorup says:

    Noticed that Ginger and Holy Basil was not included and thought of mentioning them. Ginger is not only great for the sniffles and sore throats that come with the colder season, but also a good way to calm down upset digestion. Holy Basil (Indian Tulasi) is a great immunity booster. Both make for great tea infusions, by themselves or together or with regular black or green tea.

  18. Marc says:

    Is it me or does it seem like allergies of all kinds are on the rise. It seems like it is harder and harder to find people who are not either suffering from allergies or on medication to solve the problem. It is nice to know that the need to continually go first to the pharmaceutical cabinet is not the best course here. Your useful remedies has had me breathing easier, immediately. What’s best is that there is a lack of all the side effects that you can get from other medications. Thanks so much for the useful information. It really has helped, I am very grateful and so are my sinuses.