Natural Allergy Remedies That Saved Me From My Medication
How To Stop Taking Your Allergy Medicine
Are you that person who is dealing with itchy eyes and a stuffy nose every day? Or how about itchy ears? Isn’t that the worst?! Going around having to stick your finger in your ear, wiggling your finger around, trying to reach the itch, until you realize you look like a dog scratching his ear.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies and are looking to stop putting so many harmful chemicals in your body then you have come to the right place.
I took a Zyrtec and a Singulair every day from the time I was very young up until about 2 years ago when I decided to start trying to get pregnant.
Now I don’t take Singulair at all and have taken an antihistamine less than 10 times in these past two years.
Here are 5 natural allergy remedies I use that have helped me to stop taking my allergy medicine. Plus, a bonus tip for those who wear contacts.
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Mindfully Clean Your House
My first suggestion for a natural allergy remedy is to keep a clean house. If you are like me you are allergic to not only everything outside, but everything inside as well. Plus, we have two big dogs who enjoy bringing in pollen and dirt from the outside.
Vacuum every day or as often as you can. Honestly, I do this because our dog Thor sheds constantly and I can’t stand the dog hair everywhere. It has become a natural part of my cleaning routine, which by the way is what I talk about the most here on KatiesKottage. This is just bonus material. 😉
I do believe the adding constant vacuuming to my daily routines helps prevent allergy flare-ups.
Use chemical-free cleaners to keep surfaces free of dust. Chemicals always bothered my asthma and I’m allergic to dust so this is a win-win. I like to make my own cleaners or use Method Cleaners, which I buy online or at Target.
Take Vitamin C
My second natural allergy remedy is to take vitamin C. I myself use Emergen-C.
Vitamin C is known for boosting the immune system. It just makes sense that having a healthier immune system would mean your body could handle allergens better.
Plus, there is actually more to it! Vitamin C lowers histamine levels in the bloodstream which can help prevent allergies. If you want to ward off of those itchy eyes then take some vitamin C every day to every couple of days.
Along the same lines as Vitamin C, there is now evidence that shows taking a Tumeric supplement can prevent allergy and asthma symptoms.
I have just recently started doing this so I can’t testify to how much success I have had with it yet. However, I have heard countless testimonies of the health benefits of turmeric and how it can help people with anything related to inflammation and histamine.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are believed to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. They can help fight off bacteria and harmful toxins. This is exactly what you need to fight off allergies.
Essential oils provide a plant-based way for you to fight allergies instead of ingesting chemicals every day.
The oils I have found to be the most useful are peppermint, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender. Tea tree comes highly recommended for allergies. I personally do not like the smell of it, but maybe you will.
I started out by diffusing the oils and using them in cleaners to keep my house clean. You can find out more about using essential oils for allergies through Dr. Axe.
Daily Sinus Rinse
My number one natural allergy remedy tip is to use a Sinus Rinse every day. You can also use a Neti Pot but I myself prefer the bottle.
Basically you squirt a saline rinse through one side of your nose and out the other. Yes, it is weird. Yes, it can be gross if you are sick and have a lot going on in your nose.
No, I do not feel like I am drowning.
Yes, this is the most helpful tool I have ever used when dealing with my allergies and other sinus issues.
I no longer have to worry about being an old granny who is still taking Singulair every morning. Seriously, the weirdness of the whole thing is totally worth it.
Bonus Tip for Contact Wearers
If you wear contacts and constantly have itchy eyes you should try using a hydrogen peroxide-based contact solution. My eye doctor recommends this to me and it works wonders.
Allergens were getting stuck on my contacts and my normal solution wasn’t getting them cleaned off. I would put my contacts back in my eyes the next morning along with some leftover allergens from the day before. A peroxide-based solution really gets the contacts clean and allergen-free.
One Last Thought
Let me add that when I first stopped taking my allergy medicine it was rough. I got sick with some sort of cold for a long time. Since my motivation was that I didn’t want my unborn child to have that medicine in their system every day, I kept at it and eventually was healthier than ever.
None of these remedies will get rid of your allergies in an instant, like popping a pill will. You have to be willing to take the time to use these natural remedies to prevent allergies from happening.
Do I still take the occasional Zyrtec or puff of my inhaler… yes, but I am so happy I do not depend on them every day and hope you will try to take your own adventure with natural allergy remedies.
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KristieJanuary 23, 2018 at 7:58 am
Thank you for sharing your story-I am sure it will help a lot of people. I was thinking of the “cold” you got when you went off of your allergy meds and I bet it was your body detoxing the chemicals from the medications. These reactions can be pretty rough. I have been through some things like that as I was working on healing from chronic fatigue. I am glad you were able to persevere and accomplish your goal of not being on those medications all the time. By the way, sometimes activated charcoal and liver helpers can help you get off of things without so much anguish.
KatiesKottageJanuary 24, 2018 at 11:31 am
Thanks Kristie and thank you for the tips! I have yet to try activated charcoal. I’ll have to look into it more. 🙂
DaveJanuary 22, 2018 at 11:06 pm
I love tea tree!!! It smells and tastes terrible, but it is so therapeutic! I’m going to show my wife the hydrogen peroxide solution. She’s been having issues with her contacts for awhile.
KatiesKottageJanuary 24, 2018 at 11:32 am
I know… I know… I should use tea tree more often. I’ll make it a goal of mine! I hope the contact solution works out for your wife. 🙂
Karen JohnsonMay 18, 2017 at 7:34 am
Love your motivation and ideas. I used to do more with essential oils, but got away from them for awhile. You have inspired me to give them another try. Wish I would have known about the contact solution when I still wore them. It might have made a big difference.
KatiesKottageMay 18, 2017 at 8:40 am
I’m so glad I was able to inspire someone. Thanks Karen! Yes, the contact solution is a big help, but to not have to wear them anymore would be even better.