7 Natural Remedies for Allergy Relief

7 Strangely effective home remedies for seasonal allergies

Many people unnecessarily suffer from seasonal allergies when a few simple remedies can offer a lot of allergy relief:

As prime allergy season approaches (at least in our area) I’m sharing the natural remedies that I’ve found to be the most effective for seasonal allergies and that I use when needed. These won’t be as immediately effective as a medication, but over the long-term have lessened my seasonal allergies greatly.

Here’s the deal:

Diet and overall health can make a big difference when it comes to allergies!

Natural Allergy Relief

We don’t suffer from many allergies anymore after our time on the GAPS diet, but I still occasionally get hit with an allergy attack from dust after cleaning though (a reason not to clean? I think yes!) and my hubby occasionally reacts to grass or pollen.

These simple natural remedies have been very effective for allergy relief in our family. Different people seem to benefit from different remedies, so it might be worth trying more than one of these to see which works best for you.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an age old remedy that is often recommended for a variety of health conditions. I’ve personally used it for allergy relief (and heartburn relief) with great success. The theory is that its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies. It is also said to help digestion, weight loss and more so it is worth a try!

What I did: When allergies hit, I mixed a teaspoon of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “The Mother” (that part is important) into a glass of water and drank this three times a day. “The Mother” is simply a colony of beneficial bacteria present in some organic and unfiltered ACV brands. Check the label, it should list if it contains it.

(This is the brand I use) This helped me with relief of acute allergy symptoms and seemed to help avoid allergy attacks as well when I do it daily.

2. Neti Pot and Saline Rinse

I haven’t personally tried the Neti pot because I’m a big scaredy cat about pouring things in my nose, but I have friends who swear by it, and I’ve used saline nasal spray before. (If you use one, I’d love to hear your experience in the comments!) The basic theory is that you use a Neti Pot filled with a sterile saline solution to flush out the sinuses of allergens and irritations.

Surprisingly, I’ve heard this recommended by conventional and alternative doctors, and it seems that it doesn’t really have a downside.

To use: Either use a pre-made saline rinse or make your own by dissolving 1 teaspoon of himalayan or sea salt in a quart of boiled distilled water. Cool completely and put in the Neti Pot. Pour through one nostril and let it drain out the other.

3. Quercetin

Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid that is said to help stabilize mast cells to keep them from releasing histamine. It is also a potent antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation. It is best used as a long term remedy and many people start taking it about 4-6 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms.

As with any herb, you should check with your doctor before using, especially if you have a liver problem, are pregnant, or are on hormonal contraceptives.

To Use: Though Quercetin is naturally found in foods like citrus and broccoli, it is very difficult to get the amount needed to relive allergies from food alone. A supplemental dose can be helpful for preventing allergies or helping acute symptoms. Not recommended during pregnancy or nursing though some practitioners feel it is safe after the first trimester and while nursing.

4. Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf is another natural antihistamine that can be very effective as it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. It grows in many places and can be made in to a tincture or tea, but for allergy relief, capsules made from dried nettle leaves are the easiest and most effective option.

Nettle leaf can also be used in combination with other herbs to make a soothing herbal tea for allergy relief. It is often mixed with peppermint leaf and sometimes red raspberry leaf to make a refreshing allergy relief tea.

What I do: I often include nettle in homemade herbal tea during allergy season (recipe at the bottom of  this post) and use capsules for acute relief of allergy symptoms.

5. Probiotics

Allergies are the result of an imbalance in the immune system that causes the body to react too strongly to a stimuli. New research links the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut with reduced incidence of allergies.

Evidence is even emerging that a mother’s gut bacteria during pregnancy and nursing can impact a child’s likelihood of getting allergies throughout life.

While we can’t do much about our mothers’ diets while they were pregnant, balancing gut bacteria now and consuming enough beneficial bacteria can have a positive effect on allergies now.

What I do: I make sure we consume a varied diet that includes fermented foods and drinks like Kombucha or Kefir, which can hep boost gut bacteria. We also take a high quality probiotic capsule.

6. Local Honey

There isn’t much scientific evidence to back this one, but there seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence from people who have tried it. (Even Mark Sisson weighed in on the subject here). The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. This is supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot” and doesn’t seem to have a downside.

What I do: Consume a teaspoon or more of raw, unprocessed local honey from as close to where you actually live as possible. Do this one or more times a day to help relieve symptoms. It is often suggested to start this a month or so before allergy season.

7. Diet Changes

7 Natural Remedies for Allergy ReliefIf all else fails, sometimes dietary changes can be the answer to allergy problems. In our own experience, the GAPS diet helped relieve many of the allergy symptoms we experienced, including some rather severe food allergies in one of our children.

After our experience, I’d definitely encourage this as an option, especially for severe allergies or those in need of gut healing/rebalancing.

Do you have allergies? What has helped you the most? Share below!

Get natural allergy relief with these natural remedies including herbs like nettle, supplements like quercetin and remedies like apple cider vinegar, honey and more.

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  1. I am a fan of the neti pot! The key is to use as a preventative tool for allergy relief, as you e recommended. Once you have major congestion/sinus infection, it is too late. Using the neti pot at this point could push the infection further into sinuses and to ears.
    The first few times I used it, the sensation of pouring water through my nose was weird, to say the least. After just a few tries, it becomes almost normal to do!

    • I would fight for my nettie pot. I use the teapot type. I fill the pot with warm water, about one cup, and add 1/8 teaspoon of PLAIN table salt. Works great, especially if I have been outside for a while.

      • ow really?it helps to get rid of your allergy naturally for a while??

    • I am also a fan of the Neti Pot. I was diagnosed with Chronic Rhitinis after coming up negative from allergy testing and suffering from constant sneezing and runny nose for 8 months straight! It was miserable. I tried all kinds of meds and nose sprays. You name it Ive tried but nothing cleared up my systems like the neti pot.

      When I first bought it I did it once everyday for the first three days. And now I only use it as needed. But dont waste your money on the meds try the Neti pot. It is a little nerve racking at first but after a couple of tries it is comfortable.

    • I definitely made the mistake of waiting until I was congested to use my Neti Pot. I didn’t realize that the congestion had already moved into my ears, and as soon as I started to cleanse, a pain shot through both my ears that immediately dropped me to the floor. The pain was so intensely agonizing. I certainly learned my lesson!

      • Please Tell in simle english how to use neti pot because i am not familir in english,
        OtherWise explaine in Tamil.

    • What is neti pot ?? Plz explain. I have allergy problem with air ..and sneezing all the time…even in classroom.

      • Hi Navjot
        A netti pot is a little pot that you u put water in with the saline solution it comes with and then you let the water run through your nose ( one nostril at a time) while tilting your head.
        So if you have the tip of the pot running through your right nostril, you tilt your head down to the left.
        If you have the tip of the pot running through your left nostril you tilt your head down to the right. Basically, you let the water drip down and it will clear the nasal passages.
        Google netti pot and you will see images 🙂

        I hope this helps.

    • I use a sinus rinse bottle as it is easier to use than a Neti pot. (well, for me anyway) I have a question about water. Can it be boiled water or is distilled water better?

      • I agree with you Lynn. I also use the sinus rinse bottle. I lean over so my head is down, open my mouth exhale & squeeze half the bottle in each nostril.

        • Hi!! To clarify… DO NOT USE TAP WATER EVER!! Can introduce amoebas into sinuses, which border your brain and this could be FATAL!! Per MD!! Has to be STERILE… Ie distilled!!! Per my ENT!! Also, if you do get a sinus infection, my ENT orders IV solution w/ Abx in it (compounded…mixed in a Pharmacy in mini tubes that require refrigeration) add 1 mini tube to Saline Distilled water mix and wash the nasal sinuses! No need to put your WHOLE body thru exposure to Abx if not necessary. I have several Abx allergies, do don’t want to be on Abx 4-6 times a year! He uses Impris Pharmaceutical out of Penn. good luck to all! I’ve lived thru THREE R/ maxi facial sinus surgeries. I know your pain! PS: in making my own “packets of saline… Use UNiodized salt (1/8 tsp) and a pinch of baking soda + 10 mls of warm,sterile/ distilled water. It neutralizes it so as not to sting the sinus tissues. Happy breathing!!

        • Me too! My husband and both girls also use the sinus rinse bottles. My husband accidentally bought the Neti pot and tried to use it, but for us, the squeeze bottles work better.

