Natural Remedies for Allergies: Alleviate Symptoms the Holistic Way


These natural remedies for allergies will help you through allergy season without having to buy a bunch of pharmaceuticals. These remedies are safe for children, pregnancy, and breastfeeding women!

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Seasonal allergies are the worst to deal with. Nobody likes having a runny nose, watery eyes, congestion, stuffy nose, or itchy eyes. If you’re like me, I used to suffer from allergies all year round and no amount of medication seemed to help. The worst times were when I was pregnant or breastfeeding and I couldn’t take any allergy medications. So, I decided to switch to home remedies for them and I haven’t gone back!

Different Types of Allergies

When it comes to allergies, they come in various ways with their own set of triggers and symptoms. Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, are the most common type that presents with typical allergy symptoms. Common symptoms of allergic rhinitis are runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes, and other sinus issues.

Food allergies are triggered by consuming specific foods like peanuts, shellfish, or dairy products. Different types of food allergies are Celiacs disease, lactose intolerance, peanut allergies, and fish allergies. These can be dangerous and lead to anaphylactic reactions. 

 Environmental allergies can be caused by factors such as dust mites, animal dander, or mold spores. 

Understanding the type of allergy you have can help you better manage and treat your symptoms. Some allergies, like food allergies, require proper medical attention, while seasonal allergies can benefit greatly from natural remedies!

It is also important to note that there is scientific research and medical evidence showing that allergies are a result of imbalances in the gut. Healing your gut and taking care of the imbalances, can significantly aid in kicking allergies for good!

Allergies and the histamine reaction

Allergic reactions occur when we have a histamine reaction to different allergens. These can be anything from pollen and dust mites to certain foods and bug bites or stings. Histamine is a chemical messenger in our body that controls lots of functions. The most known is allergic reactions but there are many more!

  1. Histamine plays a crucial role in regulating the immune response as well as in allergic inflammation via histaminic receptors.
  2.  The H1 and H3 histaminic receptor plays a pivotal role in neurotransmission.
  3. It is involved in the contraction of the smooth muscle tissues of the uterus, lungs, and stomach.
  4. In the stomach, it assists in the digestion of food by stimulating the release of gastric acid.
  5. It is responsible for the dilation of blood vessels that increase the permeability and lowers blood pressure.
  6. When dust or an allergic substance enters the nose, then the release of histamine leads to a runny nose and sneezing.
  7. It has a major role as a mediator of itching as well as inflammation.
  8. When any foreign substance enters the body, the B-cells produce IgE antibodies that bind over the surface of the mast cells. When an antigen attaches to the antibody, it releases the histamine in response to the antigen.
  9. Histamine is also secreted by the histaminergic neuron and acts as a neurotransmitter, so it regulates the sleep-wake cycle. And it encourages arousal when activated.
  10. It also regulates erection or sexual functioning.
  11. Understanding what triggers your allergic reaction is crucial in managing your symptoms effectively. Identifying the root causes of your allergies can help you take proactive steps to avoid triggers and minimize the impact on your daily life.

Conventional Treatments of Allergies

When it comes to managing allergies, conventional medicine offers a wide variety of treatment options. However, many conventional treatments come with side effects such as drowsiness or dizziness which are not safe. Most of these are also not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. 


  Antihistamines are commonly used to block the effects of histamine, a chemical released during an allergic reaction that causes itching, sneezing, and other symptoms. Common antihistamines are medications such as Benadryl or Zyrtec. The active ingredients in antihistamines can cause dro

Nasal Sprays:

Another common medication is Nasal sprays. Nasal sprays can help reduce nasal congestion, headaches, and other issues related to sinus problems. Common brands are Flonase, Nasacort, or Afrin. There are various types of nasal allergy medications. Some contain steroids and some do not. 


These medications available in various forms like inhalers, nasal sprays, or creams, can help alleviate inflammation and reduce symptoms. 

