I suffered with seasonal allergies for years–and I hate taking allergy meds! These natural remedies to relieve seasonal allergies really work!
My mother likes to tell the story about how my teachers would call me down for sneezing too much! I am allergic to ragweed and suffered from horrible seasonal allergies when I was a child.
Sneezing, congestion and itchy, red eyes plagued me.
My seasonal allergies have improved greatly in my adulthood, but they have hit me harder this year than in the recent past. I’ve chalked it up to the fact that we moved right in front of an old farm, with a picturesque Little House-like field that is loaded with ragweed.
My first tendency is just to suffer through it. Seriously…I will let myself get miserable before succumbing to my husband’s pleas for me to just take a Zyrtec!
But, thankfully, after a little research and some tips from our Facebook community, I’ve gotten some relief from seasonal allergies–the natural way!
I’m excited to call this our very first community post. I thought it might be fun to include your input on a variety of topics from time to time!
5 Natural Ways to Alleviate Seasonal Allergies
1. Raw, Local Honey
It is widely known that taking spoonfuls of raw honey is excellent for combating seasonal allergies. The gist is that the honey carries trace amounts of pollen and acts almost like an allergy shot (source).
This method is best when practiced over time; you will find much more relief for spring and summer seasonal allergies if you take 1 Tbsp. of honey per day starting in late winter/early spring than if you wait until your allergies actually flare up. (This was one of my mistakes this year!!)
Check out my friend Rebekah’s post about why it is important that your honey is local and raw.
Humbled Homemaker reader Beth also weighed in about the benefits of raw, local honey when it comes to seasonal allergies:
2. Lavender Essential Oil on the Face
This was the first natural way to relieve seasonal allergies that I tried this year–once I realized I had blown it by not taking my local, raw honey!
Basically, I used pressure to rub undiluted lavender on the bridge of my nose and down the sinus area of my cheeks.
I did feel that this method relieved my allergies for a short period–but I would have to continue to reapply the lavender throughout the day, as it seemed to wear off after a few hours.
3. Lavender + Lemon Essential Oils on the Feet
This method worked wonders for me! My real-life friend Heather Anne actually recommended this on our Facebook page. She suggested I mix diluted lavender and lemon essential oils and apply the combination to my feet.
The night of my worst allergy attack of the season, I scooped about 1 tsp. of virgin coconut oil into the palm of my hand and mixed it with two drops of lemon essential oil and 3 drops of lavender essential oil. I then applied it to my feet, put on some socks, and called it a night.
The relief was amazing–I couldn’t even believe it! I slept so soundly with no sneezing! The next morning I put the same combination on my feet and I felt good all day long. This has now become my go-to natural relief for seasonal allergies!
Humbled Homemaker reader Sara also uses peppermint essential oil to combat seasonal allergies:
Note: You can get good-quality lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils from Plant Therapy for an affordable price!
Staying well hydrated helps keep the lining of your nose and sinuses moist. I know I will often forget to drink enough during the day, and this could have been contributing to my allergy attacks earlier this season.
5. Neti Pot
I LOVE my Neti Pot. I had never heard of this little contraption up until a few years back. A neti pot is basically shaped like a little vessel and uses salt water to clean out the sinuses. Be sure to use purified water in a neti pot.
We had quite the suggestions for natural relief for seasonal allergies on our Facebook page, and I thought it would be fun to highlight a few here:
Read the entire Facebook thread here.
Do you want more natural remedies for common ailments? Check out these posts from our archives:
What are your tips for natural relief for seasonal allergies?