18 Home Remedies For Hay Fever And Seasonal Allergies

Hay fever, also known as pollen allergy or allergic rhinitis, is a group of nasal symptoms that occur when your inhale something you are allergic to, such as pollen, dust, mold, or animal dander.

Other factors that could trigger hay fever include; dry windy days, fumes (both from wood and chemicals), cigarette smoke and heavy air pollution.

Plants that cause hay fever, such as trees, weeds, and grasses, have their pollen carried by the wind. Flower pollens, which are carried by bees, do not cause hay fever.

Initial symptoms of hay fever include; sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, irritated nose, mouth, and eyes; and smelling challenges. Later on, the hay fever could manifest symptoms such as a sore throat, nasal congestion, fatigue, headache, dark circles and puffiness under eyes, and a diminished sense of smell.

Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with hay fever;

  • Avoid being outdoors for long during peak times of pollen dissemination. this time often falls on hot, dry, windy days around 11 am and 4 pm.
  • Wash hair before sleeping at night to get rid of pollens.
  • Keep windows and doors closed especially during pollen peak times of exposure. Use an air conditioner if needed.
  • Do not hang clothes outside to dry especially during dry windy weathers.
  • Wash bedsheet weekly to get rid of pollens.
  • Inspect for, and remove, molds and mildew from your home.
  • Keep pets out of your bedroom especially if they often go outdoors.

Below are home remedies and natural treatments for treating hay fever (or seasonal allergies) and its symptoms;

1. Garlic

Garlic works as a natural antibiotic by strengthening the immune system. It’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties wards off the symptoms associated with hay fever. This makes the user more resistant to allergens and cold. Simply add fresh garlic to your diet or take it in capsule form. You can also enjoy the benefits of garlic by making it part of your daily diet.

2. Local Honey

Honey can be potent for pollen-induced allergies since honey contains bee pollen. This honey treatment works through desensitization of your body’s immune system to other pollens through the consumption of bee pollen in the honey. Take two to three tablespoons of locally harvested honey every day for a few months before the hay season begins. You can also mix two tablespoons of honey with a few drops of lemon in a hot cup of water. Use this natural remedy 3 times a day.

3. Horseradish

Horseradish is a root vegetable that works as a decongestant. Horseradish clears the nasal passage which makes it suitable for treating hay fever. For optimal results, you should mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of horseradish in a cup of hot water. Hold the solution in your mouth so that the vapor can soothe your throat before you swallow. This treatment works well on stuffed-up noses.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar helps to restore important nutrients in the body like calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C. These nutrients regulate the body’s pH as well as strengthen the immune system. Just dissolve one tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water, add fresh lemon juice and one teaspoon of raw honey. Drink the solution three times a day until you get rid of the hay fever symptoms.

5. Essential Oils

Some essential oils contain antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent and restorative properties. They are able to relieve symptoms associated with allergies and a common cold. Examples of such oils include peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, and chamomile oil. While you can directly inhale these essential oils, from the bottle, for some of its health benefits, you can also use a diffuser to disperse the healing properties into the air.

The use of a diffuser makes breathing easier by relaxing the airwaves. You can also combine more than two oils. You should always keep a bottle of any of the above essential oils in your purse or pocket.

6. Use Neti Pot (Nasal Irrigation)

Neti pot is a small device that resembles a teapot. It works by mixing table salt with warm, sterile water. To get rid of hay fever symptoms, direct the spout of the pot to your nostril and let the solution drain through the nose. In simple terms, the solution should enter through the upper part of the nose and exit through the lower part. After that, exhale through both nostrils to remove the mucus and the excess solution. Just to be sure you’ve cleared the nasal passage, try to blow your nose. This remedy provides only a short-term relief and should only be used occasionally.

7. Vitamin C

Vitamin C works as an antioxidant and as a natural antihistamine. It can be obtained from food sources like grapefruits, oranges, broccoli, papaya, pineapples, strawberries, and green leafy vegetables. These foods should be taken when fresh since they lose some of their potency when exposed to air.

