Home remedies

Home remedies for hay fever

Your nose is running, your eyes are itching, your head is aching - a walk in the countryside is a pain. Here we are talking about hay fever. More and more people are suffering from it, and more and more medications to combat these complaints are being launched. Before resorting to medicine, a wide variety of home remedies can be used for hay fever. Other names for hay fever are pollen allergy, pollinosis, seasonal allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis.

Discomfort with hay fever

The symptoms of hay fever are many. Some suffer only from runny nose (rhinitis), others, however, suffer from itchy, burning and / or watery eyes, scratchy throat, difficulty swallowing, headache and fatigue.

For many affected people, the quality of life is extremely limited. Recurrent sneezing attacks, the runny nose and watery eyes can sometimes be very stressful. Drugs are often used, which are preceded by a reputation for helping very quickly. However, many of these remedies have side effects. More and more people are deciding to go the natural route first and try out home remedies for hay fever.

Natural home remedies for hay fever

If you suffer from a pollen allergy, you don't have to go straight to the chemical club. Because there are some good home remedies for hay fever that relieve the symptoms but can also have a preventive effect.

Cool compress against itchy eyes

A compress with eyebright helps with itchy eyes. A brew is brewed from a tablespoon of eyebright, which is poured over with about a quarter liter of boiling water and is to brew for five minutes. The herb is filtered off and the remaining liquid is soaked in sterile compresses, which are then placed on the eyes. This is particularly beneficial when the decoction has been cooled in the refrigerator for a while.

Manuka honey

The now well-known Manuka honey is a very special honey and well suited as a home remedy for hay fever. It is important to buy a certified honey with a high MGO content (methylglyoxal). The higher this value, the stronger the effect. Manuka honey can be taken preventively, in the pollen-free period, but also in the acute stage.

As a preventative measure, it is advisable to take one teaspoon a day. In the acute stage, two to three teaspoons are taken throughout the day to provide relief to those affected. The honey should slowly dissolve in the mouth so that it can be easily absorbed by the mucous membranes.

Aloe vera

An effective aid for pollen allergy is aloe vera juice. This can be used preventively, in the allergy free time, as well as against the acute symptoms. When buying, pay attention to purity. The prescribed intake recommendations are to be observed.

Black cumin oil

Black cumin oil is also preventive and intended for acute use. This contains healthy fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic. You can take a teaspoon of the pure oil before breakfast or alternatively mix it with some fresh fruit juice or honey. Despite the nutty, spicy taste, most of those affected prefer to take the capsules. Please refer to the package insert for the respective product for use. Quality is particularly important here too.


Propolis is a well-known "all-round home remedy" and can also serve well for hay fever. Propolis is a resinous substance that bees use to protect their beehive from diseases. What can protect bees also helps humans. This is taken in the pollen-free period in order to survive the upcoming allergy period without, or at least with only a few hay fever symptoms. If this does not succeed, propolis helps to curb the acute runny nose somewhat.

Herbal tea against hay fever

Home remedies always include tea recipes. A recipe that helps with hay fever is the following mix:

Herbal tea blend against pollen allergy
  1. Mix yarrow, milk thistle and nettle in equal parts
  2. Put a teaspoon of the mixture in a cup
  3. Scald the herbs with about 250 ml of boiling water
  4. Strain the infusion after about five minutes
  5. Three cups a day, freshly prepared, promise relief from hay fever

Danger: Such a tea cure should never last longer than a maximum of six weeks, after which there must be a break.

With a dry throat and sore throat, which many hay fever patients feel, gargling with sage tea helps. If the nasal mucous membranes are swollen, the inside of the nose can be dabbed with the tea. A somewhat unusual but helpful home remedy is to insert a sage leaf into the nose - but be careful: this should not be pushed too deeply into the nose.

Nasal irrigation and inhalation

So that the mucous membranes can swell somewhat, nasal irrigation with saline solution is recommended. For this, a teaspoon of good salt (Himalayan salt, sea salt) is added to 500 milliliters of boiled water, the whole thing is stirred and rinsed with it. Completed nasal drops based on sea salt are available in the pharmacy.

