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Fighting Seasonal Allergies Naturally

written by Guest Blogger October 3, 2013

Stuffy, runny nose? Sneezing? Tired? You may have seasonal allergies. In today’s guest post, Corey Walden shares with all a few natural solutions to treating allergies.

Many of us suffer with seasonal allergies, made worse by with various conditions in weather, pollen in the air, humidity, and other changes that come with changes in the time of year. From mild discomfort to severe impact in the ability to carry out daily activities, seasonal allergies have been suffered from and treated for eons. There are many pharmaceuticals made to help treat seasonal and other allergies, including Benadryl, and other antihistamines.

However, for those who want to stay away from over the counter medicines, there are a lot of more natural and healthier options that you can choose.

What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?

Sharing some similar symptoms as the common cold, nearly all of us have had at least a few of these symptoms before, though from person to person, and from year to year, seasonal allergies may actually vary.

In my late teens I suffered from terribly itchy eyes constantly during the spring and summer months, but now if I experience any symptoms, it’s just nasal congestion and a runny nose. Many people I know unfortunately suffer from many more symptoms than I do. Here is a fairly complete list of the common symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Post nasal drip
  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watering and tearing of the eyes
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems due to other symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Cloudy thinking

How can I treat seasonal allergies?

  1. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, both supplemental and natural food forms will help suppress symptoms.
  2. Flavanoids will help with symptoms, and will also enhance the therapeutic effects of vitamin C. Eat apples, apricots, blueberries, pears, raspberries, strawberries, black beans, cabbage, onions, parsley, pinto beans and tomatoes for strong sources of flavonoids.
  3. Reishi mushrooms have been found to be effective against some allergic reactions, including seasonal allergies, as well as other health issues.
  4. Honey can be a great help in preventing and treating seasonal allergies, if the honey used is raw, unfiltered, and local (within 100 miles of where you are suffering your allergy symptoms).
  5. Turmeric is naturally anti-inflammatory, helping with fatigue, aches, and some other allergy symptoms.
  6. Peppermint and other mint oils, and the heat from their teas can help open airways.
  7. Nettle is another natural antihistamine, helping minimize the overall effects of allergies, and can be taken in capsule form as allergy season nears and occurs.
  8. Eyebright, often used in teas, can help minimize the overproduction of mucus during allergy symptoms, and help with itchy eyes.

Mixing and matching these various herbal and nutritional supplements to fit your particular symptoms can cover a wide spectrum of seasonal allergy symptoms. You may also find that some will work better than others, so experiment and find what gives you the best results and relief!

About the Author

Corey Walden is a licensed personal trainer dedicated to improving people’s health and quality of life. With a focus on preventing injuries, correcting misalignments and diet advice, Corey strives to improve people’s lives. Corey is also a writer for a Home Remedies site where he helps answer questions about natural treatments for common ailments.

Do you have any natural solutions that you use and work for treating seasonal allergies? 

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3 comments

Edna October 7, 2013 at 12:38 am

I didn’t know vitamin C was a natural antihistamine. Must eat more of it!
So far I had been suffering from allergy in spring time only, but this year it seems to hit me in autumn too. 🙁

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Melissa Rix January 12, 2014 at 8:24 am

Thanks for the great info, I was feeling like death and pharmaceuticals never even worked for me, and this year homeopathic remedies haven’t helped either so I was desperate for a solution… I can’t tell which one of your tricks exactly worked because I did several of them, but the improvements are AMAZING, in just a day!! I realize this is a bit hardcore, but I was so desperate to get better that I made a mixture of cinnamon, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried ginger, and mustard powder and put a heaping tablespoon of the mixture in a glass of water and just drank it. Did that a few times a day and it seems to be what helped me! Also steaming is amazing for immediate relief 🙂 To go to sleep I actually tried putting a thin bed sheet over my head to prevent some of the pollen from getting to me and it seems to work great!
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Head Health Nutter January 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

So happy this guest post helped your allergies, Melissa! And thank you for the tip on the bed sheet. 🙂

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