Allergies cause your body to treat common substances as if they were invaders, resulting in a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms including hives, rashes, breathing troubles, headaches, and sinus issues. Fortunately, natural remedies for allergies, like apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and nettle leaf are quite effective at relieving immediate symptoms in addition to providing long-term healing of chronic allergies.
If you are able to eliminate the allergens that irritate you, by all means, do so, especially if you are dealing with a mold allergy. But if the pollen outside is the root of your allergy problems, “getting rid of the allergen” could sentence you to entire seasons indoors. Worse yet, if your beloved pet is the cause of your allergy problem, “getting rid of the allergen” would mean finding another home for a pet that brings you happiness and companionship, which is a dismal solution.
10 Home Remedies for Allergies
While antihistamines can be a temporary solution to allergies, they do not heal the allergy and can have short and long-term side effects. The 10 natural remedies below are relatively inexpensive, easy to take and surprisingly effective!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
A simple apple cider vinegar tonic (2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in 1 8 ounce glass of water) can provide quick and effective allergy relief. By alkalizing your pH, apple cider vinegar helps ease allergic reactions from pollen. People experience relief within hours if taken at the early onset of allergy symptoms. For those with chronic allergies, the apple cider vinegar remedy will take 2-4 weeks to be effective.
Turmeric root powder is inexpensive and has amazing healing properties. It reduces inflammation in the body. The best way to take turmeric is to add ½ teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of whole milk (or almond milk) with a pinch of black pepper. This can be taken once or twice a day. Golden milk is a delicious way to take turmeric on a daily basis.
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine. It also purifies the blood. This is a remedy that provides short and long-term healing. You can buy nettle leaf capsules and take 2-4 of them 2-3 times a day. Alternately, try a cup of nettle tea 1-3 times a day. Nettle is a powerful but gentle remedy. Nettle was used as a “spring tonic” generations ago.
Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant found in berries, red wine, onions, apples, and green tea. Quercetin is becomingly increasingly popular as an allergy relief supplement.
Quercetin has anti-allergy, anti-viral, and gastroprotective activity. It is highly effective in alleviating allergy symptoms because it stabilizes mast cell membranes and prevents the release of inflammatory agents like histamines. A typical dose of quercetin for allergy symptoms is a 400 mg, taken 2 times daily between meals.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take quercetin. People with kidney disease should avoid taking quercetin as well.
5. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling helps a variety of health problems and has been found effective to treat allergies. Extra virgin coconut oil is a common oil used for oil pulling. For extensive information on oil pulling, see this page.
Honey is such a seemingly simple food, yet it is a complex substance containing a multitude of health benefits. The best honey to treat allergies (especially seasonal allergies) is raw and local honey sold in glass jars. Honey can be added to your morning oatmeal, spread on toast, or added to tea. You can even just take it off the spoon. Try 1 teaspoon 1-3 times a day for your allergies.
7. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine which supports your immune system. Most people can tolerate much larger amounts of vitamin C than the typical recommended daily amount. 1-3 grams (1,000 – 3,000 mg) can be taken one to three times a day. Start with a smaller amount and increase your dose until you have the desired results. If you begin to have loose stools, cut back the amount you take. When your body is adequately saturated with vitamin C, it starts to flush it out through the bowels.
Sodium Ascorbate is a more gentle way to take vitamin C than ascorbic acid. Do watch out for vitamin c supplements with additives and artificial ingredients. Artificial sugars are common in chewable vitamin C supplements.
Sometimes a solution as simple as water will provide allergy relief. The body needs plenty of water to keep irritants flushed out. Adding a bit of sea salt to your water keeps it from “going right through you.” If you add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt to a quart of water and consume it through the day, you will help you body to be properly hydrated. If this water is all you drink, you will want to consume 2 quarts of water daily.
Allergy problems manifested through the skin or your nasal passages, commonly begin in the gut. If your gut has an imbalance or lack of “good” bacteria, allergies can result. To remedy this, take a quality probiotic each day. Better yet, consume a probiotic food like kefir or kombucha.
10. Dietary Changes
Your body will work the best if you feed it quality fuel. Consume more whole foods. Eat less processed foods. Avoid excess sugars, white flour, and soda pop. Some people find that a particular food is the root of an allergy issue. Dairy products and wheat products are often linked to allergy problems. This may be a result of the processing of the foods. If you can find raw dairy products or bread made without chemicals (at farmer’s markets) your body may be better able to tolerate these foods.
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