      • I also use the 6 ounce sinus squeeze bottle. I use one bottle per nostril. Rather than boiled water (our water is so hard, I’d rather not put all those minerals up my nose), I always use distilled. I heat 12 ounces to just warm in the microwave, then pour into the bottles, where I’ve already put the salt (I use canning salt). Shake to dissolve the salt, lean over the sink, and firmly squeeze until the bottle is empty. Switch to other side for second bottle.

        I prefer to use it about 2 hours before bedtime. Clears the day’s gunk out, and the 2 hours gives me plenty of time to snort out any residue salt water.

        Between the neti bottles, occasional use of thyme tea as a sinus dryer, and honey, sinus distress is quite minimal.

      • I use distilled water. Recommended by doctors. It’s safer than just using tap water & faster than boiling water. I just microwave it for abot 20 seconds.

    • I use eucalyptus oil , just boil water add a few drops in a basin place at your bedside or bathe with a few drops at night .

    • In regards to the first question, I definitely look and feel better, and maintain a healthy weight easily, by direction first on nourishing dense food for thought. I was vegetarian for a lot of years, and vegan for some of that. Equally an generally raw vegan, my stomach was always full but I didn’t feeling gratified. At present I am gratified and satiated. I weigh a few more pounds but my abdomen is always flat and my skin and haircloth are much healthier. I’ve done it both ways…nourishing density is the direction to go!

    • I use a netti pot all the time it helps with everything from allergies to colds! Highly reccomend!

    • What I do is take a shower in the early morning. A really hot one. That clears up my sinus’ really good. But the only thing it doesn’t help is the head ache.

    • Do you now anyway to fix things once you have manger congestion/sinus back up. It seems all my ENT knows to do is surgrey.

      • Sinus massage helps to move things along and allow your sinus cavity to drain. Look for Chinese massage therapist’s.

  2. I love my neti pot and have used it many times for allergies and when I’ve had infections. Although making a quart of the solution is way too much. I used to have a recipe for 2 cups and only used about half so 1 cup is really all you need to make. Here’s a link to a recipe I found in our local magazine that I love. http://www.alive.com/articles/view/22886/sinus_flushing
    I completely understand if you want to erase my comment because of the link. You just really don’t need to make that much. Love all the suggestions, especially probiotics. I really need to add those to my everyday for so many good health reasons.

  3. The whole idea of the neti pot kinda freaked me out for quite a while until I had a terrible cold this past Christmas and I was willing to try anything to be able to breathe through my nose again. I boiled some water and let it cool, giving myself pep talks the whole time about how I could be a big girl and handle this. I was surprised at how bizarre it felt going through my skull, and at how quickly and effectively it opened up my breathing passages. The feeling that my brain had been replaced with wet cotton had disappeared and I no longer needed to breathe through my mouth. The effects only lasted a few hours, but it was enough to give me some relief and afer repeating it again before bed (with cold water, what a strange feeling!), I was actually able to sleep comfortably for the first time in two days. Ever since, I’ve been recommending it to my pregnant and breastfeeding friends as well as my friends who are trying to avoid OTC meds for minor complaints.

  4. My parents opened a salt room recently and it has done wonders for my allergies! Between regular salt therapy sessions (also known as halotherapy) and a grain free diet, I am no longer experiencing seasonal allergies. It also helps with other respiratory issues like asthma and COPD, and is also good for people with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

    • Can you please provide information regarding salt room. What is it and how can someone can it up?

    • What is a salt room? I have allergies year round.

    • What is salt therapy?? Super curious! I’m a nutritionist and health coach & love learning about new underutilized practices! I’ll google it, but would love to get some links from someone who knows all about it!

  5. I use the neti rinse the squeeze bottle not the pot. It took time to get used too. I now use a Himalayan salt inhaler in the morning while doing homework. I think it is helping. I’ve suffered with allergies all my life. all natural diet now doing paleo has helped the most.

  6. i have also heard of raw milk as being great for allergies! several friends of mine say it completely eliminated their family’s allergies! wish we could find some locally here in south GA

    • A good friend of mine has said the same thing about raw milk. You have to go to the local farmer, before it is shipped off to be pasteurized. I hope you can find some!

    • Have you checked out White Oak Pastures?

    • Where in south GA? I know of one in Gray,GA near Macon.

  7. I thought I would comment on the Neti Pot usage. I have used one for a few years. I even keep a small bottle of the solution mixed and ready to use at anytime when my nose is very dry. This really help during the winter months. There are a couple of versions of the pot, too. One is shaped like a mini teapot and the other like a nasal bottle. Because the solution is saline, it doesn’t hurt when in the nasal passage. I would recommend it anyone.

  8. I like to use apple cider vinegar for a range of issues like dandruff, stomach issues, and allergies. I make a cold funky cider from apple cider vinegar, raw honey, cinnamon, coconut water, and ice.

    • Can you share your recipe for “Cold Funky Cider”? It sounds interestingly yummy.

    • I also made the yummy cold apple cider vinegar drink. Tastes great but later found it reduced the enamel on my teeth. Now I keep it for emergency relief and use a straw. I also rinse my teeth after with water after drinking cider vinegar.

    • Apple cider vinegar has helped me with my allergies BIG TIME
      I do not like the taste but I do force myself to drink it with water. For some weird reason, I do not like it with honey at all.
      My 10 year old son loves apple cider vinegar. He had a fever the other time and we used ACV daily and he felt way better in couple of days.

      I use ACV for yeast infection too. If I am starting to get an itch, I fill up the tub with water, add ACV and soak for 20 minutes. Works like MAGIC 🙂

  9. Use of a neti pot, while it may take a few tries to get used to, is very effective and actually feels good once you get used to it. I’ve been using it for years at the first hint of a cold/flu and coupled with the right herbs and dietary add-ons I rarely get full-blown sick.
    In researching quercetin, however, I’ve found numerous research studies that show that in supplement form it has very low bioavailability in humans, and may even stimulate insuin release. Has anyone found anything to the contrary? I highly believe in appropriately researching before purchasing and ingesting supplements. Love your site, Wellness Mama!

    • The bioavailability of Quercetin is often boosted with the addition of bromelain. I have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Quercetin has saved me. Before Quercetin, even hot water or sweat would cause me to itch all over. I have used it with no ill effects for about 3 years.

      • What are the dosages of each?

  10. The Nedi Pot works for me, not fun but clears out your sinuses.

    • My husband loves the neti pot!! He seriously is so attached to it lol

  11. The neti pot works really well however one caveat. If you have had any kind of major ear surgery or are prone to fluid buildup in your ears, you shouldn’t use it. Stick to the spray instead. Both conditions apply to me so my ENT will no longer let me use one since it could cause a major infection in my case.

    • Has been a life long plague for me as well. I used the neti pot successfully several years ago, but had one usage turn into a nightmare and now I’m wayyyy too scared to try again.

      • Please explain. I can’t imagine a nightmare from a neti pot unless you were waterboarded with one.

    • Ugh… I am suffering from fluid build up in my ears for 2 years now due to allergies. So no Neti pot for me? What do you suggest then?

      • Look for someone experienced in reversing allergies using an allergy alternative technique that uses acupressure to correct the allergy. It worked wonder for my children and me, as well as some of my extended family members.

  12. I am the biggest wimp in the world, so if I could do a neti pot, you can too! It’s terrifying at first, but once you do it you will be suprised how unscary it is! You should try it.

  13. I suffer terribly with allergies. I first heard about the Neti-pot in the fall, but being a devotee of natural products couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before. Our family came to visit right after the beginning of allergy season and all were sick. Soon my face was puffy my sinuses full and we were off to Disney. We stopped in the grocery store and I quick wanted to get some saline spray and spied the neti-pot. I took it back to go the hotel and read the directions and tried it. I was not hopeful. Shortly after the first sinus wash I felt a little relief. Sometime in the night I heard a tiny “pop” and my sinuses were clear!!! I continued the wash according to directions and I felt better than I had in a long time. What a terrific product. Mind you I HATE anything near my nose. I would suggest fully reading the instructions. ALWAYS use the solution (for some reason plain water BURNS). Go slow and don’t tip your head too far to keep the solution down your throat.

  14. I used a neti pot daily for about three years. I still use it occasionally. I went from getting two or three sinus infections a year to zero. You can use plain saline solution, or you can use a mixture of baking soda and salt. I have a very sensitive nose, and used 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt to 8 oz of water. The only time it ever felt “weird”, was when i got the mixture off or used cold water. Its seriously worth a try!

