5 Natural Solutions for Allergies and Hay Fever

Woman walking outdoors with protective face mask and yoga mat
Woman walking outdoors with protective face mask and yoga mat

Whether they flare up seasonally, or they are pervasive throughout the year, allergy episodes leave us feeling lethargic and irritable, at best.  And it gets worse if those episodes lead to a sinus infection.  While the rate of allergies has risen in recent years, many of us have resorted to allergy medications for relief and for longer periods of use.

Physically, we experience allergic reactions when a foreign substance, most commonly pollen or dander, invades our bodies.  Our immune systems believe they are being compromised and respond by creating antibodies to fight off the attackers. The result is inflammation, swollen sinuses, headaches, skin reactions and often sinus infection.

While pharmaceutical allergy treatments are easily accessible and widely used, they are merely suppressing our symptoms temporarily, while making us drowsy and restless. And other side effects may occur with the use of decongestants, like an increase in blood pressure, headache, sleeplessness, and irritability. Long-term side effects of decongestants are unknown and long-term use of antihistamines may influence brain and liver function, while corticosteroids and leukotriene inhibitors have more insidious side effects.

The use of powerful corticosteroids, for topical allergic reactions, may cause several unwanted side-effects.  When applied topically it can cause disturbance of the normal hormonal levels in the body.

When used in eye drops it may cause glaucoma, cataract formation and infection. Corticosteroids in Inhalers can cause irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, as well as yeast infections of the mouth.

Oral corticosteroids cause still more severe side effects over the long term. They can result in stomach ulceration, cataract formation, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, hyperglycemia, delayed growth when used in children and increase blood pressure.

Leukotriene inhibitors are taken orally and inhibit inflammation-producing chemicals called leukotrienes. Side effects associated with these inhibitors include psychological side effects such as irritability. Anxiety, hallucinations, aggressive behavior, depression and suicidal ideation or behavior, and insomnia. 

Unfortunately, environmental factors like climate change, overcrowding and, ironically, the insulated sterile surroundings we have created, all play an important role in creating a world where we are increasingly more likely to develop allergies to airborne allergens.

But here is the thing, allergies are treatable through natural methods. We don’t have to resort to 24-hour allergy pills and potent decongestants.  Natural, safe methods, when combined with lifestyle changes and plant-based remedies, can relieve our symptoms will restoring our well-being without the disruptive side effects of pharmaceutical solutions.

Here are 5 herbal remedies you can explore as alternative solutions for allergies and hay fever:

Nettle Root is commonly found around the world.  In plant form, its flat, heart shaped leaves induce a painful sting.  But when consumed in tea or tincture, Nettle acts a natural antihistamine, modulating an immune response. This herb also inhibits some of the inflammatory processes that lead to allergic rhinitis and hay fever symptoms such as congestion and itchy skin. Some studies of those with allergic rhinitis symptoms, show a positive, equally effective response to their symptoms. 

Echinacea purpurea, native to North America and also found in Europe, is a colorful part of the daisy family, that supports and strengthens our immune systems and keep allergens at bay.  It has been referred to as nature’s best immune system enhancer, it is believed to be one of Mother Nature’s most powerful natural antibiotics. Echinacea root has been widely used against colds and other infections.

Chamomile Flower is found in Europe, the United States, India, and Asia.  It is useful as a natural treatment for allergies and works much as an antihistamine would.  This delicate flower may help with inflammatory symptoms like congestion, while helping you relax.  This can be helpful when allergy symptoms are disrupting your sleep.

Peppermint, found across the world, is a natural anti-inflammatory that has been found to be very effective in the relief of respiratory congestion by opening up the nose, lungs, and throat.  It may also calm coughs and colds. The use of Peppermint leaf on a regular basis can help people with asthma relieve breathing problems. Peppermint has been used in face masks, as well as for fighting infections of the skin, rashes and bug bites. Peppermint leaf tincture may be added to a gargle and mouthwash for its ability to override germs and inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth. It is no wonder the mouth and breath can always feel fresh with the routine use of this herb. 

Allergy Relief Compound Formula: includes Bayberry Root Bark, Echinacea Root, Wild Cherry Bark, Yarrow Flower, Goldenseal Root, Cayenne Pepper,  ( You can read more about these individual herbs by clicking on the links). 

This seasonal relief herbal formula is a combination of six herbs that are helpful in decreasing reactions to airborne substances. It is all natural, safe and effective in helping to promote respiratory health and a healthy immune system. It has been used effectively to clear airway passages, promote normal breathing and neutralize free radicals which can damage the body’s systems and allows the body to combat the things that are foreign to the body. This all-natural formula consists of herbs that promote a healthy respiratory system, no matter what the season brings.

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  • marcina says:

    I have concerns with allergies in past always used holistic properties and they worked, Now I am 1/year post heart transplant and is it safe to take allergy relief compound with immune suppressants primary one is tacrolimus also take bactrium