Among the top natural remedies for allergies with proven results are butterbur, quercetin, and bromelain, notes WebMD. People believe that other natural remedies such as locally sourced honey are effective, but research shows evidence that honey is not effective in the treatment of allergies.
Butterbur has the highest amount of evidence of being an effective allergy remedy compared to all other natural treatments. The extract taken from butterbur root helps to ease swelling in the nasal passages, and for some patients may be as effective as over-the-counter medications such as Zyrtec and Allegra. Bromelain works similarly to ease nasal swelling in addition to helping clear mucus from the nasal passages. Meanwhile, Quercetin is taken prior to an allergy attack and can be a useful method of preventing allergy issues before they arise.
It is important when taking any treatment for allergies, including natural remedies, to be aware of the fact that they may worsen a condition or trigger an additional allergic reaction. Fortunately, simply being aware of potential side effects is usually enough to curtail any potential side effects and to seek treatment if they do occur. Butterbur, quercetin, and bromelain all tend to have few side effects among most who take them.
Some supplements that combine various natural remedies may also contain butterbur, quercetin, and bromelain. However, when taking any mixture of supplements, users should be sure to check the label and to research the additional ingredients prior to using the product.