Millions of people suffer, some quite severely, from allergic rhinitis, or what is commonly known as hay fever. Whether allergies are caused by pollen from trees, flowers or ragweed, or are due to exposure to molds or pet dander, the symptoms can be difficult to deal with. There are hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter remedies available to alleviate the sneezing, sniffling and stuffed-up feeling allergy sufferers endure, but some people prefer more natural remedies. Fortunately, pollen allergy information is available to help educate allergy sufferers about ways to treat hay fever naturally.

Herbal treatments

Herbs are an excellent source of treatment for seasonal allergies. Elderflowers and echinacea are two types of herbs that help boost the body’s immune system and stop its histamine reaction to pollens and other allergens which leads to sneezing and stuffy noses. Many people appreciate herbal teas made from either fresh or dried elderflower and chamomile that has been infused or steeped for a few minutes in boiling water. Adding a bit of honey, ginger or lemon to the tea can freshen the taste and help soothe an irritated throat. Lobelia and eyebright are two other herbs that are helpful in drying runny noses and eyes thanks to the tannin they contain.

Plant treatments

Nettles, chamomile and sage are some of the best types of plants for use in helping to control allergic reactions to pollens, molds and pet dander. Nettle naturally contains an antihistamine property, which means that it can more easily clear clogged noses and weepy eyes. It may even offer the added benefit of reducing an overall sensitivity to allergens in the environment. Chamomile is known for helping to reduce red, itchy and watery eyes associated with allergic reactions, while sage is best used to help treat a ticklish or irritated throat through gargling.

Other options

There are other natural ways to prevent pollens from making an allergy sufferer feel sick. Experts recommend keeping windows and doors closed when allergens are usually present, most often early in the morning. Bedding should be washed regularly. Allergy sufferers affected by animal dander may need to make a hard decision about finding another home for pets they own. Experts also recommend reducing consumption of alcohol and caffeine, which can make symptoms worse. By following these tips, most allergy sufferers can better handle hay fever season.