My Son Hugo Picking Blueberries

I grew up in the country surrounded by horses, hay, grass, trees and never had any symptoms of allergies – not even a sniffle.  Then I moved to Tokyo for two years (a very polluted city) and when I returned home in the summer I was struck with hay fever – which plagued me from then on. Until I discovered these effective natural remedies for allergy. If you want complete relief, you really need to do ALL of these at the same time, but even just taking the high dose quercetin for allergies should provide noticeable relief:

1. Take 1000 mg of Quercetin 1 – 2x/ day. Quercetin is a unique bioflavonoid shown to inhibit the release of histamines from immune cells (in cell cultures). It stabilizes mast cells and prevents them from releasing histamine. BUT it does not cause the side-effects of drug anti-histamines; no drowsiness, dry mouth, etc. The key though, is to take it in a high enough dose – otherwise you won’t see the effect. That’s why I specifically sourced a high quality brand of Quercetin for allergies where each capsule is 500 mg, specifically for  use as an allergy remedy – otherwise, most brands contain only 100 to 200 mg and you’ll be taking a handful of pills every day! For many people, it works best to take 500 mg of Quercetin three times per day (with food). For others, they prefer to take 1000 mg in one dose, once or twice per day. You may need to experiment a bit to find the best supplementation schedule for you.

Contraindications: Avoid taking quercetin with any medication which indicates you shouldn’t consume the following foods while using it: onions, apples, apple juice, grapefruit juice, orange juice, pomegranate juice; white, green & black teas. These foods naturally contain higher concentrations of quercetin, so if a medication conflicts with them, you should also stay clear of a quercetin supplement whilst taking that medication. The following medications are known to either be suppressed or enhanced if taken in conjunction with quercetin: Cyclosporine, Estradiol, Felodipine.

2. Stop eating sugar until allergy season is over. I know, I know, this is very hard to do. And I mean ALL sugar. Don’t eat more than 1 piece of fruit per day. Sweeten things with Xylitol or stevia. Once your allergy symptoms have disappeared, experiment with how much sugar you can add back in without them flaring again. Of course, if you don’t miss it, don’t go back to it!

3. Use Similasan Allergy Eye Relief eye drops if your eyes get itchy, runny, or irritated. I always got severe reactions in my eyes before using these remedies. Sometimes I would even get prescription eye drops from my Dad (who is an optometrist). But this homeopathic allergy remedy (or any drops containing Euphrasia) work so well they are all you need for all but the most severe days. On the really bad days, I found the over-the-counter drug eyedrops called Cromlyn worked best – but I only needed these maybe twice in the entire season, and sometimes for only one application. The Similasan homeopathic eye drops handled the eye allergies just fine the rest of the time.

4. Flush your sinuses with a neti pot and salt. This is a very common practice in India and it only feels strange until you’ve done it once or twice. As soon as my kids learned how to use a neti pot, they use it at the first sign of a cold – cause it just feels so darn good. And it clears your sinuses so you can breathe at night. With seasonal allergies, you can use it two or three times a day to keep your nose and sinuses clear of prickly pollen grains. An Italian study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that using a neti pot to flush the sinuses was an effective way to treat seasonal allergies in children, and markedly reduced their use of antihistamines. Here my 9-year-old daughter Zara and I show you exactly how to use a neti pot for allergy relief:

5. Take immune system boosters. If your immune system is run down, or if you just can’t stop eating sugar (which depresses your immune system) then you can help to counter this by taking immune boosting herbs and vitamins. Vitamin C (take as much as your bowels will tolerate – if your stools get loose, then cut back) is an easy way to boost your immune system and also works synergistically together with quercetin. You can either get it as crystals that you can stir into any drink, or you can get Emergen-C naturally flavored drink packets – my kids love these and I take 2 packets at a time (2,000 mg). Just sip slowly to increase absorption.

My other favorite way to boost my immune system is to put medicinal mushrooms and/or astragalus into my tea (or a little bit of hot water). The astragalus has a slightly bitter taste, but not so much that my kids refuse it. The medicinal mushroom blend or the maitake (my kids favorite) are very mild tasting (and also available as capsules if you prefer). Take these immune boosters up to 4 times a day, or as needed.

