7 Effective Natural Remedies to Relieve Seasonal Allergies

7 Effective Natural Remedies to Relieve Seasonal Allergies


7 Effective Natural Remedies to Relieve Seasonal Allergies

Are you at your wit’s end with seasonal allergies? If you’ve tried every antihistamine, nasal spray, and home remedy under the sun and still find yourself grappling with the relentless symptoms of hay fever, you're not alone. While it may seem like there’s no escape from the sneezes, runny nose, and itchy eyes, there are natural remedies that might just provide the relief you've been searching for. Before you give up hope, let's delve into some tried-and-true solutions that could be the answer to your allergy woes.

"After years of battling hay fever, I never believed a natural remedy could work, but I was wrong. It’s been a game-changer for my life." - Anonymous Allergy Sufferer

Understanding Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies, often known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, can turn the beauty of changing seasons into a sneezing, eye-watering experience. In fact, allergic rhinitis affects 10-30% of the global population. They're your body's overreaction to what it perceives as harmful substances, also known as allergens. These allergens are typically harmless to most people but trigger a cascade of symptoms in an allergic individual. 

Common allergens include: 

  • Pollen from trees, grass, and weeds
  • Dust mites
  • Mould spores
  • Pet dander

An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system responds to an allergen by releasing histamines. These histamines cause the inflammation, itching, and mucus production associated with allergies.

Why Choose Natural Remedies?

Embracing natural remedies doesn't mean you have to ditch traditional treatments altogether. It’s about adding another tool to your allergy-fighting toolkit. Combining both can often yield the best of both worlds, offering you relief without relying solely on synthetic solutions. 

Neti Pot Rinse

One effective natural remedy for handling seasonal allergies is the Neti pot rinse. This ancient practice, rooted in Ayurvedic tradition, involves using a saline solution to flush out your nasal passages. The process is simple yet highly effective: you fill a neti pot with a warm, sterile saline solution, tilt your head to one side, and pour the liquid into one nostril. The solution travels through your nasal cavity and exits through the other nostril, carrying allergens and mucus with it. This thorough cleansing can provide instant relief from allergy symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and sinus pressure. 

By clearing out allergens directly from your nasal passages, a neti pot rinse helps reduce the overall allergic load on your system. This practice is not only effective but also safe when performed correctly using sterile equipment and saline solutions. If you're new to this, it might take a few tries to get used to the sensation, but many people find it incredibly beneficial in managing their allergy symptoms naturally.

Quercetin-Rich Foods

One of the most potent natural solutions for seasonal allergies is incorporating quercetin-rich foods into your diet. Quercetin, a plant pigment (flavonoid) found in many fruits and vegetables, is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research has shown that quercetin can stabilise mast cells, which are part of the immune system, thereby helping to control the release of histamines. 

Histamines are chemicals in the body that cause allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching, and watery eyes. By reducing histamine release, quercetin helps to alleviate these bothersome symptoms naturally. 

You can find quercetin in a variety of foods. Examples include apples, onions, berries, and leafy greens. Regular consumption of these foods can help reduce the severity of your seasonal allergies over time. 

Additionally, quercetin supplements are available for those who may not get enough of it through their diet. 

Each serving of Nutravita’s vegan Quercetin supplement contains 500mg of pure and natural Quercetin. 
Our Quercetin Complex contains 80mg of Vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to the maintenance of a normal immune system and it contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue as it increases iron absorption to help carry oxygen throughout the body. 

Incorporating quercetin-rich foods into your daily meals not only helps in battling allergies but also contributes to overall health due to their rich nutrient profile. So, next time you feel the onset of seasonal allergies, consider reaching for a quercetin-packed apple or adding some onions to your salad.

Get Yourself Some Indoor Plants

Have you ever thought about how indoor plants can combat seasonal allergies? Certain plants, such as the snake plant (Sansevieria) and aloe vera, are natural air purifiers. These green wonders work by filtering out harmful toxins and reducing airborne allergens. Their ability to release clean, oxygen-rich air can significantly improve indoor air quality, making it a little easier for you to breathe. And, of course, these plants are a fantastic way to spruce up your home's decor, adding a touch of nature and tranquillity to your living space.

Add Pineapple to Your Diet

Bromelain, a powerful enzyme, is renowned for its ability to reduce nasal swelling and mucus production, which can significantly alleviate the discomfort associated with seasonal allergies. 

This natural compound exhibits powerful anti-inflammatory and mucolytic properties. By reducing inflammation, bromelain can calm swollen nasal passages, thus easing breathing. Additionally, its mucolytic action helps to thin mucus, making it easier to expel. Studies have also shown promising results, suggesting that bromelain can reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms, providing a natural way to manage seasonal allergies.

Bromelain is predominantly found in pineapples. The highest concentration is in the stem, but it’s also present in the fruit and juice. So consuming fresh pineapple or its juice regularly can help manage seasonal allergies.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

One of the simplest yet most effective natural remedies for seasonal allergies is to hydrate. Drinking plenty of fluids helps thin mucus, making it easier for your respiratory system to function effectively and keeping those nasal passages clear. 

You might ask, "What should I be drinking?" Well, start with water – it’s your best friend in the fight against congestion. Beyond that, consider reaching for some herbal teas. Not only are they hydrating, but many herbal teas also possess anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated tissues. Chamomile, peppermint, and ginger tea are particularly beneficial. 

For a warming, nutrient-rich option, soups and broths can be an excellent choice. Not only are they hydrating but they also provide essential vitamins and minerals that support your immune system. 

Remember, staying well-hydrated helps your body flush out allergens more effectively, making it a cornerstone of any natural approach to managing seasonal allergies.

Up Your Probiotic Intake

One promising natural remedy for managing seasonal allergies lies in probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts beneficial for your health, particularly your digestive system. They are often hailed for their capacity to enhance the gut microbiome, which in turn can fortify your immune response. This immune boost could potentially mitigate the severity of allergic reactions. 

Several probiotic strains have been identified that might help alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies. For instance, Lactobacillus paracasei and Bifidobacterium lactis are known for their immune-modulating properties. Research suggests that these strains can help reduce the body's inflammatory responses to allergens, thereby lessening discomfort. 

To integrate probiotics into your diet, consider incorporating probiotic-rich foods. Foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and miso are excellent sources of these beneficial bacteria. Not only do these foods support gut health, but they also provide a tasty and natural way to enhance your overall well-being. 

Additionally, if you find it challenging to consume enough probiotic-rich foods naturally, probiotic supplements are a convenient alternative. 

Our Pro Bio Cultures Complex contain 21 live bacteria strains with an impressive 60 billion CFU per serving (2 capsules). Each bottle contains 60 capsules which is a full month’s supply. We have also included Lactospore (Bacillus coagulans), a live bacteria strain which has been subject to several clinical trials to support its effectiveness.

Try Aromatherapy with Essential Oils

Aromatherapy using essential oils can be a valuable ally in your battle against seasonal allergies. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender are particularly effective. These oils are known for their properties that can help open up your nasal passages and reduce that pesky congestion you're experiencing. 

To incorporate these into your routine, use a diffuser to spread the calming and therapeutic aroma throughout your living space. Alternatively, consider using them as a nasal inhaler for a more direct and immediate relief. Just a few deep breaths can make a notable difference in how you feel.

Written by Riya Lakhani-Kanji MSc ANutr

Riya Lakhani-Kanji MSc ANutr is a registered nutritionist and health writer. Equipped with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Human Nutrition, Riya leverages her scientific knowledge to create engaging content that empowers people to embrace the power of plants.