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Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies-Without Side Effects

Updated on May 22, 2012
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Kim is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, Healthy Living and Cleanse Consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.

Pollen allergy is a common allergy during the Spring time.
Pollen allergy is a common allergy during the Spring time. | Source

Natural Remedies for Allergies

Spring and summer is here and we all look forward to being outside to enjoy the fresh air and warm sun. Everyone except for seasonal allergy sufferers. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to look forward to outdoor activities without having to sneeze and carry around tissue to wipe your constant runny nose and teary eyes?

You can take these two natural remedies for allergies to improve your respiratory system and strengthen the immune system. The two home remedies, honey and apple cider vinegar are probably already sitting in your kitchen cupboards.

Allergy medicines are so expensive and frankly, not all of them are effective as they should be. Side effects of allergy medicines include drowsiness and nasal irritation.

In this article you will understand the use of natural allergy remedies for children and adults that does not leave you with side effects.

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What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergy reactions are due to the human body’s fighting response to allergens such as pollen, dust, mites and even mold. Your immune system kicks into third gear and it's ready to fight off these foreign invaders by releasing chemicals called histamines.

If you have allergies, you may suffer from sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, or red/watery eyes. Histamines cause a domino effect of reactions, including nasal congestion.

Allergies can be seasonal or chronic, depending on the type of allergen. Seasonal allergies are typically caused by pollen whereas chronic allergies are caused by allergens present in the environment.

Apple cider vinegar for seasonal allergies
Apple cider vinegar for seasonal allergies | Source

1. Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work for Seasonal Allergies?

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) blocks the histamine reaction and reduces inflammation. Make sure you the buy the raw, unfiltered, and organic type of apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg. ACV is commonly found in health food stores, but is also found in supermarkets.

ACV serves other purpose as well, including acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, and much more. Apple cider vinegar also breaks down fat and is a great for people who want to lose weight.

The taste may be quite strong for some people, so you can dilute it with a 1:1 ratio of ACV to water. Take a shot of diluted ACV in the morning and a few more times throughout the day.

Apple cider is one of the most important natural remedies in healing the body!

Make sure you use raw, real honey to get rid of seasonal allergy symptoms.
Make sure you use raw, real honey to get rid of seasonal allergy symptoms. | Source

2. Natural Allergy Remedies: Honey

How to Heal Your Allergies Permanently

You can also build up a tolerance to pollen and reduce the immune response by drinking raw honey.

The theory is that it works similar to vaccines, which introduce fake versions of a virus into the body to trick it into believing that it's been invaded. An immune system response is triggered, producing antibodies that fight off foreign invaders.

Honey contains a variety of different pollen- the same ones that causes allergy sufferers to be miserable during the spring. Introducing these pollen should make the body accustomed to their presence, which ultimately decreases the immune system's response to release histamine.

Buy raw honey from your local farmers to ensure top quality pollen from a variety of plants. Be aware that commercially sold honey sometimes don't contain the full amount of pollen.

How To Heal Your Allergies Permanently?

This helpful book talks about many ways to strengthen your immune system to avoid allergies by eating the right kind of foods.

Other Allergy Remedies

  • Strengthen your immune system

There is a strong correlation between allergies and a weakened immune system.

Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine that can also help your body fight off colds and flu. It has anti-inflammatory properties.

Drink water with squeezed lemon juice in the morning.

  • Improve air quality in your home

The symptoms related to allergies may be confused and mistaken with cold and sinus infections.

One way to avoid allergies is to stay inside where you will minimally be exposed to pollen. Unfortunately you can also be exposed to mold and dust inside your house. Outside air is polluted, but the air inside your house may also need some improvement.

A humidifier will set the right amount of humidity in your home, which ideally should be 30-50%. An imbalance of humidity in the air affects your respiratory system, causing you to have allergy symptoms like sneezing and red itchy eyes.

There are many humidifiers on the market, but having a built in humidistat that controls the 30-50% will be very helpful. Some of the leading brands of humidifiers include: Air-o-swiss and Honeywell.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Pamela- Thanks for stopping by! Tree pollen? That's a tough one! :-( I definitely agree! The honey in the picture is actually from a local farm! I love their honey and I love supporting my local farmers. thanks for stopping by!

      Sandra- I appreciate your vote!

      Glinmmgraw- Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      glinnmgraw 5 years ago from India

      lol many people can allergies form flowers. but flowers is beauty in nature so we can i love flowers. and we love flowers tree....

      Thanks for sharing...

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Voted up and useful, especially this time of year. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

    • profile image 5 years ago

      be sure to get your honey in a raw form. Buying honey at the store will not work as well. Look in your neighborhood paper or on the internet to find honey that is 'built' in your neighborhood. It is this raw honey that the bees use local flowers that are in bloom (probably the ones causes you problems) to create the desired results. And it does work!

      Great Hub!


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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      I knew about local honey but apple cider vinegar is a new one I'll have to try. I have allergies really bad. I'm allergic to tree pollen and I love trees. I shared this one too. Great to meet you.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Cindy and Vellur, apple cider vinegar taste a bit funny if you're not used to it. I just dilute it with water and chug it!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks melbel, I hope these remedies will work for you. As far as I know, OTC is not always effective!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I have heard this about local honey, but I had not heard this particular application for apple cider vinegar. I am always looking for more natural ways to treat illnesses, so this is great.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Yeah allergies are definitely not fun! I hope it helps! Thanks for your vote, Alissa

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      These are great! Both my husband and son are miserable right now. Looks like I better go pick up some apple cider vinegar and honey. Thanks for the tips - voted up and useful!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub. Thanks for the natural remedies. Voted up as useful.

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      Melanie Palen 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Awesome! This definitely answers my question! I got myself some over-the-counter non-drowsy stuff and it's just not working. These seem like awesome ideas! I'll have to try them out, my family is the perfect family to test these on, we're the worst when it comes to seasonal allergies! Thank you soooo much!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Hi dinkan53- Thank you for stopping by and voting. My brother just bought a $30 bottle of allergy meds and they don't even work. The Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg) actually helped him. I hope it will help your cousins too!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Yes some of my cousins are really fed up of allergies in spring season as the beautiful flowers begin to show up. Very sad and I'm sharing this hub with them. Voted up and rated as useful.