Natural Cures for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Ginger

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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.


Ginger and Chamomile Tea

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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 ..it 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!

Replied by Kin
(Auckland, New Zealand)
02/05/2009

Hi EC, It was posted on EC originally as Ginger with Green Tea , under Ginger page (for example posted by Shira from Green Cove Springs, FL). Chamomile and Ginger Tea is my own modification, most likely the first post in EC. Hope that helps. Think it will help many if this can be listed under Hay Fever page, because the sinus congestions I got at different time of the year reacted to different remedies. Only Chamomile and Ginger Tea works for Hay Fever. Hope I am not creating too much work for you. I want to thank Earth Clinic from the bottom of my heart.

EC: Thanks for clarifying, Kin!

01/16/2008: Shira from Green Cove Springs, FL writes: "I want to shout this from the roof tops!

My husband has had terrible sinus congestion for months! Because it felt as though he had some sort of barrier in his left nostril, even his CPAP machine wasn't allowing him to breathe. Sleepless night... tons of money on meds... countless nosebleeds because of all of the nasal sprays... he was miserable and feeling a little desperate.

Then, as the last resort, I searched and came across your ginger root remedy. $2.00 for a huge ginger root that I peeled, cut into chunks and steeped for 4 hours in a pot of water with 2 green tea bags. Dan sipped on the surprisingly yummy tea all evening, and for the first time in MONTHS, he's completely clear! There wasn't a dramatic loss of mucus, but for whatever reason, I believe it shrunk the swollen nasal passages, and for the last 3 nights in a row, he's slept ALL night, clear as a bell! He didn't even snore! I can't even begin to tell you what a HUGE blessing this remendy is for us."

I work with a Japanese woman who told me that ginger root also helps digestive issues and menstral cramps. We've decided to make ginger root tea part of our daily routine. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!"


Grapes

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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.


Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation

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Posted by Lilydy (Alice Springs, Australia) on 10/02/2011
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I did not find much remedies here for hay fever. I was suffering from hay fever badly this year from bush fire, climate changing to spring and a lot of people around me getting viral and bacterial infection. With the hay fever I started sneezing every so often that my lower back pain was triggered by it, my nose, eyes and throat itch and my nose got so sore from constantly blowing my nose from all the sneezes I tried antihistamine but it only made me very sluggish so I only took it once and stopped. I decided to try one of those supermarket's herbal supplement for hay fever and still no relief. The last stroke was I started coughing and I didn't lke the sound of that as my workmate just got worse from flu infections. I was constantly gargling with ACV before drinking it and it soothes my itchy throat and gargling with Hydrogen peroxide also helps get out the phlegm.

Anyway as a last resort and fear of the cough worsening I decided to give the hydrogen peroxide inhalation a try. I have previously tried it but can't seem to work it out properly without wanting to gag. Anyway as soon as I spray it directly into my throat, within minutes I stopped coughing. It was after an hour or so that I realized it also took care of my hay fever symptoms. My nose and eyes stop itching and I stop sneezing which was a huge relief. I immediately felt much better and not sluggish. God is good.. All of nature's problem can be remedied by natural healing provided for free.. Or at least cheaply by our heavenly Father. It is good to do the inhalation every hour or so initially and then I only do it now as needed specially when the air is getting smoky around here from all the bush fire.


Kathi's Hay Fever Salad Dressing

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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).

Replied by Kathi
(New Brunswick, Nj)
04/14/2015
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Nearly forgot that I posted the hay fever salad dressing last year. Time to use it again!

Wanted to share one new observation as well: I have made a connection between my long standing hay fever (which is not so bad as when I younger--since I cleaned up my diet--gluten-free, only cultured dairy etc) and food sensitivities! During hay fever season, if I eat apples or peanuts (major foodstuffs of my childhood), itchy sinus/sneezing hayfever symptoms set in after just a few minutes. I looked up some research about this and it turns out that there are apple allergens that closely resemble tree pollens. so...a second suggestion to hayfever sufferers beyond using my hayfever-busting salad dressing recipe would be to be extra careful with your diet.


MMS

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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.


MSM

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Posted by Cat (Tauranga, New Zealand, New Zealand) on 08/21/2013
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This last few weeks have been the worst for pollen in our area that I've known and so many people are suffering with the sneezing and itchy nose/eyes/mouth...it's seriously driven me crazy. I was reduced to going to the pharmacy and getting Telfast for the sneezing (should have read earthclinic first lol) which I was relieved of but the itchy eyes continued and it became embarrassing to go to work with one red, swollen, watery eye so I went and got the anti-itch eye drops (again silly me! ) - they didn't really work at all and I was wondering how long I'd be left with this horrid ailment! So going through the kitchen cupboards one day recently, I came across a big bag of MSM that I'd purchased last year for terrible skin on my hands, I decided to start taking it again and voila!! Within the first 24 hours, the itch in my eyes had COMPLETELY disappeared! The pollen is still coming thick and fast from the trees up on the hill as it's all over everyone's cars and windows etc but I am no longer affected by it and can only put it down to the fabulous MSM, which by the way, is also making my hands look and feel soooo smooth once again. Might not work for everyone, but worth a try folks.


