4 Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
You like your life to be as natural and medication-free as possible. If you want relief from your allergy symptoms without a prescription this spring, try these home remedies.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology — and that number is growing. Many Americans swear by alternative treatments to tackle their symptoms. While the following remedies may not work for everyone, they’re generally considered safe and might be worth a try if you’re trying to avoid pharmaceuticals.
1. Local Honey
Bees use pollen from nearby plants and flowers to produce honey. As a result, honey contains small amounts of pollen from native flora. When you consume locally made honey, you ingest those histamines. Many people believe this works similarly to allergy shots, in which small doses of the symptom-causing histamines are given to the allergy sufferer, helping the body become desensitized to allergens over time.
2. Nettle Leaf
For centuries, nettle leaves from the stinging nettle plant have been eaten or brewed as a tea for medicinal purposes. Research has backed up this folk remedy, revealing the plant’s strong antihistamine effect and its ability to block the immune system’s inflammatory response to allergy triggers. Nettle leaf can be found in tea form and in capsules.
Your gut bacteria comprise about 80 percent of your immune system. Having a healthy balance of gut bacteria can help rein in your body’s overreaction to seasonal allergens. One study found that a mother’s gut bacteria while pregnant and nursing can affect the newborn’s likelihood of developing allergies later on. To get your daily dose of probiotics, take acidophilus or a have a glass of kefir, a fermented dairy product rich in good bacteria.
A plant in the same family as ragweed, butterbur and is considered a common weed in Europe. As with nettle leaf, butterbur has antihistamine properties and may help the body develop a more appropriate immune response to ragweed allergens over time. Butterbur can be found in capsule form.
Consult a health care provider before starting any new treatment for allergies. Looking for a more conventional treatment option? Visit THPG.org to find a primary care physician.