Top 10 Natural Allergy Remedies
- Published on: 22 April, 2014
- Last update: 27 January, 2016
Hey guys! A lot of you have been asking me for natural allergy remedies lately. My boyfriend is suffering himself – some years it’s worse than others and this is definitely a bad one! No one should have to deal with the debilitating fatigue, itchy eyes, and runny nose, so here are the best natural remedies I could dig up.
1. Golden Elixir (pictured above) – 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. grated ginger, 1 tbsp. raw honey, 1/2 tsp. bee pollen, and 1 tsp. lemon juice. Local honey and bee pollen are best, because you are reacting to local plants, pollen, and allergens. Mix all ingredients together and eat by the spoonful for immediate relief.
2. Nettle & Peppermint tea – 1 tsp. dried peppermint leaves, 1 tsp. dried nettle leaf, honey and lemon. Brew the leaves into a tea by adding hot water. Strain and use honey and lemon to taste. Nettle is an amazing herb that relieves arthritis, lowers blood pressure, and helps allergies! Peppermint contains a flavonoid called luteolin-7-O-rutinoside which can help inhibit the activity and secretion of histamines that cause all of those pesky symptoms.
3. LOCAL Bee Pollen – Expose yourself to small amounts of the allergens you will face during allergy season by ingesting LOCAL bee pollen 5 months before you usually begin to experience symptoms. For example, take the bee pollen in January if your allergies start in April. This will desensitize you to local allergens and will help your body recognize and accept them instead of producing an inflammation response. You will, in essence, build up a “tolerance.” So start slow – take a few pollen granules per day under the tongue. Increase the dosage by 1 granule per day until you work up to 1 tbsp. Once you are consuming a full tablespoon, you can get creative and add the pollen to your yogurt, smoothies, trail mix and more.
4. Vitamin C – There is almost nothing that Vitamin C cannot help! High doses of Vitamin C can do wondrous things for cancer patients (read my post on it here). Vitamin C may help minimize many spring allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation related to allergic reactions. Eat foods rich in Vitamin C; chilli pepper and red pepper contain way more C than oranges, which is great because personally I LOVE them, especially raw. You can also take a Vitamin C supplement, I prefer to take a whole food source such as raw camu camu powder or wild-harvested amla powder.
5. Quercetin – This compound is naturally found in many foods. It has been proven to mimic the anti-histamine properties of some allergy drugs! Foods that are high in quercetin can help you naturally block some histamine related to allergies. Some of those foods include garlic, onion, apples and cayenne pepper.
6. Onion water (sounds crazy but works) – 1 red onion (chopped in rings), 4 cups of water, organic raw honey. Remember Quercetin from #5? Onions are chock full of this amazing stuff. Quercetin has been shown to inhibit inflammation, as well as act as a bronchodilator, opening up airways and helping you breathe easier. This water is an immediate decongestant.
7. Homemade Grass-Fed Bone Broth – I consider this the world’s most underutilized superfood. Bone broth boosts your immune system like nothing else and can actually prevent allergy symptoms. See my article here for directions on how to make your own.
8. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV can help prevent allergies before they even start by blocking histamine and therefore reducing the inflammation that is a common symptom of allergies. Take a shot in water first thing in the AM, or mix a shot into homemade lemonade (water, lemon, stevia, ACV). Read my post about 40 uses for apple cider vinegar, including weight loss, here.
9. Eat apples & walnuts – especially together! Walnuts contain magnesium, which aide wheezing or coughing. Their vitamin E can boost immunity and protects your body from inflammation responses to allergens. Apples, like onions, contain quercetin, and naturally reduce the production of histamine. An apple a day keeps the allergies away.
10. Chamomile Tea – drink this tea to calm your nervous system, then put warm tea bags over dry, itchy and swollen eyes. Let sit for 10 minutes for best results.