Do Natural Allergy Remedies Work?

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I’ve suffered from seasonal allergies for years, and it’s horrible. I’ve been to countless doctors, including allergy specialists, and taken every allergy medication there is, but nothing seems to help.

When my husband and I went plant-based, I was hopeful that this would help my allergies. It hasn’t. It’s helped me in countless other ways – just not with my allergies.

My allergies kick in big time at the end of June, and they were in full swing when my husband and I went out to lunch with blogger Mike from Applecore and his wife, Florence recently. As I pulled tissue after tissue out of my purse, Florence mentioned that she used to have bad allergies too.

She went on to say that a doctor in Mexico treated her allergies with aromatherapy and told her to stop eating processed food, chocolate and strawberries. She followed the doctor’s advice, and it worked for her. Now she’s allergy free.

Could treating my allergies really be that simple? I was intrigued, but not ready to give up chocolate without more research. As fate would have it, last night I stumbled upon the blog post Natural Allergy Busters by Kali from FOCUS Medical.

Kali’s post was well written, and I felt confident that she knew what she was talking about. She recommended five things to reduce allergy symptoms:

To Reduce Allergy Symptoms…

  1. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet
  2. Use neti pot with saline
  3. Eat local honey
  4. Do nettle infusions
  5. Take apple cider vinegar

Except for eating honey, which isn’t vegan, I’ve decided to follow Kali’s four other recommendations for the next four weeks to see what happens. It certainly can’t hurt, and I’m hopeful that it will help a lot more than Claritin has ever helped me. I’ll follow up in a month to let you know how it goes.

For info on how to follow Kali’s recommendations check out Natural Allergy Busters.

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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15 Responses to Do Natural Allergy Remedies Work?

  1. Maryanne says:

    OMG, don’t take Claritan — one of the side effects is depression! Good luck with this. Acupuncture helped my husband heal his allergies. Maybe that’s something to consider 🙂

    • I gave up on meds to cure my allergies a long time ago. They don’t help me and they usually make me feel jittery. And like you say – there are serious side effects! I like the idea of acupuncture. I’ve used it before for a bout of insomnia and it really helped – I’ll look into that. Thanks Maryanne!!

      • Maryanne says:

        Yeah, he just took my cat for acupuncture treatment for the first time. A hopeless situation is now hopeful! Today I visited the hospital I was born in to write an article about them since they are using acupuncture to treat kids with cancer. It’s been around 3000 years, so you can’t go wrong!

    • How cool that you’re writing an article about the hospital you were born in and the way they’re using acupuncture to treat kids with cancer. That sounds really interesting Maryanne! And I sure hope it helps your kitty. 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh Celeste – great timing with this piece! I am dying right now! I rarely ever have medicine but I almost broke down yesterday and bought some nasal spray. I didn’t do it but I’m sneezing, stuffed up and my eyes are red and itchy. Not a pretty site ; )
    I’ve been taking Quercetin and vitamin C and it seems to be helping. My friend also recommended a homeopathic remedy she gets from her naturopath so I’ll find out what it is and let you know. Make sure you keep me posted on how your remedies work out.

    • I feel for you Lori. I have really bad allergies, and I don’t think people who don’t suffer like this know what we go through. I’ll be starting my remedies on Monday, and Kali says they will take 3-weeks to really help. We’ll see how it goes – I’ll let you know. I do hope you feel better soon girlfriend. Allergies are the pits! Celeste 🙂

  3. Poppy says:

    Good luck Celeste! 🙂

  4. kalimacisaac says:

    Thanks Celeste! Hope these things work for you. We do acupuncture as well for all types of conditions, so you could try that too but I would be surprised if cutting dairy/gluten/sugar for a few weeks and the other recommendations didn’t do it for you.
    Keep me updated 🙂
    Best,
    K

    • Thanks Kali! I’m excited about having a plan of action. It’s going to be a challenge, however; for me to give up bread, soy, potatoes, tomatoes and sugar. I know it will be worth it, but I’m going to have to plan my meals very carefully from now on. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks again!! Celeste 🙂

  5. Lorrie Wenzler says:

    Let me know how this works. Hope you feel better soon.

    • Hi Mom! As you know, I’ve tried lots of things to help me with my allergies and nothing has worked so far. I’m feeling hopeful about this treatment plan. It’s not going to be easy, however; because it means giving up bread, potatoes, soy, tomatoes and sugar. What the heck am I gonna eat? Anyway, I hope you have fab plans for your birthday. Celeste 🙂

  6. Mike Lince says:

    I hope for your sake and for any of your followers who suffer similar allergy symptoms that you discover a natural remedy for your allergies. I look forward to your findings. – Mike

    • Hey there short timer! Thanks so much for your support – I appreciate it. I really do hope these remedies work for me. My allergies really disrupt my life, and I need some relief! Celeste 🙂

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