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Home Remedies for Allergies

Updated on October 1, 2016

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Common Symptoms of Allergies

Typical allergy symptoms include (but are not limited to):

  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes
  • congestion
  • hives
  • runny nose
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • sinus pressure
  • sinus pain

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Nasal Congestion? Make a Saline Spray

One of the most common complaints that come from allergy sufferers is nasal congestion.

Nasal congestion can be extremely uncomfortable. Interfering with your ability to smell, causing headaches and sneezing fits, and making you feel miserable overall, nasal congestion can keep you locked up inside when all you want to do is enjoy a beautiful spring day.

There are hundreds of medications available at almost every pharmacy to help cure nasal congestion, from prescription medications to over the counter nasal sprays. These medications however can be extremely pricey - especially if you need to buy them over and over just to get through the allergy season.

Saline nasal sprays can work wonders on congestion caused by seasonal allergies.

Although there are a plethora of saline nasal sprays on the market, you can actually make your own saline spray at home.

To create a homemade saline spray, mix a teaspoon of salt and a small pinch of baking soda with one pint of warm water in a bowl or glass. Sniff a bit of the solution into one nostril and allow the mixture to go down your nasal passages. Then do the same with the other nostril.

Use this mixture as often as needed to reduce and/or prevent nasal congestion.

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The Benefits of Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea isn't just delicious, it is a great way to curb seasonal allergy symptoms. Providing relief for congestion by soothing irritated mucous membranes, a hot cup of peppermint tea can be your best friend during allergy season.

Not only does peppermint tea work as a decongenstant, it is also an anti-inflammatory and even a mild antibiotic.

Recipe for homemade peppermint tea:

Take half an ounce of dried peppermint leaves and place them in a one quart jar. Fill the jar two thirds of the way with boiling water. Allow the leaves to steep for five minutes. While the leaves are steeping, keep your head over the jar and inhale the steam to open your nasal passages. After five minutes, strain the leaves and then drink.

Ingredients for Peppermint Tea

  • 1/2 ounce Peppermint Leaves, Decongestant
  • One Quart Jar
  • Water
  • Sweetener, ideally Honey, (if desired)

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Recipe for Homemade Peppermint Tea

  1. Take half an ounce of dried peppermint leaves and place them in a one quart jar.
  2. Fill the jar two thirds of the way with boiling water. Allow the leaves to steep for five minutes.
  3. While the leaves are steeping, keep your head over the jar and inhale the steam to open your nasal passages.
  4. After five minutes, strain the leaves.
  5. Enjoy your tea!
  6. (Side note: to make an iced peppermint tea, follow the above recipe, then place the jar in the sun to allow the full flavor of the peppermint to be extracted from the leaves. Place the jar in the fridge and serve on ice once cooled).

Natural Home Remedies for Allergies

Herbs That Help Relieve Allergic Symptoms

  • Turmeric
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Gingko
  • Nettles
  • Butterbur
  • Elderflower
  • Eyebright

Spice Can Be Nice When Allergies Strike

Spicy food is a great way to unclog a stuffy nose. When allergies have you feeling like your heads in the cloud, a quick snack with a bit of a kick can be just the thing to cause the stuffiest nose to start running.

Wasabi, that pale-green, fiery condiment served with many Japanese dishes, is known for its spicy flavor, as well its benefits for the sinuses. Wasabi has an ingredient in it called allyl isothiocyanates, known to promote the flow of mucus.

Turmeric - One of Nature's Most Powerful Healers

Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years - both for cooking, as well as for healing.

Originally used for anti-inflammatory, recent studies have discovered a plethora of other benefits from this Indian spice.

Turmeric can be used as an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, and an antibiotic. It is available in supplement form, but can also be found in the spice aisle of your local grocery store.

You don't need to take the supplement form to benefit from the effects of turmeric - it is so powerful that by just adding it to your dishes, you should feel the benefits of this spice.

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Itchy Eyes? Try Eyebright

Allergy sufferers know the agony of itchy, irritated eyes. As an allergy sufferer myself, I know that itchy eyes and an itchy nose can drive me nuts! However, there is an herb called eyebright that works great for treating the itchy side effects of allergies.

Part of the Figwort family of herbs, eyebright has been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and itchiness in the eyes and the nose. It comes in both plant form, as well as supplement form - both of which are effective in treating allergy symptoms.

Suffer from Hay Fever? Increase Your Fish Intake

Athough research is still ongoing as to why this happens, omege-3 fatty acids have been shown to help improve symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Helping to reduce congestion and migraines, German research has shown the effficacy of omega-3's when it comes to treating allergy symptoms, in particular, hay fever.

Foods high in omege-3 fatty acids include many types of fish, especially salmon, flaxseed oil and walnuts. Other foods known to be rich in this essential nutrient include yogurt, peanut butter, and spinach.

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Allergy Season Approaching? Stock Up on Local Honey

Not only is it a natural sweetener, but currently researchers are turning up more and more new evidence showing a plethora of medical benefits from sweet, sticky, honey.

Honey helps allergy sufferers build up an immunity to pollen, it works as an incredible antiseptic, it can heal infections in the eye, and it can even cure athlete's foot!

The best honey you can use when trying to tackle allergy problems is honey that is created close to your home. Believe it or not, pollen in a location away from home will affect allergy sufferers in a different way than pollen around their home.

Because bees produce honey, and bees pollenate flowers, by eating local honey, you can help build up an immunity to one of the most common seasonal allergies.

© 2014 Kathleen Odenthal Romano

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      ainezk 2 years ago

      Spices or so interesting and I thought I knew everything about them, but then they have many features (just like allergies)

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you for the wonderful tip! Ill have to look into it :)

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      Healing Herbalist 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Nettle (stinging nettle) is the best thing for seasonal allergies. It contains a natural antihistamine. If you start taking it right before the season starts, it works better :)

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      I use regular mint and peppermint and both work great! Hope you find it helpful as well :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Not sure what kind of mint I have planted in our yard, but I have loads of it. Will try making tea out of it to see if it helps with my allergies. I do know the benefits of saline water for sinuses and need to get some more local honey. Up votes and pinning to my health board.

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      Alan 3 years ago from West Georgia

      My wife takes local honey for her allergies and she says it helps a lot. I just set up my first two beehives this year, so I hope my bees can produce some honey one day.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Ive been using it a lot lately since I doing some research on allergy remedies. I used to spend probably $500 a season on prescription and over the counter allergy meds, and now I just drink mint tea! Its amazing!

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      Cynthianne Neighbors 3 years ago

      I love my peppermint! When I do the steam for the sinuses, I leave the leaves in the tea when I drink it because mint is good for the stomach. :) Of all my herbs, my mint gets used the most.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I use peppermint essential oil to help clear nasal stuffiness. I don't get the sneezing, watery eyes, etc. But the congestion is ridiculous. I love honey and will definitely give it a try to help this allergy season. Voted up and useful! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kathleen, this is very helpful article. I think that spicy food is my big help on this. Thank you very much.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      ha! Im also sitting her with a cup of peppermint tea, Im glad you liked my piece!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Excellent advice, great hub! People should pin this link to their workdesk bars for allergy season if they suffer from allergies. I'm sitting here drinking peppermint tea right now (just to enjoy it, no allergies acting up yet thank goodness, lol). Voted up & Shared.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      thank you very much Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      great stuff, well done.