How to Get Allergy Relief with Herbs

More than 35 million people in America alone suffer from seasonal allergies. The symptoms often include itchy throats, red and watering eyes, sneezing, coughing, runny nose and sinus pressure. These allergic reactions are caused by pollen being released into the air by flowers, grass and trees. Many people who suffer from these allergies turn to medications, especially antihistamines. They are often effective but can have side effects, including drowsiness, which is why more people are looking for herbs and natural remedies to help. Get allergy relief with herbs by talking to your doctor and using herbs that have demonstrated proven relief.


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    Talk to your doctor. Most herbs are safe for allergy relief, but your medical history might put you at risk for certain treatments.
    • Discuss other remedies that might work for you if you are unable to use herbs.
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    Look for herbs that will prevent the production of histamines in your system. This is the same thing that over the counter drugs with antihistamines do.
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    Try Butterbur for allergy relief. A member of the daisy family, this herb comes from Europe and can be taken in tablet form.
    • Look for Butterbur tablets online or in retailers based in European countries. It can be hard to find in the United States.
    • Take a tablet 4 times a day to get the same result as an over the counter antihistamine. A study published in The British Medical Journal reports that the effects are the same, without any drowsiness.
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    Use Stinging Nettle to relieve allergy symptoms such as sneezing, congestion and watery eyes. It is inexpensive and can be purchased online or in health food stores all over the world.
    • Look for nettles that are available in a tincture made from fresh or freeze dried nettle leaves. Using 2 to 4 mL (0.4 to 0.8 tsp.) 3 times per day will help relieve symptoms. You can also find it in a capsule form.
    • Wait 2 or 3 days if the nettles are not immediately effective. It often takes a few days for them to start working.
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    Try a tonic made from the herb Goldenseal. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is also called orange-root and it grows wild in Canada and the United States.
    • Drink the tonic after applying a saline nasal spray to your nose for best results. The saline will clear out congestion and the Goldenseal will use its astringent and antibiotic properties to help rid the nasal passages of pollen.
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    Brew a tea with the Angelica herb. This herb is native to colder regions in the northern hemisphere but can be found in many health food stores and through homeopathic retailers.
    • Add a 1/2 tsp. (2.4 mL) to a cup of hot water to make a tea. This herb will help the body block antibodies that cause allergies.
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    Use licorice to combat allergies. The licorice root is a plant used to flavor foods, drinks and tobacco and it also decreases inflammation and allergic reactions.
    • Take only moderate amounts of licorice, as directed by your doctor. Too much of this herb can cause high blood pressure and drain your body of its potassium reserves.


  • Try other natural allergy remedies in addition to herbs and herbal supplements. Nutrients such as grape seed, vitamin C and flavonoids like quercetin have helped people feel better. These can be found in red wine, citrus and spicy seasonings like cayenne pepper.

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Categories: Allergies and Immunization