Curing Allergies the Natural Way

Millions of people are plagued by allergies that are triggered by exposure to animals, seasonal plants, foods, or other factors. Medications often only provide marginal relief and they may have frustrating side effects. These natural remedies for allergies can reduce symptoms while producing few side effects, making them an effective alternative to drugs.


This plant-derived compound may reduce seasonal allergy symptoms when taken as a supplement every day. Many foods, including tomatoes, citrus fruits, broccoli, onions, apples, tea, parsley, and lettuce are naturally high in the compound, but it is recommended to get at least 1,000 milligrams each day before and during allergy season.

Allergy-Fighting Foods

Many people with allergies experience nasal congestion. One natural way to keep the nasal passages clear is to load your diet with foods like chili peppers, horseradish or hot mustard. These foods acts as temporary decongestants and can limit the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Stinging Nettle

Antihistamines are commonly prescribed to people who suffer from allergies, but this natural alternative also does the trick. The plant prevents the body from producing histamine without causing unpleasant side effects, like the drowsiness and dry mouth associated with many antihistamine medications. Although the weed grows throughout the United States, the most common medicinal form is capsules containing the freeze-dried extract of the stinging nettle leaves. Most people experience relief from taking about 300 milligrams daily. Allergy-sufferers can also brew a tea with the plant.


This common European weed is another effective alternative to antihistamine medications. Compounds in the broad leaves inhibit the production of histamine in the body and taking capsules of the plant's extract each day can reduce allergy symptoms. People who are allergic to ragweed should refrain from using butterbur because the plants come from the same family.

Steam Inhalation

People who suffer from congestion due to allergies may benefit from steam inhalation. Mixing drops of rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, and myrtle essential oils in a saucepan of boiling water and breathing in the steam can provide relief from congestion.


A diet high in these “good” bacteria helps keep the immune system balanced and may reduce the frequency or severity of allergic reactions. Plain yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics. Look for a brand that includes bifidobacterium lactis, lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, or acidophilus for best results.