The normal symptoms that go with allergies and seasonal hay fever include those awful red itchy eyes, along with the constant sneezing and a nose that drips like a tap. For asthma sufferers, the symptoms can be much worse (swelling of the bronchial tubes) and can even become life threatening.
Allergens are outside particles that your body considers “foreign” and allergies are simply your body’s reaction to these unwelcome invaders.Allergies such as hay fever are actually a mild form of auto-immune disease, and the main cause of all auto-immune diseases is a poor functioning immune system. So basically, by fixing your immune system you’ll fix your allergy problem.
1. Apple Cider vinegar (ACV)…
ACV is a very powerful gut healer and immune booster. It also helps to promote the growth of “friendly” bacteria (probiotics) in the gut, which is another excellent home remedy for all types of allergies. Apple cider vinegar is also rich in potassium and magnesium. A deficiency of both these minerals has been linked to seasonal allergies and even asthma. In addition to this, ACV helps to soothe the lungs and bronchial walls and break down phlegm.
When you buy your apple cider vinegar, always make sure it’s organic ACV and still contains the mother apple (it will tell you on the bottle). Mix two tablespoons of ACV in a glass of warm, filtered water and drink 10 minutes before each meal.
2. Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids…
Let’s first begin with omega-3s. Now these EFA’s don’t just help fight inflammation type diseases such as arthritis and psoriasis, they also help fight allergens! Then we have Omega-6 EFA’s, which are also potent natural remedies for all types of allergies, especially hay fever. Omega-6 help the body produce powerful chemicals known as prostaglandins. These hormone-like substances block the body’s production of the chemical histamine, which as you know, is a primary culprit for allergy symptoms. Research has also linked low levels of prostaglandins to certain types of asthma. It’s been discovered that when prostaglandin levels are normal, the muscles in the lungs are able to relax and blow flow is increased.
Best Sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 EFA’s…
For omega-3’s you still can’t go past cold water fatty fish, however, you do need to be careful of heavy metal contamination. So before you buy fish or fish oil supplements, be sure to check your sources first. Other good sources of omega-3 are krill oil, green lipped mussels, evening primrose oil, walnuts, eggs, flax seeds and flaxseed oil. For omega-6, evening primrose oil is clearly the best, followed by walnuts, sesame seeds, safflower seeds and Brazil nuts. Our bodies do need more omega-3 than omega-6 though. For this reason, stay away from all processed vegetable oils (they’re toxic anyway) and instead, stick with the foods listed above, especially evening primrose oil.
3. Eat Locally Produced Honey…
It’s thought that regularly eating honey that’s produced in your local area helps you to build up an immunity against the very pollen (birch pollen) you’re exposed to that’s causing your allergy symptoms. However, many so-called “health experts” believe this theory is nothing but a load of crock. The problem for the experts though is when allergy sufferers do have authentic local honey (at least 1 tablespoon daily) their allergy symptoms improve.
The other big benefit of honey is it also helps to promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive system, which further enhances the effectiveness of this amazing super food for treating allergies and their related symptoms. Find yourself a good supplier of birch pollen honey in your local area and consume at least 1 tablespoon every day.
4. Hot Peppers…
If you regularly eat these foods then you’ll already know that nothing cleans out the whole respiratory system quite like some hot peppers! Hot chilli peppers (especially cayenne pepper), hot mustard and horseradish are all excellent natural decongestants and sinus clearers. This stuff works like magic to clear up sinusitis and just about every respiratory problem you may encounter. It also boosts the immune system very strongly and is extremely good for your heart. You can either buy it in powder or capsule form to have internally (which is very important of course), or you can find it in some allergy relief nasal sprays combined with horseradish. Just remember, these peppers are hot so if you don’t eat them regularly, it’s a good idea to start off small and work your way up.
5. Coconut Oil…
Coconut oil is excellent for gut health. It improves digestion by soothing the ling of the gut and promoting the growth of good bacteria. When your gut flora is out of balance (too much bad bacteria) the body produces extra histamine, which of course, is an allergy sufferer’s worst enemy. But because coconut oil helps your gut probiotics to grow and thrive and kill off the bad bacteria, the overproduction of histamine is greatly reduced, which is welcome news for all allergy sufferers.
The great thing is, kids love it so it’s easy to get them to eat it! 1-2 tablespoons (or more) every day for children or adults can be safely consumed.
6. Vitamin D…
There really is no disease, ailment, or health problem that can’t be helped with a little vitamin D. And allergies such as hay fever certainly fit into this. But where vitamin D really comes to one’s aid is in the treatment of asthma. It’s been noted that children with low serum vitamin D levels are more likely to be hospitalized for asthma related problems than kids with normal levels. Low vitamin D levels in children are closely linked to the actual severity of asthma and allergy symptoms.
So to receive your daily amount of vitamin D, you need to either get out in the sun or take vitamin D3 supplements. For those of you who are still weary of sun exposure, supplements are the safer option..
7. Hydrogen Peroxide…
Hydrogen peroxide is a safe, cheap and very effective remedy that works a treat for reducing and clearing up the symptoms associated with allergies and hay fever. It quickly flushes out and destroys the irritants in the sinus cavities that cause the runny nose and build up of pressure. Hydrogen peroxide also kills any infections that may be accompanying your allergies.
There are two ways to use the hydrogen peroxide treatment… as a nasal spray and an under-the-tongue spray.
To use as a nasal spray, first purchase a bottle of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide (such as this one), then mix up a solution comprised of four parts filtered water and one part 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide (not the 35% solution). Get yourself a sinus spray (pump) and apply 2-3 pumps up each nostril, then allow any gunk to drain out of the sinuses for a few minutes before blowing your nose. Do this four times a day or as often as required.
For internal use, simply pump 4-5 sprays of the solution under the tongue. Repeat this process 2-3 times daily. It works like magic! Just remember, only the 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide should ever be used.
Herbs have a long history in providing relief from allergy symptoms. Some are very good home remedies for hay fever and other seasonal allergies, while others are not so good. Here are the ones that have been found to work the best…
Stinging Nettle: This is probably the best herb for treating allergy symptoms and really does work a treat! It’s a powerful natural antihistamine and doesn’t cause drowsiness or dry mouth like pharmaceutical antihistamines do. Take 300 mgs of stinging nettle extract daily for best results.
Butterbur: Butterbur blocks antihistamine and naturally reduces inflammation. Studies have found this herb to be effective at relieving the most common allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus congestion and headaches. In fact, a British study found butterbur to be just as effective as Zyrtec for relieving the symptoms of hay fever, but without the side effects. A word of caution though, because butterbur is part of the ragweed family, it’s recommended anyone allergic to ragweed or chrysanthemum avoid this herb.
Nettle Leaf: This herb is also an excellent natural antihistamine. You can either make up a nettle tea to drink twice daily or take nettle leaf capsules.
Goldenseal: The active ingredient in goldenseal has powerful antibacterial and immune-boosting properties, which makes it one of the very worthy home remedies for hay fever and allergies. You can either buy goldenseal as a herbal tea or in capsule form.
Green tea: Builds up the immune system strongly and blocks the production of histamine. Either drink 4-6 cups of green tea daily or take green tea extract.
Peppermint tea: Relieves nasal and sinus congestion, along with the coughing associated with hay fever and other allergies. Be sure to drink peppermint tea cold for best results.
Ginger: One of our favorites! Ginger is a natural antihistamine and contains some very potent immune-enhancing properties. It also helps to break up chest congestion and remove phlegm. A nice honey, lemon and ginger tea can be just what the doctor ordered for an acute allergy outbreak.