There are three steps to managing your allergies naturally: stopping the allergic response, managing your symptoms and repairing your body’s mucus membranes. Here is a guide that will help you avoid over the counter meds that may induce drowsiness and other side effects. 

Step 1: Stop allergic Reaction

Here are some herbal remedies that can stop an allergic flare up:

  • Cedar berry tincture (or whole berries if you have them) am and pm and every time you eat.

  • Histaminum hydrochloricum homeopathic remedy (12x children/30c for adults/100c for long-term, ongoing allergies/1m for extreme situations)

  • Classic herbal antihistamine/allergy formula:  mormon tea (ephedra/canutillo/ma huang), nettles root, nettles leaf, peppermint, mullein, lobelia. You can find these as teas, tinctures, and capsules in most natural food stores

  • Chinese herbal Pe Min Kan Wan

  • OTC antihistamine

Natural Allergy Management

Fluid/pressure in the ear 

  • onion over the ear: cut an onion in half and steam it so it's warm, but not hot. Put the flat side over your ear and hold it in place with a headband for at least ten minutes (longer if desired). This acts as a desiccant which pulls out excess fluid and alleviates pressure and pain.                                             

  • garlic/mullein ear oil: place 5-15 drops of ear oil in the ear before bed at night. Cover with a piece of cotton ball and leave overnight.                              

  • ear coning; infusing the ear with warm smoke from healing herbs which lowers inflammation and gently suctions debris from the ear (https://www.coningworks.com)

Step 2: Manage Symptoms

here are some natural remedies for the most common symptoms of allergic reactions

Eye itciness/discomfort

Make a tea from calendula/marigold leaves  (chamomile is also effective).  Let sit until lukewarm or cold. Pour the tea into a clean and disinfected glass eyecup (a shot glass will do in a pinch). Place eyecup over eye, tip your head backwards and blink for 5-10 seconds . Repeat 3x each eye. Store unused tea in a clean glass jar in the refrigerator and rinse your eyes several times/day or as needed to relieve swelling and irritation.  Tea will store for 3 days in the refrigerator.  You can also just drink the remainder.

Itchy Skin 

  • Allergy oil applied topically will help             

  • tea or oil made from Lavender, chamomile, calendula, plantain, chickweed, and arnica can all be applied topically to calm the skin. You can add them to an unscented lotion.                                                                   

  • Add aforementioned herbs to a cool or lukewarm bath for more widespread relief.

Lung congestion

  • Take a hot steamy shower with essential oils or allergy oil                                                                         

  • Use an expectorant - peppermint, nettle root, and mullein are the most common herbal expectorants. You can also buy an over the counter expectorant (guaifenesin is the most common)                                                                         

  • Cupping: use a percussive motion on your lungs using cupped hands. This will loosen phlegm. Best to do after you have completed previous steps. Many natural healing traditions use warm glass cups to suction which performs the same function more effectively.