Video: Prevent seasonal allergies with homeopathic remedies

It might have started as sniffles or a sore throat. Now, you are laying in a pile of tissues and just want the pressure/dripping/other agonizing symptoms to stop.

What do you do to prevent or relieve illness when seasonal allergies attack?

For me, that means tea and honey.

Nettle and burdock are two herbs that might help prevent and lessen the symptoms of allergies.

Over the years, I have figured out a few homeopathic tea blends that seem to help keep the allergies at bay and relieve some symptoms when I am feeling under the weather. One type of tea blend is stinging nettle and burdock root. This is a great blend because according to studies, nettle might cause your body to release histamine, diminishes the amount stored; it has a number of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc; and it is a blood purifier and diuretic. Burdock also is a blood purifier and a diuretic, and also used in traditional Chinese medicine for help with many ailments.

Another great blend is hibiscus and rose hips. Rose hips contain a high amount of vitamin C and is one of the richest plant sources available. Rose hips also contain many other properties, which help prevent flu and colds, and give immune systems a boost. Hibiscus also contains a good amount of vitamin C, and I just like to pair it with rose hips to make tea.

Honey is a great homeopathic preventative and treatment during allergy season. As for a preventative, local honey is key. As local bees pollinate local flowers and other plants, what you are allergic to (the pollen and other molecules) are mixed into the honey. By eating the honey, you are creating an environment in your body where it slowly interacts with the allergens bit by bit, boosting your immune system against the allergens. There is much debate about honey’s effects on allergies, so it breaks down to your personal preferences.

Another great way to help with flu, cold and allergies is to make a elderberry syrup mixture.

I use this recipe by Mountain Rose Herbs, where I used the dried berries I purchased from them, cinnamon and York County honey. One bag from the company makes about three batches of the syrup.

Watch the video above to see how I made the syrup.

Disclaimer: With any of these methods, consult your physician before starting. I am not a licensed medical professional. 

What do you use to help to prevent and lessen the effects of allergy season?

Other ways to help cure the common cold

Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University and has been a vegetarian and geek for more than six years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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