For several years now, I've woken up with severe allergy symptoms in the morning which generally take an hour or two to clear up. About 3 days ago, I noticed that when I drank some ACV and honey in water, my symptoms cleared almost immediately! So I've been doing it every day since with the same results! I'm completely amazed!
Just wanted to post this b/c I am a teacher and I believe in helping people. I have suffered from allergies all my life. In the last 20 years it has been really bad. I started seeing an allergist. Got allergy shots for 10 years. Developed nasal pollyps which is inflamed sinus tissue that forms into little balloons that block your nose. I saw my allergist three weeks ago and I couldnt breathe through my nose and I had an ear infection. He gave me antibiotics and my ear healed but my nose was still plogged up. He also gave me more nasal sprays. Last week I got an infection in my face that felt so bleeping bad it brought me to tears. I went to my regular Dr. and he gave me antibiotics and my nose cleared up.
On Saturday I ate some broccolli in a bag and shrimp and my nose swelled up. I have been trying natural rememdies for about a year now and what I have discovered is that I diagnosed myself opposite and my remedies were hurting me even more and made me toxic.
Your body makes histamines in response to allegies or foreign material that freaks your body out. It causes inflammation and then mucus gets trapped in there and causes you to get stuffed up. Food high in histamine naturally are a lot of surprising bad foods and good foods like soda, spinach, tomatoes, cheese, alcohol, vineger and lots more. Ressearch if you would like. I dont seem to need medicine and doesn't seem that allergies bother me after eating foods low in histamine.
I eat bananas, fresh turkey (foods processed and bagged are not good for you at all), watermelon, apples, ricotta cheese, grapes, eggs were ok, potato salad without prapika.
If you have health problems there are answers for you that maybe your Dr. doesn't know about or just wants to pump you up with medicine. But, my problems might not be yours. But if someone feels better from cutting out histamine foods...... Great.
Common reactions to histamine are also skin rashes and hives. My 5 year old nephew suffers from this so I told my sister.
I also tried the ACV and GFSE. Vinegar is not good for histamine intolerance. I also tried all that sinuswars stuff. If I eat right I feel great and don't need anything. Here are some general pointers:
- Avoid or reduce eating canned foods and ready meals
- Avoid or reduce eating ripened and fermented foods (older cheeses, alcoholic drinks, products containing yeast, stale fish)
- Histamine levels in foods vary, depending on how ripe, matured or hygienic the foods are
- As much as it is possible, only buy and eat fresh products.
- Don't allow foods to linger outside the refrigerator - especially meat products
- Ensure that your food preparation area (kitchen) is always kept clean - but don't be manic!
- Everyone has their own threshold; you will need to find yours
- Consult a certified dietician about working out a balanced diet
- Learn to cook! It can be loads of fun once you get into it
Low histamine level foods:
- Fresh meat (cooled, frozen or fresh)
- Freshly caught fish
- Chicken (skinned and fresh)
- Egg yolk
- Fresh fruits - with the exception of strawberries, most fresh fruits are considered to have a low histamine level (also see histamine liberators below)
Fresh vegetables - with the exception of tomatoes
- Grains - rice noodles, yeast free rye bread, rice crisp bread, oats, puffed rice crackers, millet flour, pasta (spelt and corn based)
- Fresh pasteurised milk and milk products
- Milk substitutes- coconut milk, rice milk
- Cream cheese, butter (without the histamine generating rancidity)
- Most cooking oils - check suitability before use
- Most leafy herbs - check suitability before use
- Most non-citric fruit juices
- Herbal teas - with the exception of those listed below
High histamine level foods:
- Pickled or canned foods - sauerkrauts
- Matured cheeses
- Smoked meat products - salami, ham, sausages.
- Beans and pulses - chickpeas, soy beans, peanuts
- Nuts - walnuts, cashew nuts
- Chocolates and other cocoa based products
- Most citric fruits
- Wheat based products
- Ready meals
- Salty snacks, sweets with preservatives and artificial colourings
- Most citric fruits - kiwi, lemon, lime, pineapple, plums
- Cocoa and chocolate
- Beans and pulses
- Wheat germ
- Additives - benzoate, sulphites, nitrites, glutamate, food dyes
Diamine Oxidase (DAO) blockers:
- Black tea
- Energy drinks
- Green tea
- Mate tea
- Yoghurt - depends on the bacteria culture used
- Egg white - it is a histamine liberator only when in its raw state
- Yeast - even though it does not contain histamine as such, yeast serves as a catalyst for histamine generation during manufacture. There is no yeast in the end product.
