Most of the home remedies for allergies, like nasal irrigation or certain essential oils, can help relieve some allergy symptoms. But it’s best to identify the source of your allergy and follow your doctor’s advice.

If your immune system reacts to something that doesn’t bother other people, you’re experiencing an allergic reaction. Some of the biggest culprits for causing allergic reactions are:

  • pollen
  • dust mites
  • pet dander
  • mould spores
  • insect stings
  • food
  • medications

Allergies can cause a number of symptoms such as:

  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • itching
  • rashes
  • swelling
  • asthma

Doctors typically treat allergies with a variety of approaches which often include medications and allergy shots. There are, however, natural and home remedies for allergies that you might consider.

The best natural remedy for allergies

The best natural remedy for allergies is, when possible, avoidance. Both doctors and natural healers will suggest that you limit or avoid allergens, which are what cause your allergic reaction.

You should avoid exposure to your allergens. For example, if you’ve had an allergic reaction to a sulfa drug, let your doctor know about your allergy. They’ll most likely prescribe an alternate antibiotic if you’ll ever need one.

That being said, some allergens are hard to avoid. In that case, after discussing your symptoms with your doctor, you might consider a home remedy for allergies to deal with the results of exposure to an allergen.

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Home remedies for allergies: Allergies Natural Remedies ASB

Saline nasal irrigation

A 2012 review of 10 studies showed that saline nasal irrigation had beneficial effects for both children and adults with allergic rhinitis, which is often referred to as hay fever.

Air filters

Consider using an air filter in your indoor environments.

High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are one type of air filter to consider. By trapping airborne irritants such as pollen, dust, and pet dander, HEPA filters reduce allergens in your home.

Butterbur: Allergies Natural Remedies ASB

In 2003, butterbur — also known as Petasites hybridus — was found to be equally effective for itchy eyes as a commonly used oral antihistamine.


A 2015 review of 13 studies concluded that acupuncture demonstrated positive results for both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.


A 2015 review of 23 studies indicated that probiotics may help improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Honey: Allergies Natural Remedies ASB

Although there’s no scientific evidence to prove it, a popular theory suggests eating locally-produced honey. According to the theory, you will lower your allergic reaction over time to the pollen that the bees collect in your area to make their honey.

Air conditioners and dehumidifiers

By removing moisture from the air, air conditioners and dehumidifiers can limit the growth of mildew and mould that can negatively impact allergies.


A 2015 Source indicated that dietary spirulina blue-green algae demonstrated antiallergic protective effects towards allergic rhinitis.

Stinging nettle

Natural healing practitioners suggest stinging nettle as a natural antihistamine to help with allergy treatment.


Quercetin is a favourite of natural healing advocates who believe it stabilizes the release of histamines and helps control allergy symptoms. It’s naturally found in broccoli, cauliflower, green tea, and citrus fruits.

Vitamin C

Natural medication practitioners suggest taking 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily to reduce histamine levels.

Peppermint essential oil: Allergies Natural Remedies ASB

A 1998 showed that peppermint oil treatment had enough anti-inflammatory effects that reduced the symptoms of bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis to warrant clinical trials. Essential oils can be diffused into the air but should be diluted in a carrier oil if applied topically.

Eucalyptus essential oil: Allergies Natural Remedies ASB

Advocates of natural healing suggest using eucalyptus oil as an antimicrobial agent by adding it to each load of wash during allergy season.

Frankincense essential oil: Allergies Natural Remedies ASB

Based on a 2016 study, frankincense oil may help against perennial allergic rhinitis. You can dilute it in a carrier oil and use it behind your ears or use inhalation by diffusing it into the air.

Precautions when using home remedies for allergies

Don’t use home remedies to treat severe allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis, which can be identified by symptoms such as:

  • trouble breathing
  • tightness in the lungs
  • chest pains
  • blood pressure changes
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • rash
  • vomiting

If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening.

Also, using essential oils isn’t without risk. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t oversee the purity, quality, and packaging of essential oils. It’s important to use essential oils as directed and make sure you’re using quality products.

Test the essential oil mixed in a carrier oil on unbroken skin, such as your forearm. If you don’t have a reaction in 24 hours, it should be safe to use. Test each new essential oil, especially if you’re prone to allergies.

While there’s some evidence that home remedies for allergies can be effective, it’s a good idea to discuss them with your doctor before trying them out. Get a full diagnosis and listen to your doctor’s suggestions on what’s best for you and your personal situation.


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Write and edit by Oluwaferanmi DJIMA On 23/10/23
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