Natural Allergy Remedies

by Merissa on April 27, 2012

in Simple Living

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I always knew I had allergies. I'd taken seasonal allergy meds since I was about 12 and then started to take them year round around age 16. I finally got tested about a year and a half ago and found out they were worse they I imagined. In fact in the 100 things they tested me for I only didn't react to about 5 things. (Wheat, dairy, peaches, peas, and pears I think)

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Want to know a true fact? I haven't taken a SINGLE allergy pill in a year. Natural living is amazing!

I thought since seasonal allergy season is upon us I'd share some of the things I've been doing that are helping me cope and save me from taking another over the counter med.

1. Stop eating processed foods. We've slowly made the change over to real foods in the last year and a half. Now we eat only organic and natural food. I personally think this has been the best thing that I could have done. I'm proud to say that we haven't eaten out in over a year and a half. We know what's in our food and we try hard to make that as healthy as we can.

2. Keeping the house clean. Make sure you don't wear shoes in the house after being outside. Dust at least once a week.

3. Keep yourself clean. Shower at night to get any pollen or irritants out of your hair and off your skin. Also make sure your bedroom and sheets stay clean. Wash them at least once a week. You spend 30% or more of your day in your bedroom sleeping, make sure you aren't gathering irritants while your body is recharging!

4. Be more careful with your allergens in the last few days of your monthly cycle. My allergist informed that that this is when the worst reactions will take place because of your changing hormone levels.

5. Use a nasal saline. My allergist wanted me to try a nasal spray but those tend to make me dizzy. Your nasal passages are a natural way to filter allergens. Keep them clean by using a simple nasal saline. (Which is basically just salt and purified water, do not purchase the ones with added scents.) I do not recommend making your own unless you use pure filtered water. NEVER use tap water to make a nasal solution.

6. If your allergies are particularly acting up, cut out dairy and chocolate for a little while. Both products cause inflammatory reactions when eaten.

7. Get air purifiers. Make sure they are the HEPA filter kind. Also make sure that your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter.

8. Don't hang your clothes out on the line. Clothes hung outside can collect pollen and other allergens. This one kills the frugal girl inside me but instead I compromise by having a drying rack inside the house.

9. Only use "green" brand facial tissues. I'll explain this one in detail in another upcoming post!

10. Keep the windows closed. (Perfect excuse to have to install air conditioning! If you do have to open the windows, cover them with an air filter you can cut to fit the window. (Like the ones they make for furnaces.)

You can also check the pollen count before you decide on your activities for the day. If your area is in a high alert you might want to plan something indoors.

What are some natural ways you make your allergies better?

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1 Retha Barton April 27, 2012 at 7:18 am

Eating local organic honey can lessen and most times eradicate seasonal allergies.

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2 Pam April 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Eating unprocessed honey can be tricky……I have a friend who almost died ( hospitalized for 6 weeks) from bacteria in raw honey

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3 Lana April 27, 2012 at 7:25 am

I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well! I would add that you should wash bedding on hot water to kill dust mites.

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4 Mel Free April 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

I have heard about the honey..this makes a lot of sense..when going to a Dr. they give you shots of what you are allergic to..with the idea that you will react less to it in the future.

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5 Lyn April 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

I use quercetin with bromelain, which is totally natural. Quercetin is a natural bioflavanoid and bromelain is an enzyme derived from pineapple stems to support healthy inflammatory response. It also provides immune support. Works for my hubs who has allergies. I pop a few if I show signs of a cold. Symptoms stop within 24 hours while friends (who don’t take it) go on to have a week or 10 days of cold symptoms!

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6 Alice O Della April 27, 2012 at 7:51 am

i used to get the shots, a year of. years ago. been telling many about the local honey thing. not sure how it`s worked for them. guess should ask. lol

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7 Mel Free April 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

I took shots for years. I was up to a huge ammount in each one..it didn’t help me. I moved & now they are a lot less..mine have been less the older I become. It could be age, or it could be that I don’t live in a polluted air area, anymore!?

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8 Kathy Elliott Anderson April 27, 2012 at 8:20 am

Great tips. Mine have actually been a lot better since I moved here from the kansas City area 3 1/2 years ago. Still good to know there are common sense things I can do for me and my family if they do flare up. Thanks.

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9 Sandy Webster Hall April 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

I tried a type of acupressure about two months back and was STUNNED when one session actually dried up my nonstop dripping! I have no idea how it worked exactly, just that it did. :-) The (totally painless) procedure was actually called, “Bio-Energetic Allergy & Sensitivity Screening & Desensitization”. The practitioner said there are only a small group of people using this method across the US – I’d certainly never heard of it before I ran across him – but given my results I would encourage everyone to find a practitioner near them.

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10 MARSHA April 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

I use tap water, warmed in the microwave for my saline rinse then add 1/4 tsp baking soda & 1/4 tsp salt. Why do you say never use tap water?

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11 Merissa April 27, 2012 at 10:56 am
12 Julie September 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

When in a pinch, I use tap water that I boil and cool. This kills off the microbes.

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13 Heidi Peyton April 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thanks for sharing!

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14 S Chellaine Watters April 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

Local honey in warm herbal tee in the morning and at night. If they hurt the eyes ( itchy red ) we put tea bags on eyes

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15 S Chellaine Watters April 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

Tea*

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16 Permaculture Yukon April 27, 2012 at 11:51 am

Your GUT health…checking if you actually may have candidasis overgrowth…and going on a food elimination diet with supplemental enzymes and gut-loving bacteria. http://www.holistichelp.net/candida.html

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17 Laurie Schlecht September 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm

A herbal remedy called ALJ. You can buy it in liquid or capsule form. I didn’t even need to take as much as the bottle said and it worked wonders. (Nature store in Sturgis, SD carries it in stock).

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18 Keely Wise September 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

After doing lots of research and also after talks with my allergist and regular Dr., I’ve increased my Vit D a lot and that has really helped. It helps your immune system. It took several months of being consistent to notice the improvements. I’m off my allergy meds mostly and no asthma inhalers needed anymore. I take 2,000 – 4,000 IU’s per day.

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19 Blessed Kaos September 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Vit D3, Zinc, Astragalus, Vit C and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with Local Raw Honey.

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21 Cynthia Robinson January 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

As a testimonial I will say that when I became a beekeeper I was doing a lot sniffing and sucking back drainage from allergies. Another beekeeper said “you are a beekeeper take your honey” So I did and I am not taking allergy medicine. I took about a tablespoon morning and night. Now I take it when I need to. I also found a lot of relief from taking Pollen granules. It works!

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