Home Remedies for Allergies


If you sneeze and sniffle your way through pollen season, or experience hives, itching or swelling when you eat a certain food or get stung by an insect, then you’re no stranger to allergies.

“An allergy starts when the immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance for a dangerous invader,” explains the Mayo Clinic. The most common types of allergies include food allergies, respiratory allergies, contact allergies and insect sting allergies.

The following is a list of remedies for these allergies. If you have your own home remedy, leave a comment and let the rest of us know too…

Disclaimer: These home remedies are for academic purposes only. Consult a physician first.


Food Allergies

Knowing which foods trigger food allergies and avoiding those foods is the best way to prevent allergic reactions. If you have severe reactions to certain foods, then you probably carry a epinephrine pen (syringe) and antihistamine tablets. While this isn’t a ‘natural’ home remedy, it is highly advisable to stock up with enough of these.

Vitamin B5 and vitamin E apparently prove effective in relieving the sufferer from an allergic reaction or symptom as they contain anti-allergic properties that can control a reaction.

Castor oil. Put five drops of castor oil in half a cup of fruit vegetable juice or plain water and have the solution every morning. This helps in curing the allergies affecting the intestinal tract, nose and the skin.

Lime. Squeeze half a lime in water mixed with a teaspoon of honey and drink it every morning. This solution flushes the system of impurities as it is an anti-allergic and anti-toxic agent.

Banana. One or two bananas everyday can help in warding off the symptoms of an allergic reaction like skin rashes, digestive disorders and/or asthma.

Carrot juice or a combination of carrot juice with beet or cucumber juices can help in curing allergic reaction from any foods.


Respiratory Allergies

Hay Fever (seasonal allergies). People with hay fever are usually troubled twice a year, in the spring and the fall (pollen seasons). Pollen is a hay fever allergy that is airborne. When they enter our respiratory system, our bodies may start to develop antibodies to resist the allergens. The allergens can also be something like pet dander which will cause the same respiratory symptoms as well as the same reactions from our bodies.

Chamomile tea. Drinking chamomile tea is supposed to be a big help in relieving hay fever symptoms. It is also beneficial to inhale the vapors from the tea.

Honey added to boiled minced grapefruit and lemon. Have this solution three times a day. To stop irritation in your nose, apply little petroleum jelly inside your nose. Boil chamomile in water and inhale fumes from the water.

Aroma therapy or steam inhalation is known to help. Mixing a few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot warm and inhaling the steam is known to lessen the severity of the conditions.

Garlic also helps clear congestion and is known to be effective against hay fever symptoms.

Quercitin is another natural substance that you can purchase in a supplement form. If you include quercitin in your daily diet, your allergic reactions should lessen in severity. Quercitin is also found naturally in red onions, apples, broccoli, blueberries, red wine and green and black tea. So stock up on these items allergy sufferers!


Contact Allergies

Plant allergies like poison ivy, poison oak or Sumac, is something that we have all probably encountered ourselves or known someone that has been smitten. These poisonous plants contain an oil called urushiol, which is an allergen. Urushiol is in the entire plant, the leaves, stems, flowers, roots etc. Contact with this oil can cause the allergic rash reaction. That is why it is very important to wash any clothing, equipment or pets you think may have come in contact with these plants. If they have the oil on them, you can get the allergic reaction by touching the oil on these items.

The rash itself can take weeks to go away. In the mean time, there are a few ways to relieve the symptoms.

Cold water compresses can help alleviate the itching.

Hot water. A method that has worked for me has been to use HOT water on the affected area (only after the oils have initially been washed away with cold water and soap). The hot water method comes with a price (initial extreme itching), however it will result in hours of subsequent relief as described in the following article, Poison Ivy Itch Relief.

Calamine lotion. Although it is a pharmaceutical and not a home remedy, Calamine lotion can also help with the itching as well as nonprescription antihistamines such as Benadryl (stock up).

Lemon. For itch relief cut up a lemon and rub the slice over the infected area it will sting but it DOES relief the itching.

Rhubarb. Break open the stalk and, like you do with aloe, rub the ooze that comes from the stem on the area.

Table salt. Just wet the infected area and rub it with table salt for fast relief and to stop the spread.

Salts ‘take-up’ grease from off the skin. The best is hand cleaner (degreaser) from automotive section of your store. Removes GREASE ‘poison’ completely. Immediately skin irritation relief.

The bottom line is that learning how to identify these plants and then steering clear is the best way to avoid having to deal with them.


Insect Sting Allergies

Bee Stings. Pulling out the stinger and keeping the area iced and clean are your first steps.

Epinephrine. If a person has a history of having severe allergic reactions to bee stings, they probably have a supply of epinephrine.

Meat tenderizer and parsley are both supposed to be fast acting on bee stings. Rub either one of these on the bee sting immediately. the pain should go away and the poison should be neutralized in a few minutes.

Paste of vinegar/baking soda/meat tenderizer. Due to the acid/base interaction of the vinegar and baking soda, the concoction fizzes like an Alka Seltzer. The meat tenderizer contains papain, an enzyme found in papaya that supposedly breaks down the toxins in bee (and other) venom. (Though the meat tenderizer and vinegar makes you smell like an antipasto sampler.)



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  1. if you have any sort of allergy which causes breathing trouble, or indeed bronchitis, etc..give this a try

    fully caffeinated coffee (not decaf)
    works only when hot/fresh made

    fill large mug two thirds full, stick nose and mouth in and breath in deeply. keep doing so till symptoms ease.

    have used it myself a few times with bronchitis, known others who used it, and saw on a natural medicine show, it is an old “suggestion” to help cope with asthma attack, if regular asthma med not available.

    seems like it is volatile compounds which help, and once it is warmish/cool does not seem to work any longer, also does not seem to work reheated.

