Now that winter is finally behind us and spring is here, so is allergy season. The good news is that there are several herbs that can help relieve allergy symptoms.
As Princess Carey, founder of Herbalosophy101.com, says, “Let nature heal you! Natural remedies, such as herbal healing is the foundation of natural health the way the creator intended”.
Anticatarrhal herbs such as goldenseal, red sage and goldenrod can help eliminate mucus because they help reduce inflammation of the mucus membrane. Other anti-inflammatory herbs that can help ease allergy symptoms include stinging nettle, Ginkgo biloba and licorice.
Astringent herbs like yarrow and myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) can help contract inflamed tissues and, as a result, reduce secretions and discharges.
Echinacea, astragalus root, goldenseal root and Brazilian herb Pfaffia paniculata have been shown to help strengthen the immune system, which is especially important for allergy sufferers.
Cayenne pepper has an active ingredient called capsaicin, which is a strong anti-inflammatory agent that helps treat both allergies and asthma. Cayenne pepper also tends to be relatively inexpensive and it’s easy to find. You can simply sprinkle liberal amounts of cayenne pepper on your food to reap its benefits.
Probiotics, or “friendly” bacteria, such as lactobacillus acidophilus, L. bulgaricus and Bifidobacteria can help balance intestinal flora. People who suffer from allergies often have a digestive tract with higher levels of parasites and yeast, which can trigger more allergic reactions by the immune system. (Probiotic supplements should be refrigerated.)
For those suffering from an upset stomach, diarrhea or nausea due to allergies, demulcent herbs can help reduce these symptoms because of their protective effect on mucous membranes, which can ease irritation. Demulcent herbs include marshmallow, slippery elm bark, cabbage juice, okra, fenugreek and aloe vera.
By Jessica Braun – Jessica is a freelance writer for WholesomeOne. She can be reached at jessica.braun[at]wholesomeone[dot]com.
- Source: Alternative Medicine, the Definitive Guide