Spring is here and everything is in bloom. It’s one of the most colorful and beautiful times of the year, yet for many, it’s also one of the most miserable seasons to endure. The boom in pollen production causes an upsurge in many allergic reactions from a constantly running nose, to a dry a scratchy throat to red irritated eyes. This is commonly referred to as seasonal allergies — also referred to as hay fever — and, while spring is the most common time for this ailment, symptoms can crop up in summer and fall.
Seasonal allergies may sound benign, yet, if left untreated, more severe symptoms can manifest including allergic rhinitis — affecting the membrane lining of the nose — or allergic conjunctivitis — affecting the “membrane lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes.” Modern medicine has created treatments for seasonal allergies including corticosteroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, and allergen immunotherapies. Yet, all of these options include harsh toxins and chemicals that may have other unwanted side effects. While it’s always crucial to speak with your healthcare provider before beginning or ending any treatment, there are natural treatment options that may work for you!
Here are a few all-natural seasonal allergy remedies to try out!
One of the best natural hacks for managing allergies is with a neti pot, which physically flushes your nasal cavities, clearing mucus and helping to avoid sinus infection. This Himalayan Chandra Porcelain Neti Pot kit provides an eco-friendly, lead-free, distinctively designed jar and high-grade salt nasal wash to be combined with distilled or boiled and cooled water. This neti pot aims to remove excess dust, pollen, mucus, and other environmental irritants while supporting the immune system and relieving allergy symptoms. Plus, you’ll reduce or completely avoid toxic nasal sprays and chemically-derived medications. This neti pot costs $10.00.
Delay Man Dan says “I used to get congested whenever I laid down, especially at night when going to bed, until I was introduced to a neti-pot by a close friend. I used this product for the first time in 2011 and I’ve only needed to use it a couple of times a year for allergies or a cold coming on since then. I’ve even had my son use it and found we’ve both been able to use this as an alternative to taking medicine some of the time. I prefer holistic whenever possible but rely on medicine when needed. I recommend a porcelain neti-pot for home use so it can go into the dishwasher, but for travel, you’ll need something more durable. I also recommend avoiding the use of tap water since this solution passes close to the brain. Since the water needs to be warm to dissolve the salt, I use filtered water heated on the stove. Use your better judgment for the temperature of the water.”
Stinging nettle leaf tea — also referred to as just nettle leaf tea — is an ancient herbal remedy for many ailments. While the stinging nettle leaf does in fact sting in its natural form, when processed, this perennial flowering plant offers many health benefits including reducing prostate gland swelling, relieving urinary and joint pain, treating eczema, and reducing the symptoms of hay fever and seasonal allergies. This Starwest Botanicals Loose Organic Nettle Leaf Tea originated in Bulgaria and has been certified organic — by the USDA National Organic Program Guidelines — as well as kosher certified — by the Kosher Certification Services. One pound of loose leaf tea costs $18.70.
Lemon says “I order this in bulk regularly. I drink a heavy brewed nettle & cocoa tea every day, sometimes with borage in it. It’s dark, heavy and coffee-like and loaded with health benefits. I hate dandelion and other “coffee alternatives”, this works for me. I can add a bit of matcha to it if I need a boost of energy, caffeine makes me anxious and shaky, so I avoid it typically. Will continue regularly purchasing this as needed.”
Eucalyptus oil is hailed for its many health benefits including helping respiratory issues, relieving headaches, boosting mental and cognitive abilities, and even reducing your seasonal allergy symptoms. This mostly due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties and cooling sensations of eucalyptus oil. This 100% Pure Eucalyptus Essential Oil by Maple Holistics is an all-natural therapeutic-grade powerful high-potency essential oil. Maple Holistics promises an all-natural, premium quality essential oil that is safe for use in an aromatherapy diffuser for inhalation to relieve pain, invigorate the senses, promote healthy breathing, cool, nourish, and reduce allergy symptoms. This essential oil can also be used in a variety of other ways including as a natural surface cleaner, bug repellent, facial cleanser to reduce acne breakouts, or in your hair as a stimulant for hair follicles. A 1-fluid ounce bottle costs $10.94.
