Spring brings with it joy and pollen that are the bane of our existence. With pollen in the air hay fever is not far behind. Hay fever is typically characterized by sneezing, congestion and a general feeling of discomfort.
However, there are some wonderful herbs that can be successfully used in the treatment of hay fever and its symptoms. Let us look at some of the herbs that can provide relief from this terrible seasonal allergy.
Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever
The herb is considered to be excellent for treating hay fever and is considered at par with antihistamines when it comes to alleviating the symptoms associated with the condition. However, unlike antihistamines butterbur does not cause drowsiness. It helps in the treatment of shortness of breath as well due to which it used by many asthma patients.
Stinging nettle has proven to be better than many of the prescription and OTC medications available for treating hay fever. To combat the symptoms of hay fever two 300 mg capsules are more than enough. The herb is considered safe for use in children as well but should not be taken by pregnant women unless advised.
Gingko is a safe herb and is used in the treatment of various medical conditions including hay fever. The main use of the herb is for reducing inflammation of muscles since it is a natural relaxant. It soothes and relaxes the irritated airways making it easier to breathe. Also, it makes the body immune to attack from allergens.
One of the most common symptoms of hay fever is watering eyes and this can be taken care of by using eyebright solution. Boil the flowers of the herb in water for 20 minutes and then discard them. Cool the treated water and wash your eyes with it through the day.
You could also store the eyebright solution in a spray bottle and spray some over your eyes at regular intervals. Wash the eyes with the solution immediately after coming from outside.
Quercetin is a combination of herbal extracts taken from apples, onions and red grapes. This herbal extract is safe for use by children as well as long as it is taken in the recommended dosage. Consumption of quercetin makes the body unresponsive to allergen attack thereby reducing the severity of the allergy.
250-600 mg of the herbal extract should be taken 10 minutes before meals to prevent occurrence of hay fever. Do not take more than the recommended dose or you may end up with toxicity in your blood.
Perilla frutescens is a Chinese herb that has been used in Chinese medicine for treating various forms of allergies including hay fever. The herb has found to be useful in the treatment of asthma as well. Perilla frutescens is available in supplement form that is marketed under the name Perilla 6000. However, the herbal supplement has certain side effects such as soreness (of the mouth) and nausea.
The supplement also contains alfalfa, which may not be suitable for all people. The supplement is sold on online stores and can be ordered.