Turmeric Cure for Allergies

| Modified on May 13, 2024
Turmeric for Allergies

Turmeric is one of the most effective natural remedies for allergies. Not only is turmeric root powder inexpensive, but it has many beneficial healing properties. Research has shown that turmeric reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels.1

Turmeric's primary active component is a molecule called curcumin, a powerful antioxidant. If you don't wish to take powdered turmeric in a tonic, you can also buy this curcumin as a standalone supplement. Other organic compounds in turmeric have been found to offer anti-fungal and general antibiotic value.

How Do I Take Turmeric for Allergies?

1. Mix 1 tablespoon of Turmeric with olive oil and ground pepper in a small dish. Mix well to make a paste. Take a teaspoonful at the start of a meal of with a large glass of water.

2. Dissolve ½ teaspoon turmeric powder in hot water. Add small amount of coconut oil and teaspoon of blackstrap molasses. Stir well and drink this hot tea once a day.

3. Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of whole milk (or almond milk) with a pinch of black pepper. This can be taken once or twice a day. You can also add turmeric to a cup of warm milk and drink this before going to bed.

4. Take one turmeric/curcumin capsule twice a day.

How Long Will It Take Before I Feel Better?

Many of our readers report that it takes less than 24 hours after consuming turmeric to feel relief from allergy symptoms.

Have you taken turmeric to cure your allergies? Please share your feedback with us! Continue reading to learn how our readers used turmeric to cure pet and pollen allergies.

1. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 May;121(5):1225-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2007.12.1160. Epub 2008 Apr 18.

8 User Reviews

Posted by Polly (London, England) on 04/05/2013

I must tell you this one. We've always been worried when our son (25 years old) comes to stay with us because he ends up with streaming eyes and nose and almost constant sneezing due to our cat.

BUT amazingly after reading on here about the use of turmeric for allergies I mixed up a tablspoonful of organic olive oil with the 2 thirds of a tablspoonful ground organic turmeric to make a runnyish paste in a little pot and he took a good spoonful at each meal with a large glass of filtered water.

Incredibly it started working immediately and he continued for the 5 days he was with us very happily (we even have a stray cat that lives outside now) still no sneezing!! Thank you so much Earth Clinic!!

Posted by Ironicpear (Charlotte, Nc) on 04/28/2012

YES! The only thing that has ever worked for me. I tried gallons of ACV, which is great for lots of things but did nothing for my allergies.

I drink the turmeric tea - 1/2 teaspoon in warm water with a bit of oil and black pepper (I've been told they enhance bioavailability). The taste really bothered me at first, but I got used to it, and it immediately makes me feel better - less runny nose and itchy eyes.

Many thanks to everyone who posted this remedy. I've suffered for years and my allergies are finally manageable.

Also, if you're taking any kind of antihistamine, stop. They always made my symptoms worse, caused sinus infections and irritated my sinuses so much they would completely block up.

Posted by Rebekah (Athens, Ga) on 09/01/2009

WOW. For about 3 weeks now I have been taking 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric every day. My allergies are GONE. It worked in a matter of days. It works so well that I can hardly remember how bad my allergies used to be. I know that I was miserable and I was trying all kinds of over-the-counter crap from the pharmacy that wasn't working or made me feel worse. But turmeric... ahhhhh what relief!!! I used to have to sleep with a roll of toilet paper next to my head because I would wake up and blow my nose 6 or 7 times in the night. None of that now!!! No symptoms at ALL now unless I forget to drink my turmeric tea for 2 days.

This is how I take it: dissolve 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder in hot water (I get the powder from the spice section in my natural food store). I add a tiny amount of coconut oil because I read that turmeric works better if you take it with a little fat. Then I add a spoonful of blackstrap molasses because I like the taste. Keep stirring as you drink it so that the spice doesn;t settle at the bottom. I drink this any time during the day, just once a day. I had allergy problems my whole life- allergic to everything. Now I never even sneeze!!!!! I am so thankful. Hope this helps someone else.

Posted by AR (Newton, MA) on 06/01/2009

Hi, My son has been suffering from allergies for the past 5 years and I did try the apple cider vinegar etc. It helped but not all the time. Recently I put a pinch of turmeric powder and a pinch of pepper powder in a cup of warm milk and gave it to him before going to bed. And presto! Worked like magic! No more couging and sneezing in the mornings.

Also I made sure he eats a lot of organic raw vegetables ...a bowlful everyday.

Hope this works for someone.

Posted by Aster (Vancouver Island, Canada) on 07/08/2008

The infection is nearly gone!

I wanted to share, as well, that I have very bad seasonal allergies requiring daily anti-histamine treatment, plus eye drops and nasal spray. As a side effect of taking the turmeric capsules (I must assume as nothing else has changed), I do not have allergies today. It is very hot and dry and I was in the garden for hours today... it is the height of allergy season. I realized I had not taken anti-histamines for two days but have no allergies. I really didn't expect that!!!!

Posted by Shane Murphy (Chicago, IL) on 01/19/2008

I am a severe allergy sufferer but I am taking turmeric and its helping alot I hope this continues to help me, I am currently taking it for my allergies it completly stoped them, Thanks so much. Sincerly, Shane Murphy

Posted by Lorelei (Utah) on 01/11/2007

I'm so glad I read about turmeric for allergies. It seems too simple, but after trying and failing with ACV and honey, the turmeric worked miracles! Every time I stop taking it, the allergies come back. I'm allergic to our 2 dogs and cat, dust, and practically every plant out there. I was popping pills and snorting drugs daily, so the fact that this works is amazing. Two months pill free -- we'll see when spring hits! At first I was putting it in my drinks and whatever food I could, but now I fill gel capsules with turmeric, and take 2 to 5 a day (up to a tsp worth), depending on how sneezy I am. If I do it reguarly, I can get away with only 1 or 2 capsules a day. You can also buy capsules, but they seemed pretty expensive (as long as you don't mind staining your fingers yellow to make your own). Sometimes I take a little extra Vit C too, depending on how I am feeling, but it doesn't seem to matter too much for me. As a side note, if your eyes get itchy, put a wet chamomile tea bag on them. That seems to help too.

Posted by Betty (Wheeling, WV) on 07/23/2006

I started taking increased doses of Vitamin C a number of years ago at my doctor's recommendation for a tendency to bruise easily. One of the other unexpected benefits is that my sinuses cleared up. I used to wake up sneezing and would continue throughout the morning, sometimes through the entire day, year round. After experimenting with different dosages, I am now on a maintenance level of 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily and this keeps my allergies under control usually 50-51 weeks out of the year. Occasionally, I may have a flare-up and need something else. When that happens, I stir 1 teaspoon of ground Turmeric into an 8 oz. glass of water and drink it. Within 15 minutes, I am breathing freely once again and no more sneezing!