Last Modified on Jun 19, 2014
If you have ever experienced hay fever, you know it is like a cold with no one to blame for making you sick. The itchy and water eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and congestion mimic the symptoms of a cold but are actually caused by allergens. If you are frequent sufferer of hay fever, we suggest trying a few natural treatment options, including both herbal and homemade remedies, to treat your allergy symptoms.
What Is Hay Fever?
Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is a condition that causes cold-like symptoms but is not caused by a virus. Hay fever is actually triggered by an allergic response to both indoor and outdoor allergens. Some of the common causes of hay fever include tree, grass, and ragweed pollen; spores from fungi and mold; dust mites or cockroaches; and dander from cats, dogs, birds, or other pets. Just because it is called “hay fever” does not necessarily mean that you are allergic to hay.
Is There a Natural Remedy for Allergic Rhinitis?
While many people believe that the only way to find relief from allergic rhinitis is to avoid the substances that cause irritation, natural remedies actually work to reverse the allergic reaction and treat hay fever safely and effectively. We like to break the treatment options into two main categories – herbal treatments and homemade remedies. We suggest you try a combination of both.
What Are the Best Herbal Remedies?
Among the best herbal remedies are ginger, turmeric, and garlic.
Ginger naturally relieves the chest and nasal congestion associated with the condition. It also helps loosen phlegm, strengthens the immune system, and functions as a natural antihistamine.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, so it relieves congestion and alleviates troublesome breathing. It also works to eradicate allergens from the system.
Garlic is also a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. It contains sulfur compounds that help relieve congestion and treat underlying infectious issues.
What Are the Best Homemade Remedies?
Additional homemade remedies include apple cider vinegar, oil pulling, and filtering indoor air.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV helps restore important nutrients in the body’s system including magnesium, vitamin C, and calcium. These nutrients help regulate the body’s immune response system and relieve allergic rhinitis. It also functions to restore an alkaline pH in the body to relieve underlying issues.
2. Oil Pulling
An effective at home remedy, oil pulling utilizes a system of swishing oil in the mouth to draw out toxins and other irritants. Done daily oil pulling can relieve an array of issues including hay fever.
A process as simple as filtering the air in your home can also help relieve allergic rhinitis. This practice functions to remove allergens from the air and prevent them from entering your body.
The array of treatments for hay fever are seemingly limitless. Give one of our suggestions a try or add your own favorite remedy to our reader contributed list below.
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Allergies
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon
- Filtered Water - 8 oz
- Local Honey - optional
Mix 1 tsp unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in 6-10 oz water. Drink this ACV tonic slowly. Start with one teaspoon and built up to as much as two tablespoons. You can add a touch of raw local honey as well for added effect. It may take a few weeks for you to see results as your body builds up an immunity.
[YEA] I took ACV for several months, every day. I hated it. One teaspoon in water, followed by a full glass of water to drown out the taste. And it did nothing at all for my hayfever. I was miserable, my eyes were watering constantly, nose dripping out of nowhere, completely embarrassing.
So then I thought, if everyone else is raving about it, why isn't this working for me? I upped the dose: yesterday after a particulary awful hayfeverish day, I took three tablespoons of it in water three times. Today, I took it at 6:30 am then again at 9am at the same dosage. And guess what...no symptoms at all. Crazy. I will take another strong dose when I get home and perhaps tomorrow reduce it a bit.
If the ACV isn't working for you, increase it!!
Replied by Vickthechick
San Francisco, California
04/05/2014Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 02/12/2012
[NAY] NAY - I wish I could make this a Yay, but ACV ingested doesn't seem to help me much with anything. I use _____'s, a tablespoon twice a day and still have hayfever. I've been taking it for 2 weeks. I find ACV mildly helpful with colds/sore throats and have found it works topically best for me. It hasn't helped my rheumatoid arthritis at all either, or with my 5yo's asthma. Darn it!Replied by Jacquelynna
04/20/2012Posted by Cheryldelf (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 09/03/2011
[YEA] After 40 years of suffering hay fever and taking all known drugs on the market without much sucesss. My eye lids would fill with fluid and I appeared drugged from September to March. My sister told me to try Apple Cider Vinegar as a shot or mixed in water twice a day. I did this for the whole season. After a few days my nose and sinus dried up. I had to use honey to stop the throat itch. Success after the season of drinking the ACV I no longer suffer with hay fever and the best part I have not had any asthma either. This was 3 years ago. When I get a little tingle I drink ACV for a week and it's all gone...Replied by Matt
North Haven, Connecticut, Usa