Holistic herbal remedies for allergies

Holistic herbal remedies for allergies 

As many as 30 percents of adults and up to 40 percent of children suffer from nasal allergies, commonly referred to as hay fever.

Holistic herbal remedies for allergies

Allergies are abnormal reactions to everyday substances.  They are caused by the immune system’s overreaction to histamine, a chemical that the body releases to fight microbial invaders.  However, in the case of allergies, the invaders are not viruses or bacteria, they can be: pollens, dust, mold spores, or dust mites.

There are many over the counter medical treatments for allergies, which usually involve taking decongestants and antihistamines.  Decongestants open clogged nasal passages and dry out nasal and sinus passageways.  Antihistamines suppress the body’s release of histamine.

If the allergies are severe, medical doctors may prescribe immunotherapy—this is allergy shots.  The shots contain tiny quantities of the substances (allergens) to which the person is sensitive.  Over time, with a slow increase in the quantity of allergens, the body becomes desensitized and stops reacting with allergy symptoms.

While decongestants, antihistamines, and allergy shots work well for some people, they do come with some side effects and they don’t treat the root cause of the allergies, they only treat the symptoms.

Antihistamines can cause drowsiness
Decongestants can cause insomnia and elevated blood pressure
Allergy shots may be ineffective and often require years of treatment
First, you can figure out what triggers your allergies and try to avoid that specific allergen.  In the case of pollen in the air during the spring, summer, or fall months, there is not much you can do short of locking yourself into a “clean” room.

You can evaluate your diet to see if your allergies are related to food.

Natural Herbal Remedies for Allergies

Some of the following natural ways have provided natural relief and healing from allergies.

Garlic and Onion – these healthy vegetables from the allium family are beneficial because they contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory compounds.  Try adding lots of onions and garlic to your diet—you may also have the added benefit of keeping vampires away.

Ginkgo Biloba – the extract from leaves of the ginkgo tree contains several substances and is often touted for helping with memory.  Several unique substances called ginkgolides actually interfere with the action of a chemical that the body produces which plays a role in triggering allergies, asthma, and inflammation.  If you have allergies, it is worth trying the extract.

Stinging Nettle – Research shows that nettle may effectively treat nasal symptoms caused by allergies.  Stinging Nettle has been used for centuries by cultures all around the world to treat nasal and respiratory ailments.  Nettle is often used to treat coughs, runny nose, chest congestion, and asthma.

Horseradish or Wasabi – A daily dose of horseradish or wasabi taken until your symptoms subside can provide allergy relief.  Once symptoms subside, a few teaspoons or horseradish each month can help prevent future attacks.

Feverfew – This herb is well known for treating migraines, however, it also helps relieve allergies.  The leaves are not pleasant tasting, so it is best taken in a capsule form.

Chamomile – aromatherapists recommend massaging the skin with chamomile preparations for treating skin allergies, such as hives and itching.  Chamomile contains many anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic compounds.  You can use chamomile essential oils, or try drinking chamomile tea.  You can also create a chamomile soak with chamomile tea.

Vitamin C – Some natural practitioners recommend taking 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C with bioflavonoids three times daily.  Vitamin C is a powerful and natural antihistamine with no side effects, except possible diarrhea (but this is rare).  You can also get Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables.

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