  15. what is “the mother”????? says it’s the important part….

    • I am also wondering what “the mother” is?

      • The ‘mother’ is the cloudy part of the vinegar that is usually filtered out in most conventional brands. Trader Joe’s ACV has the mother, as well as more well known brands like Bragg’s.

        • Thanks! I was so confused!

          • haha – I was wondering the same thing. Google searching “The Mother” didn’t exactly work.

          • I was going to ask too, thanks for asking!

        • Thank you so much

        • Bragg’s with the mother is now available at Walmart!

          • It’s easy to find online to. Vitacost just recently had a sale 20% off and free shipping so I ordered several bottles.

    • Hey 🙂
      It is the most important stuff , usually it is the stuff that falls to the bottom and you gotta shake the bottle before using it. In the commercial ACV , they filter it out so the vinegar looks clear but now it is missing the important thing.
      Like when you filter the orange juice after you squeeze it and remove the pulp.

  16. The neti pot definitely takes some getting used to, but it really works! My eyes would tear up when I first started using it because the sensation was just so odd, but now it’s a quick and easy process! 🙂

  17. I like the results of using a NetiPot, I don’t really like the sensation. It’s not like I’m drowning, but it’s just not really pleasant. But, afterwards, my sinuses feel clearer and it’s somewhat refreshing. A couple things to note, you want to use warm, distilled water (too cold or too hot and it becomes quite unpleasant!). Think about how warm your sinuses are…that’s about the temp you want the water. And the second thing is to make sure all your salt is dissolved (if you’re using salty water). One time mine was not and I didn’t realize it. A few hours later, that undissolved salt started coming out of my nose. LOL It was, um, very interesting. haha

    Katie: I think you should try it. I think you’d like that way you feel afterwards.

  18. I’ve read that magnesium supplements can help with asthma and allergies too. What do you think?

    • I’ve seen some pretty convincing evidence for that too…

      • Hi Katy 🙂

        I love this post. I used to suffer from horrible seasonal allergies ! with a clean diet, and the use of supplements but I think what really helped me was the ACV. I rarely get seasonal allergies now.

        I use magnesium powder daily and it has helped me with constipation and stress 🙂
        Love putting it in my tea every morning 🙂

        • How often do you drink the ACV – same ratio I tbsp to an 8 oz glass of water ?

          • I do 1 tbsp to 4 oz of water
            ACV makes me gag so I can only tolerate 4 oz of water
            I don’t like to put honey or lemon
            I have tried and it hasn’t changed the taste
            It’s so beneficial though that I just try my best to tolerate the taste lol

          • I put ACV in my morning tea. I also dislike the taste and also makes me gag if I put it in pure water. I found the acacia berry flavored tea covers the taste very well. I put 1/2 TBS ACV and 1 teaspoon Benefiber in the bottom of my mug then brew the tea through my Kerig. I’ve found this is an easy way to get my daily dose.

  19. I can attest to several of your remedies. I have been using vinegar “with the mother” for my acid reflux for several months now and it works great. To boot, vinegar has so many other health benefits. I tell everyone I meet that has acid reflux about trying vinegar “with the mother”. I personally use Braggs vinegar. I mix a tablespoon in with my ruby red grapefruit juice in the morning.
    As for the neti pot, I got started on that a couple years back and love the way it cleans out my sinuses. I used to be a baby, too about putting anything liquid in my nose. When I finally tried it, I thought, “Wow, this isn’t so bad!” My 12 year old son wanted to try it out when he was watching me do it one day. I hesitated at first, but he suffers from allergies, and I thought, why not? He used it with no problems and even thought it was neat!
    Lastly, I buy local honey for myself and my son, as we both have allergies. It definitely does work! I will never buy honey from the store again.
    Just some final advice for anyone out there that suffers from allergies or sinus issues, consider having your ductwork cleaned. I recently had it done, and, Oh my gosh!!! My son and I can breathe now! It made such a big difference. I bought a really good air cleaner, too. Between everything I have done, I have finally been able to breathe again! I used to have so many sinus issues, it was practically all I ever thought about. It’s miserable when you always feel like you’re breathing through a wet towel. Not anymore! Yay!
    By the way Wellness Mama, my family and I love your chia snack recipe! I feed my family chia seeds all the time. We have a chia drink every day. Chia seeds are the best! I am looking forward to trying out more of your recipes and your lotion bars. I do the oil cleansing for dry skin, like you suggested,and I love it!

    • What is a really good air cleaner?
      Thank you for all your useful advice.

      • Nina,

        Would you mind providing the Fire Water recipe. The link doesn’t work.


      • Amanda,

        I’ve spent countless hours researching air purifiers. The three I would recommend are IQ Air, Blueair Sense, and Austin Air. You need one that is equipped with more than just they HEPA filter. The ones that have special filters that will remove chemical VOCs from the air are the only ones worth spending your money on. It will probably cost $400 at a minimum to buy one that has both these special filtration properties. $400 will get you one that will work in an area around $350 SF. The more money you spend, the more powerful and more square footage they will purify. I have the IQAir Health ProPlus that works well up to 1125 SF on high speed. It runs around $900 and the replacement filters are a couple hundred total for all 3, but they last for a very long time. One last for 4 years, another 2 years and the third and cheapest one lasts 18 months. I bought mine from Allergy Buyers Club. It’s an online company, not really a club.

        Hope this info helps.

    • Hey Donna 🙂

      I love ACV too and it has helped me tremendously.
      Did not try honey for allergies but I use it for other ailments specifically for cough with cinnamon.

      I am not aware of having your “ducktwork” cleaned? What does that entail? Who will perform the procedure? if it is a procedure lol

      Thank you in advance.

      • I think she meant the ductwork in your house–from your heater and air conditioning.

    • Please tell me more about the ACV remedy for reflux. I starting having really bad reflux and was diagnosed with SIBO. Increasing HCL, probiotics and such have helped but I haven’t tried the ACV. The allergies definitely seem to increase incident of reflux. It’s sounding like lots of people are using ACV for allergies too. Do you have any recommendations for dosage? Thank you!

  20. Any natural remedies for itchy,watery eyes. This is what my daughter is dealing with and she needs relief. A medication I gave her I just found out has parabens in it and others are full of artificial colorings and HFCS. Please Help.

      • I have to tell you because I enjoy your blog so much that ending every response to a comment with “…” sends a message you probably don’t want to send. You send out good information into the world, your responses do as well. Ellipses are hardly anyone’s friend.

      • How much quercetin for an 93 lb, 11 year old?

    • I used Similasen for Itchy Eyes on my daughter. It helped but her allergies were so bad we had to switch to Zadiator (not natural – OTC) for a few weeks based on the eye doctor’s recommendation. Now we’re back to the natural treatments.

  21. Local honey is what i use and it works great! My dad has been doing this for years. We put about a teaspoon in our coffee in the mornings and it doubles as a natural sweetener and an allergy remedy.

  22. I am not sure what exactly to do at this point, I guess I will keep looking. I am 4.5 months pregnant with allergies that have come back with a vengeance this year. Almost every year I get allergies that turn into a sinus infection or cold, which then turns into an ear infection that I have to take antibiotics for. I am desperately trying to avoid having these problems and not take antibiotics this year for the sake of my unborn baby. This is very important to me, but I have not idea what natural thing I could try taking. And my midwife is not that the most natural person in terms of supplements to know.

  23. What about for toddlers? my daughter is almost three and her pediatrician prescribed her Nasonex, a nasal spray, to use daily and also to use Benadryl or Claritin daily. I am hoping for some more natural sugguestions.

    • She could have a nettle and peppermint tea that might help a lot…

  24. Netti Pots are great! NEVER blow your nose after doing it though, That is how you end up with water in your ear canal…you will very much want to blow your nose but gently let it fall out naturally. It might continue to come out of your sinuses throughout the day when you bend over, happens to me a lot. It makes for a good laugh when someone sees it happen!