Maintz L, Novak N: Histamine and histamine intolerance, American Journal of Clinical
Echinacea, Golden Seal
I have allergies that cause me to cough incessantly. At night I have post nasal drip very bad. I am allergic to household molds and dust and tree pollen. I had allergy shots and medications for 8 years but when I started taking Echinacea Goldenseal root Plus obtainable from CVS pharmacy, 3 times a day with meals, my coughing stopped and my symptoms all stopped completely. Now I've cut down to one capsule twice a day and I am allergy free now. Each capsule is 450mg. the directions say you may take one capsule 3 to 6 times a day but I do not recommend it because one of the other ingredients is Cayenne Pepper. It also contains wood betony, Burdock root, Gentian root, vegetable magnesium stearate, gelatin, and Silica. The last 3 ingredients being the capsule itself.
Raw Milk Kefir
I have suffered the worst seasonal allergies from pollen and after 6 months of daily RAW milk kefir (8 oz daily) I can now say I am allergy free. I can step out and do anything on highest pollen days when people are suffering, but the allergies don't bother me anymore.
If you have access to RAW milk, please make kefir from it and consume and see how it changes your life.
Additionally it made my bowel movements normal, and my acne disappear too. Unreal!
Hi, I have had complete success with nettles eradicating a springtime pollen allergy, it was a completely miserable stuffy nose, but not at all a cold, etc. I made a nettle infusion actually, which is easy, just steeping 1/4 cup of dried nettles in hot water in a pint jar overnight, then strained and you drink it over the next two days. It's not bad, kind of an acquired taste and sure worth doing. I kind of learned this accidentally, from Susun Weed's book on menopause. Somewhere she mentioned nettles as helpful with allergies, so I gave it a go. Nettles seem to have many amazing properties.
Take a full dropper of Bee Propolis in a tablespoon of Manuka Honey (also containing 85% bee pollen). It TOTALLY cured my allergies! Also gastritis.
I used to need antibiotics at least 5-7x pr yr. for chronic rhinitis/sinusitis. Comes from a yeasty gut. Allergic nose sinusitus=chronic sinus infections! .... NO MORE!!!
Clean out yourself also- and eat clean. Get rid of the yeast too- and you'll be better in NO time.
I have been on allergy medicine for as long as I can remember. I am 36 years old, and after my 2nd pregnancy, it was like nothing was working! I tried prescription strength allergy medication, which felt like it was working for about a week. Every afternoon; and I mean literally every single afternoon, I would feel sick, headaches, neck and shoulders always stiff, tired, struggling to make it through the rest of my day. By 7pm I would be exhausted. I like to work out and still need to lose some baby weight, but I couldn't even attempt it due to my extreme lack of energy. I could barely get through the day with my 4 year old and 16 month old!!!
Completely frustrated, I googled natural cures and found this website. I oil pull with sesame oil every morning, drink water w/ 2 tsp's of ACV & 1 tsp of BSM twice a day, and take cayenne pepper or chew and swallow a garlic clove as needed. Finding this website was an answer to prayer!!! I have even, steady energy throughout the day, have been off of any kind of allergy med's for 3 weeks now ( unheard of for me!! ) am able to get off my birth control pill, which I took because my periods started being SO debilitating, and can take care of my kids, do hair, which is what I do for work, and work out in a day, and feel APPROPRIATELY tired at the end of it! These things work, I will never again depend on traditional medicine, unless it is absolutely necessary, all it did was make me sicker and sicker!!
I praise God for this website, and I have since shared it with several people who were in similar situations, struggling with something that the Dr's prescriptions just weren't fixing, and they are also having great success!! I also am not having severe flour and sugar cravings, and I can see my body finally starting to change shape, just after 2 weeks of working out! This stuff is sooo simple, cheap and easy to do, and completely worth the benefits! I have never felt so good!
Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
I did the apple cider vinegar nasal spray with a small glass bottle spray (what I had on hand for essential oils) and it provided instantaneous relief! I was sneezing constantly and had a runny itchy nose. First spray I didn't spray all the way inside per nose but still provided instant relief. I inhaled a bit then tried a second time aiming higher I did feel a sting both times. But it was worth it I felt I couldn't handle these allergies anymore. Haha it's such a difference. My nose is calm it's not runny anymore and I'm not sneezing. This spray worked for me. Developed allergies after deep cleaning the room and cleaning up any dust.
Raw Milk has pretty much cured my severe allergies. When I was a child, my parents were told I had cystic fibrosis because of the severity of my symptoms. When I was 8 they finally got the true diagnosis of out-of-control allergies. I was put on several medicines and my parents were told to make some pretty drastic lifestyle changes to get them under control.
Then when I was 10 or 11, a couple of things happened: I hit puberty, and we started getting raw milk from a farmer. My parents were still worried about my famine victim appearance, and admire the robust-looking kids of a professor friend who lived on a small farm. The friend told my dad that he had several cows, and all seven of his kids were drinking the milk. He was aware of the track record of raw milk in treating illnesses, and told my dad that a couple of my distant cousins in town were also drinking it. He didn't tell my dad about how it had been used in the past, though.
A couple of years later, everyone was marveling how I'd outgrown my allergies; even my allergist was amazed at my turnaround. I was gradually weaned off most of my medicines.
Then I went away to college, and my allergies returned within about 5 months, just a tad. Just enough to need a rescue inhaler and be on antihistamines that year. But they gradually worsened, until within 10 years I was on all kinds of experimental drugs, and within 12 years I was as bad as I'd ever been. I almost died when my son was 11 months old from a food reaction, only the second I'd ever had. Mine were all molds and pollens and danders.
About 2 years after that, we moved and I made new friends. One of them told me about someone who was going to have raw milk, and I was excited because it just represented health to me. I couldn't have the extensive garden and orchard my parents had had to plant when I was a child, but I could at least give my kids raw milk.
And within 6 months, I was wondering why there was no ragweed season. Within 12 months I'd let most of my allergy medicines run out without refilling them. And within 14 months, I'd been challenged by spending the night in a room with 5 of my top allergies, only to awaken with clear sinuses and lungs, still alive, even though I had no medicines with me.
I then found out that there had been a particularly severe ragweed season that year, and I hadn't even realized it. I realized the only thing that had changed for me during that time was adding raw milk to my diet. So I did some research and found out about the natural steroids in the cream that are destroyed by heat, and how substances in the milk heal small leaks in the intestines that may contribute to allergies.
At the same time, I noticed my 12-month-old daughter's eczema had vanished. I'd thought it wasn't active during the summer; then realized it hadn't reappeared during the winter. She now has lovely skin at age 10. And no cavities ever, because she's had pasteurized milk only a handful of times in her life.
That's the biggest thing I've noticed from drinking it, and it's such a huge thing in my life. The two times that I've had trouble getting raw milk for several months since then, at the end of that time period I would sometimes react to my strongest allergens again, just a little; and my daughter would sometimes have slight flair-ups of eczema. We do our utmost to make sure we can have raw milk!
I've had allergies since i was fairly young and at 25 had a sinus surgery which was an incredible relief (clearing polyps etc.) I could breath like a kid again. One year later pressure and symptoms returned to approximately the same level as before the surgery.. So I went on a vegan diet. i cute out all meat and dairy. And this has helped alot. I dont take any meds or shots any longer. I can breath clearly through my nose almost every day excepting the few days which i am getting a cold/allergy. After six months of this diet I havent had a cold that's lasted more than 2 days.
