Sneezing. Watery eyes. Sinus pain and pressure.
If you’re like so many of us, you have an antagonistic relationship with seasonal allergies and allergy medications like Benadryl that you use to alleviate the annoying and uncomfortable symptoms of allergies.
That’s why we want to go over some of the best natural alternatives to Benadryl, so you can feel good about treating your seasonal (and yes, winter has seasonal allergies too) allergies.
What You Will Learn in This Comprehensive Blog:
- What are Histamines?
- What Can I do to Naturally Get Rid of Allergies (Symptoms vs. Triggers vs. Root Cause)
- How to Minimize Symptoms of Allergies
- What May Be at the Root Cause of Your Allergies (i.e. underlaying issues)
- Minimizing the Triggers of Symptoms (i.e. environmental factors)
- The Downsides of Artificial Antihistamines
Then You’ll Get Recommendations For:
- Natural Alternatives for Benadryl (Focus on Symptoms)
- Free-online assessment to Start your Journey of Healing the Underlying Issues (Focus on Root Cause)
- Natural Alternatives For Your Whole Home (Focus on Triggers/Environmental)
Histamine and Allergies
The key to effectively ending your allergy agony is understanding why your body has an allergic response in the first place. It turns out that histamine is the culprit behind your sneezes, runny nose, and itchy eyes(1).
What Are Histamines?
Histamines are a chemical part of your immune system that takes action to get rid of an intruder. Think of them as if they are a parent who does everything possible to make your potential suitor flee the scene. These histamine parents use everything in their arsenal- sneezing, runny nose, sinus headache, and itchy eyes- to tell the allergy-causing intruder to get lost.
What Can I do to Naturally Get Rid of Allergies?
There are 3 ways to fight allergies. None of them are wrong and each have their positives and negatives. How you decide to naturally deal with your own allergies is totally up to you.
SYMPTOMS – Treating the symptoms alone is a great temporary solution just like a band aid.
ROOT CAUSE – Identify the root cause(s), then give your body what it needs to heal on the inside for long term relief.
TRIGGERS – Limit or remove the environmental factors to help minimize the triggers of the symptoms.
Lets look at each one in depth and then we will give you recommendations for each…
Treating Allergy Symptoms
The best part about treating the symptoms, no doubt, is immediate relief. These methods reduce the amount of histamine response in your body and therefor limits the symptoms with in minutes or hours.
The bummer? Simply treating the symptom alone is like putting a band aid on it.
This method doesn’t get rid of allergy symptoms much longer than a day or two.
Which, in the case of seasonal allergies, forces you to continue using the products or methods on a regular basis.
We’ll give you natural alternatives for treating the symptoms below.
Identifying the Root Causes of Allergies & Healing From the Inside
The best part about healing from the inside is often times you can almost get rid of certain allergies entirely. Many people don’t know that this is completely possible to do.
Allergies are red flags pointing to a deeper issue in the body, and may be an indication that the body cant handle more because it is overwhelmed by something else. Often times when allergies are present, it is because the body is having a hard time draining properly and overburden by things like:
- Heavy Metals
The hard part is that it may be difficult to pinpoint the root cause; may take months to actually clear it up; or the protocol is too expensive to afford as we have seen some as high as $10,000.
So much of our current culture is about instant gratification like taking a pill right now and feeling better right now.
But at Third River Health, we suggest a different approach – A long term approach that truly beings your body back to a place of health – a “healing journey”, if you will.
If you suspect that your body may have an underlying issue, and would like to start that healing journey, take our free-online assessment to help you a launching point as to what might be some of the root causes of your “red flags”.
Can Environmental Factors Trigger My Allergies?
Yes but just remember what a trigger is… it is what sets off the histamine response or inflammation in your body. It’s the equivalent to the power button on your computer. The button it self doesn’t bring power it just makes it begin the process of bringing power.
