Natural Remedies (and Relief) for Seasonal Allergies

| 6/16/2010 4:41:07 PM

The changing seasons mean something different for everyone, but for many millions of Americans, they mean constant irritation from seasonal allergies. The symptoms range from mildly runny noses and watery eyes to sore throats and coughing. If you’re sick of your allergies but don’t want to pop a pharmaceutical antihistamine, check out these natural options for preventing and treating allergies.


Basic allergy relief starts with changes in our diets. Allergy symptoms can also be tied to food allergies, so this is a good place to start. To make your symptoms better, avoid mucus-producing foods such as dairy products, eggs, chocolate, fried and processed foods and refined flour. Instead, eat non-mucus forming foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, cold-pressed oils, and raw nuts and seeds.

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Apples, berries and fruits high in Vitamin C can help reduce the onset of allergies. Photo By Elvis Ripley/Courtesy Flickr. 

Food such as apples, berries, grapefruit, onions, tea and wine contain quercetin, a type of flavonoid, which prohibits the release of histamines. A Japanese study found that people who took quercetin had a 96 percent decrease in histamine release. Vitamin C also has a natural antihistamine effect, so be sure to eat plenty of foods with this vitamin.

Diets high in essential fatty acids are also helpful in deterring allergies, especially hay fever. Studies suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids decreases the risk of hay fever by reducing the production of inflammatory chemicals. If you’re not eating a lot of fish, take a fish oil or flaxseed oil supplement.