Probiotics works for allergies. I am a lot better now. This is what I do. I take 3 cloves of garlic a day- diced up and eaten on sprouted wheat toast with cream cheese. Yummy! Really! I take 1 Kyodophilus probiotic and 2 fish oil pills and drink a small glass of strawberry kefir. I drink a lot of water throughout the day with a little of the kefir mixed in to give it flavor and get more good bacteria because kefir is full of beneficial bacteria. This works for me and also my teenage son takes 2 kyodophilus + 2 fish oils + a little kefir everyday and he is doing great!!! YEAH! p.s. we really try to stay away from sugary starchy foods. Also, we have tried many kinds of probiotics, but this is the best we've ever tried.
Black Seed Oil (Aka Cumin)
I have used the ACV for my asthma---it worked OK--but it's set off by my allergies-I researched the black seed oil--bought the oil----oh my gosh, it did the trick--I put a tsp. in my juice before bed and slept like a baby--put a tsp in my morning coffee-and found my nose not stuffy--enjoying the day--now I'm even putting a little with shea butter and using it as a face cream---my face looks to smooth-and it's helping my allergies at the same time. Bonnie
EC: Proper plant name is Nigella sativa. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigella_sativa
Try using local honey to alleviate allergy symptoms. Look for it at health food stores or your local Farmers' Market. This saved me from terrible eye pain caused by my allergies. From what I understand, using the honey is kind of like having a vaccination. Local honey works for allergy symptoms because it is made using the same plants you are having an allergic reaction to. Include a tablespoon of local honey in a cup of hot tea two or three times a day to begin with. When your symptoms are alleviated, maintain with one dose daily.
NAET (allergy elimination technique):
My family has been treated of one food intolerance disease, EE, by this treatement called NAET. It is the only known permenant treatment for allergies or intolerances. . .which is just a really severe allergy. My chiropractor does the treatment, and some acupuncturists and acupressurists also do it. I am not yet aware of any celiacs that have been cured, but my chiropractor tells me there is no reason why they couldn't be. It's a simple and painless proceedure that they can do to even a baby. (They did it to my 6 mo. old.) It's usually under $50.00 and can be done in only one session, but you may find them so helpful for that, you go back for other allergies you were only slightly troubled with. I feel our daughters' life was saved by this treatment, and I've talked to others who've said the same. Look up a practitioner in your area if you can, but it is still relatively new, so you may have to travel a bit to find one.
For dust and pollen allergies I have to say that vitamine E saved me frome years of itchy eyes runy nose and lots of missery I was taking 800mg a day until I was 100% ok I finished the botle of 100 caps.I was good for like 3 years then they came back but now I know the remedy.
Yerba Mate Tea
I'm 47 years old and for the first time in my life, I'm suffering from seasonal allergies. I use apple cidar vinegar on a semi-regular basis. Maybe that's why I've never really had a problem with it before. I've been on vacation and hadn't used ACV for a few weeks. Today my allergies were so bad, I could not stop sneezing. I got on earthclinic ( my favorite site!) and saw the sisters that tried Yerba Mate tea. I had some in the house so I made a cup. After just drinking one cup, my eyes stopped watering and the sneezing and runny nose are gone! What a difference! I feel completely fine now. Thank you earthclinic. You are SO appreciated!
I found that cutting down on sugar and soda intake can eliminate allergies. I used to be unable to open my eyes at pollen season. Now that I'm not a soda addict for years I've been allergy free. I recently started to drink soda again and the allergies came storming back. Why is this relation so?
Hi Charity, what was your protocol that you took that helped? Did you simply drink more water with sea salt added?
I have posted about nettle many times in the past. I have used it for my children for allergies for years. My allergies this spring have been very bad. I think having an indoor cat this year has really aggravated my allergies in general. But this cat is part of the family. If she jumps in my lap my nose starts running. We did get a HEPA filter for our central air/heat unit. And I started to take nettle. I take once capsule morning and evening. This reduces my symptoms at least 90%. ~Mama to Many~
Hi Mama to Many, Are the nettle capsules simply nettle leaf, or an extract? Thank you and a blessing to you and your many! 😀 Faith
Nettle and Horseradish Tincture
Thanks for sharing! We too love nettle for allergies. I think when it is used long term it is healing. I have never heard of using horseradish with it. I will have to try that!! I appreciate your clear instructions too!
~Mama to Many~
Cutting out dairy and gluten is good idea since they cross react. Sugar is another one that should be avoided.