Many things around you in your home (or office) environment may be triggering the body’s response that leads to allergy symptoms. Things like:
- Dust Mites
- Air pollution
- Pet Dander
- Chemicals in Cleaning & Household Products
- Chemicals in Food
- Chemicals in Clothing, Bedding, Drapes or Furniture
- Pollutants in the Air
- Pollutants in Your Water
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The Downside of Artificial Antihistamines
While these drugs can make you feel better temporarily, they come with a host of unwanted side effects. Indeed, if you regularly rely on allergy medication for relief you most likely experience symptoms such as:
- Dry & Painful Sinuses
- Fuzzy Thinking
Even worse, many of these medications are habit forming and may not continue to work over time. Imagine the distress in being addicted to potent pharmaceuticals that may not also be effective for you anymore.
You can avoid the drug trap by choosing to ease your allergy problems through natural methods.
As promised, here are our recommendations…
Natural Alternatives to Benadryl
Quiet Your Histamines With Quercetin
Quercetin is an antihistamine present in foods like onions, garlic, broccoli, apples, berries, and leafy greens (2). These healthy foods are probably already included in your diet, but you might want to increase your intake when you’re suffering from seasonal allergies. You can also try a concentrated supplement.
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A Little Bit of Apple Cider Vinegar Keeps the Doctor Away
Many people swear by the power of apple cider vinegar to stave off allergy symptoms while also improving your digestive health (3). Be careful not to overdose with a big mug of apple cider vinegar as a little bit is enough to do the job. Try stirring one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water three times a day.
Introduce Your Nose to a Neti Pot
The Neti Pot is one type of allergy relief that both doctors and natural medicine practitioners recommend. Many people are devoted to their Neti Pots and their ability to use sterile water to rinse mucus and other kinds of gook from the nose. It takes a little bit of practice to master tipping the water into your nose, but the sinus relief is well worth your effort.
Honey Brings Some Sweet Relief
Do you remember how your grandmother made the most delicious honey sandwiches? She had perhaps unknowingly tapped into the possibility that honey improves immune function and lessens unpleasant seasonal allergy symptoms.
Research suggests that you’ll get the biggest antihistamine punch if you stick to locally sourced honey (4). The theory is that honey produced in your community can attack the allergens that are specific to your area.
Important: Do not give honey to children under the age of twelve months due to the potential risk of botulism poisoning.
Add Some Heat to Your Diet
Have you ever chowed down on a spicy dinner only to find that your sinus headache feels much better? If so, you know how much adding some spice to your diet can aid your health. Try some of these favorites when you need some natural antihistamine help:
- Chili Peppers
- Breathe Essential Oils
What Are the Best Essential Oils for Nasal Congestion?
Not only do essential oils smell wonderful, but they also boast strong antihistamine qualities. Experts suggest that you try adding lavender, peppermint, and lemon oils to an essential oil diffuser in your home. Some people also enjoy adding a drop of peppermint oil to their daily cup of hot tea. You can also smear a drop or two of oil on your chest and forehead to further ease your allergy symptoms. I use this therapeutic grade blend by Plant Therapy Essential Oils.
Or if you want a “Breathe Easy Oil Set”, this is my recommended go-to starter pack.
Pump Up Your Probiotics
There is much truth to the idea that our diet controls our health. Probiotics work by increasing the number of beneficial bacteria in your digestive system, and they play an essential role in the well-being of your immune system. Terrific probiotic sources include kefir; sauerkraut; pickles; tempeh; miso; and plant based yogurt.
Sip Some Stinging Nettle Leaf Tea
There is something incredibly soothing about holding a hot cup of tea in your hands. You can soothe your allergies by adding stinging nettle leaf to your drink. Stinging nettle contains histamine and is especially helpful in healing hay fever symptoms.
Cut Down Allergen Contact
Although it’s unrealistic to think that you can altogether avoid the pollens, dust mites, and molds that make you sneeze and sniffle, it’s a good idea to reduce contact as much as possible.
- Practicing your yoga indoors instead of taking a long bike ride on high pollen alert days
- Keep your windows closed on windy days
- Change your clothes after working in your garden.
- Place an air purifier in your bedroom/home.
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As you can see, a few simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference in controlling your allergies.
Lastly, you don’t have to live your life at the mercy of allergies just because you want to avoid the use of Benadryl and similar types of allergy drugs. Fortunately, there are a host of natural ways to soothe your allergy symptoms while also being kind to your body.
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