Natural Remedies for Your Allergies

While these cures won’t rid you of allergies forever, these tips, oils and easy-to-find plants will relieve your minor symptoms.

| August 2016

  • “Home Remedies: An A-Z Guide of Quick and Easy Natural Cures” by Meredith Hale.
    Photo courtesy of Wellfleet Press
  • Make your own tea or stinging nettle capsules out of this common plant.
    Photo by Fotolia/ Magdalena Kucova

Throughout history, civilizations have compiled natural remedies for health and healing. But where should you begin sifting through this flood of possible solutions to solve the problem plaguing you? From supplements to herbs and plants to “kitchen cures” straight from your fridge and pantry, Meredith Hale’s book Home Remedies (Wellfleet Press, 2015) is a collection of the best cures for common ailments. Whether you’re plagued by fever, toothaches, insomnia, or anything in between, this book contains a comprehensive and unique list of natural fixes for your illness.

Allergies

Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to substances that most people’s bodies find harmless, such as pollen, ragweed, or dust. Symptoms can include sneezing, itchy eyes, and rashes, among other, more serious reactions. Allergies may be triggered by food, medications, or matter absorbed through the skin or air, such as detergents or pet dander. Common treatments for allergy symptoms include over-the-counter antihistamines and prescription nasal sprays. Severe allergies should be managed by a doctor, and may require lifestyle changes and medication.

Minor allergy symptoms can be treated with easy-to-find plants and oils, as well as some simple modifications in the home.

Nettle

Also referred to as “stinging nettle,” this plant functions as a natural antihistamine that can be taken as a tea or in capsule form. To make the tea, place the herb in a mug, pour boiling water over it, and steep for five minutes. Capsules of the freeze-dried leaf can be found in health food stores; take 300 milligrams twice a day.



Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammatory responses. Flaxseed is available in capsule form, or you can add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily to a cold beverage such as juice.


Fight the Mites!

One of the most common triggers for allergy sufferers is dust mites. Dust mites are tiny insects residing in house dust, and the fecal matter they leave on bedding, carpets, and upholstery can plague allergy sufferers year-round.



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