It’s that time of year — when seasonal allergies flare up for many sufferers.
Our family is lucky and doesn’t have seasonal allergies, but we know many people who do. We’ve been exploring various natural remedies to help our friends, and we hope that they’ll help you, too.
What Causes Seasonal Allergies?
The typical explanation is that seasonal allergies are caused by histamine. That is, you’re allergic to specific plants (ragweed is common), and when the pollen gets in your nose, it produces histamines, causing the sneezing, watery eyes, and so on that are common.
But really…seasonal allergies (just as with all allergies) start in the gut. It’s true! Research in the last few years has revealed that this is true. (Which is awesome news, because rates of seasonal allergy sufferers have been rising rapidly over the last decade or so.)
This means that there is help. You are not doomed to simply have to stay in the house and avoid potential allergens for the rest of your life. In fact, natural remedies may even be better than conventional, because conventional remedies only aim to stop the symptoms. They don’t actually address the root cause. These natural remedies can address the true cause, and may even lead to lessening of symptoms over time — even if you don’t use them as much!
5 Natural Seasonal Allergy Remedies
Since seasonal allergies start in the gut, probiotics are a great way to address them. In fact, this study shows that probiotic supplements are beneficial. (This study does too.) There’s not one specific strain shown to be more beneficial than others right now, since this is a new area of research. Choose a product with multiple strains in it and ideally, take it all the time — not just during allergy season. Probiotics, over time, will help to heal the gut and lead to a reduction in seasonal allergy symptoms.
Of course, this is not exactly quick and easy relief! Which is why we need some other options.
2. Raw honey
Raw honey has been shown to be extremely beneficial in a number of ways, including being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which can help reduce seasonal allergies. Some have seen benefits because of the local pollen in the honey, which can help “desensitize” people. Start slowly, though, if you have allergies, as it can make things worse for some.
Freeze-dried nettles have been shown to be very beneficial for seasonal allergies. Most people take them in capsule form, but tea form may help some (others only notice benefits specifically with *freeze-dried* and not with other forms). This study, too, shows that nettles are beneficial for seasonal allergies.
Studies have shown turmeric powder (in capsules) to be beneficial for allergies, too (and a whole lot more! We use it a lot). There’s more evidence here, and here. Turmeric is really a beneficial herb to have on hand. Try a couple of capsules and play with the dose until you find what works for you. It can be mixed with raw honey for little ones to take, if they can’t swallow capsules.
5. Herbal Formulas
Of course, these are not the only herbs beneficial for seasonal allergies. There are several others. Earthley Wellness has some of the best herbal formulas if you look for a more natural remedies approach. This list of herbal products was developed to help relieve allergy symptoms and get to the root of allergy troubles. These herbal remedies are made with the natural ingredients mentioned above and many more.
If you’re looking for real relief and aren’t ready to mess with trying out your own herbal remedies, here are a few natural remedies to help with seasonal allergies:
Cod Liver Oil: Take a 1/2 teaspoon of cod liver oil daily. Cod liver oil is rich in vitamins A & D, which help with the immune system, and omega-3s, which help with gut issues and inflammation.
Sinus Saver: This herbal tincture is a powerhouse, a formulated natural antihistamine, and anti-inflammatory to help with year-round allergies. Combine this tincture with liver-supporting herbs to clear the liver from excess histamines for the perfect allergy remedy. Use this daily during allergy season; consistency is vital for the best results! It can be used as needed for colds and sinus pressure too. FYI, this has a spicy taste; it; is recommended to be added to a favorite juice or smoothie.
Breathe Well Salve: Allergies can cause symptoms like chest congestion and tightness. This salve was created as a natural vapor rub made with natural essential oils like Clary Sage and Rosalina for respiratory ease and is also designed for the whole family (six months and up). Roll this salve on the chest or bottom of the feet for cold chest relief.
Immune-Aid Vitamin C Powder: Vitamin C helps many people who deal with seasonal allergies because it boosts the immune system, acts as a natural antihistamine, and has anti-inflammatory properties. This powder was designed with organic, 100% pure food that your body can absorb and use. A teaspoon of this powder contains 560 mg of vitamin C, 930% of the daily value. Add a 1/2 tsp to a favorite juice or smoothie.