Hayfever - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Hayfever. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.


Posted by Maddy (Sacramento, Ca) on 05/01/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Five Stars! Turmeric has been amazing for me. Everything is lush and blooming since the drought is over in California this year. Both my ears were clogged from the inside, everything sounded muffled, and there was pain and pressure. Even though I could breathe I though it must be allergies. Psuedofed decongestant and loratadine antihistamine were not helping and an over the counter nasal spray helped a bit, but you were supposed to stop after 3 days.

After visiting this site, and since I don't mind the taste, I did 1 teaspoon of turmeric with a little black pepper (read somewhere that helps the turmeric do its job) mixed into a paste with about the same amount of coconut oil or butter. I eat it off the spoon. I did it twice a day for 3 days, then went down to 1/2 t twice a day, then 1/2 t once a day. Now I'm forgetting to do it - a good thing, but since I'm feeling a little ear pressure today I think a 1/2 t once a day may be a good maintenance dose until spring is over. Capsules are easy, but much more expensive. It can be added directly to food too. I'm going to an Indian Grocery this week to get a bag of the powdered spice. I shared my success with my pharmacist who is from India and she got excited telling me how she boils turmeric powder and cardamom in milk. When her kids start to feel a cold coming on, they say Mommy, it's tea time!

Sea Salt in Water

Posted by Dewald (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 03/06/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I use the saltwater cure for hayfever. I tried everything else, but saltwater is like an instant miracle cure for me.

This is how I do it: I dissolve a half teaspoon of sea salt and cayenne into a glass of water. The cayenne makes it more drinkable, and helps when I have an itchy throat that often goes together with my allergies.

I noticed that this cure is not featured on the reviews for hayfever, I guess it's because it sounds too simple to work. But I've tried everything before, and this is the only method that cures my hayfever instantly.

Regards, Dewald

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Cheryldelf (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 09/03/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I had 40 years of suffering hay fever, 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. 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.


Posted by Polly (Chania, Crete, Greece) on 08/28/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone, I'm another fan of turmeric! I started taking turmeric about two weeks ago for my acne, after I had tried strong antibiotics and salicylic acid in the past. I had large pimples on my face and back and often painful boils that lingered on for days. I'm delighted to say that my skin has cleared up completely- it's the first time I 've seen it like this in years!

I also read how turmeric cures allergies and hayfever and recommended it to my boyfriend and my housemate, who both suffer from hayfever. At first they didn't even want to hear about it, but now - guess what- they swear by it! It works for both of them and they've stopped taking their hayfever/ anti-histamine medicines.
It does taste horrible though and after trial and error, the three of us are using the following recipe:

1 teaspoon turmeric diluted in 2 teaspoons olive oil (or whatever oil you want) and some warm water. Mix well and top up the glass with any kind of fruit juice. Drink with a straw.

This recipe makes drinking it a lot easier; we tried water and warm milk but it just won't go down- do give this a try, it makes the taste bearable.

I drink this every morning before breakfast for my skin and it works wonders! I see that there's no need for me to take more, so I just don't. However, with hayfever it's a different story. The other two people drink as much as they need throughout the day; my boyfriend is usually ok with 1-2 glasses per day, but my housemate needs more.

I think you just have to experiment until you find out what dosage works best for your particular needs. It definitely works though! Thank you so much Earth Clinic!!!


Posted by ARI SINGH (LIMASSOL, CYPRUS) on 12/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have been to many doctors but none could help me until one day an assistant in a health store recommended: quercetin and Vitamin C. After just 3 days my sore throat, which I had continuosly for a year disappeared, along with hay fever!

500 mg of quercetin once daily

1400 mg of Vitamin C once daily