If hay fever occurs in connection with bronchial mucus and cough, inhalation with salt water helps. A bowl is filled with hot, boiled water and a tablespoon of sea salt is dissolved in it. Inhale twice with a cloth over the bowl. The sea salt contributes to the swelling of the mucous membranes and the release of the mucus.

Eucalyptus oil

A beneficial home remedy for hay fever is also a relaxation bath with eucalyptus oil. Five drops of the essential oil, which should be of high quality, are added to a little cream and the whole thing is stirred into the water when the bathtub is full. The bathing time is approximately twenty minutes. Then it's time to relax.

Colostrum and vital substances

Colostrum is an ancient home remedy. This first milk is produced by all female mammals in the first one to three days after birth. It serves the newly born not only as food, but above all to strengthen or build up their immune system.

Drinking solution or capsules are made from colostral milk, which also have a very special effect on us humans. Colostrum is immunomodulating, has an extremely positive effect on the intestine, has an anti-inflammatory effect and much more. Colosturm should be taken both preventively and in acute phases of hay fever. This is one of the few remedies that are used against an allergy to pollen.

Zinc and vitamin C are generally important for the immune system. A substitution may help alleviate the symptoms.

Healthy eating

With hay fever, foods that contain or release histamine should be avoided. This includes canned foods, ripe cheese, smoked fish, smoked sausage, soy, ready meals, bananas, pears, oranges, nuts, cocoa and chocolate.

The diet should always consist of fresh products and contain as many basic foods as possible. Sufficient hydration should also be considered. Flaxseed oil is a recommended oil for allergic dispositions that contains fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture itself. It is important to listen to your own “belly” and to avoid foods that are not good for you.

Bach flower therapy

A proven home remedy from homeopathy that helps with hay fever but also many other complaints are Dr. Bach´s Rescue drops. You can get these in every pharmacy. In the meantime, they are also available as a spray or globules. They contain five Bach flowers, tailored to so-called "emergency situations", which also include an acute hay fever attack. In the acute state, five drops of the flowers are put undiluted on the tongue or mixed with a little water, drunk in sips. The spray is administered intermittently and the single dose of the globules is five. If this does not help, the gifts can be repeated one or two more times.

Healing stones

Stone medicine is still viewed with very critical eyes. However, their use is a simple and time and again effective method to tackle a wide variety of complaints, including hay fever. Here the amber is recommended. This is always worn as a chain or as a flattering stone in your pocket. It is also possible to produce stone water from it. For this purpose, an untreated amber is placed in good spring water for one night. Of these, several drops are taken throughout the day.

How hay fever develops

With hay fever, the body responds to certain pollen with an excessive, inappropriate immune response. Truly harmless intruders that are not pathogens, such as birch pollen, are recognized as "foreign", an inflammatory reaction is the result. That means the immune system overreacts. Messenger substances, such as histamine, are released immediately, which causes the symptoms of the allergy. The extent of the reaction depends on the amount of antigens that enter the body and the initial situation of those affected.

Allergic disposition can be inherited. But people who already suffer from neurodermatitis or bronchial asthma, for example, often develop a pollen allergy. In connection with hay fever, a so-called cross allergy can also arise. This is usually only the case when the allergy sufferer reacts to several bee pollen. For example, if there is an allergy to birch and hazel, a so-called cross allergy to nuts, pears, apples and cherries is possible. This sometimes causes problems outside of the pollen season.

Pollen allergies are increasing

Researchers around the world have thought about the reason for the increasing frequency of hay fever. For example, it was found that increasing global warming is contributing to the fact that the pollen season of many plants is getting longer. In addition, warmer temperatures allow plants that are not actually at home here to settle here. An example of this is ambrosia (ragwort), a plant from North America. Ragweed can cause violent allergic reactions. In addition, the ever increasing air pollution and the rising ozone content of the air mean that the pollen is becoming "more aggressive".


