Home Remedies for Allergies

Natural remedies for allergies that work!


Home remedies for allergies start with strengthening your immune system. © Karen Alison

Need home remedies for allergies that work fast? Take a look at the natural anti-histamines below.

Then, for long-term benefits use the natural remedies in the section about strengthening your immune system.

I’ve used these methods myself and had amazing results.


Natural anti-histamines for allergies

When your body releases large quantities of histamines, you get an allergic reaction. Use these safe, powerful home remedies for allergies to stop those histamines.

1. Nettle or Stinging Nettle – a mineral-rich herb that is a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory. Highly recommended for hay fever, reducing mucous in the lungs, pain relief, kidney problems, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

2. Quercetin – anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory. A powerful anti-oxidant. It’s great for allergies, cataracts, and stronger capillaries.

3. Grapeseed extract – reduces release of histamine to help control allergic reactions. Helps with asthma, circulation, and is a natural blood thinner (so caution for people on blood-thinning meds.)

4. Vitamin C powder with MSM is especially helpful for allergies.

Dr. James LaValle explains:  “When vitamin C has saturated your mast cells, they won’t release histamine, and that means you won’t trigger an allergic response.”  Cracking the Metabolic Code

Mast cells are in your connective tissue. They are the ones that give you that red-faced look or blotchy red skin when they release histamine. If you’re prone to having an allergy rash, vitamin C could be your best friend.

A vitamin C flush works well to saturate your mast cells.



7 home remedies for allergies to strengthen and support your immune system

One of the most important home remedies for allergies is to strengthen your immune system.

The National Institutes of Health says that "a common factor" in allergies and auto-immune conditions "is a compromised immune system."

When your immune system is struggling, it will have a much harder time dealing with allergy triggers. 

Let's say you have seasonal allergies to pollen or you react to dust or mold.  Your immune system will cope with those airborne particles better if you take away some of the other pressures, like poor food choices, chemical toxins, and negative beliefs.


1. Vitamin D3

Vitamin D not only helps your immune system, it is a superb home remedy for allergies. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to all sorts of allergic symptoms including asthma, skin problems, food and mold reactions, and seasonal allergies.

Foods that are a good source of vitamin D include:

  • Chum salmon
  • Herring
  • Duck eggs
  • Oysters
  • Halibut
  • Sardines

Can you get enough vitamin D from the sun? Not if you live in Canada, the northern U.S. or places at similar latitudes.

Northerners only get the sun we need for a few months of the year and only if we spent some quality time outdoors without sunscreen or sun glasses. So a supplement can be your wisest choice.

When you take supplementary vitamin D3, it is best absorbed in combination with vitamin K2.


2. Probiotics and fermented foods -
essential home remedies for allergies

Probiotics and fermented foods are wonderful home remedies for allergies. They help with...

  • allergies to foods and pollens
  • allergic rhinitis (inflamed airways)
  • skin reactions such as eczema and psoriasis - which are often allergy-based
  • digestive problems from food allergies
  • supporting your immune function and helping to heal leaky gut. 

They also work to clear out the harmful chemicals mentioned in #3 below. Many of these chemicals end up in your intestines because they are in water, foods, drug or other products you consume.

Since an estimated 80 percent or more of your immune system is in your gut flora, it makes sense to maintain and support that good bacteria if you want to beat allergies.


Probiotic home remedies for allergies:
Start here...

  • Probiotics in capsule or powder form, containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum at the very least. Your probiotic may contain other strains of bacteria as well, such as L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, L. bulgaricus or delbrueckii, B. longum.
  • FOS or Fructo-oligo saccharides. FOS is a pre-biotic. It feeds your good bacteria but not the yeasts, etc, so helps the probiotics repopulate your gut. May cause gas at first so start with a small dose.
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut contain more probiotics than supplements © Karen AlisonRed cabbage sauerkraut
  • Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi or fermented carrots. Do not buy fermented vegetable products that contain vinegar (This is cheating on the part of the manufacturer.) They should be fermented naturally in water with salt.
  • Home-made yogurt. Why home-made? Because most commercially-made yogurt is not fermented long enough to give you the level of bacteria you need. Obviously, if you are allergic to dairy, don't eat yogurt.

Probiotics are not just great home remedies for allergies. When you get your gut flora balanced, you’ll find your brain works better, too.


Probiotics protect your future child
from allergies

In fact, when you’re pregnant and have healthy gut flora, you actually reduce your child’s chances of developing allergies and eczema! (And even autism and ADHD, according to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of the GAPS Diet.)

Both parents need healthy flora, because the father’s flora can pass to the mother.

So start your probiotic protection before your baby is born - use one or more of the home remedies for allergies above daily to prevent future problems.