Jini’s Tried and Tested Natural Allergy Remedies

16 thoughts on “Jini’s Tried and Tested Natural Allergy Remedies

  • Hi,
    This is not directly related to your post.But I have a ? for someone who might know
    of such ‘technical’ matters.I was driving by one of the ubiquitous cell towers and
    decided to look it over.The area was fenced off but I could see that it was like
    transformers and things connected with electricity.Here is the odd part: as I stood
    next to this ‘stuff’ I could feel something that was not present in my VW.My ? is what
    sort of energy requirements are necessary to energize this giant antenae?When the
    mico-wave oven at the hospital got installed in the break room I felt this same feeling
    or sensation.Just curious.
    Best regards

  • lol, on the arm.:) Zara is such a big girl now. My daughter Sophia (now 7) was only 4 when she watched Zara’s video on how to take the Wild Oregano Oil. She watched it once and was an expert after that. Thanks Zara for being such an inspiration to Sophia. Soon we’ll have to work on Nicholas (17 months).

  • I have a question about Quercetin. In the past I had periodically taken a Curcumin supplement for its supposed anti-inflammatory properties. It always made me a little sleepy so I found I would have to take it at night and actually would take it at night specifically to help me sleep (although it lost that effectiveness if I took it more than a couple of nights in a row or so). I found the same thing with a Quercetin supplement that had Turmeric in it so I suspected it was the Turmeric component that was having the sleepy/drugged effect. But I purchased your recommended Quercetin supplement to take for allergies and both times I’ve taken it I have shortly thereafter felt drugged. I know it isn’t supposed to have side effects and I can’t find anything listed like what I experience. Do you have any thoughts about it or have you ever encountered anyone else who has had problems, especially similar to mine (drugged, sleepiness, etc.)? Thanks.

  • I should have added that I still am suffering from a drugged hangover effect here the morning after having taken it at bedtime.

  • Hi Renee, No I have never heard of anyone experiencing what you describe and I myself don’t experience that – even on a double dose. I’m thinking that either you have an intolerance, or, more likely, that is is causing a detox reaction for you. Don’t forget that Quercetin (and other bioflavonoids) are also potent antioxidants. The fact that they work synergistically with vitamin C also makes me wonder if they can pull mercury out of the body, or other heavy metals. Which would also make you feel tired. I would examine whether you are getting any other detox reactions like headache, nausea, joint aches or pains, gas, bloating, etc.

  • JOHN – please type in “WiFi Radiation” to my search box (top of the page) and it will pull up all my posts for you on this topic. MANY people can feel and some are adversely affected by microwave radiation (wifi, cell towers, etc.).

  • Like Renee, I also feel sleepy after taking Quercetin. The people at my local herb store had never heard of that either. I’ve been taking it at night but I’m going to try it again during the day to see if I get past it.

  • Dear Jini,

    We have a boy, eight years old who has congested nose (swallen nasal mucosa) especially during ragweed season.

    Could you please advise on what we should give him and in which quantities?

    His stool has been loose for years now. The nose congestion is especially troublesome during night. It is present at other times of year also, but to a lesser degree.

    We have seen many specialists, but still haven’t found a solution.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Ind,

      It would vary from supplement to supplement but you can generally follow the expiry date on the bottle. In the case of the angstrom iron, that product technically does not expire according to the manufacturer.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Mark, it can certainly give you more energy! So probably best to take it in the morning. If you get headaches, try reducing the dosage and see if that helps. Then gradually increase as/if needed.

  • Stinging Nettle works very well in conjunction with Quercetin. Wild Oil of Oregano is helpful too!

    I also find Vitamin D to be very helpful. My allergist tests all new patients for Vitamin D3 levels. Never thought I would see the day when conventional medicine would buy into the value of Vitamin D supplementation. When I started taking Vitamin D my incidence of sinus infections went to almost zero. Getting some sun exposure in the summer is even better since Vitamin D is sulfated in that case.

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