Allergies are abnormal and often exaggerated responses of the immune system to substances which are generally not harmful.

There are a lot of common allergens which make people feel some pain or discomfort in the area contacted by the allergen. For example, allergens that are breathed in often cause breathing problems, itchy nose and throat, sneezing or cough.

Many people become susceptible to allergy when seasons change. It is because some agents that cause allergy become abundant as the season changes. There are actually a lot of ways to combat allergy naturally. Among them are:

1. Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water helps to thin our mucous and hydrate the mucous membranes. This alleviates irritation in the nose. Cleaning the house regularly with a vacuum cleaner fitted with HEPA filter is an effective to control the presence of allergens in the house. Taking a shower and changing clothes upon arrival in the house also helps to reduce the incidence of allergy.

2. Blow your nose

Blowing the nose regularly is one way to expel allergens that might be trapped in the mucous membranes in your nose. Your nose hairs also serve as a natural filter from airborne allergens like pollen and dust. Avoid trimming them too shortly.

3. Use Butterbur herb

Butterbur is a European herb which is effective in the treatment of allergies and hay fever. According to a group of Swiss researchers, taking one butterbur tablet four times a day has the same effect as taking an antihistaminic drug without the side effects of antihistaminic medication such as drowsiness.

4. Take probiotics

Probiotics that contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis are beneficial to people who have allergic reactions as well as it can also improve your immune system.

Eating unpasteurized honey and bee pollen can also be beneficial because they help to build your natural antibodies to pollens which are among the most common causes of allergies.

5. Quercetin, Stinging Nettle, Allium Cepa and Euphrasia

Quercetin is an antihistaminic substance extracted from onion and apple skins. This herbal medicine is available in tablet form and can be taken three times a day in 300 milligram doses at the height of the allergy seasons to prevent symptoms from setting in.

Stinging nettle leaves are also seen by herbalists as an effective anti-allergy herb. You just need to soak them in boiling water for 15 minutes for best results.

Allium cepa and Euphrasia are homeopathic treatments that have antihistaminic properties. Allium cepa is used to alleviate itchy eyes while Euphrasia is used to relieve stuffy nose.

6. Minimize mucous buildup with your diet

The consumption of mucous building foods such as processed foods, chocolate, meat, eggs and dairy products can make you prone to allergies. But increasing your intake of anti-inflammatory foods like hemp seeds, walnuts and foods that contain fish oil can be of help to control mucous buildup and lessen inflammation.

These are the herbs that work to protect your body from allergens. For best protection, you can take any of these at least three weeks before the onset of the allergy season for your best protection.