  25. I had a respite from allergies for about 5 weeks this summer. Yup, no sneezing, no runny nose, no post nasal drip. It was wonderful. But now the allergens I’m sensitive to are full force and nothing natural works for me. I keep trying though. The neti pot does help clean my nose but it doesn’t help with allergic reactions. I’ve been tested more than once and I have extreme sensitivities to certain pollens. Short of receiving shots to desensitize me over time, I use diphenhydramine (Benadryl) judiciously. That’s the only one that works for me and doesn’t put me to sleep. The newer ones are ineffective. I wish I could go all natural but the other night at a restaurant, I sneezed 6 times in a row. I had not taken anything for my allergies before going out. So after the sneezing fit, my nose ran and ran. I was congested and miserable. Ooh, just had a sneezing episode as I’m typing. Even have them when I’m sleeping. Duh…wakes me up leaving me with frontal congestion and runny nose which I have to get up to take care of. Annoying. I could use inhaled steroids but I won’t. I had to have a hip replaced due to avascular necrosis caused by steroids. Because of my nasal allergies, I have damage to my sinuses. Considering surgery. I have researched and feel this may help since I’ve developed permanent blockages. Severe allergic rhinitis can be more than an annoyance. I’ve had allergies for over 30 years. So, all you good people that find relief with natural remedies, I salute you! Wish I was part of your group!

    • You might want to try Nasalcrom. It is Cromalyn Sodium spray for the nose. Cromalyn is a mast cell stabilizer. It doesn’t help long term, but is a pretty safe med, and is not a corticosteroid. My mom would have sneezing fits and her nose would run like a faucet and Nasalcrom would stop it.

    • There’s a chinese drop for eyes but really effective just a drop in your nasal then like 1minute your nose will be clear.i have allergies every winter and spring i tried every natural herbs and teas but nothing is working. But this drop name pi yen chen is very effective for 10 to 12 hrs for just a drop.i used it only every night so that i can sleep.

    • Mayo clinic in 1996 found that 96% of allegic rinosinusitis with eosinofiluc mucin were ue to fungal infection and also more recently discobered in such cases fungal and bacterial biofilm.

      For biofilm you use biofilm disruptor. The biofilm is like a forte that protect bugs from antibugs medicine and host defenses.
      steroides are micotoxins, from fungus like penicilim, they are really bad.
      research more.

      • Also you have to modify your diet, the best one to eliminate the root cause of all ciseases is gaps diet from dr natasha campbell micbride. But paleo is a good one also.
        but ndver forget the gut byofilm, all sdick people may also have gut byofilm.

        • Great post, Mari and one that makes so much sense. I have biofilm removing supplements to take between meals and had not been taking them regularly so I’m experiencing fall allergies with sleeplessness and fatigue most of the day, where I used to bounce out of bed. Just finishing a 2-week round of oregano oil caps and soon to start berberine, but will continue with the biofilm supplements which are prteoilitic enzymes.

  26. Quercetin definitely helps for me. I have heard abt the goodness of Neti Pot, but just can’t bring myself to try it, lol! And if you are allergic to dust mite, pls do yourself a favour by getting good anti dust mite bedding covers. They are a life -saver for good night’s sleep

    • Sneeze Queen- What is the best/cheapest bed cover?

    • Thank you so very much for this post! I am really feeling frustrated with my allergies, seems like every year they come earlier and last longer!! And the same therapy doesn’t always work from one year to the next! So Paleo is probably next!

  27. i have a allergie on my face and head not all the body from 3 months please tell me what i do?

  28. After suffering from pollen/dust/ lactose allergy and trying everything
    from medicines to considering committing suicide as I use to be sick
    everyday ,I found homeopathy and it works, Allium cepa 30c is the cure
    and by God name I am allergy free at last !!and want to share it with

  29. I have been having allergies problem for 14 years now. I have tried a lot of medication, but up to know I am still suffering. I think my allergies now has turned to make me like a person who have asthma. I do not know what to do now please assist.

    • Put probiotic in your neti pot and sniff as much up into the nasal cavity as possible. The key problem to sinusitus is people use neti pot with just salt or blow their nose all day removing the remainder of good bacteria. I have tried the majority of these remedies also and nothing worked until i found a holistic doctor that swore by this and i tried it and got immidiate relief. The main thing is even if you get immediate relief you need to treat this as an antibiotic method and do it once a day for 7 days to completely drive out all the bad bacteria. good luck

      • what kind of probiotic in the neti pot?

      • I also put probiotics (actually I used one called ‘Effective Micro-organism(EM) in powdered form’ (I used one from my country, Korea so, better to check other brands available in your country) in my neti pot and it helps me a lot! Since then I put EM in my deodorant bar (as already Wellnessmam did!), foot spray also in wellnessmama’s Reminelarizing tooth powder.

        • I know it has been a while since you posted, but could you share which brand of EM you are using from Korea? Do you mix it with the saline solution in the neti pot? I am desperate to try.

  30. Thanks for this resource, Katie! #7 was the biggie for me. After doing a Whole30 and eliminating some stuff that was irritating my system, a lot of my allergies got better. I also do aromatherapy with eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree oil if I’m feeling stuffy or just “down.”

    • Meredith,
      Do you combine the three oil in the aromatherapy oil burner together? what’s the brand oil that you use.

  31. I’m going to try the Nettle and Quercetin, but how much are you supposed to take or start out with? My allergies seem to be getting worse the older I get.

    • I’d check with your doc or allergist to be sure, but I take a capsule of each up to twice a day when I have symptoms

  32. I have found essential oils to be the most effective and powerful relief and solution for my severe environmental (Seasonal and Indoor) allergies. I have suffered from allergies nearly all of my life, and allergies have gotten worse as I have aged. I tried nearly everything I could and nothing provided strong enough relief or relief that lasted very long over time. Then I tried essential oils and was BLOWN AWAY by how fast and effective they controlled my allergies. And now … I hardly have to use them at all for my allergy issues because they are nearly completely gone! Nature’s medicine gives the body what it needs so it can heal itself. I am living proof.

    • What essential oil or combination of oils do you use? I have some oils and would love to use them for allergies!

      • Equal parts of lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils. Mix up as much as you like in a dark bottle. Put 3 drops of the mixture on the neck, wrists and forehead. Do not get in your eyes!

      • I use equal parts (2 drops) Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint under my tongue, swish with water, and swallow. I use doTERRA Essential Oils which are safe for internal consumption.

    • April Emery, I’d love to know what essential oils were so helpful to your allergies. Just curious if they’re the same combination of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint that others have mentioned.

    • What kind of essential oils do you use??

  33. My 11 year old suffers from allergies year round. They don’t appear in the form of sneezing, runny nose, etc. His drainage stays in his head forming a thick mucus which affects his hearing and we have done tubes twice. I would love to stop using Zyrtec and help him naturally. Do you believe that your suggested remedies affect only drainage outside his head or could help his issues as well? Thank you!!!

  34. This post couldn’t come at a better time. I have suffered with allergies all my life. I’m 42 and when I moved to Canada from South America 13 years ago, they kind of cleared up but since last December, my allergies came back with a vengeance and a sword with poison ivy. Lol. My sinuses hurt, sneezing like crazy and so hard, sometimes I snart (sneezing so hard a little fart comes out), my nose dripping, so I have to use Kleenex tampons in my nose. I’m so tired of this. I look like Rudolph. I do the netti pot and it works well but not all the time. I will try the acv right away. I ‘m sure it contains ‘the mother’. Thanks for posting this. Will try everything because the claritin isn’t working! Cheers!

  35. What about alfalfa supplements for controlling allergies? I’ve only heard a little bit but wanted to get your opinion!

  36. spelling error alternatie – alternative* =)

      • Seriously considering starting gaps diet with 15 year old for pine nut allergy and asthma and 10 year old who has just developed hayfever this year. Can you tell me how long you think it would take on the diet to clear symptoms? How long did you put your own children on gaps? Would the introduction diet be sufficient? Sorry all the questions but not sure I (or they) could do more than 6 months. Would really appreciate your feed back on this. I love your site.

        • It will depend on the child and how severe the allergies. Mine was on it for almost a year…

          • That sounds better than 18-24 months which is what it says in book! 10 year old Hayfever sufferer has no allergies. 15 year old has pine nut and scallop allergy – has to carry anapen. Eats very healthily though. Seems to be growing out of asthma and got no hayfever symptoms this year at all. Very mysterious. Thanks for feedback.

  37. Do you drink the mother with the vinegar or does it just have to have it in the bottle?

  38. I have used the neti pot for a very long time. It works great to keep sinus infections at bay; however for just regular allergies it is not a big help for me. Been thinking about trying the freeze-dried stinging nettles for that.

  39. What is “the mother”?

  40. I found a great product that helped get rid of my allergies completely. Its called RIDSET. I take it a few times a year to keep my immune system up and clean of all the things that are the issues that create allergies. Im still amazed with the results.

