Seasonal allergies can be tough. The sneezing, the itching, the coughing is just not most people’s idea of a good time. Oddly, this pharmacist has kicked traditional allergy remedies to the curb in favor of more natural allergy remedies. I’ve been writing this post for a while in my head but, what really kicked things into high gear was the fact that my daughter’s seasonal allergies went from manageable to “insane” over the last few weeks.
The good news is, I’ve vetted these natural allergy remedies and they really work. It’s important to note that homeopathic and natural remedies can take longer to get a sustainable or measurably positive results. But if you stick to it, there will be some relief on the other side of the tissue.
Both oils help to clear congestion and improve circulation which is ideal for allergy sufferers.
The mechanism that honey helps to relieve allergy symptoms is three-fold. First, honey helps to soothe the throat. Secondly, honey is a natural cough suppressant. A study, found 2 teaspoons of honey to be just as effective as dextromethorphan (main ingredient in cough syrup). Thirdly, the pollen that bees use to make honey is ingested when a person eats local honey. The immune system then becomes sensitized and over time, the allergy sufferer becomes less sensitive to the pollen.
It’s very important to note that reactions are not immediate and local raw honey must be used.
As with natural cold remedies, vapor steam from a humidifier can help to calm and soothe dry and irritated nasal passages. Be sure to keep your humidifier clean during use as indoor allergies due to dust and mold may be exacerbated.
Yes, kids can use nasal rinses and irrigation too. The most popular of these is called a “Neti pot“. It takes some practice, but after a few good You Tube videos, anyone can use a Neti Pot like a pro.
A couple of important notes about Neti pot use are to always use distilled water and don’t over use. Make sure to use only use lukewarm water in your Neti pot. Cold or hot water will be very uncomfortable and unwise.
You won’t believe the gonk that comes out one’s nose after a nice round of nasal irrigation. Try it sometime.
Why did no one tell me about this stuff before? We were die hard pharmacy aisle traditional allergy remedy folks but it was time to try something different. When your daughter’s eyes are swollen to about twice their normal size it kind of motivates you to do something different I guess.
Here’s what’s in my medicine cabinet now:
Elderberry is also very effective in reducing allergy symptoms as well as boosting immunity.
Remember, if you are opting to use a natural or homeopathic approach to treat seasonal allergies or anything else for that matter, the effects will be more gradual. Consult your doctor, stick with it and adjust up or down as needed. Natural allergy remedies have minimal side effects, uses your body’s own intelligence with holistic medicine and it works!
Watch my spring allergy remedies above, and see which ones work for you.
(Original 4/2017, Updated 3/18/18)