Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Many people have seasonal allergies and want to find natural remedies for it without having to resort to taking antihistamine drugs. Below are just some of the many natural remedies that people have mentioned. While not every one of them will work for everyone, perhaps it may worth it to give some of them a try.
They are not listed in any particular order. As I do not have allergies, I have not tried them myself, nor do I know how effective they are. But perhaps if some of these remedies works for you, you can comment below. Hopefully, this information may help some people with seasonal allergies.
Quercetin in Citrus and Cruciferous
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many fruits and vegetables such as oranges, lemons, limes, red wine, tea, onions, apples, berries, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts.
Quercetin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and also act as an antihistamine. It is better absorbed in the intestines when vitamin C is present (which happens to be present in many of the high-quercetin citrus fruits).
Book Integrative Medicine writes ...
"Its antiinflammtory effects are though to be mediated by inhibition of leukotriene and prostaglandin synthesis, as well as by inhibition of histamine release from mast cells and basophils."
Alternatively, one may want to try Quercetin supplements. Douglas Labs makes a quercetin complex that contains also buffered vitamin C and bromelain, which is a proteolytic enzyme from pineapples. And it contain magnesium which supports the quercetin activity.
Why might bromelin help? The AllergyClinic.com writes that ...
"Bromelain prevents the mucus from getting thick and stuck."
Get Enough Water
That's right. Drinking enough water to keep all your cells well hydrated can help with allergies. Perhaps adding a bit of sea salt to the water may help the water get into the cells better. Life after began in the oceans.
Dr. Jockers writes about the connection between hydration and allergies. Most of us are in a chronic state of dehydration and we do not even know it. He writes ...
"...chronic dehydration can cause histamine to become excessively active leading to symptoms that are often mistaken for other disorders. The most common symptoms associated with dehydration and elevated histamine include allergies, asthma, ...."
Your allergy medications are most likely anti-histamines. But why is your body producing too much histamine in the first place? It could be due to dehydration.
Vitamin C for Seasonal Allergies
But instead of taking pharmaceutical anti-histamines, we can try natural anti-histamines first. What are those?
Article on Gaiam lists three natural antihistamines that fights allergies:
- Vitamin C
- Flavonoids (such as quercetin)
- omega-3 fatty acids
Avoid Dairy, Take Honey and Sea Salt
In the YouTube video on the right, HighOnHealth mentions three natural tips for getting rid of seasonal allergies:
- Avoid dairy
- Take some local raw honey
- Add some sea salt for minerals
Ideally, get local raw honey. Why local? Local honey is made with pollen that is in your vicinity. Somehow people say that works better.
Green Tea and Other Drinks
Science Daily writes of a study that suggests that green tea may help with allergies because the methylated epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in the tea may help block receptors involved in allergic response -- they found this in rats at least and may work for humans as well.
HealthyBlenderRecipe has a recipe for "Parsley Lemonade “Allergies Be Gone” Alkaline Green Juice" It writes that parsley helps with her allergies. And the lemon has vitamin C. The drink is very alkalizing to the body. But pregnant woman should take large amounts of parsley.
Drinking green drinks and vegetable juices can also have an alkalizing effect on the body.
Other Tips for Allergy Sufferers
Other tips include ...
- Remove shoes before coming inside the house
- Quick shower to rinse off pollen in hair and skin after being outside
- Clean out nasal passages with neti pot
- Care2.com has some more tips
Possible Causes of Allergies
Why is it that some people have allergies and others do not, even in the same environment with the same pollen count? There is some underlying difference in the balance of the body system. Some ideas that have been circulating are as follows.
Dr. Gangemi writes that people with run down adrenal glands tend to have more allergies. There is more about adrenal fatigue here. Besides making the stress hormone cortisol, the adrenal makes aldosterone that control electrolyte balance and maintain hydration and blood pressure. Now we understand why drinking lots of water is important and why stress and lack of sleep may exacerbate allergies. When adrenals are too tired from making too much stress cortisol, it may not be strong enough to make enough aldosterone.
Food sensitives can also stress the adrenals and make allergies worst. Dr. Gangemi writes that ...
"You may also try removing foods from your diet as many people who have environmental allergies do so because their body is already overwhelmed from something they’re eating."
Start with avoiding gluten, casein, eggs, corn, soy, and the nightshades. He also mention that low stomach acid can contribute to the problem when it can not fully digest the foods. Apple cider vinegar may help with digestion.
Interestingly, vitamin C is most abundant in the adrenal glands. Hence the recommendation for the use of vitamin C and vitamin-C rich foods (such as lemon and citrus as mentioned above).