    • Terry, would you mind sharing a link of where I could find it?

  41. I’ve been using a neti pot as well. I found through another wellness blogger, a site called http://www.sinussupport.com where it explains a lot about how to use a neti pot in the corrective way and which salts to use, which has helped easy my nervousness around using one. Interesting enough a pure mineral salt has the same pH as our body when diluted in the right portion of water, which prevents it from the burning sensation when only water gets up your nose. I’ve also been using the companies sinus essential oil blend and the dry nose blend. the dry nose has been awesome at keeping my nostrils moist since I’ve been blowing my nose a lot. I like the idea of using more ACV, I will add it to my water now!

  42. Thank you! This is definitely a big help for me and my family. Quick question, can a nettle leaf tincture be affective for helping allergies?

  43. My daughter was recently hospitalized and after 2 Endoscopic procedures was told that she had Acute Esophagitis. I was extremely alarmed and frustrated with the diagnosis, but decided to look further into what may have caused this in a 6 year old. My daughter was diagnosed with airway disease and then asthma when she was 2 and half years old. She has been on inhalers along with antihistamines for years. Prior to her endoscopic procedure, she was taking Claritin 2 times a day to help with the runny eyes, nose and burning in her ears. Come to find out this is also a “side-effect” to being on Claritin. After multiple biopsies were performed on her esophagus and intestines they came back with Acute Esophagitis. The doctors did not want to confirm this was the effect of Claritin, but would not rule it out. I have my daughter on a probiotic and homeopathic allergy tablet, but can not get herbs or other natural outlets into her. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have tried ginger drops, her pillow cases and mattress have allergy covers, I steam my house down twice a week, use 99% all natural cleaners, shampoo, body wash, and lotions. We eat a low fat vegetarian diet and use all organic vegetables, fruits and dairy products. Prior to her procedures she was belching and struggling to even digest fluids properly without continual belching/burping episodes. The doctors want her to be on antacids and anti-inflammatory medications, but I am struggling to agree with more “chemicals” being pushed down her. Thanks gain for any advice or tips 🙂

    • I have used Natures plus, source of life, Vibra Gest for alot of stomach ailment. I had stomach problems and was told to take 3-4 with meals and 3-4 between meals (I did the 3 because i am small, my granddaughters 8 and takes 1 each time) I did this for a few months and felt great. i then had a daughter born with GERD, after using the medical route , and lots of complications, I put 1/2 in her bottle every feeding and she had instant relief. It helps digest food and when you take it between meals on an empty stomach there is nothing for it to digest so it eats the inflammation. (at least this is what a chiropractor told me, but it really works) as for allergies, I use lemon balm tea but my allergies dont seem as bad as your daughters, I hope you find relief.

  44. I have been taking and reading up on ACV, only concern I have read is decrease in potassium with continued use ???

  45. Hi,
    Does anyone know how much nettle leaf pregnant women can take for allergies?

  46. I’ve had great improvements in my allergies by doing three things.
    1. Using a probiotic, like the one you listed above on Amazon.
    2. Avoiding sugar. I’m not sure why, but this seems to help me a lot.
    3. Taking an all natural all in one allergy treatment that contains many of the ingredients you mentioned above

    It’s had a huge impact on reducing my twice-yearly symptoms

    • Which probiotic do you use, and how much of it? I would like to try this route. I have perennial allergies, sensitivities, asthma, and autoimmune problems.

      Also, what is the name of the “allergy all in one treatment” that you listed?

  47. . Hi could you pls try and give me some advice. I made the deodorant, with bakingsoda coconut oil lavender maize powder and bees wax. Its been at least 4 weeks that I have been using it. I had a slightpain under my arm and when I checked it was a huge lump which sort of looked like an oversized pimple but very swollen and red area the size of my palm.
    Can u suggest which ing I should omit and what I substitute pls? I am assuming its an allergic reaction.
    Many thanks in advance, still spend hours and hours learning its amazing.
    But right now its 01.30am and am very uncomfortable, so will so grateful for some help.

  48. Hi brothers and sisters i’m simbu from india i’ve had seasonal allergy breathing problem for more than 7 years i’ve seen many doctors and no one gave me a clear explaination about my problem instead they gave me medicine tablets all the time . Two years before after my college i started to find it my self searched a lot on internet. Now what i clearly understand is this breathing problem is not curable by medicine and doctors they are cheaters most of them really. The only solution is do exercise which make you breath heavily daily eg tabata crossfit running swimming . Guys really when i do exercise i don’t have this breathing problem i’ve experienced this but when i stop doing exercise slowly within a week the problem starts again . Its very hard with this allergy and breathing problem it made me to think like its even better to die with this problem than to live but friends now i’m happy always do exercise and in emergency cases just take this medicine 1.minolast-10 for allergy and breathing problem 2.cetirizine for nose problem like itching

    • Thank you Simbu. I am glad you are feeling better. What is the first thing you listed – “minolast”? Do you mean montelukast (Singulair)?

  49. Is Quercetin and Nettle safe to give to a 2.5 year old? My son has allergies all of a sudden for the past 2 weeks. Indoor and outdoor. Runny nose, cough, swollen and itchy eyes. I bought some nettle tincture but have been hesitant on giving him a dose since I can’t find any good sources stating it’s safe for kids that young.

  50. If you are allergic to Betulaceae, it is best to avoid eating apples, bananas, fennel, plums, carrots, almonds, celery, loquats, pears, nuts, potatoes, peaches, raspberries, parsley, apricots, nectarines, strawberries, cherries and kiwi.
    If you are allergic to grasses, best to avoid eating melons, watermelons, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, plums, almonds and citrus fruits and cherries and kiwi again.

  51. Hi my father is suffering from Allergy, mainly cold and sneezing so many times, we consulted with many doctor but no results. Please advice some good doctor.

  52. I’ve been living with the WORST allergies for about 5 years. It didn’t happen until high school but when it did, sometimes it was best to leave school and sleep it off (as well as taking Zyrtec, Clariton, Benadryl, etc.)

    I’ve been tested for allergies to dust mites, pollen, certain trees and weeds which means I can pretty much start sneezing wherever I go.

    I’m a very health conscious person and I don’t like depending on big brand medicines to relieve my allergies or pain killers to ease my headaches. I’m terrified as all hell to try a Nettie Pot but who knows, maybe I’ll try it some day. However, I am very interested in the ACV technique as well as the Essential Oil techniques that people have been suggesting so I’ll try both of those and report back with my results!

    Wellness Mama, your articles are amazing! Thank you!!!! 🙂

  53. Hi I m Shilpi from India. I am also suffering from severe allergic cold from last 4 year’s. I don’t eat cold stuff at all!! Stuffy nose, headache, breathlessness irritates me so much.
    I have tried everything neti pot, steam with drops of eucalyptus oil, allopathic, Homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines but all in vain. Docs say it’s allergic rhinitis and Der is no permanent cure so it will be Der throughout life. I m so frustrated.

    I joined karate but had to quit as I was falling short of breath.

    I m fond of music and learning Hindustani classical music but struggling so much. Someone please help…..

    I will be very grateful…

    • i bet if you see a chiropractor consistently for a few weeks, it could really help. just youtube “allergy chiropractic testimonial.” there are so many who found permanent relief

    • Get rid of any dairy any sugar any gluten. drink filtered or distilled water. do exercise and you will feel much better very fast. Any dairy is bad for you and your allergies. Get rid of coffee if you drink too much. Try stop to drink it for two week. If you eat grains that is gluten free its any way genetically modified and is bad for your allergies. Check list of products that dont have gluten. Just google it there are alot of sources about it. http://www.the-gluten-free-diet.com/gluten-free-foods.html. Remember about the sugar if its not written that there is a sugar it still can be with different corn modified sugar that is hidden with different names

  54. Can these methods be used on kids? My friends kid has allergies and she is trying to go natural in her allergy treatment. She also wants to stop giving her child flu vaccine but is worried that, not giving might cause severe allergies.
    Please let me know.

  55. These are great tips! Thanks, maybe they’ll help with my allergies.

  56. Hi Katie,

    I have pretty bad seasonal allergies and last time my nose was completely clogged up, my cousin told me to try equal parts lavender and lemon EO. I applied 1 drop of each to the back of my ears and within seconds I could breath again. I think next time I’ll dilute them in some coconut oil; the effect was immediate and quite dramatic. I have used this same proportions in a diffuser in my daughter’s room (she’s 8 months old) when she was all stuffed up from a cold. It worked beautifully and she was able to sleep through the night.