Neti Pot

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Posted by Tonya (Portland, OR) on 07/23/2007
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I've been taking prescription allergy medicine for nearly 9 years. Even with two doses per day, year round, I suffer from terrible hayfever each spring and all through the harvest in the fall. They spike when air pollution gets bad in the summer time. Also, it turned out that I was allergic to my two cats. Unable to give them up, I've been suffering bravely with runny nose, itchy sinus, plugged nostrils, lots of mucus and nose blowing for 3 years by being careful to keep them off my bed and washing my hands after petting them.

I read about neti online and picked up a neti pot and a box of non-iodized table salt at my health food store. The first few times it was a bit awkward and once or twice one of my sinus was so plugged the water could not pass through. But I kept at it because I noticed I could breath better through my nose about 10-15 minutes after the rinse. I could actually breath in through my nose and feel the air at the back of my throat as it passed into my lungs! I didn't even know you could feel that!

Since then I have been using 1/4 tsp. salt in one full neti pot of luke warm water for each nostril (so two full pots in all) twice per day. The results have astonized me! I started out doing it once per day after brushing my teeth in the morning, but found myself WANTING to do it before bed so I could breath better during the night. Some of the results I've noticed: quieter breathing (no wheezing), almost NO need to blow my nose during the day (from the girl who used to go through a box of tissues every three days!), breathing through my nose while sleeping (NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE!), husband says less snoring, better breath and focus during yoga practice, and (the best of all) I am taking a half dose of my regular allergy medicine with the BEST RESULTS of my life! Halving my medication saves me about $700 per year!

I knew this neti thing really worked when: - I had a terrible headache for about 4 hours. As soon as I got home I washed my face and used the neti before laying down for a nap. INSTANTLY my headache was gone. I didn't even take the nap I was so amazed! - Woke up one morning with runny eyes, completely stuffed nose, and phlem in my throat. I actually choked as I brushed my teeth because there was so much mucus in the back of my throat. I then used the neti as part of my usual routine. The water would barely pass through my left nostril and kept going down my throat even though the tilt was right so I just kept spitting out the water as I rinsed. HUGE chunks of phlem came out of my mouth. Then the water finally started to run out my nostil and more phlem. About 10 minutes later I could breath totally normally through my nose. My eyes even seemed to feel better. - There are wildfires burning in Oregon right now, which would normally make me MISERABLE with allergies. In the past, I've taken my double allergy dose along with OTC medicines just to make it through the day when forest fires get bad. Despite the fact that I can SEE smoke smog in the air above Portland, I haven't had any other allergy symptoms. AMAZING!

I love my neti so much, I feel dirty if I don't use it after brushing my teeth! I takes less than 3 minutes each day now that I'm good at it and I see less and less mucus as time goes on. It might seem odd at first but TRY IT. My $14 neti pot was the best money I ever spent!


Prune Juice

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Posted by Squid (London, Uk) on 06/25/2010
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For hayfever try using half a glass of prune juice before you go to bed and when waking up. This will reduce the symptoms hay fever with a few hours. You can take more prune juice during the day but since it contains fibre, excess might cause constipation. So you will need to find your own balance. But taking half a glass twice a day should not be a problem.


Quercetin

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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!


Quercetin
Posted by ARI SINGH (LIMASSOL, CYPRUS) on 12/18/2008
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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


Quercetin
Posted by Kate (Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, UK) on 05/23/2007
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Quercetin complex with bromelaine stopped an allergy attack dead in its tracks. After spending four hours sitting in a friend's garden, I succumbed to a really bad allergy attack - blocked sinuses, teary and mucousy eyes, and hot, prickly blood shot eyes, along with a thumping sinus headache. I took two quercetin complex tablets (also containing bromelaine) and within 15 minutes, my sinuses had cleared, the post nasal drip had stopped, and I could generally breathe! It took a while for the eyes to dry up - perhaps a few hours but ultimately it has stopped. I am continuing to take 2 capsules in the morning with breakfast for the next few days to keep things under control, but am confident that I can now control the summer hay fever.


Quercetin, Bromelain

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Posted by Ladyliza (Los Angeles) on 02/04/2018 29 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!


Sea Salt in Water

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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


Turmeric

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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!



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