Allergy Shots or Immunotherapy:

Allergy shots may be recommended for individuals with severe allergies to gradually desensitize them to specific allergens.

Why Should I Use Natural Remedies for Allergies?

Conventional medications can provide temporary relief, but in reality, they are a bandaid and don’t treat the actual cause of allergies! They also are typically safe for pregnancy, breastfeeding, and kids. Some remedies are not, be sure to read when buying products, especially herbal remedies. 

It is important to understand that natural remedies are not a quick fix. Chronic issues cannot be fixed overnight. Instead, these remedies use their natural properties to support our body in healing itself. While conventional medicines usually block certain responses in our body, natural remedies can aid the proper responses our body should have. 

Common Natural Remedies For Allergies

Homeopathic Remedies:

Homeopathic remedies can be used to treat the specific allergen that causes your reactions. Each remedy has specific uses tailored to specific symptoms in your body. People have many misconceptions about homeopathy, thinking that the claims that they replace medications. However, homeopathy remedies are used to help your body stimulate responses to each symptom and condition, which addresses the root cause of issues instead of acting as a band-aid to symptoms of your conditions. The Following Remedies are some of the best homeopathic medicines we use in our homes. It is important to find the best homeopathic remedy to suit your symptoms and needs. 

Allium Cepa

Allium Cepa is derived from a red onion bulb. This remedy can be used to alleviate runny nose, nasal irritation and burning, and watery eyes, which also resembles the reaction to cutting an onion! Allium Cepa is mostly given for symptoms of hay fever. 

Apis mellifica:

Apis mellifica is derived from the medicinal properties of honey from bees. This remedy is used to help with a sore throat, skin issues related to allergic reactions, and itching.

Galphimia glauca

Galphimia Glauca is derived from the galphimia glauca shrub, typically grown in tropical areas. This homeopathic remedy’s use is to treat typical hay fever symptoms and help open up the bronchial airways.

Histamiun Hydrochloicrum

Histaminum hydrochloricum is prepared from a salt of histamine called histamine dihydrochloride. Histamine dihydrochloride can help stimulate your body’s responses to histamines, unlike conventional antihistamines, which block the body’s response completely!

Urtica Urens:

Urtical Urens comes from a plant that is a part of the nettle plant family. It is used to help soothe rashes and other skin issues.

To use proper doses and remedies to treat chronic allergies, one may consult a homeopathy doctor. They are specialized in and are knowledgeable about proper doses, and which remedies to take, and can specialize in a protocol when using long term. However, in this case, it is not 100% necessary to do so. To find the right homeopathic treatment for you or your family member, most websites, such as Boiron, will have dosing instructions and recommendations.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies, much like homeopathy medicines, help the human body stimulate its own response or help aid in what the body is doing to help you heal. Herbs and plants were in use before medications were made. In fact, most medications are basically chemical makings of plants and herbs!

Organic Olivia Spring Defense Tonic

I love the Organic Olivia brand because it is reliable and third-party tested for any impurities that can affect our health. She commits to using the best available resources. 

“Spring Defense Tonic is a natural herbal formula designed to keep you bright-eyed and breathing easy so that you can enjoy your Spring days with ease. This blend works hard to keep your nasal passageways feeling open and clear by supporting a normal, healthy response to pollen and environmental irritants. Spring Defense Tonic supports us at the root by maintaining normal histamine metabolism as the grass gets greener and flowers start to bloom — so you can continue feeling your best during pollen season and beyond.”

Organic Olivia Microbiome Guard

“Microbiome Guard is a lung support formula designed to keep you breathing easily with a blend of herbs that help to maintain balance within both the gut and lung microbiome. Lung health is more important today than ever before due to immune and environmental challenges, and this formula was designed to help provide targeted support during and beyond immune season to keep your respiratory system functioning optimally”

Organic Olivia Throat Spray

 This quick and easy spray contains a blend of soothing herbs that lubricate and relieve to keep your throat feeling happy and hydrated in order to support vocal clarity and optimal wellness. This spray is perfect for allergies that cause sore throats. 