  57. I’m having severe sinus/allergy issues , have tried essential oils and nettle and nothing seems to be working / helping . I am desperate for some relief as I haven’t been sleeping the past few nights.

  58. For true allergy relief, I have found the all natural, non-invasive method called NAET helpful. When nothing else is working, there is help out there.

    • Yes, NAET has worked for me too on natural allergens, but chemicals & fragrances are another story. I have been doing GAPS for 1-1/2 years now & my stomach is better & I have eggs back. I use a nasal wash/rinse that helps, but I still have lingering drainage. I use quercetin & n-acytel cysteine that helps some too. The micro biome in the nose seems to be the same as the gut in needing to be reset with the GAPS diet. Now to get the sinuses reset & what actually works for each individual. I use probiotics in my nose & gut. I make all my own organic food. I have done ACV & it didn’t help me. I make & drink water kefir. I have air purifiers which help greatly. Essential oil diffuse has helped too. I’m allergic to different ones so I have to be careful. I have done homeopathy, acupuncture & I’m sure I’m forgetting some. The essential oils have helped relieve some pressure in my sinuses & ears. I use them inside a mask if I have to fly. People have chemicals on them which trigger me into not being able to breathe.

  59. I used to have SEVERE allergies. It sometimes got to the point I wouldn’t be able to see because my eyes were so inflamed, itchy, and watery. My whole face would itch and I sometimes felt like I wanted to tear it off and gouge out my eyeballs just for some relief! I suffered up until I changed my diet, and started taking probiotics daily. I now have NO allergies. I couldn’t believe it at first! Also, I’ve heard some horror stories if you use the netti pot wrong! Make sure you boil the water and let it cool before using!

    • I am so glad you are better! Please write the name of the probiotic that has helped you, as there are so many different bacteria to try and I’m sure they don’t all have the same effects. Thank you!

  60. I have been listening to some podcasts from Karen Hurd (she is a guest on a radio program weekly) and her client testimonials are awesome. She believes in using your food as medicine and is a nutritionist. They call her the Bean Queen. If you are desperate for relief with your sinuses I think you’d find some hope there, too. I believe she is living her Calling in life (just like WellnessMama) and has been helpful to me and many others. Look her up. 🙂

  61. Has anyone tried NAET? We have had great success with DR. Greg Pitman in Cincinnati. I highly recommend this accu-pressure process.

  62. “The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. This is supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot” and doesn’t seem to have a downside.”

    Unless you have type 1 diabetes and sugary things should be avoided.

  63. My 16 yr old son has had terrible allergies since he was about 7. OTC drugs worked at first but haven’t helped him for the past 4 yrs. Long story short, he started taking my homemade capsules….1 of each-garlic, cayenne, and nettle…..2Xs a day. He says that they work better then anything he has ever taken! When he would take the OTC pills, he still sneezed a ton and had to blow his nose constantly. Since taking my homemade ones he hasn’t had ANY symptoms!

  64. Jennifer,
    Where did you get the 3 items to put into the capsules? Like a pinch of organic garlic seasoning and etc??? Can you please elaborate a little more? I’m trying honey, ACV, Quercetin and Probitoics right now for my 2 boys as Katie mentioned.

    • I order my organic nettle pwd from Bulk Herb Store, my organic garlic pwd and organic cayenne pwd from my natural grocers store in town. I have a size “0” capsule machine that I ordered from BHS and fill each capsule as full as I can. My son takes 1 of each 2Xs a day and I take 1 of each 3Xs a day.

      • You have to buy capsules that are made without using any corn. Sometimes only the capsule material can cause huge allergies and autoimmune diseases. Cheers

  65. The best thing I found was cold showers . Not had a plug nose in 4 years. Been very happy with the results..

    • Ive cured mine the same way + diet

  66. For allergy control for my 6 year old, I do the following:

    Ice Tea:
    Stinging Nettle + Pepperment tea with Fenugreek & raw honey & stevia – poured over ice. She can drink this from her thermos at school.

    Probiotics – 3 billion
    Omega 3D Junior (Nordic Naturals)

    I often have to cut out gluten, dairy and sugar to see real results. This is a child who has had 2 sets of tubes and is no longer a candidate for tubes due to thinning of her skin within her ears. Diet has been the biggest factor. Reducing the mucous causing foods and increasing the greens. We try to eat a rainbow of vegetables. I also only feed my daughter antibiotic-free meat as well.

    As a treat, she can eat Justin’s organic peanut butter cups with dark chocolate or a fruit bar for dessert. She has done a great job adjusting to her healthy diet and is aware of what’s good vs. bad for her sinuses.

    • Wow, thank you for this detailed report of how you help your child Margie. My son is a similar age and I am going to try these things for him!

      • Good luck! My favorite herbal allergy remedy is called D-Hist Jr. It works really well. I give my daughter 1 in the AM and 1 in the PM. It contains NAC which is immune building as well so that’s a nice bonus!

        • I have cut out dairy in my son’s diet and started giving him stinging nettle supplements in juice twice a day and have seen improvements. He is still coughing a bit, but not as much. I will have to check into that D-Hist Jr. too. Love the shares!

          • I made the tea for him too, but he’s not a fan.

  67. If there’s like something a natural way of treating allergy, it is ever welcomed! Although one may suffer from different types of allergies, the displayed remedies do seem truly effectively. Selection of diet offers the great role. Doctor advice makes a difference too!

  68. I’ve suffered with allergies for my whole life until I found ” Freeze dried stinging nettles”. They work great. I also took quercetin at the same time but whenever I get a symptom now I take the nettles and allergy is gone. My problem now is that I’m pregnant and allergies are back in full force. I took one capsule of the nettle and had very bad abdominal pain for a whole night and I’m scarred to keep on taking them now. I wish there was other solution for pregnancy!!!! Pls!!!

  69. Hi I have been suffering with allergies for many months. I have used a neti pot. It does help me somewhat. I have heard that ginger is q good alternative.

  70. I’m 34 weeks pregnant and I’m suffering from allergic really badly. even I culdnt sleep at night since few days. I have seen my docs and had mdcn but no relife. pls give me advice..

  71. Under the Apple Cider vinegar option, what is “The Mother”

  72. Am also having allergy problem since i was 4 now am 34 and becomes worse as am getting older and cant bear the pain of chest tightness and coughing. doctors confirmed i suffer from allergies not asthma.

  73. There are two people I know who suffer from bad allergies. One of them had been using mountain mint tea from fresh picked leaves for allergy symptom relief, and the other had been drinking tea made from freshly gathered Canadian goldenrod leaves and flowers to lessen allergy symptoms. I told each of them about what the other was doing so they each tried a half and half mix of the two herbs. Both were amazed at the results. The tea completely opened their sinuses, stopped nasal drainage and gave them lots of energy.

  74. I have been having my blocked nose for 3 months straight and went to see the doctor and told me that I have sensitive nose. Have been taking my medicine and nothing is working. Pls help me!

    • I am suffering allergies.. and the only thing that really help me was using BetterAir. BetterAir is dispersing probiotics into the air and they compete over food with allergens.

  75. I know this post is old, and am not sure anyone will see this question. But… I am suffering big time from allergies this season. You wrote about mixing apple cider vinegar with “the mother” what exactly is “the mother”?!

    • “The Mother” is a culture that is naturally present in some types of apple cider vinegar. Look on the label to see if the apple cider vinegar contains “the mother”.. Braggs is one brand that does. You won’t have to mix it in though, it should already be contained in good brands.

    • My daughter is allergic to dust mites and the only think that help her was using the BetterAir product.

    • The Mother is found in Raw, natural, Organic, un-pasturized apple cider Vinegars. You don’t have to do anything with the Mother it just means the Vinegar is alive. Not dead.. Just buy the Bragg brand of organic raw apple cider vinegar And your good to go …. The mother can be seen floating when you hold the bottle up to the light. You don’t have to mess with it , or worry about it . if it comes out and plops into your glass just drink it down. Yum

  76. Regarding the recommendation of the suggested probiotic, the first ingredient listed is cellulose which is wood pulp. Shouldn’t that be a concern?

  77. I am 75 years of age and have suffered dearly since moving from the East coast to the farming area of Missouri. My problems are mucus build up which causes constant coughing and the feeling of “the elephant” sitting in the middle of my chest. The relief I need the most is HEADACHE RELIEF. I have been hospitalized twice this winter because the allergy throwers me into a full blown migraine.