There are various diagnostic methods available to diagnose hay fever and find out the pollen that triggers the allergy. The prick test is often used. Various allergens are applied to the skin and then slight stings are added to the skin at this point with the lancet. Another test is the rub test. The substances that may trigger allergies are rubbed into the skin.

During the intracutaneous test, the allergen is injected into the skin, which must be monitored. Another option is the blood test. An elevated level of IgE (immunoglobulin of group E) indicates that there is a tendency to allergy, but does not necessarily say anything about whether an allergy really already exists. To determine in the blood which substances a person is allergic to, the RAS test is necessary. Here the blood can be checked for a wide variety of substances. Unfortunately, this test is quite expensive and is therefore rarely used.


A causal therapy for pollen allergy is not easy. For example, hyposensitization in hay fever, which works similarly to a vaccination, is suitable here. Those affected are injected with the allergen in a certain period of time, at certain intervals and in increasing doses. Hyposensitization can also be carried out in the form of tablets or drops to be taken daily instead of as an injection. This is a suitable method especially for smaller children, but not for all types of allergies. Hyposensitization usually lasts for years.

Otherwise, hay fever medication is prescribed to alleviate the symptoms. Decongestant nose drops are the treatment of choice for colds. Suitable eye drops help against red, burning and itchy eyes in the acute state. Severe symptoms are treated with so-called antihistamines.

General measures

In order not to provoke hay fever in the first place, the time spent outdoors should be reduced during the pollen season. It is best to ventilate with a low pollen load, in cities between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., in the countryside between 7 p.m. and midnight, or after a long period of rain. Avoid outdoor sports. A day in an indoor pool, including sauna and relaxation, is good for you and significantly reduces the symptoms. In the main months, a trip to the sea or high mountains is recommended, since the pollen load is much lower there.

Pollen can also be found in rooms, which is why frequent cleaning, with cleaning rags and water, is one of the important protective measures against hay fever. The duster would rather stay in the closet, this would only make the symptoms worse. The pollen tends to last longer in curtains, carpets and upholstered furniture. Floors that are cleaned with water and furniture that can be wiped with damp cloths are better. A fan is not recommended as it whirls up the pollen and spreads it around the apartment. Upholstered furniture and existing carpets are vacuumed as often as possible with a vacuum cleaner that has an allergy filter.

There should be no clothes in the bedroom that were worn during the day. It is best to put them in the washing machine. The bed linen should also be changed as often as possible. After a day outdoors, washing your hair before going to bed is recommended, otherwise the pollen ends up in bed and is inhaled all night. A relaxation bath before sleep works wonders. Dusting and wiping with moisture is essential in the bedroom. A pollen protection grille in front of the windows reduces the ingress of pollen.

When driving by car, pollen allergy sufferers leave the windows closed if possible and the air conditioning system should be equipped with a pollen filter that is replaced regularly. Good tips against hay fever are still regular vacuuming and wiping of the car interior. If you suffer from a pollen allergy and are a wearer of glasses, you should clean your glasses more often to get rid of pollen.

It is best not to dry the laundry outdoors during the pollen season, because the clothes are fresh but carry pollen with them. Plants to which those affected have an allergic reaction do not belong in the home or in the immediate vicinity. Pharmacies as well as the Internet have current pollen forecasts - so-called pollen flight calendars - that make everyday life with hay fever easier.

Take hay fever seriously

If all of these home remedies do not help, you should definitely see a doctor or alternative practitioner. Pollen allergy can over time lead to a more serious problem, possibly even asthma. The naturopath always tries to treat the cause of the hay fever or the allergic tendency of those affected. A wide variety of methods are used. For example, autologous blood therapy is used more often in naturopathy. Acupuncture, foot reflexology, diversion procedures, phytotherapy and homeopathy are among the possible naturopathic treatment approaches against pollen allergy. (sw, nr)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch


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