Alcohol is fermented...
Is it a probiotic?

No.

Sorry, but not everything that is fermented is good for you.

When you have allergies, your gut flora is already in trouble. Alcohol will not help.

In fact, alcohol and sugar feed the bad bacteria inside you and contribute to allergies, leaky gut, itchy and flaking skin, digestive trouble, and reduced immune function.

But here's how powerful probiotics are:

A pilot study of alcoholics with liver damage and alcoholic psychosis found that by taking probiotics...

  • the alcoholics increased their good bacteria significantly,
  • reduced their leaky gut problem (holes in the wall of the intestine that contribute to allergies) and
  • improved their liver function.

If probiotics can do that for such severely damaged bodies, think what they can do for yours!

So, even if you have the occasional drink, you definitely want to take probiotics and eat probiotic foods to protect yourself from the negative effects of alcohol.

Alcohol dehydrates you, which makes allergies worse. Find out why in #4.

But first, here's one of the most important home remedies for allergies. It helped me tremendously...


3. Shun chemical products

The products you use for your laundry, personal care, home, car, and lawn can be highly toxic – unless they are all-natural and unscented.

Many of these products are the OPPOSITE of home remedies for allergies! Every toxic product you use adds its chemical burden to the next one until they overload your immune system.

Suddenly you have problems breathing or allergies. Your "allergic" reactions might come in the form of PMS or digestive problems or headaches or arthritis or dementia or other symptoms - all clues to toxic overload.

Chemicals, including drugs, disrupt the beneficial microbes in your gut. As mentioned in #2 above, most  of your immune system is in your gut flora, so those microbes are extremely important to help you overcome allergies. When the bad microbes take over because too many of the good ones have been killed off, you end up with health problems.

Synthetic broadloom is one of the worst offenders when you have indoor allergies or any kind of breathing problem.

Broadloom is made from petrochemicals, unless it's wool - which is unusual and expensive. Synthetic carpeting outgases toxic chemicals when it’s new. As it ages, it holds onto dirt, despite carpet cleaning, and becomes a breeding ground for dust mites, bacteria and fungus. Almost 30 million micro-organisms can grow in a square foot. Yuck!

In our house, when we got rid of broadloom and other chemical products, the person with asthma found he no longer needed his inhaler.

Once you start reducing your Total Toxic Load – all the chemical products in your life that harm your health – your body has a chance to recover. Buy natural and unscented – it will make a big difference to remedying your allergies.

For more information about creating a toxin-free, allergy-free home, click on the "Healthy Living Tips" in the Related Articles.


Water is one of the key home remedies for allergies because dehydration increases histamine levels. © Karen Alison

4. Improve your water

Did you know that water is one of the most important home remedies for allergies? Yet, it's often overlooked.

Water can either help your allergies or make them much worse, depending on its quality. Chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals in tap water don't taste very good (which is probably why many people say they don't like drinking water.)

These strong chemicals kill off some of the friendly microbes in your gut that keep you healthy and allergy-free.

When you improve your water, you help your immune system to work better because you reduce your exposure to chemicals. This is especially important if you have perfume allergies, seasonal allergies or indoor allergies.

You’ll get the best results when you use filtered water for drinking AND for your shower. Showering in water that’s full of chemicals makes allergies and asthma worse. You inhale those chemicals from the steam and you absorb them through your skin. Bad combination!

Using a good water filter may seem like one of the more unusual home remedies for allergies, but I have met more than one person who cleared up their allergies by improving their water.

Remember to use filtered water to make your tea or coffee and for brushing your teeth, too.


Do you actually need to drink water when you have allergies?

You bet!

In Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, he points out that dehydration increases your histamine levels. This extra histamine puts a leash on your immune system, so it has more trouble coping with pollens and other possible allergens.

So be careful with drinks that dehydrate you like alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages (the caffeine in them is dehydrating.)

Instead drink your filtered water. Herbal tea - especially anti-inflammatory ginger tea - is good, too. 


5. Eat foods that work with your body
(instead of against it)

Foods can be your worst enemy - or one of your best home remedies for allergies. And you don't have to have full-blown allergies to have bad reactions to foods.

Why is finding the right foods so important?

Because when you eat foods that don’t work for your body, they overload your immune system so it's less able to deal with cancer cells and other pathogens in your body.  (See the list of Top Food Allergens below.)

Those foods cause allergies, leaky gut syndrome, digestive issues, skin problems, joint pain, neurological problems and a whole host of related health issues that interfere with your enjoyment of life.
 
They can even make your immune system attack your own body. According to the US Department of Health, auto-immune conditions are among the leading causes of death.

Auto-immune conditions include:

  • Celiac disease
  • Diabetes
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus

How do I know which foods work with my body?