Shelyn says “I suffer from migraines and have tried everything imaginable for relief. Last year I heard about eucalyptus oil so decided to try because I was desperate. I use it in diffuser lockets and put a few drops on pressure points. I’ve tried different kinds and stumbled on this via search. The size of bottle for the price is a great deal and this oil has worked the best for me thus far. My husband has sinus problems and now we use this at night in a diffuser and it helps with that. Highly recommended.”
Tea tree oil is one of the most popular and widely used essential oils. It’s been hailed as a wonderful agent for reducing acne, relieving athlete’s foot, treating certain forms of eczema, getting rid of dandruff, and even keep your teeth clean! How does tea tree oil accomplish these feats? It happens to have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, all bundled into one powerful essential oil. On top of everything else, tea tree oil has been shown to help reduce and treat allergy symptoms. This 100% pure Organic Tea Tree Oil by Organic Doctor can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser or directly on the skin. Organic Doctor promises to be organically certified with natural extracts to provide a fragrant and healing aroma with natural purifying properties. A .34-fluid ounce bottle costs $11.99.
An Amazonian Family says “I was reading about lemon balm and all of its health benefits, and I cannot be happier with this tea. For the first time in my life, my anxiety is GONE. I mean, really gone. I always had a horrible feeling of anxiety in my chest my whole life, and now that I drink this tea, it’s simply not there anymore. It helps me sleep, I’m calm and relaxed every day, and my depression is gone now too. When I bought this tea, I did not buy it for the mood benefits but wow, that alone makes this tea worth its weight in gold. I would also like to add that if you like lemon, lemon balm tea with a quarter of a lemon squeezed in is great. I don’t need sugar or anything else with my tea. I have been telling everyone I know about lemon balm tea, and specifically this brand. This product absolutely changed my life and I intend to be a faithful customer for as long as you make it!”
Lemon is a powerful natural agent for both your body and your home and in many different forms including used raw from the rind, as an essential oil diffused via steam or directly on your skin, or consumed in tea form. This Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea combines the potent powers of lemon to provide alertness, boost energy, and help “clean your sinuses and reduce congestion,” both of which generally occur around springtime. Traditional Medicinals is a trusted, all natural company that is non-GMO verified, certified organic, and certified kosher. This lemon balm tea will not only clear congestion, but it’s also a natural herbal supplement that promotes relaxation, relieves tension, and helps reduce indigestion. One box containing 16 tea bags costs $4.34.
Phoenix says “I was happy to find an all natural remedy to improve the health of my nails. The built-in applicator is just the right size when applying tea tree oil making for a straightforward and simple application each day. The only thing that I did not like was the lingering odor from the oil, but that is really a small price to pay for the results of using this oil on a regular basis.”
Aromatherapy is an ancient medicinal tool used to help people de-stress and relax, as well as an all natural healing agent. This can be attributed to the powerful essential oils that are diffused via steam. These essential oils, depending on the type you use, are known for “their ability to fight inflammation and boost the immune system,” as well as “fight infections, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms, and harmful toxins.” Due to these amazing health benefits, essential oils are known to help relieve aseasonal allergy symptoms. This Smart Wifi Wireless Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser by Sierra Modern Home brings this ancient art of healing into the 21st century. With the ability to be linked to your wifi connection, this diffuser can be controlled through Alexa, Google Home, and your smartphone. This diffuser has a 400ml water tank that provides 12 hours of 360° ultrasonic frequency misting. This diffuser costs $38.95.
Jerry says “I LOVE this diffuser. I own a couple of different diffusers and have one in each room in my apartment, so I’ve tried out a few different brands and this is by far my favorite. It’s got a cool sleek design, the subtly changing light on it adds to the ambiance of the room, and I love the WiFi capabilities and being able to run it from my phone. The app is easy to work and figure out. I honestly thought this was gonna be too good to be true with the price tag it has on it, I wouldn’t expect something this amazing at that price tag in the diffuser industry. I also love that the company has reached out to me twice via email to make sure that I have been satisfied with the entire process from ordering, to shipping, to set up, and to make sure that I’m satisfied now that it’s up and been running a few days. Overall I am very pleased with this item, if you’re looking for a new diffuser I HIGHLY recommend giving this one a try. You won’t regret it.”
