We just heard the news in our local area that the pollen count is predicted to be very high this spring. Of course hearing this, one of our former hypochondriac family members (who shall remain nameless) is already sneezing and sniffling. I say “former” hypochondriac because for years, they would run to the doctor and drug store and take medications for the slightest of symptoms instead of opting first for any natural pollen allergy home remedies. So now with all the repeated medications over the years, our family member is finding it more and more difficult to ward off any and all springtime allergies… even with the highest power drug medications.
If you are finding yourself in this same trap, I’m going to share with you remedies that I’ve collected over the years with the help from top expert articles from health authority sites. These remedies plus our families #1 all time local honey pollen allergy home remedy is included:
#1. Local Honey
Allergies arise from continuous over-exposure to the same allergens. If, for example, you live in an area where there is a great deal of red clover growing, and if in addition you often feed red clover hay to your own horses or cattle, then it’s likely you are exposed over and over to pollen from this same red clover. Now, red clover pollen is not especially allergenic but still, with time, a serious allergy to it can easily arise.
Another example: if you lived in a southern area where bottlebrush trees were frequently used in the landscapes or perhaps you had a bottlebrush tree growing in your own yard, your odds of over-exposure to this tree’s tiny, triangular, and potently very allergenic pollen is greatly enhanced.
In the two examples used above, both species of plants are what we call amphipilous, meaning they are pollinated by both insects and by the wind. Honeybees will collect pollen from each of these species and it will be present in small amounts in honey that was gathered by bees that were working areas where these species are growing. When people living in these same areas eat honey that was produced in that environment, the honey will often act as an immune booster. The good effects of this local honey are best when the honey is taken a little bit (a couple of teaspoons-full) a day for several months prior to the pollen season. read whole article
Even if you are suffering, my wife and I have taken local honey during the flair ups and had relief within a week. Now you may see a bunch of places to buy honey online but this won’t work for you at all. It has to be honey that is local in your area. Where we live in NJ, there is a local honey store (believe it or not) where we can get honey from a bee keeper just 1/2 mile away. That is your goal, to try to find honey as close to where you live as possible.
Natural Pollen Allergy Home Remedies that work
Butterbur A study done by Swiss doctors and published in the British Medical Journal showed that when one tablet containing butterbur was taken 4 times a day, it was just as effective as a popular antihistamine drug.
Saline nasal spray As I mentioned in a previous article, I used medicated nasal sprays for over 20 years not knowing that they were addictive or that they could mess up the lining of my nose. Saline sprays help to clear the pollen out of your nasal cavity, as well as helping to thin and reduce the mucous in your nose.
Quercetin is a flavonoid that is thought to control the body’s release of histamines and other chemicals that have an effect on the body’s immune response to allergens. Specifically, it has been shown to reduce sinus pain and congestion caused by allergies. When combined with Vitamin C and Grape seed extract, the ability to reduce pollen allergy symptoms also increases significantly.
A Goldenseal tonic has antibacterial and astringent properties. When used with a saline nasal spray, Goldenseal can greatly reduce the symptoms of pollen allergies.
Hot and spicy foods thin the mucous secretions in your nose, thus making your nose clearer. This means you are able to breathe more easily. In fact, the hotter and spicier the food is the better!
Sinus Buster made with natural hot pepper extract Working on the same principal as eating hot and spicy foods, Sinus Buster is a nasal spray that delivers natural hot pepper extract straight to your nose and thins the mucous caused by pollen allergies. read more
Herbal Pollen Allergy Home Remedies that Work
If the remedies above are not effective enough and your condition is more serious, here are some herbal treatments. Keep in mind, you are advised by us to seek a homeopathic/naturopathic doctor with experience in administering these herbs who understands the correct combinations and dosages. Websites are all well and good but, people are individuals and need to be treated as such:
Praanrakshak Churna - a classical combination of special Anti-Allergy herbs. An effective herbal remedy for allergies of all types. Also helps in Asthma, Sneezing, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Pollen allergy and dust Allergy
Tulsi is worshipped all over india for its healing properties. It is an age old herbal remedy for cough, sore throat, allergies. People chew leaves of this herb to combat infection and cough. It’s very effective in viral flu, influenza and other acute respiratory tract infections. Tulsi has been found to be very effective herbal remedy for asthma as well. 2 Vegi Caps twice daily are good for asthma and act best when used with other herbs like Praan Rakshak and Aller- G Capsules.
A teaspoon of Turmeric or Curcumin powder with a glass of hot milk helps in fighting bronchial asthma and cough. It gives relief and even acts as a preventive measure from the further attacks. 2 Capsules twice daily are excellent herbal remedy for allergy of any type.
There are three main types of allergies, each with its own remedies. The first is excessive dryness, or vata allergies. The second is inflamed sinuses, or pitta allergies. Finally, the third type of allergies is called kapha allergies and occurs when you are congested.
- Drink three or four cups of ginger root tea per day. Tulsi capsules and Curcumin Capsules are also very good for Vata types of Allergies. Vata usally causes pain so there may be associated symptoms of pain like the one in head.
- Breathe sesame oil deeply into each nostril of the nose a couple of times per day. This opens up the dried nose and helps to breath easy.
- Breathin coconut oil in each nostril. This is an excellent remedy for pitta imbalance.
- Drink Neem leaf tea three or four times a day.
- After each meal, drink a mixture of a quarter of a cup of warm milk and half-teaspoon of turmeric powder.
After each meal, drink a glass of warm water mixed with a half-teaspoon of licorice. Along with Licorice, you can also take Tulsi capsules – 2 capsules thrice daily and Curcumin or allergy- care capsules – 2 capsules thrice daily
These herbs are going to help a lot in Kapha remedies. We can also use other medicines like Praanrakshak churna and others. read more
This next excerpt if from WebMD which has some very useful advice, but keep in mind that if you go over to their site, you are gonna get a bunch of “drug advertisements.” Ultimately your goal is to stop resorting to drugs:
In addition to herbs, many naturopathic doctors also believe certain nutrients can be helpful in quieting seasonal symptoms. Among the most popular are Grape seed extract
and a flavonoid compound known as quercetin. Although both occur naturally in many foods — and are especially abundant in red wine — when used in supplement form they can be extremely helpful in reducing allergy symptoms, particularly in conjunction with vitamin C, says James Dillard, MD.
“Acupuncture can be particularly useful if you are suffering from multiple allergies, since it works to quiet the areas of the immune system that are overstimulated by exposure to multiple irritating factors,” Dillard tells WebMD.
Though many nontraditional treatments can be extremely helpful, allergist Marianne Frieri, MD, cautions that natural doesn’t always mean better — or safer. She points out that it’s possible to overdose on even the most seemingly mild preparations, and it’s important to remember that almost anything in nature’s pharmacy could cause a toxic reaction if you use too much.
More important, she says, is never to mix alternative treatments with traditional drugs without your doctor’s approval.
“If, for example, you are taking the allergy drug Allegra – an antihistamine — at the same time you decide to try a natural substance with antihistaminic properties, you can end up with far too much antihistaminic activity — which can result in some significant problems,” says Frieri, chairwoman of the department of allergy and immunology at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y. whole article
I will warn in the reverse- consult your doctor if you want to take drugs and are already taking natural remedies. Here’s another warning and some foods/herbs to aviod:
Be sure and check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting to use a natural remedy. Avoid echinacea, chamomile, melon, cucumber, banana, and sunflower seeds as have been known to exacerbate pollen allergies. read more
Each time you get sick and your are able to naturally fight off it off is a victory for your immune system.
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