7 Natural Hay Fever & Allergy Relief Remedies That Actually Work
If you or anyone you know has ever had hayfever or seasonal allergies, you'll know how discomforting it can be - but it doesn’t have to be this way.
There are plenty of natural remedies that provide relief so that you can enjoy the great outdoors with change of seasons.
These natural solutions help ease itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose, as well as the swelling around the eyes that’s associated with hayfever and allergies -and it does all this without your having to depend on over-the-counter antihistamines.
What Causes Hay Fever?
Hayfever is most frequently caused by breathing in plant pollens such as ragweed and grass pollen or airborne pathogens, toxins and dust particles.
Hayfever is a reaction of the mucous membranes of the air passages, eyes and nose and symptoms typically include headaches, itching in the eyes, throat and/or pain in the sinuses.
A clear, watery discharge from the nose and eyes is the most common reaction of someone suffering from hayfever or sneezing and nervous irritability.
If you experience these symptoms, as a starting point, it's best to immediately avoid all processed meats and dairy products, refined sugars, processed wheat and flour, as these foods will usually overload your system at a time when it is trying to resist and rid itself of the offending airborne particles.
What About Allergies?
Airborne particles are often called environmental allergens.
Some examples of airborne particles that can cause allergies in people include animal dander i.e. flakes of dried scaly skin, and dried saliva from your pets and dust mites that live inside your home.
One of the most widespread and troublesome chemicals that can contribute to airborne allergies is formaldehyde, which is found in household structural items including carpets, insulation, particleboard and plaster.
Antibiotics and medications used to treat infections are the most common types of drugs that cause allergic reactions. Other common causes include overexposure to chemicals found in cosmetics, laundry detergents, household cleaning products, dyes, pesticides and sprays.
Ensure that you sleep with the windows and doors open at night to enable good clean air to circulate when you sleep. Ceiling fans and box fans are also extremely effective because they attract the airborne dander and particles onto their blades, purifying the air that you breath at home.
Keep reading to find out nine other natural allergy relief remedies that actually work.
1. Ensure access to clean moving air
While it’s not always possible to remove the risk of hayfever and allergies, you can absolutely reduce your exposure to them by ensuring that you have moving air in your environment - particularly when you sleep.
Good ventilation will help prevent airborne allergens from settling into your carpet and furniture. Use a good air filter, a ceiling fan (which effectively draws in and traps dust and other airborne particles) and daily vacuuming to make it easier to breathe in the house.
You’ll want to remove dust-causing culprits wherever possible, like carpets and heavy drapes, and that can include your pets.
Reduce the amount of time they spend indoors during allergy season, and bathe dogs twice a week if possible. If you are prone to allergies and your pets tend to malt often, it's best to reduce their time in your sleeping quarters and to keep them off your furniture as much as possible.
Yes, it can be difficult to retrain our beloved furry friends, but it's a helpful factor to reduce your susceptibility to reactions.
2. Try a Nasal Rinse
It might be off-putting at first, but a nasal rinse is one of the most powerful natural allergy relief remedies. This simple procedure can work wonders to flush allergens when you’re in the height of hayfever and allergy season.
This natural, at-home remedy involves using sterile water and good salt in a squeeze bottle to flush out your sinuses. You’ll instantly feel be able to breathe better.
You can use a nasal rinse as often as you need to during allergy season. Nasal saline sprays can also help clear out pollens and other irritants from your sinuses; try the Breathe EZ Decongestant Chemical-Free Nasal Spray for a natural, effective solution any time you have any respiratory discomfort.
Tip: use a nature-made salt to ensure your body is exposed to the purest of ingredients.
3. Use Heat and Steam
Just like when you have a cold, a hot shower, hot bath, sauna or steam room can work wonders to relieve inflammation, clear the airways and help extract any mucus. This will help you feel less stuffy and miserable.
Showers also help remove any pollen from your body that attach while you were outdoors, so if you were doing an outdoor activity for any length of time, a shower as soon as you get home can help prevent pollen buildup in your home.
Additionally, avoid dampness and keep towels and sheets fresh and dry, whilst bathrooms should be well ventilated with a dehumidifier if necessary.
4. Eat Mindfully
If you are susceptible to allergic reactions or hayfever, consider reducing your consumption of certain inflammatory foods.
Avoid all commercial dairy products, which can actually overstimulate your glands and make symptoms worse, as well as processed meats, refined sugar, and processed wheat and flour products.
You should also cut down on alcohol - particularly spirits - as it can worsen hayfever symptoms. If you're going to consume alcohol try to stick with organic preservative-free wines and unfiltered, naturally fermented, preservative-free beers.
Additionally, these foods can support relief:
- Consuming a spoonful of local, raw honey per day
- Natural spices foods e.g. chilis, garlic, ginger and turmeric which can help thin out the mucous build up
- Vitamin C rich fruits like Pineapple, Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons and Limes
- A tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning mixed with a glass of clean water is a natural powerhouse that can aid in breaking up mucous, boosting the immune system, and supporting lymphatic drainage.
Learn more in The Self Care Powers of Apple Cider Vinegar.
5. Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids
You’ve heard other health tips encouraging you to eat plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet and for good reason.
They’re essential for many of your body’s functions, and provide a number of additional health benefits like helping with inflammation, memory, and the release of plaque in the blood that leads to heart disease. But omega-3 fatty acids also have another surprising benefit: they can help you with your hayfever.
There are studies that show that a high content of omega-3 in the diet was associated with lower risk of hayfever. Some great plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids include walnuts and flaxseed oil; to reap the benefits for your hayfever, take 1-3 tablespoons a day of flaxseed oil or snack on 1-2 handfuls of raw walnuts a day.
6. Reduce Your Toxic Load
Common causes of allergies can be the chemicals that you use every day in laundry detergent, cosmetics, household cleaning products.
Avoid these at all costs by switching to natural products and checking ingredient lists before you buy them. There are many products on the market today that you can find that use natural tox-free ingredients that support, rather than compromise your respiratory health.
The trick is to reduce big-brand commercial products and look for ones that are more consciously created. Your local natural food supermarket or health food store is a good place to find these products.
7. Essential Oils
Essential Oils are an absolute must if you want to support your overall best health and relief from any kind of respiratory challenges.
Purify the air you breathe and support your respiratory system with essential oils
Essential Oils are powerful extracts derived purely from the leaves, flowers, bark and resin of plants that are even more potent in terms of their compounds than the plants themselves.
There are literally hundreds of essential oils available, but it's crucial to only buy certified therapeutic grade oils, which is why we use and recommend dōTERRA essential oils.
Essential Oils such as tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, and peppermint can work wonders for purifying the air in your home, counteracting any damage done caused by airborne chemicals circulating.
Hayfever and allergy season can bring your life to a grinding halt, but these seven natural allergy relief remedies are designed to help you not only reduce your discomfort and suffering when these symptoms set in, but also to strengthen and protect your immune system so that you can avoid these challenges altogether.
Tolman Self Care.