Allergic? Top 10 Eco-friendly Solutions

Allergic To Pollen?  Worst-Ever Year in U.S.

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allergic to pollenIt’s the “worst year ever” for allergy sufferers in the US.  Of course this is often said.

Worst year or not, it can be useful to know which are the worst cities if  you are allergic.   And you need to know how to deal with allergic reactions without using chemicals.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has ranked the worst cities for 2015.

(By the way, this study was produced by the AAFA, but it was sponsored by a company which makes an allergy spray, so of course they have a vested interest.   So although I wouldn’t take the report too seriously, it can certainly serve as a good indicator as to the worst cities).

  1. The “honour” of the worst city in the US goes to Jackson, MS (this was #1 in 2013, #5 in 2014)
  2. Louisville, KY
  3. Oklahoma City, OK
  4. Memphis, TN
  5. Knoxville, TN
  6. McAllen, TX
  7. Wichita, KS
  8. Dayton, OH
  9. Providence, RI
  10. Richmond, VA
  11. Little Rock, AR
  12. Tulsa, OK

Eco-Friendly Solutions to Allergic Reactions – Top 10 Tips

AllergySo, if you suffer from allergies especially in Spring and Summer when there is a high pollen count, what can you do?

Try to avoid expensive chemicals if possible.  Here are some great natural remedies:

  1. Food or supplements containing probiotics have been shown to be effective in relieving allergy symptoms.  Yoghurt is a common source of probiotics. (Of course, yoghurt won’t help if you have a diary allergy).
  2. A vegan diet has eliminated allergies in some people.
  3. Eyebright can be an effective herb to relieve eye irritation caused by an allergic reaction.   South African studies have shown it to be remarkably effective with no serious adverse reaction.   Euphrasia rostkoviana Hayne has been used for centuries.  Today it is available in drops (Euphrasia and Oculoheel ® and also as capsules.
  4. Drink more water.  This will support the natural cleansing systems in your body.

  5. Drink green tea – two to three cups daily for best results.  Green tea contains powerful antioxidants (it’s good for you generally as well as for allergies).  If you don’t like the taste of green tea, many manufacturers add other ingredients to make it more palatable – for instance I love Twinings Green Tea with Lemon.  Green tea is also available in powdered form (Matcha) which you can add to food.
  6. Apples and onions contain quercetin which is an anti-histamine phyto-nutrient.  There is also some quercetin in berries, cabbage, cauliflower, nuts and tea.
  7. Native Americans used stinging nettles to relieve allergic symptoms and they have been proven to work today.  You can buy them in dried form to make tea or in capsule form.
  8. Shower or bathe before bedtime to remove pollen from your hair and skin.
  9. Avoid carpets.  Polished floors are best.
  10. Children with pets statistically suffer fewer allergies.  So, if you have the space and the time to care for an animal, as well as the money to feed him or her, a pet could be a good investment (added bonus – pets may teach your child responsibility and compassion).

And, a bonus tip from one of my readers at Jem’s Natural Living, is to take 100% pure honey because it contains a small amount of plant pollen which then acts as an immune booster which can help reduce your allergy symptoms.

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  • Don 28th May 2013, 11:31 PM

    Having lived all over the USA I have never encountered worse allergy conditions than in Hartford,CT Thanks for a few more tips to add to my collection. a couple more to consider are flushing the sinuses with saline, swimming in the ocean or a saltwater pool…sounds strange but it really works!

    Reply
    • Clare Delaney 29th May 2013, 9:12 AM

      So salt helps – good to know, many thanks Don for stopping by!

      Reply
  • shellesea 22nd May 2012, 8:30 PM

    Couldn’t help but agree about this being the worst pollen year EVER. I suffer from year round allergies and live in a community near the Pacific ocean. Like all your suggestions with the exception of the pet…if you are allergic to dogs and cats, you will be adding another level to your suffering unless you consider a dog without hair and minimal dander. After careful consideration and trepidation, we got an American Hairless Terrier. He has brought lots of joy to my son who suffers from allergies and asthma. We have to bathe him regularly (since he rolls in the grass-and we are allergic to that), but he is low maintenance and very loving.

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    • Clare Delaney 22nd May 2012, 8:54 PM

      Hi shellesea, thanks for your detailed comment, and I’m sorry to hear you have such bad allergies. I agree, if you already have allergies then adding a dog or cat is a problem (it’s children born into families with dogs already who benefit in many cases). I think you have found an excellent solution to wanting a pet while being allergic to them, and I’m really pleased you’ve chosen well and your whole family is benefiting from a loving animal – pets really help to make a family complete. Thanks for your comment, and I hope some of my suggestions help!