  2. Home remedies = so much witchcraft

    Why not try reading about histamine reactions in the humane skin. Once you understand histamines you will cry from laughing at home remedies.

    1. Dr. Tooth,

      Regarding a ‘home remedy’, I happen to be very susceptible to poison ivy (‘urushiol’ oil).

      There is absolutely no denying that my home remedy (which I actually found online years ago) works for itch relief.

      In fact it worked better than antihistamines (which also works fairly well for the itch).

      Not sure if you followed the link to “Poison Ivy Itch Relief” however it is absolute fact that this works. And it works well.

      It is one example of a so called ‘home remedy’ and is not witchcraft. There is science behind ‘why’ it works.

      There are natural ingredients in nature which just so happen to ‘help’ some symptoms. This is the purpose of this post, and the hopeful response from readers with their own discovered ‘home remedies’.

      1. I’ve heard about that (burning and catching via smoke), but fortunately has never happened to me – never been near a burning bush ;)

        I too catch it quite easily and am always on the lookout when I’m walking through areas that I know have it. Luckily it is usually pretty easy and quick to identify.

        I’m very fortunate in that my new location up here in northern NH apparently does not have poison ivy – at least I have not seen any yet! Thank God!

      2. @ BEACH’N

        For poison ivy use TECNU

        This past April I just had a horrible case of it. I was getting my garden ready and I pulled up all of these thick watery roots, having had no idea I just pulled up poison ivy roots, I was swatting flies all over my face, neck, and I made the mistake of taking a piss in the woods, so you can only guess how bad it got!!!

        Well, a lady at my office suggested this homeopathic soap called TECNU. I bought some at CVS for $18 even though it goes for $12 on Amazon, but I was desperate for some type or relief. Apparently this stuff contains some oil from a flower that totally removes the poison oils from your skin and it neutralizes them simultaneously. So, long story short, it shortened the time that I had it, cleared it up pretty quickly and relieved the itching. I highly recommend this stuff. Here’s a link for it on Amazon, it gets great reviews on there as well. This was litterally the ONLY thing that worked for me. I bought out half of CVS’s poisons ivy aisle. Here’s the link for it on Amazon, hopefully this will help you out like it did for me:

        Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub (4 oz)

  3. Run really hot water over fire ant bites. You need to allow the really hot water to run over the bites as hot as you can stand it for as long you can stand it. The hot water “itches so good” and then the itching goes away for hours. It works!

  4. My grandmother taught me to put meat tenderizer on mosquito bites. It’s best to rub the tenderizer (papain) on the bite early, meaning as soon as you discover the itchy bite.

    She used to put a little spit on her finger, sprinkle a little meat tenderizer, then rub it into the bite. I’ve been using this remedy for 50+ year. And it works. Definitely not “witchcraft”.

    Mosquitoes inject a “venom” that prevents blood from clotting so that they can easily feed. The papain in meat tenderizer breaks down the protein in the “venom” from the mosquito bite. Of course if you are allergic to papaya, this won’t work for you.

  5. I have been using Fels-Naptha soap for poison ivy since I was a kid. Has worked for me and have passed it on to my kids, and it works for them also. For those who don’t know, after being in the woods, you use it to wash your skin with it. Then after you get the rash, you lather it up and put it on the spots and allow it to dry.

    1. Also, just to add a bit more about soap and poison ivy… If you wash your skin within 30 minutes (or perhaps a bit longer if you’re lucky) of contact with poison ivy (with soap and cool water – which keeps the pores closed), you stand a chance of ridding yourself of much of the harmful oils before it sets in.

  6. Plantain for insect bites. Crush/grind the leaf/leaves of Plantain and apply topically to the bitten area.

  7. The hot water remedy(as hot as you can stand it) WORKS! After suffering from poison ivy itching (and many sleepless nights because of it), I read about it on the internet (at 3am when I couldn’t sleep because of the intense itching). In desperation, I tried it… it is by far the best solution I have ever found.

  8. interesting re the hot water and itching..

    wonder if it would work with psoriasis? I do realise it is different, but..
    I used to know someone with psoriasis, and they said it itched horribly.

  9. To remove a splinter or thorn from your finger, place an open garlic half on the affected area. Works like magic, it comes out! Garlic is an antiseptic too.

  10. Quercitin

    I was about to add this to the list until I saw Ken had already mentioned it. I found out about it when I was searching for Lyme disease remedies and I starting taking it seasonally every April thru May. The stuff works, I don’t get it itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing or anything anymore. I swear this stuff makes you bullet proof.

    On a side note, if anyone has Lyme disease and you’re lost on how to treat it, send me a message and ill tell you what has worked for me. I just got retested after 3 years of hell and either its in remission or I’ve killed it off. Im always willing to help anyone with Lyme disease after everything I went through. But I did it through all natural supplements, and I never believed in them until I needed them. So all of you people who think pharmaceuticals are the way to go, you’re obviously a dumb liberal. But even if you are I’ll still help a brother out ;0)

  11. To reduce the allergy load in the home I have several fleece blankets that can be washed in the home washing machine. Hardwood and laminate floors, ivory type soap, no perfume or hair spray. No scented cleaning products. No feathered products except for one down coat wrapped in plastic – this is for cold weather or a power outage. No carpets in the home. If you have a pet, brush it often, vacuum up clumps of fur in the home, bathe it as per veterinary guidelines with pet shampoo. Way curtains often or have wipe able blinds. A wool duvet is less allergenic than a feather one. A mattress cover that seals out dust mites and is washable at home helps since mattresses double their weight with dust mites and their feces over time. I don’t purchase books but get large print ones from the library to read in the evening and ensure they don’t smell of perfume. Also allergy and flu shots. Plus I eat a lot of chicken soup and use hydra sense nose spray.

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