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Homemade and other Remedies for Allergy Relief

It’s allergy season, and time for some homemade allergy relief…

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, and some homemade allergy relief. 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.

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.

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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.

Quercetin is another natural substance that you can purchase in a supplement form. If you include quercetin in your daily diet, your allergic reactions should lessen in severity. Quercetin 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!

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Food Allergies

Prevent allergic reactions by knowing which foods trigger food allergies and avoiding those foods. 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’ homemade remedy, it is highly advisable to have it if you need it.

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.

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).

[ Read: Poison Ivy Itch Relief Remedy ]

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.)

Toothpaste.

Ice.

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4 Comments

  1. My youngest son has terrible allergies. If you have awful allergies and can go to an allergy doctor, find one who will prescribe drops. They are in reality tinctures made special of the things you are allergic to. He had shots when he was young, but found the drops worked better.
    Some homeopathic remedies work well too. I keep Apis Mel for bug bites and Rhus Tox for ivy rashes or other rashes. Homeopathy is Like cures Like in tiny tiny tiny doses. The idea is a distant cousin to ‘real’ vaccines so to speak. The FDA has considered many times to ban homeopathy.
    For a cure you need to find a Anthroposophic medical doctor and have someone give you shots with lemon and quince. The directory for finding one is PAAM.

  2. I know I may get some back lash but this was my Granddaddy’s cure for poison ivy/oak and he was a logger. Wash the affected area as soon as possible after exposure with “white gas” (non leaded gas from yesteryear). Then wash with strong soap and cold water. It does work as the gas washes the oils from the plant from the skin but, important, remember that washing with soap and water removes the gasoline. I am sure anything that would wash the oil off, such as paint thinner, would also work , YMMV. Use with caution.

    1. Deep South, Tho i would not use any kind of gas i apply the same principal, by cleaning with any good cleanser that gets oil based things.. Dawn, the orange gel that mechanics use both work,, wash and remove all traces of oils over a larger area than you think has been exposed.. People who are extremely sensitive only have to be in vicinity of those toxic leaves…had a friend that could not get within 50 ft.
      after cleansing well the two thing i have found that work best are plantain leaf tincture, the herb (not banana like fruit.). I usually make up a couple of pints of triple tincture,(use PGA, put herb leaves in/ leave-7-10 days, then remove leaves and replace with fresh.. total of 3 times. By using PGA.if need for internal can be safely used as whole herb is useful,) ..wipe down all affected areas every 1-2 minutes x 6-10 times…if the blisters have begun forming, this can make them go down during the applications. If blisters have formed, Lavender essential oil can be applied and it will take the itching, redness and stay down and not itch for several hours., they may reoccur- just apply lavender 2-3 times/d, until it does not return..usually one drop will cover several areas.about 5 days.to make go away and stay….
      For tick bites already incurred.. most effective i have found is tea tree oil and alternate with oil of oregano -apply Q 2 hours x 6,then access. Geranium oil also repels biting insects.

  3. I suffer with multiple types of respiratory and “sting” allergies, along with some minor food allergies and have found the quercetin helps me. I was told to carry the epi pen, it last time I was stung, I put ammonia on the sting area and took a Benadryl and that took care of things. Unfortunately, Benadryl makes me sleepy so I wasted half my day. I appreciate this type of article so I can see what other items could help me as I move off of big Pharma.

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