      Reply
  • Eco Friendly Home Products 12th May 2012, 5:54 AM

    Taking pure natural honey also helps in treating and preventing seasonal allergies. Natural honey contains a bit of pollen from the plants, so if you eat honey it will act as an immune booster which can help reduce your allergy symptoms.

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    • Clare Delaney 12th May 2012, 7:35 AM

      Thank you, that’s a great suggestion!

      Reply
  • pam 6th March 2012, 9:52 PM

    I’ve found relief with a tablespoon of LOCAL beepollen per day

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  • How to sell more with this training strategy 1st July 2011, 9:46 AM

    Clare, thanks for your eco friendly tips to decrease alergy issues.
    Scott Sylvan Bell

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  • Las Vegas Plumber 1st July 2011, 8:39 AM

    Thanks for all the tips on how to handle allergies in an Eco-Friendly way. This year has already been the worse for me! I’ll see if I can put some of your tips to the test!

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Clare Delaney 1st July 2011, 9:51 AM

      I’m sorry you suffer from allergies. I hope the eco-friendly suggestions help!

      Reply
  • Your Dating Expert 1st July 2011, 4:55 AM

    Hi Green Goddess,

    Friends in Las Vegas who have significant allergies tell me that the arid conditions there make it very difficult for them during the Spring/Summer months.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Reply
    • Clare Delaney 1st July 2011, 9:45 AM

      I’m sure it’s horrible! Please pass on my tips to them in the hope it can help them. It sounds like you’re lucky and don’t suffer from allergies, well done!

      Reply
  • Kevin Bettencourt 1st July 2011, 4:20 AM

    I thankfully have no allergies to pollen. I’m also glad that Las Vegas didn’t make yet another list.

    Reply
  • Sonya Lenzo 1st July 2011, 2:50 AM

    Great advice.Minneapolis is not on your list, but everyone I know has been complaining this year!!!
    Sonya Lenzo

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    • Clare Delaney 1st July 2011, 9:46 AM

      Yes, it’s bad – I think the only ones smiling are the doctors and pharmacists! 🙂

      Reply
  • Don says:

    Having lived all over the USA I have never encountered worse allergy conditions than in Hartford,CT Thanks for a few more tips to add to my collection. a couple more to consider are flushing the sinuses with saline, swimming in the ocean or a saltwater pool…sounds strange but it really works!

  • shellesea says:

    Couldn’t help but agree about this being the worst pollen year EVER. I suffer from year round allergies and live in a community near the Pacific ocean. Like all your suggestions with the exception of the pet…if you are allergic to dogs and cats, you will be adding another level to your suffering unless you consider a dog without hair and minimal dander. After careful consideration and trepidation, we got an American Hairless Terrier. He has brought lots of joy to my son who suffers from allergies and asthma. We have to bathe him regularly (since he rolls in the grass-and we are allergic to that), but he is low maintenance and very loving.

    • Clare Delaney says:

      Hi shellesea, thanks for your detailed comment, and I’m sorry to hear you have such bad allergies. I agree, if you already have allergies then adding a dog or cat is a problem (it’s children born into families with dogs already who benefit in many cases). I think you have found an excellent solution to wanting a pet while being allergic to them, and I’m really pleased you’ve chosen well and your whole family is benefiting from a loving animal – pets really help to make a family complete. Thanks for your comment, and I hope some of my suggestions help!

  • Taking pure natural honey also helps in treating and preventing seasonal allergies. Natural honey contains a bit of pollen from the plants, so if you eat honey it will act as an immune booster which can help reduce your allergy symptoms.

  • pam says:

    I’ve found relief with a tablespoon of LOCAL beepollen per day

  • How to sell more with this training strategy says:

    Clare, thanks for your eco friendly tips to decrease alergy issues.
    Scott Sylvan Bell

  • Las Vegas Plumber says:

    Thanks for all the tips on how to handle allergies in an Eco-Friendly way. This year has already been the worse for me! I’ll see if I can put some of your tips to the test!

    Thanks!

  • Your Dating Expert says:

    Hi Green Goddess,

    Friends in Las Vegas who have significant allergies tell me that the arid conditions there make it very difficult for them during the Spring/Summer months.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    • Clare Delaney says:

      I’m sure it’s horrible! Please pass on my tips to them in the hope it can help them. It sounds like you’re lucky and don’t suffer from allergies, well done!

  • Kevin Bettencourt says:

    I thankfully have no allergies to pollen. I’m also glad that Las Vegas didn’t make yet another list.

  • Sonya Lenzo says:

    Great advice.Minneapolis is not on your list, but everyone I know has been complaining this year!!!
    Sonya Lenzo