Earthley Sinus Saver

Earthley Sinus Saver uses a blend of herbs to help your body get rid of excess histamine and calm down allergic symptoms. There is a kid-friendly version that is alcohol-free as well! 

Essential Oils for Allergies:

Diffusing essential oils is one of the best things for allergy relief. Essential oils can help open up the airways and alleviate breathing and congestion issues. Essential oils are one of my top uses for natural remedies with allergies due to their many properties and uses.


Peppermint helps open up your airways. If you have lost your sense of smell due to a stuffy nose, inhaling peppermint can open up your nostrils and help drain the sinuses! You can diffuse peppermint to help keep your airways open, dilute it and put it in a roller bottle, and apply it topically. You can also add a few drops to lotion and apply it to your back or chest to help open up your airways as well! Peppermint is a cooling oil and provides a burning sensation when applied, so be cautious when using this on infants and little kids. ALWAYS dilute peppermint oil when using. 


Eucalyptus has the same properties as peppermint. When applied topically or inhaled, it will open up airways. It is also an anti-inflammatory oil, so it can help reduce inflammation from allergies. 

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea Tree Oil has been shown to mold, fungi, and bacterial particles in the air due to its antimicrobial properties. This Oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce skin inflammation due to allergies.


Lavender has natural anti-histamine properties that can help alleviate allergy symptoms. It is also a calming oil that, if you apply it at night time, can help you sleep. 

Roman Chamomile:

Roman Chamomile is great for helping with skin issues due to allergies. This oil is safe for the littlest babies in the family. Dilute a few drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the affected topical areas!

Allergy Blends

Allergy Blends are convenient and helpful to buy so you don’t have to buy individual oils. Essential Oil Blends are slightly more expensive than some single oils, but they are worth it if there is an oil in a blend you don’t typically use. Each brand of essential oil has different names for their allergy or respiratory relief blends so you will have to research your blends!

If you want to know some of the best brands of essential oils to buy, check out my post here on the best essential oil brands!

Other Natural Remedies for Allergies:
Natural Nasal Spray:

There are many natural types of nasal sprays that you can use that don’t have steroids or other medications in them. the base is usually distilled water or colloidal silver but has essential oils and other useful ingredients added to the mixture! I love using this one

Postnasal Drip

Using something like a neti pot can help clear sinuses and encourage drainage. To use, put some warm water in the neti pot and 

Sinus Decongestant Salves

You may have used something like Vick’s ointment, but that is filled with stuff I don’t want to put on my body. But, there are brands out there that make a natural version of this and it works just as well!

Rowe Casa Organics has a headache and sinus decongestant salve that has worked wonders for sinus issues. They have a regular salve and a baby-friendly salve that doesn’t have menthol crystals in it. 

Earthley Wellness also has a decongestant salve stick that works well, especially for kids. It is menthol crystal free and uses essential oils to help open up the airways.

Lymphatic Creams

Your body needs to get rid of the extra histamines that it is producing and to do that, your body needs to detox that. By aiding your drainage pathways, you are helping your body get rid of those excess histamines and reducing allergy symptoms.

Your lymphatic system is your drainage pathway that removes toxins and other things from your body. By using drainage remedies, like lymphatic cream, you can aid the system in detoxing! I use Earthley wellness lymphatic cream or Rowe Casa Organics Lymphatic Cream.


Allergy season can be hard for those with debilitating allergy symptoms. Even though there are many options for conventional treatment of allergic rhinitis or hay fever symptoms, helping your body support itself and aiding it in removing the histamines can bring relief to chronic allergy issues! If you want more homeopathic remedies you can find a homeopathic practitioner that can help you use specific remedies tailored to your lifestyle and symptoms. There are many other natural remedies for allergies that can also aid in drainage and healing skin issues that will help as well!

This post is for informational purposes only. The use of this information is not meant to diagnose or treat. Consult your medical professional for questions and concerns.

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