Itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose…. Allergies! It’s always that time of the year somewhere! Be ready with these natural allergy remedies. There is a remedy here for kids too!
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My Struggles With Allergies
I began to have seasonal allergies in my late teens. As my health (I had severe adrenal fatigue) got worse my allergies did as well. I had something going on year around. There was a time when I always had a tissue in my hand.
On top of the seasonal allergies I was allergic to mold, animal dander and had a severe multiple chemical sensitivity.
I worked on healing my adrenals and supporting my immune system and most of my allergies are gone. And if I have symptoms they are nothing like they were before. I tried various natural allergy remedies and found the ones that worked for me.
Natural Allergy Remedies
Your immune system plays a big role in fighting allergies. It is important to keep that system strong but sometimes we can’t boost the immune system fast enough and need a little help coping with the allergy symptoms.
The product that I have successfully used is called D-Hist. It is an effective product that reduces the allergy symptoms.
- Vitamin C is good for your immune system.
- Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant so it is anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergen. Since quercetin is a natural antihistamine it is very effective in fighting allergy symptoms.
- Stinging Nettles Leaf as painful as they can be if you happen to run into them are helpful in treating allergies. This wonderful herb is both anti-inflammatory and antihistamine.
- Bromelain is another anti-inflammatory enzyme which is helpful for allergies.
- N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits. It boosts your immune system, helps with detoxification, and it also breaks down mucous.
2. D-Hist Jr an Allergy Remedy for Kids
There is also a natural allergy remedy for kids called D-Hist Jr. This one is chewable. It has all the same active ingredients just in smaller amounts.
3. Make Your Own D-Hist
If you don’t mind taking more capsules you could buy those ingredients separately and maybe save some money and get more of each individual ingredient.
- Querceting and Bromelain Combo (120 capsules)
- Stinging Nettles (200 capsules)
- N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (120 capsules)
AllerMax is another allergy remedy we have used in our family. It is similar to D-Hist and less expensive. The label says it’s not for pregnant or nursing women.
AllerMax has the same five ingredients in different amounts though
- Vitamin C
- Stinging Nettles Leaf
it also contains
- L-Histidine is an amino acid that is anti-inflammatory. It is a precursor to histamines which reduce sensitivity to allergens.
- Cayanne contains capcaisin. It helps to reduce stuffiness.
- Grape Seed Extract is anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory so it is commonly used as a natural allergy remedy.
- Pantothenic Acid is also called vitamin B5. It reduces congestion!
- Zinc is an essential trace mineral that gives an excellent support to your immune system.
5. Essential Oils for Allergies
Essential oils are very potent and should be used carefully. But they are great as natural treatment for allergies.
- Frankincense boosts your immune system.
- Helichrysum- Italicum has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps with allergy symptoms.
- Nerolina is a member of the melaleuca family and is used for fighting allergies.
- Breathe Easier is a synergy blend that promotes easy breathing.
6. Homeopathic Allergy Remedies
- Allergy Rescue by DesBio is a great remedy for itchy eyes, runny nose etc. DesBio products are awesome. I have used several of them with good results.
- Allergena This homeopathic allergy remedy is tailor-made for various US zones so you’ll get relief for the specific pollen for that area. This worked well for our family.
What Causes Allergies
When you encounter an allergen (a substance such as pollen to which you have become hypersensitive) your immune system can overreact and began to produce antibodies. Antibody is a protein which removes viruses, bacteria, allergens etc. that invade your body.
There are a few antibodies and the one involved with allergies is called Immunoglobulin E (IgE).
Sometimes your body starts thinking that a harmless substance such as pollen is harmful to you and it begins to produce IgE to protect you. An allergen binds to the IgE and travels to the cells. When a couple of these IgE and allergen combos are together on the cell it begins to break down and releases chemicals such as histamine.
These chemicals cause all those annoying allergy symptoms such as
- itchy eyes
- runny nose
- watery eyes
- stuffy nose
The common allergens include pollen, animal dander and foods. Your immune system is your body’s defense system against the allergens you meet throughout the day. For one reason or another your immune system goes out of whack or gets weak and begins to think the harmless things as a threat.
Based on that info I’d think that the first step in treating allergies would be strengthening the immune system.
Support Immune System
1. Gut Health
There are many ways you can support your immune system. The most important one is by making sure your gut is in good health. You are more likely to have allergies if you have a leaky gut.
10 Signs Your Gut is In Trouble and 4 Ways to Fix It
If your friendly bacteria count goes down and the harmful bacteria take over you can have yeast overgrowth. The yeast makes tiny holes in your intestines and then yeast and toxins leak into your bloodstream and cause allergic reactions.
