Natural Cures for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

| Modified on Nov 07, 2022
Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cameron (Riverside, CT) on 05/31/2009
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I've been suffering from allergies for 12 years now. I finally went to a doctor this year to have the doctor take a look (I actually looked went to two docs). The tests they took showed I was allergic to almost every airborne allergen (95% of most airborne allergens, yikes!) I was seriously a running faucet and sneeze machine. I'd wake up sneezing, burn through toilet paper for wiping my nose. Basically, i was disgusting and I was completely bogged down for hay fever season. I started taking 3 shots of ACV a day. The first 10 days nothing and then all the sudden, on the 11th it was like a light switch. Everything stopped. I continued taking 3 shots a day for about a month and a half and am now down to 1 shot a day, which I am taking basically as a "just in case" shot. My allergies are completely eliminated. Not even a sniffle. I'm not sure how it works, but it 100% worked for me. Like a veil being lifted, a light turning on; it was a complete life change to be able to enjoy the seasons again :)

Sea Salt in Water
Posted by Dewald (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 03/06/2017
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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 Frabika (California) on 11/14/2013
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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 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!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cheryldelf (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 09/03/2011
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Deneen (Kansas City, Usa) on 07/08/2020 2 posts
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Back of throat, eyes and nose itch from allergies:

A little Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water always helps me with respiratory allergies. You know the feeling of the back of your throat itching? Sneezing? Stuffy nose? and watery itchy eyes? Add a capfull of ACV into a cup of water. In about 10 minutes the harshness of the allergy symptoms will lessen dramatically.

Quercetin, Bromelain
Posted by Ladyliza (Los Angeles) on 02/04/2018 32 posts
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I have found something quite by accident that works for my hay fever. I have rhinitis constantly and in the morning I can't take a deep breath. I have a lush garden and cats and dogs. I use quercetin with bromelain and after several days I realized my symptoms were gone. I couldn't remember why I had purchased this bottle and had it a long time so I thought I would just finish up the bottle and throw it away. Good luck!

Posted by Maddy (Sacramento, Ca) on 05/01/2017
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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!

Ginger and Chamomile Tea
Posted by Kin (Auckland, New Zealand) on 02/04/2009
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Ginger with Chamomile tea really really really works!!! It cured my Hay Fever.

Before Earth Clinic I had chronic sinusitis for over 6 years, I used 2 types of OTC nasal sprays every single day for 6 years. I was a very miserable person by then. Last Year I found Earth Clinic (lucky me) and started using ACV and was able to stop using the nasal sprays for a few days (a remarkable achievement I felt at that time). I then started oil pulling with sesame seed oil, something extraordinary happened; after 3 days of oil pulling, the symptom got worst, I had the worst sinus congestion ever, it felt like my body was going to give up. I had to resort using the nasal spray again..I was very disappointed but the next day my sinus was cleared, I continued OP and with the help of ACV I managed to stop my nasal sprays addiction completely -- I remembered vividly I visited a park after that and for the first time after 6 years I was able to breath freely and experienced the raw smell in the air.

Months passed and life without nasal sprays was indeed wonderful, (still got mild sinus congestion from time to time) doing OP daily helped me going through winter months, until beginning of this summer when all those big trees started flowering, I get very bad sinus congestion again. I had for weeks bad allergic and congestion, itching eyes with unpleasant discharges. Hay Fever ..I read Earth Clinic every possible cures ..I tried ACV, Turmeric, Olive leaves extracts, Castor oil pack, Garlic, snorting Cayenne pepper, Noti Pot ..none of them worked for me even Oil Pulling did not help. I started using nasal spray everyday again otherwise I could not sleep or do any activities, but the spray has actually worsened the congestion and the relief period got shorter .