Humidifiers are known for their ability to moisten dry air, but did you know they are also effective at alleviating allergy symptoms? By providing an extra blanket of atmospheric moisture, humidifiers reduce allergy irritants such as dry eyes, scratchy throats, bloody noses, sinus headaches, cracked lips, and allergy derived coughing. This Honeywell HUL520B Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier promises to fill small rooms and personal spaces with a fine, visible, cool mist with an easy-to-use and quiet machine. This Honeywell humidifier has a large tank that runs for up to 20 hours, is easy to clean, and even easier to refill. This humidifier is not only great for allergy season but can also relieve irritating allergy-like symptoms during the dry winter season! The Honeywell HUL520B Mistmate costs $36.96.
Natalie L. says “Bought this as a replacement for a different brand of cool mister that broke. This mister is a compact size that will provide mist all night long. It is also a well-designed product because it is much easier to clean than other misters on the market. It makes a very minimal humming sound – almost silent (hardly noticeable as I am someone very bothered by excess sound). Be careful not to set it too close to your bed as over the course of the night it may make your bed linens feel damp. Out of the two misters I have had, this one is the best and most effective. I do not wake up with a dry throat or nose and my skin has even improved. I have had it for about two months now and hope it lasts over time.”
Apple cider vinegar is hailed as one of the most powerful healthy additions to a plant-based diet. When it comes to relieving allergy symptoms, apple cider vinegar has been shown to “boost the immune system, help break up mucus, and support lymphatic drainage.” While consuming apple cider vinegar in its raw form is an excellent way to reap the benefits, you can also get those same powerful agents via supplements. These Nutrivein Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules are all natural and vegan-friendly and contain zero GMO’s, preservatives, stearates, artificial ingredients, binders, dioxides, or lactose. A 120-capsule bottle costs $14.24.
B. Singh says “I didn’t know about apple cider vinegar until I read an article about it recently. This is the product with the best reviews out there so I decided to give it a try. And I’m glad I did! After a few days taking this pill I already started feeling the effect on my appetite. But my day was going as energetic as ever. Good product and definitely works!”
You’ve most likely heard about probiotics as a way to boost your gut microbiome health, but did you know they are also excellent at fighting allergy symptoms? Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help “stimulate the production of immune-enhancing substances … and boost the immune system” and studies have shown a relationship between the presence of these healthy bacteria in the gut and “reduced incidence of allergies.” These Vie Naturelle Vegan-Friendly Probiotics use a unique blend of 40 billion organisms to promote intestinal health and support the immune system. These capsules are 100 percent vegan-friendly with no additives, lactose, gluten, wheat, soy, or fillers. A 60-capsule bottle costs $16.99.
Darlene says “I’ve been taking these for a month and I can definitely tell a difference! I take two a day, one in the morning and one at night, as directed. I appreciate that they’re vegan and they’re cheaper than probiotics I’ve previously purchased.”
Turmeric is a growing superpower in the health world, known to promote immune system health, provide inflammation relief, infuse the body with antioxidants, and improve brain function. Due to its high antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric is also a great supplement to help with allergy symptoms. Looking for an all-natural, organic, vegan, and trusted supplement to help relieve your allergy symptoms? Try these Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Extra Strength supplements that are vegan-friendly, certified organic, and committed to providing a GMO-free product. Along with providing a potent dose of turmeric, these supplements are also free of gluten, soy, dairy, meat, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, yeast, or eggs. A 60-capsule bottle costs $18.52.
Amazon Customer says “I’ve tried a lot of turmeric supplements over the past four years, and this one is the best for me. I have chronic aches and pains (bad back, leg cramps, foot pain), and one capsule daily helps ease the pain. This is a pain reduction, not total relief. Since I started taking turmeric, I haven’t had a cold or the flu. And the skin infections that were bothering me have significantly lessened. Excellent product.”
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