How To Use Turmeric for Allergic Rhinitis? 4 Traditional Methods

Turmeric is the best to spice to treat allergic rhinitis. Ayurveda explains a number of Ayurvedic medicines for this condition with turmeric and other spices as ingredient. But turmeric can also be used as home remedy to supplement treatment.

Turmeric for allergic rhinitis

Method 1 – Use in diet –  Just use more turmeric in diet. It can be used more in the gravy or rasam etc Making a habit of using at least a few pinches of turmeric in diet is a best way to keep allergic conditions at bay. Read more about turmeric benefits

Method 2 – Turmeric with hot milk – Take a pinch of turmeric and add it to a cup of hot milk. Drink this on empty stomach in the morning. If you are allergic to milk, you can consume a pinch of it along with water.

Method 3 – Turmeric with ghee – Add two pinches of turmeric to 4 teaspoons of ghee. Just before going out of home, apply a very thin layer of this ghee turmeric mixture to the inner side of both noses (nostrils). This looks a bit uncomfortable but the results are quite good.

Method 4 – Hot pan technique – Put a small teaspoon of turmeric powder over a hot pan and inhale fumes. This helps to reduce the inflammation of upper respiratory tract.

Remember that these are a few home remedies that can supplement your regular treatment for allergic rhinitis.

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  1. caroline says:

    This is so interesting! I used to have rhinitis for ten years ago. I think that it disappeared with reduced stresslevels and better sleep.
    I have friends who suffer from rhinitis. I wonder how turmeric works. Is it the element in turmeric. Can you explain?Maybe it is for its scraping effect and its ability to remove dosha(toxins) from the head?

  2. Tumeric is very good. But unfortunately what we get in the market is very bad mixed with any other ingredients to bring some other sickness … so what is the solution?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are also certified organic brands of turmeric.

      • indira says:

        yes,we couldn’t find any branded turmeric powder, instead of this can be grind some raw finger turmeric in manual method? just enough a raw powder form or to be mix anything else?

  3. dr shraddha says:

    sir at present i have 3 patients of allergic rhinitis. So I will advice him to follow these 3 long this regimen is to follow??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      These are quite safe remedies and can be continued as long as the symptoms persist.

    • Kunwar says:

      The potency of turmeric is hot and hence it should always be boiled in milk and used. In case the milk is not suitable, it should be boiled with water adding little coriander power to pacify the turmeric heat. Secondly, turmeric takes longer time to digest and hence when using turmeric as a medicine, the patient should be advised to take little black pepper or ginger along with turmeric for quick digestion. Hope this information is helpful to you and other as well.

  4. What is organic brand turmeric sir ? Can u explain ? Basically if one wants good turmeric than one has to find out the sabut turmeric of good quality. At our home we don’t use spices in powdered form that are readily available in the market & are most probably adulterated. Don’t get fooled by organic names. Even the good quality asfoetida(Hing) too isn’t available in the market from any of the company.

    And yes turmeric helps in allergic rhinitis but it’s not the only thing that will cure the disease if the disease is chronic. I used to take turmeric milk everyday & still haven’t been able to resolve it fully due to stomach bug. When that problem will go then allergic rhinitis too will go as it’s a problem related to stomach & not the nose itself. Cough is just water that will be drained by the body itself as I have done earlier too but the problem wasn’t getting resolved in that way.

  5. sangeeta says:

    Aren’t all these just temporary cures.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      First up, these are supplementary treatment to the regular treatment. The effect of these remedies is not temporary.

      • Dear J V,

        1. Is it not true that milk increases mucus which again will increase nose blocking and other rhinitis symptoms? Same for ghee?
        2. Apart from turmeric, what else needs to be administered to patient? Basically, looking for holistic treatment here.
        3. what do you mean by regular treatment ?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          1. Not when milk is administered with turmeric. I have been using this as a remedy since more than 10 years.
          2. Ginger
          3. Treatment from a doctor.

  6. Bhargav says:

    Is it true that Rheumatoid Arthritis patients should not consume turmeric with milk in morning as it increases Immunity which is harmful to RA sufferers?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      No. Turmeric is also a very good anti inflammatory medicine, useful in rheumatoid arthritis. But milk is avoidable in them. Because, as per Ayurveda, RA is correlated with Ama Vata. There is Ama or indigestion involved in the pathology. Milk, being coolant would not help in improving digestion strength.