I then read on latest posts about green tea and ginger root (I read Earth Clinic latest posts everyday), I didn't have green tea at home but I had chamomile tea bags. So I cut very thin slices of ginger (about 8 to 10 slices) in a cup with one chamomile tea bag, add water and micro waved it for a minute or two, and started snipping it that evening, added water reheated it in microwave again when it was not hot enough or empty did not give immediate relief of course, but I realised that the pressure on the nasals eased a little. The next day I did the same. On 3rd day something miracle happened, it started to cleared that morning my sinuses.clearing steadily..eyes stopped itching and no unpleasant discharge. 36 hours on the ginger/ chamomile tea, I stopped using the nasal spray. It is now 25 days since I last used the spray and no signs of Hay Fever. 6 - 7 years of Hay Fever was gone, you can imagine how happy I am now. Yes I am still drinking yummy chamomile and ginger tea everyday.

A lady at work got bad hay fever, recommended her to try it, one dose (yes just one cup 7 days ago) cured her Hay Fever completely, 7 days since she has not got any symptoms. (Magic!! 2 yes posts for Earth Clinic)

I was once told by medical professional there was no cure for Hay Fever, now I believe there is always a cure for everything.

Before I started on the ginger / chamomile tea remedy, I was determined to go "cold turkey" on the nasal spray (Yes Nasal Sprays can be addictive). In order to get temporary relief, I microwave some ACV in a cup, inhaled the ACV steam, it immediately cleared the nose but as soon as I stopped, the nose was blocked again, but it at least provided temporary relief. I also tried chewing piece of ginger, but unfortunately it did not work for me. How strange a combination of ginger and chamomile tea can work miracle.

Caution -- first few days on the tea I had a mild detox experience, loose motion, rash, and headache.

Unexpected benefits -- clean and soft skin, hair seems to grow faster

To earth clinic -- ginger and chamomile tea remedy was not listed on any of the sinus/ allergic /congestion cures, but if search under ginger cure you will get lots of cured allergic postings, it is possible to add ginger/chamomile tea as one of the cure on the Allergic page? I could not and therefore would not be able to know about this cure until I read it on latest posting pages. just a suggestion and Thank You Earth Clinic and Thank You all those who put in their efforts posting their remedies and experience.

EC: We searched but could not find any other ginger and chamomile tea posts on the site! If you know where they are, please let us know and we'll cross post it to the allergy remedies page. Thank you!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Diggitty (Phoenix, Az) on 03/18/2016

Try just increasing water to half the body weight and adding 1/8 tsp of sea salt per 24 oz water. ACV didn't work for me either, neither did just increasing water. However adding the salt to the water did the trick. Dehydration causes histamines to be released. Salt helps water get into cells and hydrate the body. Otherwise the water ends up in the toilet. God IS that awesome!

Kathi's Hay Fever Salad Dressing
Posted by Kathi (New Brunswick, Nj) on 04/28/2014
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Faced with sudden and strong symptoms from tree pollen yesterday (sneezing, itchy throat, itchy eyes), I tried a concoction based on several of the currently posted hay fever remedies. The concoction includes turmeric, local honey, ACV, and olive oil. I had no problem with bad taste from the turmeric since it was mixed with honey. Two shots of this about 3 hours apart, and I had no need to resort to my backup OTC that makes me feel drowsy and drugged. Have taken two more shots today, one added to my lunch salad as a dressing! I'm so glad to be able to stay "clear headed" in this spring allergy season!

The recipe is:

~ 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
~1 TBSP local-sourced honey
~1 TBSP Olive Oil
~1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
~1 TBSP water

Mix in jar with lid by shaking vigorously, or use a whisk (I love my battery operated milk frother for tasks like this).

