12 Ways to Natural Allergy Relief
January 29, 2014
By Tiffaney Nish, B.HSc, ANutr
12 Ways to Natural Allergy Relief
Australia has some of the highest rates of allergies in the world. Some allergens like foods are easier to avoid than pollens, grasses and dust mites which pose more of a challenge.

Other than the symptoms, which can range from itchy, irritated eyes, nose and throat, what is more frustrating for allergy sufferers is the common occurrence of tolerance that makes everyday antihistamines ineffective.

Herbal Management of Allergies

1. Fusion's "Allergy" formula

Based on an age-old Traditional Chinese formula, Fusion's Allergy is comprised of a blend of medically-researched herbs that work on regulating the release of inflammatory chemicals that cause common allergy symptoms.

2. Horseradish

Horseradish not only adds a bit of kick to a salad, but is also very effective at dilating sinus passageways, relieving congestion and improving breathing through the nose.

3. Butterbur

Leaves and roots of the butterbur shrub contain compounds called petasines, which can block the allergy cascade. Swiss and German researchers found that butterbur was just as effective as the prescription antihistamine cetirizine (Zyrtec) after 2 weeks of treatment. It's also been shown to relieve sneezing, itching, runny nose, stuffiness, and watery eyes in just 5 days.

4. Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle contains histamine, the chemical your body produces during an allergic reaction. In therapeutic dosages it may assist sufferers in acquiring tolerance.

Nutrition Therapy for Allergies

5. Red and Purple fruits and vegetables

Fresh foods rich in purples and reds are rich in a flavanoid called Quercetin. Evidence demonstrates that quercetin acts like an antihistamine. It exhibits an anti-inflammatory action and may control the release of chemicals in immune cells that initiate the allergic response.

6. Garlic

Garlic is well renowned for its ability to enhance and support the immune system. It is a potent anti-bacterial, making it useful in preventing sinusitis which can be a common complaint in allergy sufferers due to chronic inflammation in the nose.

7. Essential fatty acids

Omega-3 fats incorporate themselves into the bodies to reduce excessive inflammation. Oily fish like salmon is the richest animal source, but foods like chia, flaxseed and a herb called purslane provide generous vegetarian sources.

8. Probiotics

A healthy gut will be reflected in a healthy functioning system!

Complementary Therapies for Allergies

9. Brauer's "Allergy" Oral Spray

Allergy Oral Spray is a homeopathic preparation that can gently relieve the symptoms of allergies, including food and chemical sensitivities.

10. Netti Pot

The gentle saline solution can easily be delivered through the nasal passageways to wash out allergens trapped in the nose. Depending on the strength of the solution, it can be used to dry out, or moisturise, the mucous membranes of the nasal passageways.

11. Aromatherapy Diffusers

Essential oil diffusers act as humidifiers and ionisers which can benefit allergy sufferers. Useful oils to add include eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint and thyme found in Breath Easy blends.

12. Immunotherapy

Trace amounts of the allergen are administered orally or via injection over a 3-month to 5-year time frame. Evidence demonstrates it is very effective against insects, dust mites and pollens, as well as some childhood food allergies such as cow's milk and hen eggs.

Tiffaney Nish, ANutr, graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Exercise Science) from Deakin University after studying Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College, and has worked for Healthy Life, the YMCA and Belgravia Leisure. When she's not inspiring good health through health coaching and group fitness classes, you'll find her in the kitchen whipping up delicious, healthy, and often raw sweet treats! You can contact Tiffaney at tiffaneynish@gmail.com.
"Fresh foods rich in purples and reds are rich in a flavanoid called Quercetin, which acts like an antihistamine."