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Top 5 Natural Allergy Remedies: Querceten, Neti Pots and More

Updated on February 28, 2012

In America more than 26 million people suffer from seasonal allergies and 50 million suffer from allergies of all types. Most people turn to over the counter traditional medications for quick relief. Unfortunately, these medications only provide marginal relief and can have unpleasant and unhealthy side effects. These medications block histamine production and slow down the healing process. On the other hand, natural allergy remedies, although slow to provide relief, provide long term results by treating the underlying issue responsible for the onset of allergies.

A weak immune system is easily overcome by symptoms associated with allergies. A healthy diet and proper exercise while taking natural allergy remedies are the keys to building and maintaining a healthy, impenetrable immune system.

When allergens enter the body and attach themselves to mucous membranes immune cells which are loaded with histamines begin to attack the invader. The purpose of histamine to help the body get rid of intruders through sneezing, watery eyes and itching.

Traditional allergy medications such as antihistamines attempt to treat the symptoms brought on by the body in its attempt to get rid of the allergen. The problem is that the medicine is prevents the histamines from removing the allergen, which masks the problem rather than providing a remedy. The result is chronic allergies and long term dependence on these medications. The best way to deal with allergies is to address the underlying problem which leads to them in the first place.

Here are the 5 Best Natural Allergy Remedies:

1) Neti Pots - You can rinse away allergens with saltwater. Neti pots have been used in India for thousands of years to flush the sinuses and keep them clear. The idea may take a little getting used to but it is very effective. The saltwater can rinse away those prickly pollen grains and help treat allergies and other forms of sinus congestion.

An Italian study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that nasal flushing was a mild and effective way to treat seasonal allergies in children, and reduced their use of antihistamines.

To flush your sinuses, mix a quarter to a half teaspoon of noniodized table salt into a cup of lukewarm water and pour it into the pot. (You can adjust the amount of salt, depending on what feels most comfortable.) Lean over a sink with your head slightly cocked to one side, then put the spout of the neti into one nostril and allow the water to drain out the other nostril.

Use about half of the solution, then repeat on the other side, tilting your head the opposite way. Gently blow out each nostril to clear them completely. Neti pots are widely available online and at natural food stores. Use your pot about twice a day during allergy season, especially in the morning and after spending time outdoors. You also can use a neti pot before bed to prevent snoring caused by allergies and promote optimal overnight breathing.

2) Stinging Nettle - If you need an antihistamine but don't want to experience the side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness, stinging nettle works in a similar manner to drugs sold to treat allergies. It inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. The best way to get it is in capsule form from your local health store. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams daily will offer relief for most people, but the effects will probably last only a few hours.

3) Internal Cleansing - Exposure to toxins on a daily basis comes from a variety of sources which include artificial food ingredients, heavily processed foods, synthetic perfume or personal care products, toxic chemicals in the workplace or at home and heavy metals. All these toxins stress and weaken the immune system and have been known to worsen all kinds of allergies. Removing toxins that have accumulated in your body will help the immune system to become strong again.

4) Querceten - A natural plant-derived compound called a bioflavonoid helps stabilize immune cells. It is found in citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and wine. However to receive adequate amounts, allergy sufferers will probably need to use supplements to build up enough quercetin over time to prevent attacks.

One thousand milligrams a day, taken between meals is the recommended dosage. Treatment should begin about six weeks before allergy season. Those with liver disease shouldn’t use quercetin, so please consult your doctor before using this or any other supplement — especially if you are pregnant or nursing.

5) Omega-3 fatty acids - A German study, published in the journal Allergy, found that participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms than those who didn’t regularly eat these foods. Omega-3s help fight inflammation and can be found in cold-water fish, walnuts, grass-fed meat and eggs. The richest source by far is flax seed oil.

Practical tips to help with allergies:

* Avoid using window fans to cool rooms, because they can pull pollen indoors.
* Keep windows closed when driving, and use the air conditioner to avoid allergens.
Limit your time outdoors when pollen counts are high.


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    • cjmo75 profile image

      cjmo75 7 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Excellent Hub. This is great information for me because I have severe allergies. These will help and that's a relief. Nice job!

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Oh, I'm one of 'them'. And I wouldn't do without my neti pot!

      I do like nettle tea also. And in spring season when we get hammered, I use a homeopathic nasal spray which is really helpful - and not addicting. Thanks for sharing these great tips!

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      Motaz 7 years ago from Egypt

      thanks alot for the great hub

      nice info, Steve

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      Bryce 7 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for the informative post.

      I've found local pollen helpful. I take a teaspoon each morning early in the season. The past couple of years I only take it every few days. I used to have to take Allegra just to function. I've also improved my diet and fitness, so all these things combined have changed my reactions. I agree with you on strengthening the immune system for relief. I rarely experience anything worse than mild congestion now and spend a lot of my time outdoors.

      Thanks for highlighting the natural approach. Most Western remedies and drugs mask symptoms rather than strengthening the body. Good job.

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      Cassidella 7 years ago

      Great info! Really like flax seed oil. As you may know, not only a good source of omega 3 but great way to use is as base for salad dressings and dips but should not be cooked like other oils, as it will destroy the benefits.

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      Hi Steve

      A great hub. I had never come across the neti pots even though I did know that rinsing out your sinuses with salt water was an excellent treatment to relieve blockages. I'd never worked out how to practically achieve this until now so thank you for providing this information. My favorite treatment for blocked sinuses is steam inhalation but who knows this may now change!


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      AARON99 7 years ago

      A great hub with usefull informations. This hub is my personal likings as i have also certificates in homeopathy and herbal medicine and a practitioner too.

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      Ask Jan 7 years ago from

      Great information-I will follow.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      You forgot Bee Pollen - one of nature's best natural antihistamines, also touted as nature's perfect food. (Long before we heard of Goji and Acai.)True, you need to take more than one pill a day, but they have the added advantage of supplying the body with necessary vitamins and minerals on top of allergy relief.

      Great hub - love reading your stuff, you have excellent research and information for good health!

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      Julie A. Johnson 7 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Well researched, helpful information. Keep on writing. Thanks. Julie