  7. Himanshu Kumar says:

    Thank you for great articles with full clarity
    Himanshu Kumar

  8. B.Singh says:

    Very useful article on have mentioned at one place that milk would lead to formation of AMA , hence avoidable in rheumatoid arthritis.what are the supplements in these cases?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear sir,
      While taking turmeric for allergic rhinitis, milk helps to balance out the extra hotness of the milk.
      In case of rheumatoid arthritis, milk is not indicated. But if a RA patient has allergic rhinitis, he can take turmeric along with lukewarm milk. It would not lead to Ama formation.

  9. Maggie says:

    Is there any Ayurveda medicine to replace cetirizine for allergic rhinitis, I give my 4 year old haldi with hot water and honey everyday in the morning and at night, is there really any cure for allergic rhinitis , will he ever outgrow allergies , cant see him suffering from cold and cough all the time.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are good Ayurvedic medicines for allergic rhinitis. It can be very well controlled / cured.
      In case of your kid, with his age, his immunity will also improve and my best guess, by the time the kid reaches 12, the problems will usually subside. Do not lose hope.

    • Don’t give Cetrizine or Alerid-D like medicines. These will harm your child in the long run. According to Ayurveda you simply don’t have to stop either sneezing, persistent running nose, sweat, urine & shit anyhow. If you will do that then it will increase complications in the child’s body as these are the self cleansing methods of the body itself. Take the child to a good Ayurvedic doctor or a renowned Homeopath as there is nothing in allopathy to increase the body’s immunity. Give him large raisins (munakka), dates(khajoor) & figs(anjeer) on daily basis but the quantity should be discussed with a good doctor as these will relieve him of constipation issues. Also, remove every maida stuff from his diet like maggi, biscuits, etc if he is consuming it. Discuss with a doctor if you can give him Arbindasava as it is a good medicine for child’s constipation issues but don’t give it without consulting a doctor. Arbindasava contains triphla, mulethi, arjuna etc. At such a young age higher complicated medicines cann’t be given. Also, if possible try to give him Azadirachta Indica(neem), Aloe Vera & Tinsopura Cardifolia (Giloy) on daily basis if you find it at your place. Rest you can keep him giving milk with turmeric, holy basil(Tulsi), cardamom, fennel seeds(saunf), cow’s ghee & gulkand.

      You can use mulethi in place of cetrizine as it too controls acidity.

  10. bharathi madhyastha says:

    Hello Doctor,
    will this help in parthenium allergy also? my kid and myself both suffer from this parthenium allergy.

  11. Pulkit Bhat says:

    Dr J V Hebbar Namaskara !

    Could you please let me know if raw turmeric juice could be used for intake along with warm milk, is it best taken before going to bed? Does taking it with warm milk alleviate or aggravate RA (RA tested +ve 0.5%); would it be beneficial in anyway to replace turmeric powder in cooking with equivalent amount of raw turmeric juice?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Namaskara 🙂
      Raw turmeric juice can be takne along with warm belik, before going to bed for RA. No problem with that.
      If you are okay with it, turmeric powder can be replaced with raw turmeric juice extract.

  12. Arunprakash says:

    Hello Sir,
    It really helped me, I’ve been a victim for allergic rhinitis for the past 6 months and have been taking pills, sprays. I have seen your video on FB explaining the effects of turmeric+ghee in fighting AR. Yes indeed it worked fine for me, no sneezing, running nose, stuffed/blocked nose. Please do advise me how long I got to continue this to avoid recurrence. Thanks again for sharing this with ppl, as these things are untreated by the Allopathay.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Thanks for the feedback.
      It can be continued for as long as you wish. 🙂

  13. Ramesh Deshpande says:

    Thank you Dr, for three important methods of use of turmeric against rhinitis. I am suffering from it for quite a number of years and will start with various techniques in video and give feedback after a couple of weeks of my trials. I would like to know whether in should use early morning milk+turmeric since I also have IBS ( colitis) and I thought milk is diarrheal.

    Ramesh Deshpande

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you will need to test with a small dose of milk + turmeric to see if it suits you.

  14. sukirti says:

    thank u so much for this video… it means a lot to me,.. i have been so uncomfortable with rhinitis all these years.. hope it will help me get rid of it..

  15. indira says:

    Hello Dr, market turmeric powders are not reliable, instead of using branded powders can be grind raw finger turmeric pieces in manual method? any preparation before grinding like fry? or to be mix anything else? i’m asking this for seasonal allergic like sneeze and running nose and nasal block in cold seasons. Thanks in advance.

  16. Arun Yadav says:

    Hello sir, I am suffering from demographic urticaria (as told by dr. Batra homeopathy) . Used their medicine for more than a year but no improvements. I still uses cetirizine on alternate days to avoid heavy itching on skin and head. Can it be cured by ayurveda ? Please help

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It may be cured with Ayurveda.
      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) –

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