Home Remedies for Allergic Reactions
The signs are unmistakable. One minute you’re breathing deeply and feeling great, and the next minute your nose is running, eyes are watering, throat and mouth are itching, and you just want to curl up in a ball.
We’ve all been there. Allergies come in so many different forms and affect so many of us, and dealing with them can be a daily struggle—but if over-the-counter antihistamines leave you groggy, drowsy, and dizzy, what can you do?
Avoid unpleasant side effects and find relief fast. Try these quick, simple, and effective home allergy treatments and get your life back on track.
What Happens in an Allergic Reaction?
An allergic reaction is essentially an overreaction by your body’s immune system. The usual harmless substances like pollen, dust, and animal hair are seen as invaders by your body, which sends out antibodies in response. When these reach certain cells—like in your nose and throat—histamines which trigger the classic allergic symptoms are released.
Proven Home Remedies
When those symptoms have started, there are two ways that home remedies can help. One is to fight the histamines that produce the symptoms, and the other is to ease the severity of the symptoms themselves, allowing the histamines to reduce naturally over time.
Easing the Symptoms
If you need rapid relief from the typical allergy symptoms, try:
- Exercise – Just a few minutes of high-intensity exercise can help unblock the nose and clear the airways.
- A Saline Nasal Rinse – These have been proven effective in combating hay fever symptoms. Use one teaspoon of a 3:1 non-iodized salt to bicarbonate soda mixture in eight ounces of filtered water.
- Honey and Lemon Tea or Lozenges – They provide a quick and easy way to soothe throat irritation and inflamed mucous membranes.
In many cases, you don’t even need to leave the house to find natural antihistamines—just check the cupboard! Many foods contain allergy-fighting compounds that will even work to relieve localized stings and rashes. These include:
- Bioflavonoids – A natural antioxidant and antihistamine found in a number of foods, including citrus fruits, green peppers, and cherries.
- Quercetin – A particularly potent type of bioflavonoid that blocks histamines. Found in green apples, red onions, red berries, red wine, and herbs such as St John’s Wort and ginkgo biloba.
- Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils – Both of these have antimicrobial and anti-allergic properties. Don’t apply essential oils directly—it’s best to use just a couple of drops in a steam bath or a carrier oil.
Give Yourself a Natural Boost
When home remedies aren’t proving to be totally effective, it might be time to give yourself a natural boost in the fight against allergies. There is a range of natural allergy relief supplements out there which give you all of the comfort but none of the side effects. Be on the lookout for:
- Stinging Nettle – Known for centuries for its healing properties, stinging nettle is a wonderful anti-inflammatory and great for natural allergy relief. It can be taken as a tea or in capsule form for all-season use.
- Spirulina – Studies have shown that these algae reduce hay fever severity and symptoms if taken daily. Mix it up in a smoothie or your next batch of protein balls!
- Probiotics – Like many health conditions, so many allergies can be traced back to intestinal health. Probiotics can restore the right balance to your gut flora and reduce histamine outbreaks.
- Butterbur – This migraine-busting wonder extract has also been found to have a significant effect on seasonal allergy symptoms.
Take Back Control with Forrest Health
At Forrest Health, we know how hard it is to deal with allergies. At times, it can seem like they’re the ones running your life, not you.
We’re here to help. With our trusted brands and caring advice, we’ll look after your body the natural way. Order from our extensive range of pharmacy-grade herbal supplements and take back control of your life today!