Natural Allergy Remedies

natural allergy remedies
I love Spring.  Beautiful weather, all sorts of flowers and trees blooming, and pollen, beautiful pollen floating through the….. NO!  Not allergy season again!!
pollen grains
Yucky Pollen Grains
Unfortunately, each spring my kids and I have an allergy flare up.  Growing up, I was on just about every pharmaceutical under the sun in attempt to mananage my allergies and asthma.  Now as a mom myself, thankfully I’ve found some effective & natural ways to treat them.  First, let’s take a look at what allergies really are all about:

Understanding Allergies

When you understand what’s happening during allergy attacks, treating them  naturally seems like plain common sense. First, picture a grain of pollen — it  looks something like a spiny sea urchin. Now  imagine this prickly invader entering your nasal passages and latching onto soft  mucous membranes. These mucous membranes line our bronchial and nasal passages  and contain immune cells, called mast cells, which are loaded with histamines.  Receptors sit on top of these mast cells, and when an allergen trigger — such as  pollen, mold or pet dander — lands on top of the receptor, it alerts the mast  cells, which respond by releasing histamine and other chemicals. The histamine  initiates a series of reactions designed to help the body get rid of the  intruder, including sneezing, watery eyes and itching. For some people,  particularly those with asthma, this reaction may also include swelling in the  bronchial tubes that makes it difficult to breathe.

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So now that we understand exactly what is happening to us, we can search out treatment options.  Some obvious ways to prevent an allergy attack is to stay indoors when the pollen count is crazy high, wash hair & body thoroughly after playing/exercising outside, and to maintain a good rest and nutrition routine.
The next line of defense is a simple saline rinse with a Neti Pot.  You’ve probably seen these all over recently, even though nasal irrigation is a very old practice.   I like and use this particular brand because it is cost-effective, durable, and travels well.  It also comes with 50 pre-measured saline packets, so there is no guess work involved.
Natural Allergy Remedies.
A Neti pot simply helps the saline solution flow in one side of your nose and rinse the cavities out thoroughly of excess mucus, pollen and other irritants, such as dust and pet dander.  A great practice to use all year round, this will absolutely make a huge difference for you and your kids during allergy season.
I recommend a rinse in the morning, after outdoor playtime, and before bed.  Just make sure to completely clean out the Neti pot in between uses and allow to dry.  Sharing one pot between family members is perfectly fine as long as these simple hygiene practices are followed.
So the Neti Pot helped you say, but you still have some troublesome symptoms?  Time to break out my little miracle worker!  A homeopathic supplement called Allercetin allergy & sinus.
Allercetin™ Allergy & Sinus is a Bio-Aligned Formula that utilizes natural homeopathic remedies for the treatment of allergies. Allercetin supports multiple body systems involved with hay fever: the respiratory system, sinuses, mucous membranes, histamine inhibition, immune desensitization, and cellular energy.
Credit:  Source Naturals
This stuff really works!  In fact, it has been so effective for me, it is the ONLY supplement for allergies I regularly use!
The key to effectively managing allergies with a homeopathic supplement like this is to make sure you follow the instructions.   Natural medicine is taken a bit differently than a standard medicine that is once a day.
Allercetin is taken again just 2-4 hours after the first dose and then as needed. I find it particularly helpful to take a dose (just one chewable tablet) before going outside to garden and then following it up 2 hours later, and then only as needed throughout the day.  I usually only need those two doses!
I hope these two natural remedies make it possible for you and your kids to really get out there and enjoy nature instead of having to stay inside and feel miserable.
Happy Spring!




Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor.  You can read all about that here.  I am, however, a mom, person, and allergy sufferer on occasion.  If your allergies get too out of control, please see a dr.  While these natural supplements work great for me, I’ve even had to break out the Benadryl and even a nasal spray on occasion.  So no judgement, ok? 

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2 thoughts on “Natural Allergy Remedies

  1. I just decided to try Allercetin, but I’m also trying to get pregnant. It gives a normal “if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or breastfeeding” seek the advice of a health care professional. However, in your experience do you know if these ingredients are pretty much safe? I normally consider homeopathic ingredients to be 100% times safer than taking other allergies medication, but even OTC homeopathic boxes can be confusing. Thank you for any wonderful opinions you may be willing to share :-)

    1. Hi Brooke! I personally use this supplement and find it to be very safe. I am 16 weeks pregnant now. Many supplements and medications will have that disclaimer, even prenatal vitamins due to legal reasons. It’s easier for a company to slap on a standard ‘do not use if pregnant’ or ‘check with your physician first’ on everything. It’s too big of a liability otherwise. Sort of the same reason I have a disclaimer saying something similar. I would suggest researching it a bit on your own and see how you feel about it. I find it perfectly acceptable and have not had any adverse reactions. Hope your allergies clear up soon!

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