There can be a number of reasons for allergies; change in season, pets, plants and nut based foods. There are some string medications available OTC for treating allergies but these are not very healthy when taken continuously.
There are certain herbs that are excellent for preventing as well as for treating seasonal allergies as those triggered by other factors.
Effective Herbs for Allergies
Many people know this herb as Dong quai and it is popularly used in Chinese Medicine and is well known for its healing properties. During an allergic attack the herb will cause a reduction in the number of antibodies produced by the body in response to the allergen attack.
This helps the body settle down giving the immune system a better ability to fight off the allergy. Dong quai is easily available in tincture form though you can also use dried herb for preparing tea.
Butterbur has anti-inflammatory properties that treat the allergies by attacking the histamine directly. Though the herb is popularly used but it needs to be taken with caution since it contains pyrrolizidine – an extremely harmful alkaloid. Don’t forget to check for PA-free label on the butterbur bottles.
Coriander is used in cooking and imparts a delicate taste to the dish. But it also has medicinal uses and helps in the treatment of allergies. Prepare an infusion of fresh coriander leaves by steeping two teaspoons of the leaves in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes and drink one cup of the tea daily to fight allergens.
The herb works well to treat eye infections including conjunctivitis, which is commonly seen during monsoons. It soothes the irritated eyes and brings down the redness and inflammation caused due to allergic reaction. The herb can be used for treating hay fever and other types of allergies as well.
Devil’s claw was used during ancient times to help relieve pain and to treat indigestion. This native herb of South Africa is also popularly prescribed in the treatment of allergies. Devil’s claw is available in both fresh and dried form though its capsules, tablets and tonics too are available in some stores. You can either have it as tea or prepare its topical cream to treat allergies.
Nettles are very good for maintaining the health of the immune system and form an excellent tonic to control all types of allergic reactions. Prepare a large jug of tea using the herb and sip on the tea through the day to combat all allergens. It is better to use fresh nettle leaves for preparing the herb but you may also use dry if fresh isn’t available. Steep the leaves overnight in hot water for best results.
Licorice has very similar properties to cortisones that are steroids produced by the body. It directly affects the adrenal glands and prevents inflammation, which is a direct result of the allergy. However, all this is done without the side effects produced by artificial steroids. The herb is excellent for people who suffer from chronic allergies.