Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Breathe easy this spring with these 10 natural remedies for seasonal allergies.

| May/June 2012

  • These natural remedies for seasonal allergies can help you enjoy spring without the coughing, sneezing and congestion of hay fever.

If springtime in the air has you running for the tissues, you’re not alone. Each year, millions of Americans seek relief from seasonal allergy symptoms. Pollens, molds, grasses and budding tree growth are common culprits, contributing to the classic symptoms of hay fever: itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; sneezing; and sinus congestion with pressure and pain.

With their gentle actions and minimal side effects, botanical remedies are a good option for allergy sufferers. As you explore the options that follow, pay careful attention to the symptoms they help alleviate. Seasonal allergies produce a variety of symptoms; targeting yours specifically is the first step to success with any regimen. And as always, remember that herbal remedies may be incompatible with pregnancy, nursing, pediatric care, and prescription drugs and medical conditions. Consult your doctor about supplement use to ensure compatibility and safety.

Natural Remedies for Congestion

Horseradish: The sinus-clearing aroma and sharp flavor of freshly grated horseradish make it useful for alleviating stuffy noses and bronchial congestion. Prepare a broth by steeping several spoonfuls of freshly grated root in a bowl of boiling water or soup stock.

Peppermint: Perhaps the most versatile backyard provision, peppermint imbues a peppery, sweet flavor that indicates the presence of its natural menthols, tannins and bitter principles—together responsible for its ability to ease congestion and improve breathing. Steep fresh or dried peppermint leaves in boiling water for a quick, head-clearing brew.

Natural Remedies for Coughs

Anise Seed: To encourage a more productive cough, prepare an infusion of 1 to 2 teaspoons of bruised anise seeds steeped in 1 cup of boiling water and drink. (Bruise seeds by partially crushing them to release their oils.) You can also add a drop of anise seed essential oil to a cup of peppermint tea, or combine a drop with a spoonful of honey for quick dosing.

Elder Flower: A generous assortment of flavonoids, vitamins (A, B and C), essential oils, sugars and carotenoids contribute to the medicinal action of elderberries and flowers. To benefit from the flowers’ expectorant action, prepare an infusion of fresh elder flowers by steeping a small handful of blossoms in a cup of boiling water, or look for elder-based remedies at health-food stores.

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A table spoon of raw honey will settle down allergy symptoms or coughs in about a hour. For sore throats, sucking on a clove of garlic is my guarantees relief!

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