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cassey Ming (Singapore) on 11/22/2008
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I used to suffer from hayfever when I was studying in Perth, Western Australia 10yrs ago. At that time, I took Horseraddish supplement for 1 season and it helps stops hayfever. I moved to Singapore recently due to work and woke up with runny nose and unstoppable sneezing for at least 1 hr every day for the past 2 mths. Taking horseraddish supplement doesn't help anymore, maybe my body is immune to horseraddish supplemnt! I was researching the internet for Hay fever remedy and read that raw honey helps. While researching further for raw honey benefits, I stumbled into this site and read that ACV helps with hayfever and decided to give it a try. I found that any brand of ACV is equally effective. I put 1 teaspoon ACV, 2 teaspoons honey and 1 glass of water. Drink it 3 times a day for a week, it cures my hayfever!! No more sinus, sneezing or runny nose within a week! I continued to drink the mixture after my hayfever's symptom is gone thinking to use it my daily drink for health, but I found that drinking ACV when I didn't have anymore hayfever actually irritates my throat passage and caused whizzing cough. I stopped taking the drink. No more whizzing coughs, plus my hayfever has not returned since. I am so gladed that I found this site and would like to share how ACV cures my hayfever!

Posted by A4givn1 (Evans Colorado) on 08/09/2020
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Recovered from hay fever allergy after 40 years of torture.

I started taking clorine dioxide(MMS) and followed the hourly protocal .. I am fully recoveryed from any hay fever symtoms... can breath summer air from late june to mid aug... What a treat.

Posted by Laura (Hanover, Nh) on 06/13/2018
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I take ginger root (1 capsule a day) every year starting in March for allergic rhinitis. When I have a cold, fresh ginger tea keeps my sinus passages open. When people are sick in my office, I make up a big batch of ginger root tea that I steep for 20 minutes with a cinnamon stick and bring it in for everyone to drink.

Baking Soda
Posted by Qigongbill (Fremont, Ca) on 05/07/2016
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Baking soda for Hay Fever:

It works for me and my friends. I am over 65.

1/2 teaspoon baking soda, in 4 oz of water. Results can be seen within 1/2 hr. It is more effective, last longer, cheaper than those non drowsy tablets.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Myway (Usa) on 12/16/2015

Black seed oil (nigella sativa) 1 tsp 2x a day - will resolve the mucous, throat clearing issue - it did for me with my allergies. It tastes icky, but I chase it with juice or water. Get it at the vitamin shop. Great, safe stuff. If used, 2 days of nose blowing will precede the relief.

Myway, :D

Posted by Tony (Sydney, Australia) on 02/02/2012
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Hi my name is Tony and I am 22 years old. I have been suffering from things like hayfever, sinusitis and digestive problems for around 8-9 years. I cannot remember the exact date or year but have been suffering as far as I remember. But now I believe I am cured and I believe finally I have found cure for all these ailments. I will tell the exact cure later but firstly I will say but I had for treatment for last 6- 7 years and what I did to get rid of all my problems. Firstly the doctors prescribed me all those usual hayfever sprays and tablets such as Beconase and Zyertac etc. I started using these intially I got better but the things got worse by time. I will cut it short so I tried all the pills but later got rid of it, later used Neti pot also have been exercising for 4-5 years. Also have been taking vitamin C ans zinc tablet to strengthn my immmune system. All these things did work and really improved my condition but I still would suffer from allergy symtoms specially sinusitis. I would feel pain in my sinusis every single day and I would ask myself that what in the world would it take to cure this damn thing. Forgot to mention I also tried detoxing, some garlic tablets and some natural hayfever tablets and other stuff. All these things would work in the short run but I would never ever totally feel better. I would also mention I tried apple cider vinegar with cayene and honey for a past month, it helped but not as much. Even after trying all these things I was determined to cure my allergies. I would even google like cure for allergies to find any cures.

If there was one thing that I was convinced about was that my sinusitis was related to my digestive system. Then I also read on many places that allergies may be caused by not enough digestive enzymes in the digestive system. I donot know for sure If I have low digestive enzymes or what ever because there are no tests to confirm.

But 4-5 days ago accidently I discovered something. I was watching tennis at night Australian open and was eating grapes. I consumed around say like a cup of grapes and I felt so much better. I felt like the dinner I had like an hour ago digested rather quickly and I was feeling really hungry again.

