Herbs for Hay Fever, Spring Allergies

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The Symptoms

9803309-largeAfter 3 years of living in Sedona, and after consistently proclaiming “I just don’t believe in them,” I was surprised to discover that somehow I had actually developed allergies.  Suddenly my sinuses were completely congested and I found myself with a persistent lump in my throat which got progressively worse throughout the day.  It eventually became difficult and painful to swallow.

It felt much like a cold, except that it wasn’t healing the way a cold normally would, especially with the remedies I normally take for a cold.  I was taking a large amount of echinacea in tea and tincture form, mullein tincture, pure vitamin C (without weird additives), and oil of oregano.  I even kicked in my black walnut & wormwood tincture, which I’m sure was all great for my immune system in general but wasn’t stopping what I thought was a cold.

As I was going through my own process, I noticed that many people around me were also dealing with it, and I also noticed that the worst days for me were also the worst days for them.  In the past I had an interest in developing a natural remedy for hay fever spawned by compassion for the friends I saw who suffered from it.   Now the natural remedy became a necessity to me.  So to my herb books I went, and I also started asking people who have lived in the area for a while what they do, and I asked my body what it wanted.

Here’s how I healed:

I continued to be outside as much as possible.  I had spent the last few months away from Sedona, and the last 3 weeks in an industrial area of Tucson for the Tucson gem show, so I had been very removed from the nature here.  Arriving in Spring, my body had no time to adapt to the habitat.  So I went for hikes and breathed the air in deep.

juniperI was also inspired to eat juniper (pictured left).  I began with a small very sprig of juniper gathered next to Oak Creek (from the tip a young branch – particularly the lime green colored part).  I ate as much of it as I could before the flavor became too overwhelming.  (Note here that as much of it as I could was still a very little amount).  The next day I ate a few fresh juniper berries during a hike, pushing it a little past the brink of flavor overwhelm.  I took the juniper berries home and ate one per day over the next few days.

I continued my cold regiment as well (mentioned above), and increased my vitamin C dosage to as many of the big horse pills I could swallow in one day.  Mind you, vitamin C without weird additives like stearic acid.  (More about that later)…

I also took some local chaparral, mullein and yerba santa which friends and I had harvested last year, and placed it in jars with filtered water in the window along with a bunch of crystals (mostly incredible danburite).  I took a drink of each once per day for three days.  I didn’t feel I needed much, especially the chaparral, because it is a very strong medicine.  By the end of three days it is time to make it again.  Next time I’ll put it in the fridge after 2 days.

I also purchased local cat claw honey from the farmer’s market.  The honey is raw, cream-colored and thick, with a lot of little dark speckles in it, which the seller said were pieces of honey comb and pollen.  I ate one or two teaspoons.

The next day the allergies were gone!

girl-724444_960_720All in all the allergy symptoms lasted about a week and a half, and now I feel completely healed.  I’m not sure if it was all or part of the regiment I used which cured it, but I’ve heard that other people in my area were experiencing very strong symptoms today.  But, today- I’m cured, and now have a renewed interest in the remedies for hay fever.

Just to keep it simple for you, here’s a few lists that may help you find some relief for hay fever symptoms… 

Michael Moore in “Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West” recommends medicines for the respiratory track:

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  • Lobelia
  • Mullein
  • Yerba Santa (pictured on left)


“The Healing Herbs” by Michael Castleman recommends:

  • Nettle
  • ParsleyMeliska

*  Recommends not to take them for more than 3 months at a time or they can deplete potassium levels in the body.

Natural Health Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine (Andrew Chevallier) recommends:

  • Nettle
  • Elderflower

“Make a nettle infusion.  Take 3-4 cups a day for 3 months at a time.  Alternatively, make an infusion with 1 tsp of each herb to 2 cups of water and take daily for 3 months at a time.”

  • Baical Skullcap

“Make a decoction and take 2 cups a day.”

For allergies with mucus, particularly “copius, watery mucus”:

  • Eyebright
  • Plantain
  • Goldenrod
  • Boneset

Steep a tea of one or more of these herbs and drink 3 cups per day, as allergies persist.  

For allergies with mucus, particularly “yellow/ green mucus and sinus congestion.”

  • Echinacea
  • Marsh Mallow
  • Elderflower
  • Thyme

In tincture form – take 1 tsp each 3 times daily in warm water. 

Sedona, AZ Locals Recommended:

  • Local honey – raw & speckled is best
  • Vitamin C like crazy – 2,000 to 3,000 mg 3 x’s per day
  • Some pharmaceutical nasal spray I didn’t want to take
  • Not eating dairy, to which I didn’t listen because of my tooth-healing regiment

Intuition Recommended:

  •  Juniper sprig & a few juniper berries*
  •  Local bee pollen (which I didn’t find – maybe I would have healed faster)
  •  Chaparral – a strong local plant which works many miracles and is particularly cleansing*
  •  Plenty of time outdoors in nature

* These are in a sense homeopathic remedies- take a very small dose of the thing which caused the ailment, like the “venom” in the antidote.


As with all remedies, these lists represent but a tiny percentage of what is out there in the world that works.  But I think as long as you are persistent and consistent in your own healing exploration, you will be able to kick your allergies to the curb and enjoy the Springtime.

Please feel free if you want to comment and share whatever worked for you, wherever you live.  Thanks 🙂


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