Inflamed gut is also a stressor on your body. When you are under stress your body produces cortisol to fix the inflammation. If you have a chronic inflammation your adrenals can wear out and can’t keep up with the cortisol demand. And then you won’t only have an inflamed gut but also adrenal fatigue which makes fighting allergens even harder.
The easiest way to repair your gut is by taking a good quality probiotic. I take Klaire Labs Complete or Klaire Labs Women’s.
The Ther-Biotic Complete has a probiotic blend of 12 strains. It contains 25+ billion CFUs. Here are a couple of the strains and their benefits:
- Bifidobacterium bifidum which is shown to be useful in treating h.pylori, irritable bowel syndrome, and restoring beneficial bacteria
- Streptococcus thermophilus which improves digestion, supports immune system and also increases the good cholesterol HDL
- Bifidobacterium Breve which is great at treating Candida. It also protects you from E Coli, improves digestion and supports the immune system.
- Lactobacillus plantarum promotes calcium abosorption, hormone production, and boosts the immune system.
I’ve read good things also about Raw Probiotics.
b. Fermented Foods
Try making some fermented vegetables like sauerkraut. I like homemade kefir. It is gentle on your stomach and tastes pretty good if you don’t ferment it too long.
I have enjoyed preparing dishes from a cookbook called Cultured Food for Life. It has awesome recipes not only for main courses and sides but also desserts, dips and appetizers etc.
You need to also make sure to flush out all the toxins you release when you take a probiotic or do other detox. Stay hydrated and if needed take a colon cleansing magnesium such as Mag O7.
2. Vitamin C and D for Strong Immune System
a. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is well known for its benefits on immune system.
Premier Vitamin C from natural sources is an excellent choice for a vitamin C. In addition to Vitamin C, it has Super C-Pro Blend (Acerola, Blueberry, Cranberry, Rosehips etc.) and Super C-Pro Support. It does not contain synthetic vitamin C and is gentle on stomach.
The vitamin levels are lower in it because it is from a natural source. 1 to 3 capsules a day is what I have taken.
Vitamin C 1000 Non Corn is an excellent option for those suffering from food sensitivities. The vitamin C in this supplement is derived from purified ascorbic acid which is easier to digest.
b. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is another awesome nutrient to boost your immune system.
The recommended vitamin D level seems to be around 50 ng/ml. I have seen the optimal to vary from 40 – 60 ng/ml to 50 -70 ng/ml. To treat cancer or heart disease the recommended level is 70 – 100 ng/ml. Anything over 100 ng/ml is considered to be excess.
How much you should take depends on how deficient you are. Grassrootshealth.net has a vitamin D calculator that uses your weight, current vitamin D level and the desired level to calculate an estimate on how much you should take.
I take this vitamin D once a week. It is 50,000 IU per week, little over 7,000 per day.
3. Eat Well and Sleep Enough
The obvious ones of course are getting enough nutrients and sleep. Both of these are very effective in strengthening your immune system. Cut out as much of the processed food you can. Eat plenty of organic vegetables and good quality meat.
Sleep is essential to good health. Before you get to the deep sleep stage your blood pressure drops and breathing slows down which gives your heart a break. Once you enter the deep sleep stage your muscles relax and tissue grows and is repaired.
While you sleep your brain signals your organs to produce hormones that promote health. Your body also makes more white blood cells during sleep so you can better fight viruses and bacteria.
Sleep is also vital for balancing hormones in your body and reducing stress. During deep sleep your parasympathetic nervous system activity increases and sympathetic nervous system activity decreases.
Furthermore, sleep is the time when your brain’s waste-flushing system, the glymphatic system, is activated. Its function is to eliminate potentially neurotoxic waste. Just like lymph removes waste from your other organs cerebrospinal fluid removes waste from the brain.
If you have trouble sleeping check out the post about Natural Sleep Remedies That Work. I found an awesome sleep supplement called Native Rest that has helped me the most.
4. Other Ways to Boost The Immune System
In this article 7 ways to Boost Your Immune System you will find several acupressure points that are beneficial for the immune system and other simple tips for strengthening your body’s defense system.
Enjoy Your Life Throughout the Year!
I hope that these natural allergy remedies will help you and that by strengthening your immune system your allergies will fade away and you can go about your life without rubbing your eyes and sneezing non-stop.
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Save for Later:
Allergies and the Immune System. HopkinsMedicine . org
What is Probiotic S. Thermophilus. Probiotics.org
Bifidobacterium Breve: A Healthy Probiotic Strain. GlobalHealingCenter.com
The 18 Best Probiotic Strains for Your Gut. GlobalHealingCenter.com
7 Proven Benefits of Quorceting. DrAxe.com