    I am tired of taking Orc pills and prescription Meds. I am heathy other than the headaches. Have had Doctor checkup and recent head and neck MRI and am fine. Would greatly appreciate any and all help

  78. What is “The Mother”?

    • I have the same question, what is “the mother”?

      • The “mother” is beneficial strands of proteins, enzymes and bacteria.

  79. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is also a natural antihistamine. The secret though is to not use more than about 750mg per day or it can cause Mast Cells to release histamine. Natural health providers often push 1000’s of mgs of Vitamin C for colds, allergies etcn but if you have a mast cell problem (much more common than most people realize), all that Vitamin C can lead to more histamine and diarrhea.

    • Vitamin c supplement can cause alot of health problems in long time period. Just read some information about it on the web and you will be surprised + its not working the same way as natural one + you body dont absorb so much vitamin c its just dont needed. If you will eat one lemon it will take all the vitamin c from it if you will eat two the body will take less from the second. if you will eat 10 body will take no vitamin c from it at all Its will be garbage for your body . its how our system works. That why all the nutrition facts are just average values for the note and its not the exact truth that you have to worry about. Everyone is different
      Other example with the calories. All the calories that is written is not exact callories and you dont have to count them either

  80. Another comment about Quercetin….a few years ago our GP was shocked with the allergic reaction my daughter got from mosquito bites and prescribed her an EpiPen (mostly if she was ever bitten many times in the neck area). The next year, about 6 weeks before mosquito season was upon us, I gave her 400mg of Quercetin + 100mg of Bromelain (came in one capsule that I opened and mixed in yogourt) daily and by the time the mosquitoes came, a few bites and she had built up a huge immunity to it. I told her allergist and he wanted to know all about quercetin, icluding the dose I gave her. She went from needing to have an EpiPen on hand to only using a natural plant bioflavinoid. Just watch out if using particular antibiotics with it (Fluoroquinolones like Cipro and Levaquin, which are awful and destroy connective tissue). It can also bind to a particular liver enzyme which breaks down a couple particular meds, so as long as neither of these scenarios are coincident, Quercetin is amazing.

  81. Thank you for the ACV tip. I will try this! I like using the neti pot. My family physician recommended it to me because I was always using Allegra D trying to combat congestion. His wife heard about it from the Dr. Oz show and made him start using it LOL. I was surprised my dr. recommended anything natural – he usually doesn’t like to do that. Found out that I was allergic to the type of mold that thrives and multiplies indoors. It also grows outside but in a more balanced way outdoors. Moved out of the house that had a hidden mold problem and my year-round allergies have resolved themselves. Now I just have an occasional problem with seasonal allergies.

    Important note about the neti pot is NEVER use tap water. Always use distilled water. According to the CDC, there can be a brain-eating amoeba in tap water that is fatal! A few years back there was a story about a child in Arkansas dying from it. I wouldn’t even use boiled tap water unless it was first filtered very well by small pore filters – definitely not a Brita Filter!

  82. I have taken a teaspoon of local bee pollen every day without fail for the past 6 1/2 years and have never been sick or had any allergy problems in all that time. My family laughs at me and my bee pollen ritual but when everyone else catches colds, flu or has their seasonal allergies, I’m the one that sails right through it all.

  83. Regarding the Neti pot and nasal rinsing in general. This is very useful especially if you live in the city with dirty air – like I do. Think about it: What happens after you have been body surfing in the ocean, and you walk up onshore and bend your head down? That’s right! Salt water runs out of your nose. It’s just as natural as swimming or diving without a nose clip.

    Now for an observed healing using saline nasal rinse. Several years ago, I had been speaking with a nun when I noticed that she was rubbing the interior corner of her eye and that she used something to clean the exudate. I asked her about it and she told me that she had some sort of cyst for quite some time. I just happened to mention a prescribed medicine that I had used for my eye problem, and at that time a monk walked by and probably overheard. A couple of months later, I talked with her again and noticed that she seemed to no longer have the eyelid problem. I asked her about it and she mentioned that the monk had been an M.D. before vows and he had suggested she use a saline rinse with Neti pot.

    Well it worked for her! I have and use Neti pot from time to time, but when I shower, I usually just rinse with running water, using my cupped hand – first one side and then the other.

  84. I tried the Vinegar method….. Once. That was enough for me.

    So I decided on the Local Honey solution instead.

    We purchased some local honey from a market, and we were also at the very same time given other local honey by some friends, so we had two different types of local honey to use.

    I take about a teaspoon of each every morning and evening.

    Before the honey, having recently moved to Australia, I was having bad allergies. I never get allergies.

    My nose would be running. My eyes would itch and I’d scratch them and it would feel so good, but the second I stopped, they’d burn. I would have sneezing fits, which hurt like hell when I had a chest injury.

    Since using the honey I would say about 80% of this has gotten better. I might have a bit of itchy eyes, or maybe a slight runny nose and maybe a sneeze or two in a day (one of those are probably a normal one as opposed to an allergy sneeze).

    It’s fantastic!

  85. Cindy, you really shouldn’t use tap water or shower water to rinse your nose due to danger of harmful live organisms, like brain-eating amoebas.

    • Thanks, Lori. I did not read the earlier posts until now. Clean pure water seems logical now, but it also reminds me: Mothers: think carefully about allowing your child/ren to play in public pools – especially ibecause that water can be very dirty. Better yet, if you can, put a play, wading pool or slip n slide on your clean property. For diving and or swimming, nose clip is good. I did not realize how dirty a public pool could be until I took a SCUBA class at university. I saw under water what people do in pools – amazing.

      Also, I was pleased – WellnessMama – to read about the benefits of essential oils of lavender and lemon (AO as I seem to recall) for congestion.

  86. We have done an allergy alternative technique to reverse allergies with great success. My son used a nebulizer for breathing issues for several years when, starting at a young age. He was able to get rid of it all together after this technique that tests for allergies using muscle strength and corrects allergies using accupressure….completely uninvasive and totally natural. I have also seen this person and reversed some allergies I had with great success.

  87. I’ve used the neti pot and I don’t like it. I have better results just using plain salt water in a nasal spray bottle, putting just a few drops in the nose. I spray or drip it into my nostrils before bedtime and anytime during the day that I feel I need some relief from congestion. A humidifier feels good to me too.

    One other thing I use for nasal dryness and irritation is sesame oil. Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of India, recommends sesame oil for this purpose. It’s been proven to be even better than saline irrigation at helping with nasal/sinus issues. Just a drop in each nostril at bed time and in the morning, then sniff deeply 3 times per nostril. Soothes and relieves sinus issues. Can be used in healing ear problems too.

  88. A very good article on alternative, natural approaches to allergy relief for so many of us sufferers! I suffer from both seasonal and environmental allergies, and a close friend who is an ear, nose and throat M.D/alternative medicine practitioner has strongly recommended that I reduce my use of medication and look to a long term natural approach. She too recommends Quercetin, which I now take three times a day and it really helps to loosen the bronchial mucus and nasal inflammation/congestion. She also recommends curcumin for more intensive overall inflammation. I think that I’ll add the local honey and apple cider vinegar to my regime as discussed in this post. I think that it’s important to customize your natural allergy treatment plan and be patient enough to reap the benefits

  89. I love my Neti pot! I started with the squeeze bottle and then graduated to the ceramic pot because I am trying to avoid plastic.

    When I feel a sinus infection coming, I use it with distilled water heated to 98-100 degrees and Himalayan salt, but I also add a drop or two of food-grade hydrogen peroxide. I use it morning and night and the infection is usually gone within 2-3 days. No need for antibiotics!

  90. I put 3 drops of oil of oregano into a glass of juice (something very strong, like cranberry). I don’t know if it’s a placebo effect, but it seems to help both me and my dad (including reducing his high tendency for bronchitis).

  91. This is a bit intense but instantly gets rid of any allergy or begining cold symptoms. At least it did for me, the few times I tried it. I make a very weak brew of cayenne tea with a little bit of baking soda and salt added. Strain well so there are no cayenne particles in the tea. When it’s luke warm I use a straw and snort a little into each nostril. It’s not dangerous but as I said it is a bit intense for a few seconds and then I’m left with clear sinuses and a warm glow for a while. Just google cayenne for sinuses and you’ll find a bunch of recipes and peoples experiences.

