Seasonal allergies are awful!
It doesn’t matter what season it is—sufferers of allergies tend to experience symptoms throughout the changes in weather.
From fall to spring, sometimes putting up with seasonal allergies feels like a constant battle.
But before you reach for that risky over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine you picked up at the supermarket, let’s talk about some natural remedies for your allergies.
After reading this, you’ll have a list of homemade DIY remedies to combat your seasonal allergies!
So what are the best natural remedies for your allergies?
From my experience, the following natural remedies has worked pretty amazing for me, my family and my patients when it comes to seasonal allergies. So whether you suffer from pollen in the spring or mold in the rainy season, they can help!
Conventional allergy medications can make you feel drowsy and hinder your daily activities and they often come with negative side effects, because of the instant short term results they bring.
These natural remedies are more budget-friendly and many of them have extra health benefits besides just helping your seasonal allergies, and best of all, they are natural, which means you won’t have to worry about negative side effects.
Check out these natural remedies for seasonal allergies!
1. Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle is a plant that has been used for centuries for a variety of health ailments. This plant is native to North America and widely seen in woody terrains.
If you find stinging nettle in the wild, you’ll get a fairly intense stinging feeling if you brush up against it. Taken internally, no such reaction occurs.
Besides being excellent for seasonal allergies such as hay fever, stinging nettle also helps with:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Prostate issues such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Purifying the blood
- Mitigating eczema.
Stinging nettle is great as a tea whether you use the fresh leaves of a plant or a dried herb form, but you may also choose to use supplements.
Taken as a tea, you can either steep a few fresh leaves or about 1 tablespoon of dried in very hot water for several minutes. Enjoy with some raw honey for extra benefits and a better taste!
Why it works: Stinging nettle helps to combat the histamine reactions in the body during seasonal allergy time. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
This is interesting because the stinging nettle plant contains histamine in itself, but is actually very effective at helping ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
2. Vitamin C
At a recommended dosage of about 2,000 milligrams per day, vitamin C has been shown to reduce allergy symptoms.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help combat the symptoms of allergies and provide you with relief. Studies show that vitamin C can help the immune system of people who react to pollen and other allergens, especially when under stress.
How should you take vitamin C? Getting it from foods is great, but you may also choose to take a quality supplement.
Foods with the highest content of vitamin C include:
And of course, don’t forget oranges!
Why it works: Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system in allergy sufferers, combat stress, and can even help with toxicity and cancer.
3. Bee Pollen
It’s likely you’ve heard of this superfood, but you’re surprised to see it on this list, right?
Bee pollen is high in B vitamins as well as antioxidants, even healthy fats and amino acids! Although it’s not technically vegan, it is cruelty-free!
Bee pollen has been shown to be effective at treating seasonal allergies because it reduces the body’s production of histamine, which happens when your immune system responds to a outdoor allergens like pollen.
It’s important to try a small granule of bee pollen first to ensure you don’t react to it. By placing the granule in your mouth and letting it dissolve, you’ll be able to tell if you tolerate this supplement.
Bee pollen is available from local beekeepers or at your local health food store. It comes in small granules that can be easily added to smoothies, yogurt, or just taken with a spoon!
Why it works: Bee pollen helps to inhibit immunoglobulin (IgE), which is protein that functions as an antibody, and other antigens that are often present when allergic reactions occur.
Pineapple contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme that is an essential character in fighting allergies and histamine reactions!
Bromelain has other health benefits: it can help with sinus infections, wounds, even arthritis and cancer. Consuming pineapple may help relieve your seasonal allergies, especially since it’s also high in vitamin C!
Health cautions about consuming too much bromelain: it can stimulate menstruation, thin the blood, and even soften muscle tissue if consumed in excess. Always consult your natural healthcare professional about the healthy quantities of bromelain to consume.
Why it works: Bromelain has anti-inflammatory effects which can help with your immune response to seasonal irritants such as pollen, grass, or mold.
Probiotics have been shown to be an effective treatment when it comes to seasonal allergies. They can even help to prevent symptoms and the immune response that comes when exposed to irritants.
Probiotics can be found in a capsule form, but try to source these naturally from food if you can, such as from yogurt, kimchi, and kombucha. Sauerkraut and kefir are excellent sources as well!
Probiotics can also help to heal your gut restore digestive function, which further aids your immune system–after all, your gut plays a central role in immune function!
Why it works: Probiotics can help to provide a protective barrier against bacteria and increase immune system function, therefore helping to soothe allergy symptoms and prevent them in the first place!
6. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an essential compound that our bodies need to stay healthy. This is also true when it comes to allergies–vitamin A helps fight the inflammation that is common with seasonal allergies and promotes healthy mucosal surfaces of the body.
Vitamin A also helps to support healthy eyes, a healthy immune system, and can even lower your risk of cancer.
You can get vitamin A in two forms: preformed vitamin A (such as milk and eggs) and provitamin A (such as vegetables and fruits).
Foods highest in vitamin A include:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Red Pepper
- Butternut Squash
- Beef Liver
Why it works: Supplementing with vitamin A or getting plenty of vitamin A in the diet helps support a healthy gut, a healthy immune system, and healthy mucous membranes.
7. Red Clover
Red clover is a fantastic herb that can be an effective natural remedy for your seasonal allergies!
Why it works: Red clover is anti-inflammatory and can help with coughing and sneezing that frequently accompany seasonal allergies. It also helps to boost the immune system and decrease the symptoms of respiratory ailments!
Seasonal allergies can be a damper on the lovely springtime season that often sees more people outdoors. You can enjoy the warmer temperatures and combat your sensitivity to pollen by incorporating some of these natural home remedies for seasonal allergies!
Dealing with allergies isn’t fun, but doing it the natural way is best. Avoid OTC allergy medications that can cause other adverse health effects–these natural remedies can give your immune system a natural boost and relieve symptoms.
What allergies do you suffer from? Have you tried any of these natural remedies? Let us know what you’ve found that works!