Another way of taking vitamin C is through supplements. During acute hay fever, you should take up to 1000mg every day for five days. Take vitamin C on daily basis to boost your immune system. This way, you’ll not get ill once the allergens have weakened you. Consult your doctor before taking any supplement.

8. Reishi Mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum)

Reishi mushroom is often called the king of all mushrooms. It’s a powerful herb with amazing health benefits. Reishi mushroom contains polysaccharides which help to regulate the level of allergen in your body in response to the immediate environment. Since it’s available in a variety of forms, in health food stores, it’s crucial that you talk to your herbalist to identify the right dosage.

9. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba works by removing toxins from the body. Ginkgo biloba contains antihistamines and anti-inflammatory compounds which provides relief from hay fever symptoms. Ginkgo biloba also kills harmful free radicals, allowing more oxygen to flow into the lungs.

10. Stinging Nettle

The leaves of stinging nettle help to relieve allergy symptoms. Stinging nettle is rich in carotene, vitamin K, iron, and quercetin. Several studies have shown that nettle tea helps to relieve hay fever symptoms like sneezing and stuffy nose. To make nettle tea, you should pick a few leaves and boil them for a few minutes. Continue with the remedy for a number of days.

11. Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil works by detoxifying the body. Since most allergies come as a result of inflammations and blockages in the body, flaxseed oil works by flushing everything out. Flaxseed oil can be obtained in raw form for cooking or as an allergy supplement pill.

12. Probiotics

Probiotics are the ‘good’ bacteria that boost the immune system. In most of the cases, we tend to have allergic reactions due to poor diet or excessive use of antibiotics. For this reason, a daily intake of probiotics, such as yogurt or kefir, can be beneficial for hay fever patients. Probiotics work by balancing our body’s response to pollens. Ensure you take a probiotics’ supplement on a daily basis as recommended.

13. Licorice

Licorice root is linked to the treatment of allergic rhinitis due to its bioactive constituent glycyrrhizin . Licorice roots work by strengthening the adrenal gland that was weakened after suffering from hay fever. This herb contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial compounds. It should be taken in form of tea by boiling the root. Licorice may not be good for you if you suffer from high blood pressure.

14. Ginger

A fresh ginger root is packed with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Also, 6-gingerol, which is a bioactive constituent of ginger, helps in the prevention of hay fever (allergic rhinitis). You should prepare a juice combo using beetroot, apple, and ginger. Alternatively, you can take ginger in the form of tea. Use this remedy at least once a day.

15. Onions

This is one of the easiest and the safest ways of preventing allergies. Onions contain natural anti-inflammatory properties. That’s why you should add plenty of them to your salads. You can also include onions in your daily diet for allergy protection all day. By doing so, you’ll get rid of the hazy feeling that comes with seasonal allergies.

16. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. As such, you could increase intake of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid such as; salmon fish, soya beans, and walnuts to combat seasonal allergies. Omega-3 is also available in form of supplements. You should take omega-3 supplements as recommended by your doctor. It’s scientifically proven that those children who take fish oil have a low chance of developing asthma.

17. Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin which relieves hay fever symptoms. Furthermore, turmeric acts as a decongestant and helps to remove allergens from the body. For faster recovery, dissolve one tablespoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk. By drinking the mixture, you’ll loosen the mucus and boost the immune system. Also, when you mix turmeric with other herbs, it becomes more effective.

18. Pineapple

The interior stem of a pineapple fruit contains bromelain which helps to reduce nasal congestion. Also, bromelain can relieve hay fever symptoms. Since this enzyme, bromelain, is destroyed by heat, you should not cook the pineapple stem. Just stick to raw recipes like homemade and unpasteurized juices or smoothies. You may also consider taking bromelain in supplement form. Ensure you stick to the recommended dosage. Consult your doctor before taking any supplement.