Erika Bragdon is a Certified Essential Oil Coach from the Essential Oil Institute.
Seasonal allergies will make you feel miserable year after year and you might feel like you don’t have any choice but to reach for the allergy medication so you can function.
But there are actually some natural home remedies for seasonal allergies that can be very effective at relieving symptoms.
Both my husband and 8-year-old son deal with seasonal allergies every spring (sometimes in the fall too) and we’ve been able to relieve their symptoms using all natural remedies without any medication.
To be honest, my husband is a little stubborn and more reluctant to follow my natural remedy protocol, so he hasn’t experienced quite as much relief as my son has. Joshua, on the other hand, is like a whole new child this year. The sneezing, congestion, and red watery eyes that have plagued my poor boy every spring since he was 3 are gone.
In previous years, we turned to over-the-counter and even prescription medications to help him (Children’s Zyrtec, Flonase, etc.), but even that pharmaceutical regimen didn’t fully relieve his symptoms; it only masked the symptoms and on really bad pollen days, Josh was still miserable.
As I’ve gradually moved our family to more natural remedies, this year, we’ve added a few things to our natural home remedy toolkit to help with seasonal allergies and the results have truly been amazing.
I use these natural home remedies for seasonal allergies safely with both kids and adults.
Please note that I am not a medical professional and the information presented here is merely for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice. I am simply sharing my own family’s experience in the hopes that it might help you too. Check with your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns. Please read my Essential Oil Common Sense Safety page before using any essential oils.
5 Natural Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies:
#1 Aller-Free Herbal Tincture
Aller-Free is an herbal formula from Herbal Energetics containing organic and wildcrafted herbs, including nettle leaf, goldenrod, astragalus, Osha root, bayberry root, licorice root, and marshmallow root, along with raw honey and flower essences.
In our experience, this natural remedy for seasonal allergies works well for fast allergy relief, though it works even better when taken at least once a day.
Here’s a list of the ingredients:
- Nettle leaf is useful for combating many common ailments, including reducing inflammation, allergies, asthma, and hay fever.
- Goldenrod can also help reduce inflammation and relieve sinus and lung congestion.
- Astragalus is an incredible immune-boosting herb and can help protect against bacteria and viruses while reducing inflammation associated with allergies. It’s also known for increasing white and red blood cells and protecting as an antioxidant. Even more, it can be excellent at strengthening organs including the lungs, spleen, and heart.
- Osha root is especially helpful with respiratory conditions and can act as a natural expectorant while reducing congestion, mucus, and inflammation.
- Bayberry is also helpful in reducing inflammation and congestion.
- Licorice root is another great anti-inflammatory by soothing irritated mucous membranes as an expectorant.
- Marshmallow root reduces inflammation, especially related to respiratory issues.
- Plus there are flower essences to help on an emotional level – Crab Apple, SOS Rescue, Self-Heal, and Yarrow.
You can see how this herbal blend has quite a few beneficial herbs.
Aller-free has worked wonders for relieving Joshua’s seasonal allergies. I give him 1/2 to 1 full dropper full in the morning and at night. In fact, now that we’ve used it regularly for the past month, I’ve noticed we can even skip a day (yes in peak pollen season here in New Hampshire) and Joshua is still symptom-free.
Even my often reluctant-to-take-natural-remedies husband has experienced relief using this herbal blend when he takes it. (So much so, that last week, he asked me for his own small bottle so he could bring it to work with him.)
If I had to pick just one all-natural remedy for seasonal allergies, it would be Aller-Free; it’s been THAT amazing.
You can buy Aller-Free here.
#2 Essential Oils
Essential oils are another great home remedy for seasonal allergies and there are different ways you can use them for your family.
My favorite essential oils for seasonal allergy relief are:
- peppermint – may help reduce sinus congestion
- lemon essential oil – may help break up mucus
- lavender essential oil – a natural antihistamine
Ways to Use Essential Oils for Allergy Relief:
#1 Simply add one or two drops of the essential oils to your hand along with a carrier oil, rub your hands together, and breathe in.
#2 Add 1-2 drops of each essential oil to your diffuser. I love this diffuser.
#3 Apply the oils topically with a carrier oil or make an easy essential oil roller blend.
I include these three essential oils in an easy-to-make DIY essential oil roller blend for seasonal allergies. Find out how to make it here.
I rub this essential oil blend on Joshua’s back and soles of his feet daily.
#3 Saline Nasal Spray
A saline nasal spray can wash away germs and mucus, relieving discomfort from congestion and even preventing ear and sinus infections. It works well for relieving seasonal allergies, along with other nasal irritations, like dryness during the winter and congestion due to a cold virus, etc.
Joshua suffered from chronic congestion ever since he was a toddler and he had a prescription for Flonase nasal spray for when the congestion got really bad.
When we switched to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet a couple years ago, Joshua’s congestion all but disappeared, but it still came back during the spring months when his seasonal allergies acted up.
As I’ve gradually moved our family to more natural remedies, I found a saline nasal spray, called Xlear Nasal Spray. The ingredients are purified water, xylitol, saline, and grapefruit seed extract.
It’s worked really well for Joshua in relieving any seasonal allergy congestion. In fact, when he started using it, he was mildly congested and it helped almost immediately.
Now he uses the saline nasal spray only on an infrequent as-needed basis, but it’s great to have an all-natural alternative in my medicine cabinet.
#4 Raw Honey
Local raw honey contains enzymes that can help reduce histamine flare-ups (aka allergic reactions) due to pollen in the air. While studies seem to be uncommon and inconclusive, there are many people who will testify to how amazing raw honey can be as a natural home remedy for seasonal allergies.
Raw honey is not the same as the honey bear at the grocery store; the honey bear is not raw and you will not see the same benefits.
It’s also important to find raw honey from your area because this honey will be made by bees pollinating the same kinds of plants and trees that are bothering you. This will, in theory, expose your body to very small amounts of the allergen and help your body to almost desensitize.
Raw honey is also beneficial for gut health, which is a huge part of the immune system.
For more info and to read some testimonials on the benefits of consuming raw honey for seasonal allergies, read this article.
We buy raw local honey from the health food store in town and I give Joshua 1-3 tsp a day. It’s hard to measure the exact amount and we use a regular spoon and estimate. I’ve been giving Joshua the raw honey for about 3-4 months now and I definitely think it’s contributed to his reduced (almost disappeared) seasonal allergies this year.
One note: It’s helpful to begin taking raw local honey at least a couple months before pollen season begins where you live to help your body increase it’s tolerance gradually. Raw honey won’t relieve symptoms as quickly as some of the other natural remedies listed here.
#5 Reduce sugar intake
We all know eating sugar isn’t good for you, especially in excessive amounts, but did you know that sugar consumption may make seasonal allergies worse?
I haven’t been able to find any concrete studies on this topic, but I have read numerous articles about people’s testimonials describing this correlation.
For my own family, I’ve noticed that when my husband and son eat more sugar, they both experience more allergy symptoms. When they reduce their sugar intake, their allergy symptoms simultaneously decrease.
Here is one article that discusses one person’s experience and personal research on hay fever and sugar intake: Hay Fever, Sugar Intake.
Those are the 5 most helpful natural home remedies for seasonal allergies we’ve used in our family with great success.
There are more natural things you can do to reduce seasonal allergies, including taking additional vitamin D3, probiotics, quercetin, herbal tea, etc. however, for my family, we haven’t noticed those options to work as well as the five/six I listed above.
I hope you or your child will find relief using some of these natural options, just like we have. Feel better!