  92. I swear by my neti pot. I don’t get sick much but when I do it will always turn into a sinus infection if I do not use the neti to prevent it. Previous posters are correct when they advise to not use tap water. I also find that waiting for boiled water to cool down enough to use takes longer than I would like so I stick to distilled water at room temperature. My pot came with a lot of saline pouches to mix with the tap water but pink himalayan salt is great too.

    When I am feeling like I might get sick I use once in the morning and once in the evening and it helps hold off congestion quite well. Another trick to prevent an allergy attack is to use after being outside on a windy day or after yard work to flush out anything that might cause problems.

    For those who are squeamish about using one, just breathe through your mouth and even if you cough a little there really is no need to worry about the “drowning sensation”. Using the pot really is not unpleasant at all and you get used to it quickly.

    Those who are plagued with dry sinuses should benefit way more than just with sinus spray / mists alone. Getting the salt water all the way to the back of your sinus cavity will loosen up any dried mucus that has set up like concrete and is difficult to expell. Then you can gently blow it all out and be amazed how moist and soft your sinuses feel. Doing this an hour or so before bed time can really make it much easier to sleep if you have chronic dry sinuses!

  93. Thank You for this site. Very helpful info. Several family members have allergies. Especially kids. It’s so helpful to have dosage for them. I would love to follow your web site for future remedies.

  94. I use a neti pot, I used it daily for a few years, now I use it when I’ve been outside, around a lot of people or feel like I’m beginning to have allergy related sinus problems. When I started oil pulling, my sinuses got so much better that I didn’t need to use it so often. If you have sinus problems related to allergies, you will be amazed at the difference if you will oil pull daily.

  95. Hello – thank you for sharing your info.
    My experience rinsing sinuses: began using saline solution – store-bought squirt into nostrils. Graduated to using neti-pot. Moved on to simple, daily flushing of water into eyes and nostrils as part of daily wake-up routine. I run tap water to desired temp – using hands, I scoop it up to my face and try to keep eyes open and gently inhale through nostrils. I do this until sinuses are moist and begin to run and then wipe mucous out of corner of eyes where it accumulates and blow nose. This is no different than rinsing off in the shower. BTW using same “tap” water previous commenter has been scared into not using by MD. Now, is all our tap water 100% safe? Probably not. However, it is what I shower in at this time. Using described method, after some months, I was relieved of allergy reactions for years. I also use this method after working in dirt/garden and mowing/trimming grass. Effective for me and has helped me forgo using potentially harmful products/meds.

  96. Do you feel GAPS as a solution to allergies is appropriate for a nursing mom? My nine month old has terrible seasonal allergies and I’m looking for a natural soluteion. We both have been taking daily probiotics for awhile, and I already do ACV and local honey. Nettle capsules haven’t seemed to help. Thanks! 🙂

    • I’ve done it while nursing, it is just recommended to dull full GAPS and not the intro while nursing.

  97. I can vouch for the raw local honey!! When I moved from FL to PA I developed horrible seasonal allergy symptoms- constant sneezing followed with needing to blow my runny, congested nose only to trigger another sneeze, paired with eyes that itched and burned so bad that sometimes ripping them out seemed like a good option. I tried all the OTC meds to no avail, and neti pots only seemed to provide temporary relief.
    At my local flea market, a honey/ beeswax shop promotes that their raw local honey can be used to treat seasonal allergies. There is a spring bloom harvest and a fall bloom harvest for respective seasonal allergies. In desperation, I bought some, followed the 1TBS a day instructions, and within three days, ALL of my allergy symptoms disappeared! I use it for both fall and spring allergies. The honey needs to build up within your system in order to work, so take it consistently. Once it is built up, occasionally forgetting to take it for a day will not change the effects as long as it is started up again. Sometimes I will forget for a couple days and notice the allergy symptoms returning. The shop I purchase my honey from claims that if you take the honey long enough, your allergies will disappear permanently. (Although I have yet to experience this.) Now I always make sure to purchase honey before allergy season and start taking it just before the flowers come up.

  98. I was wondering if anyone is suffering from swollen turbinates’? I was diagnosed with them after an ear/sinus infection. I have been tested for allergies and I have a sensitivity to tree mold and yes I now live in the woods. I would get a sinus infection once a year prior to this, but this is horrible it feels like a dizziness like being in a lava lamp sometimes I get a clogged ear sometimes I get congested and eyes feel swollen…I do use the sinus bottle rinse with salt water and baking soda I also take ACV 1 tbs in the am with about 6 oz of water and 1 tbs daily of local honey I also see my chiropractor once weekly …when I was seeing my ENT I was given Qnasal spray and ended up in the ER…it left me with acid reflux that I now have under control …if anyone has any of these symptoms and has some natural relief please share…I also take 1 tbs of bee polen and spirlina a day

  99. I use a sinus rinse bottle every morning as I didn’t like the Neti pot. I see a post to use it a couple hours before bed, I’m going to try that because my nose stuffs up every night while I sleep. I will try the raw local honey (as soon as I find some) daily and the sinus rinse at night. Today I am very stuffed up. Zyrtec is not working and I don’t want to go back to allergy shots again.

  100. Bee pollen helps my sister with her allergies. She doesn’t need Allegra anymore.

  101. I also use a Neti Pot when allergies strike, and it never fails. Just keep flushing it out every couple of hours, and eventually it gets it all out. There really is no downside, but there have been articles stating that it could lead to death causing amoebas that can lurking in contaminated tap water. If this really worries you, just boil the water first, and allow to cool to a warm temperature before using.

  102. Would really help if you updated your page to explain what “The Mother” is. It is in the comments, but I had to search the page for other instances of “The Mother” for the explanation. Is shouldn’t be too hard and would really help people to understand what you mean.

  103. I have found that the herb belladonna is great for colds and allergies. I bought some seeds online and managed to germinate just one plant. It is not easy to do, but I got it to produce a lone flower, with one berry full of seeds. They germinated well this year. I use a tiny bit of rolled up leaf, just enough to dry up my sinuses. It helped immensely when I had pneumonia caused by infected sinus discharge. Take note that it is highly poisonous, and should only be used in homeopathic doses. But, boy does it dry up the nasal discharges. It also works for migraine headaches and diarrhea.

  104. Hi, I want to try the apple cider vinegar for seasonal allergies, but it says to use it with “The Mother”. What does that refer to?

    • Brands like Braggs have “the mother” which is just an active beneficial bacterial culture still present. Braggs is my go-to brand, but just look at the bottle and see if yours contains this as well.

  105. I just tried the apple cider vinagar and i worked and have been using it ever since.It does taste horrible but is very affective

  106. I’ve heard that oregano oil, despite how fattening it is, is very healthy including reliving some kinds of allergies

  107. First of all thanks for your post. It really superb article and a best remedy also.

  108. Honey really makes sense on cold and sneezing.. Good to go..keep posting like this!!

  109. I use a QBC (quercetin, Bromelain, and vitamin C) complex and it works great for my allergies. I was wondering if anyone has given this to kids though? They want my daughter to take 24hr allergy medicine, literally everyday, forever… I am not OK with that, but whenever we stop, she gets stuffy and then ear infections galore. Her pediatrician siad he didn’t know about QBC, and the ENT said he didn’t either.

  110. First off – be careful when starting raw local honey. Start in low doses and increase gradually. I learned the hard way you can not consume it like regular honey. I was using it in tea for a sore throat and had an over dose which triggered an allergic reaction (and I wasnt suffering from allergies then!)

    Secondly – my teenage son had HORRIBLE seasonal allergies starting from early elementary school. Nothing helped him that was prescribed by his dr. I heard about quercetin and bromelain and he has been symptom free for 3 years now. Interstestingly, me and my youngest son (5 yrs old) suffers also from seasonal allergies and it doesnt work for us (neither does local honey or acv – netti pot is awesome for me, but I cant get him to do it) . Dr wants him on prescription meds (no good! )….anyone try butterbur or turmeric? A friend is urging me to try. Would love some feedback first!

  111. My allergies are year round, and OTC stuff doesn’t work for me anymore! I’m sniffing everyday and and I am so frustrated! I don’t know what to use anymore!

  112. Hi!

    I love all the helpful comments. I never got allergies in my life until now. I get an itchy throat and it attacks me out of nowhere.. especially when it is dry. Only Claritin has helped me. Does anyone know of a natural and helpful alternative?

    Many thanks!

  113. Elecampane root tea for reducing mucus and magnesium malate for detoxing manmade air toxins. Only thing that helped my stuffed sinuses and nasal drip cough.