An allergy is an abnormal response by the body’s natural defense system. The body wrongly identifies the substance, such as pollen, as a dangerous invader and the white cells overreact, causing more harm than the foreign substance. You can’t avoid pollen but natural remedies can be used for relief.
Saline nasal spray
A saline spray is a simple way to clear pollen out of the nasal cavity. It also thins and reduces mucus in the nose. Less pollen and thin mucus help you to breathe more easily. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt in a quart of boiled distilled water for the spray.
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that stops the body from producing histamine. It can be made into a refreshing tea by adding peppermint. However, for allergy relief, the easiest and most effective way relief comes from using capsules that contain the dried nettle leaves.
Local raw honey
Eating local honey is thought to be a way of ingesting local pollen so you become less sensitive to it over time and experience fewer allergic symptoms. There is not much scientific proof for this but plenty of anecdotal evidence. A tablespoon a day will help your body to build up a tolerance.
Butterbur is a marsh plant that can help with nasal allergies when administered as a pill or an oil extract. When your body comes into contact with an allergen, it releases leukotriene, an inflammatory chemical. Butterbur seems to act as a Leukotriene inhibitor, thus preventing or relieving the allergic reaction.