Home Remedies for Allergies: 6 Allergy Supplements that Work

It's that time of the year again and if you're one of 50 million Americans who are on the hunt for allergy relief, you know exactly what we mean. With so many of us suffering from sniffles, watery eyes and that damn itchiness in the hard-to-reach throat and ear canals - is it any wonder there's so much drugging going on?

According to Nat Geo, Americans spend billions of dollars every year on antihistamines to keep allergy symptoms from ruining our lives - and summers. But the problem with these drugs - apart from the extreme drowsiness and cloudy thinking they cause - is they don't solve the problem. All they're capable of is masking the symptoms for a few hours.

If you're sick of doping yourself for a measly few hours of drowsy relief, you might want to try out a side-effect-free alternative: Mother Nature's very own natural allergy cures. These home remedies for allergies are superfoods and herbs that are bountiful in nature's own antihistamines and anti-inflammatory agents.

And the best part? Rather than side effects, these natural allergy remedies come with health perks.

So toss the Claritin out the window and get ready to eat your antihistamines. And yes, you can drive and operate heavy machinery on all of the below natural supplements for allergies.

​Home Remedies for Allergies

1. Camu Camu is a potent source of quercetin for allergies

Camu camu is the highest recorded source of natural vitamin C than any other known plant on the planet. Just a quick comparison: camu camu contains up to 500,000 ppm of vitamin C while oranges provide only around 4,000 ppm.

This is great news for allergy sufferers since vitamin C is a must have among the allergy vitamins - it's a natural antihistamine shown to reduce bronchial, nasal and sinus allergy symptoms. And camu camu is a great way to take it since vitamin C is most bioavailable when consumed in its whole food form.

And it gets better – camu camu is also packed with naturally occurring bioflavonoids like quercetin, which is another natural antihistamine that’s been shown to effectively protect against allergic reactions.

Quercetin for allergies works by stabilizing the cell membranes of mast cells and basophils, thereby preventing both the manufacture and release of histamine, as well as other allergic and inflammatory compounds. It’s an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and one of nature’s best histamines all rolled into one! Want to know more of camu camu's benefits.

How to take it? Stir in a daily teaspoon into your water, juice, or smoothies. Our favorite is Navitas Natural's organic, raw camu camu powder.

2. MSM for Allergies - one of the best allergy supplements for prevention

Methyl-sulfonyl-methane is best-known as an arthritis treatment, but this naturally occurring sulfur compound also has major anti-allergic properties that are known to alleviate the symptoms of food, contact, inhalation, and seasonal allergies. Unlike vitamin C or quercetin, MSM is not an anti-histamine. Instead, it works by binding to the mucosa and forming a natural block between hosts and allergens.

Result? It prevents the histamine from creating the inflammation, swelling, and fluid build-up (drippy nose) that comes with allergies.

MSM also soften cell walls and makes them more permeable, allowing your body to quickly detox unwelcome foreign particles - like allergens - out of your system. And it's these unique properties that make MSM one of the best natural supplements for allergies since they actually prevent severe symptoms. 

There are no adverse side effects to taking MSM, but you might be pleased to find your hair and nails are growing faster and healthier.

How to take it? Allergy sufferers should start by taking at least 6,000mg of MSM per day for three weeks and then reduce to 3,000mg per day afterwards. Get it in capsule form for convenience or powder form to mix into your juices and smoothies. Works best alongside Vitamin C.​

3. Stinging Nettle for allergies - one of the best herbs for allergies

When it comes to the best herbs for allergies, stinging nettle is at the top of the list - its stinging hairs (its namesake) contains amines like histamine, seratonin, and acetylcholine and its effectiveness is contributed to its ability to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces in response to allergens.

And it works. In one double-blind study, 58% of people found it effective while 48% found it equally or more effective as other allergy medications.

How to take it? Take one capsule of freeze-dried nettle leaf a day. Best to start before hay fever season.​

4. Matcha is a delicious home remedy for allergies

You already know green tea is packed with the weight-loss-promoting flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Well, matcha is like green tea's bigger, stronger, older brother - the concentration of EGCG found in matcha is 3 times greater than that found in green teas.

And that's good news 'cause EGCG is shown to inhibit the enzyme that converts histidine to histamine. Regular consumption provides significant relief for allergy symptoms like itchy eyes, stuffy nose and throat and ear pain. Plus, it's really, very yummy.

How to take it? Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of matcha powder with a cup of hot milk or water and whisk 'til you get a nice, foamy froth. Our favorite for matcha lattes is Organic Matcha. Oh, research shows that Vitamin C makes EGCG more bioavailable so pair them!

5. Butterbur for allergies: it's as Effective as Zyrtec

No, that's not a typo - it's really called butterbur. And despite its unfortunate name, this herbal member of the daisy family is one of the most underrated herbs for allergies, especially for those with hay fever (and the stuffy noses that come with it).

It's been used since the Middle Ages for both allergy and migraine relief and a 2002 study in the British Medical Journal confirmed that butterbur is, in fact, as effective in relieving allergy symptoms as the OTC antihistamine Zyrtec (minus Zyrtec's side effects).

How to take it? Pop a butterbur extract capsule two to four times a day.

6. Horseradish for Immediate Natural Allergy Relief

You know that brain-numbingly effective sinus clearing you get when you dab some wasabi on your sushi? That's 'cause wasabi belongs to the horseradish family, a plant with a little compound called allyl isothiocyanate that rids the sinuses of allergens and promotes mucus drainage, helping to clear up even the stuffiest nose.

How to take it? There's a little allergy sufferers' secret called Sinus Plumber (classy, we know) - it's a mix of horseradish and capsaicin (cayenne pepper) as well as wintergreen and eucalyptus. We know that sounds frightful - it is. But it has "fire-breathing dragon level nasal clearing capabilities." Get thee some - you'll get immediate sinus allergy relief.

About the Author Jessica

After growing up a perpetually pudgy kid, Jessica discovered real food - and her waistline shortly afterward. When she's not crafting concoctions in the kitchen, she spends her free time writing about food, making her own deodorant, watching sci-fi, doing headstands, and looking for gluten free food that doesn't suck.

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