The easiest and most certain way to find out is to be tested, using a testing method such as electro-dermal testing, blood testing, or applied kinesiology (AK.)

Or you can start by cutting out the top food allergens (listed below) and see how you feel.

Warning! When you stop eating allergenic foods, you may have detox or withdrawal reactions. This is especially true of grains since they contain opioids - substances that fit into the same receptors in your brain where heroin and opium would fit. Going off carbohydrates, in general, can put you into carb withdrawal. Many people report withdrawal symptoms when they stop eating fast food and junk food.

When I went off all grains and gluten, I had a headache for two weeks, felt depressed and was terribly fatigued. But after my withdrawal symptoms passed, wow! What a difference! I felt better than ever before in my life.

Then, when I took this a step further and began eating a Paleo diet, it turned out to be one of the best home remedies for allergies I've ever stumbled across.

Who knew? 

Paleo foods gave me more energy, my skin improved, I lost weight, and I stopped feeling hungry all the time. I even stopped reacting to ragweed and other pollens! Awesome.


Top food allergens

natural-remedies-for-allergies-sugar-inhibits-your-immune-system
  • Sugar – inhibits your immune function for up to 5 hours after you eat it! (Ever wonder why kids in the same class - or people in the same office - get sick at the same time? If they're eating sugar at every meal and snack, their immune systems are wide open to that cold virus.)
  • Milk and dairy foods – are notorious for increasing phlegm. Ask a professional singer. Many singers avoid dairy so they won’t have to cough or sneeze in the middle of a song.
  • Wheat, cereal grains, and gluten – make holes in your intestines. This is called “leaky gut.” Then, food and other molecules that should stay inside your digestive tract leak out into your bloodstream. Your body treats those molecules as invaders and attacks them and anything that looks like them, causing allergies and auto-immune health problems.
  • Corn and peanuts – contain mold and worsen seasonal and mold allergies.
  • Processed foods – are full of chemicals and anti-nutrients that harm the good bacteria in your digestive tract and weaken your immune system.

As I mentioned above, the easiest way to avoid these health-destroying allergens is to eat Paleo food. I think of the Paleo diet – also called the Primal or Ancestral diet – as one of the all-time best home remedies for allergies.


6. Jump on a mini-trampoline or “rebounder”

natural-remedies-for-allergies-rebounding c Karen Alison

Mini-trampolines are fabulous natural remedies for allergies and other health problems.

Why?

Because when you jump on a rebounder, it helps to flush the waste products in your lymph and digestive system OUT of your body.

What’s the lymph? It’s part of your immune system. The lymphatic system contains white blood cells that kill off bacteria, viruses, cancer cells and other pathogens (disease-makers) you don’t want inside you.

Your heart circulates your blood but the lymphatic fluid has no “pump” to move it around. Almost any kind of exercise will get it moving and help to flush out those pathogens. You definitely don’t want them sitting around causing problems!

Because of its “anti-gravity” effects, jumping on a rebounder or mini-trampoline is one of best and quickest ways to get your lymph – and your digestion – moving. (Horseback riding has a similar effect.)

It also helps to calm your stress, and stress is very hard on your immune system.

That’s why I think a rebounder is one of the best home remedies for allergies, as well as many other ailments.

You can even put it in front of the TV and bounce while you watch your favourite show!


7. Sleep more

Ah, "Sleep, that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care…Chief nourisher in life's feast..." wrote Shakespeare. And he was right.

Why is sleep one of the best home remedies for allergies?

Because a good night’s sleep supports and strengthens your immune system. And low immunity plays a major role in allergies.

Sleep is the time when your body and brain do their repair work. When you’re rested, your body is able to deal with health threats including allergens.

A study by neurologists in Germany showed that a chronic lack of sleep was the same as chronic stress. Both stress and lack of sleep reduce your immune function so you are vulnerable to disease and infection.

Sleeplessness also puts you into a constant state of low-level inflammation which leads to a whole variety of possible diseases including asthma and auto-immune conditions.

Having trouble sleeping? Your bedroom may be full of toxins that make your allergies worse – especially if you have breathing problems. Dealing with the causes of indoor allergies will help you to have a better night’s rest and fewer allergy symptoms. See the "Healthy Living Tips" or "Allergy Cure" in Related Articles for more info.


Related Articles

Allergy Cure - Is there such a thing? This worked for me. Some solutions to allergies you may not have considered.

EFT Tapping for Allergies - Fast relief with energy healing.

Healthy Living Tips for a toxin-free, cancer-free, allergy-free life.

How to Make the Best Ginger Tea - Delicious ginger tea is anti-inflammatory and helps hydrate you to keep allergy-inducing histamine levels low.

Natural Sleep Remedies - Top ten remedies to ensure a good night's sleep.


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