I had found the misssing link for myself it were grapes I mean not just grapes but fruits. Then I just googled for benefits of grapes I was surprised to see the many benefits included asthma, heart disease, digestion etc. Since then I have been eating friuits like grapes and blueberries after every single meal I have. I start eating fruits during the breakfast and ends with dessert at night. And I have never felt better in my life. I would recommend any one with allergies hay fever or what ever problem you have to eat lots of fruits and vegetables every day and get rid of any sugar stuff you eat and see the result for your self.

I know this may seem like a long story but I just want to help everyone who is suffering like I used to, so they could get rid of all these ailments and be healthy. I wish I had done this 7-8 years ago just eat more fruits and I would not have had go through all the sufferings I did. How simple it sound eat more fruits. I would recommend every one to google benefits of grapes or benefits of blueberries or other fruits you will be amazed by the health benefits they provide. I just want to share my experiences and hope it will help others.

thanks for being patient and be healthy.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Charlize (Ontario) on 06/03/2015
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Yes, I agree. It's the organic ACV with the mother which is usually cloudy in appearance, contains more nutrients. I have been taking two tablespoons diluted in a glass of water three times a day with cayenne pepper (couple of pinches), followed by a couple of spoons of honey (even better if it is local) three times a day. I prefer to take the honey raw rather than trying to dilute it, as it leaves a coating in the back of your throat, and you lose the nutrition value when it is heated. So far it is working after 20 years of suffering. But there is still time yet before the season ends.

Posted by musicchick581 (By the Shore, NJ) on 06/30/2009
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My (non food related) allergies came on a couple years ago as a result of stress and poor eating, etc. They last all year long and would make me very tired, fatigued and congested/dizzy. I changed my diet and reduced dairy and wheat/gluten. There was a huge change in my digestion but not in my allergies.

I went to a new doctor (MD/DO) and asked for a natural method of combatting them. He told me to take Quercitin and Bromelain tablets once or twice a day on an empty stomach. I have been taking 2 of them, one in the morning and one at night and they have helped me TREMENDOUSLY with allergies. I can now walk around the block without feeling so sleepy when I come back. I blow my nose less often and haven't had a sinus infection this year. (Last year I had 2 or 3 for the first time in my life).

I've been on them for almost 4 months. They do take a little while to build up in your system I've read. Highly recommended!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 12/16/2015

Dear Patrice,

Mmsg has great suggestions!

We also found nettle leaf and quercetin to be very helpful for my son with hay fever symptoms.

An adult dose would be 4 nettle leaf capsules 3 times a day. At the same time take 1 one capsules of quercetin. My son did this for a year (he took less as he was a child) and it actually seemed to heal his hay fever and improve his constitution. Many days he only needed the dose twice and would take the third dose mid-day if he had symptoms.

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kennywally (Midwest) on 03/12/2016 48 posts

Patrice, I can't speak to the wheat, but the cheese is a slow process, and you have to quit all the dairy, the ice cream, cheese, milk, cottage cheese etc. 15yrs back, I cut all the dairy, and it took 90 days to show a retreat in my symptoms. The body reaches a saturation point and BAM you're done for til you figure it out and cut out the dairy. Today, I consume dairy, but at a reduced rate and do not over do it, and my allergic symptoms are only in the spring. Just wanted to make it clear, a halfhearted or insufficient cut back in dairy will not produce good results.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dardenel (Us) on 10/29/2018 51 posts

I agree, but I always use a straw to drink my ACV because I hear it can be very hard on your tooth enamel. With a straw, I bypass it getting on my teeth. If my throat is irritated from allergies, etc., if my ACV is too strong though, it can make me choke so I dilute mine quite a bit. At least 8 oz of water per 1 tbsp ACV. I always use the best ACV I can get with "mother" on the bottle. I only buy it if it's in a glass container also.

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