I never had allergies until I moved to New York City two years ago, just before the trees began to bloom. Spring is so beautiful, I wanted to get out and enjoy it, only I thought I was coming down with cold. "You have allergies, just take some non drowsy Claritin," my friend told me. I didn't like the idea but when you start suffering enough.... I tried it. One pill and I took it back to the store. I hate how I feel on drugs. Homeopathics were only mildly working. Then someone told me to get honey.
Local raw honey from your area works something like a homeopathic and seems to work better for me. I mix the honey with cinnamon and eat it straight from a spoon. In a few minutes I can breath freely and my throat isn't scratchy. In Manhattan there is a little co-op on 4th street that has a lovely sweet organic one from a local bee farmer. Honey is naturally antibacterial and an antibiotic. Some varieties are much more medicinal than others. Cinnamon is antiinflammatory, a mild pain reliever and both can help clear up congestion. I wouldn't recommend cinnamon for pregnant women however. Just enjoy the local honey for some sweet relief!