Home remedies for allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis may not be life-threatening, but it affects the sufferer’s life to the extent that regular activity is severely restricted. Allergic rhinitis is a manageable problem that is so often overlooked by sufferers and doctors. 

Though medical management is an integral part of combating allergic rhinitis, some home remedies can improve the quality of life.

The first step against allergic rhinitis is taking steps to avoid allergens as far as possible. Unfortunately, you can not eliminate all types of allergens from your environment. This holds equally for those suffering from outdoor allergens like pollen or indoor allergens like dust mites or molds. 

Home Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis

Several home remedies have been suggested for allergic rhinitis, though there may be limited studies on efficacy. Some dietary supplements are said to help in reducing allergic responses. 

These are:

  • Spirulina- This supplement inhibits the production of IL-4 significantly and thus protects against allergic rhinitis. 
  • Vitamin C- A supplement of 2000 mg of Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system and improve your body’s ability to face allergies.  
  • Quercetin- This flavonoid has been long used to treat allergies because of its anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Lactobacillus Acidophilus- Found in yogurt, this friendly bacteria is said to help against allergic reactions.

Other than this, traditionally, some herbs have been used to lessen the impact of allergic rhinitis.

  • Butterbur- Found extensively in Europe, this herb has the support of scientific research in proving its efficacy against allergies.
  • Tinospora cordifolia- It has been found that taking this supplement for about eight weeks helps to control the symptoms of allergies considerably. In case of diabetes or any autoimmune disease, avoid taking the Tinospora cordifolia.
  • Astragalus-This is especially helpful for the classic symptoms of a runny nose, persistent itching, and sneezing. But it should be avoided if you have Crohn’s disease.
  • Stinging nettle- This again has some evidence of reducing the problems of allergies along with a host of other health benefits.

All the above herbs and supplements should be taken only after discussing it with your doctor, especially if you are taking any medications or suffer from any other chronic disease like diabetes and hypertension. Besides, pregnant or lactating women should avoid these remedies altogether.

However, common ingredients found in the kitchen can also help to soothe the problems associated with allergic rhinitis.

  • Honey- This is considered especially helpful in soothing throat symptoms of allergic rhinitis. However, it should be local and not processed to be useful.
  • Ginger-Known, for its decongestant properties, ginger can be extremely useful in relieving nasal congestion and general discomfort.
  • Chamomile Tea-Rich in histamine, tea made with chamomile, is a great help but should be avoided by those suffering from allergy to ragweed.
  • Peppermint Tea-This is best to relieve sinus and nasal congestion as well as cough caused by allergies.
  • Green tea-Green tea has natural antihistamines and therefore is very helpful in soothing allergies.
  • Thyme Tea- This is again considered to be very helpful.

The key to managing allergic rhinitis is knowing what works for you. Every individual is different and will respond differently to the various remedies. Maintaining a properly well-balanced diet is of equal importance as it helps in overall resistance to disease.