Allergy season: the most dreadful season for a good percentage of the populace. Women’s Health Magazine estimates there are “40 million Americans who are suffering from seasonal allergies brought on by pollen and mold spores that bloom with warmer, wetter weather” every year. April is prime allergy season as the winter cold thaws, the flowers blossom, and a whole host of people start hacking and coughing. There is, however, some good news. There are a few things you can do to help decrease or even stop the appearance of your symptoms. Locate the article here: http://naturesbalance.com/natural-relief-from-allergy/
Add seafood to your diet
First of all, try adding foods like walnuts, flaxseed, and fish to your diet. These foods are rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm allergy inflammation.
Spice it up
You may have recognized the last time you went to a Mexican restaurant and bit into a chip loaded with spicy salsa that your nose began to run. Women’s Health Magazine explains this is because spicy foods work to “decongest your sinuses, increase circulation, and clear away head-clogging mucus.” Try adding a little cayenne or chili peppers to your next dish and make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.
Repel the dust
Interestingly enough, almost half of the dust we find inside our houses comes from outside. This means you are tracking those nasty little allergens in with you on the bottom of your feet. Invest in a doormat and reduce the dust by 10-25%. Take off your shoes altogether before coming inside for even better effect. Cannot keep away from the allergens? Be proactive. AllergyRelief101.com suggests, ““Take anti-histamine] an hour or two ahead of time. This can allow [it] to be circulating with your system, in advance of your exposure, and can reduce or get rid of the resulting response.”
You can take Quercetin and a Korean herb related to mint called Perilla. Japanese food sometimes uses Perilla- kind of a burgundy coloured , jagged edged leaf with a strange taste to it. I like it and its easy to grow.
Yes, increase your intake of Omega 3s. ALA, EPA And DHA are found in walnuts, flax, hemp seeds, fish...
Omega 3 decreases inflammation in the body. Omega 6 (we get too much already in our diet) increases inflammation.
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Joined: Mar 11, 2012
Location: Western Kentucky-Climate Unpredictable Zone 6b
I have used herbs and natural remedies for over 30 years - have had much success for many ailments . However allergy relief has eluded me. I've tried bee pollen and many others. Recently though I have found relief from a product devised by Amish Herbalist Rueben Schwartz from Pure Herbs called SIA-R . It is a tinture and will act as an antihistamine drug will. Take it when the itching and sneezing starts and the attack will stop quickly.
Joined: Mar 25, 2011
Location: San Diego, CA USA
I have heard people taking a blend of Astragalus and Mullein, sometimes with Nettle, Goldenrod and Yarrow with it - Peppermint or Spearmint can help flavor. If you can only get one, try Astragalus, it builds immune systems.
Lisa, the AstroHerbalist
Joined: Jul 04, 2012
Location: Central Valley California
I live in the Central Valley of California which is probably the worst allergen producer in the country. Between the agriculture and the bowl shaped basin between two mountain ranges, if you never had allergies before, you will get them if you live here for any length of time. Sure enough, I developed them about ten years ago. I used everything I could to stave off the attacks, but only when I started adhering to the blood type diet, did they started going away. I also started taking massive doses of vitamin C--chew on about five throughout the day. Now when allergy season comes or the latest bug makes its rounds, I have a total immunity. The blood type diet is based on eliminating the foods that contain lectins (think blood antigens) which can cause inflammation in our bodies that make us vulnerable to allergens in the environment. For instance, I'm a type A and have a mucus response to milk. Excess mucus makes an inviting bed for any opportunistic bug and makes allergies worse. I eliminated cows milk and many dairy products that I had included in my diet unknowingly, and experienced my first allergy free seasons after that. This is just my own experience, and I believe herbs have a place in the system, but I believe diet should be considered an important primary consideration. No more Claratin for me although I keep a bottle just in case.
Joined: Jul 07, 2011
Location: SW Virginia Mountains, USA
My body responds well to really local honey. The bees bring in the local pollens, and using a bit of the honey daily in something like hot tea has helped my body build up some immunity. I don't buy any honey collected from hives more than 2-4 miles from my house. I don't use a lot of sweeteners so I have to make a dedicated effort prior to spring and fall pollen times to consume tea with honey.
Allergens from dust and pollen indoors or out can be handled by making a simple homeopathic remedy. 50 to 75% effective
Use a GLASS or CERAMIC bowl approximately 1 quart size half filled with DISTILLED water and about 4 ounces of brandy, cover with a screen fixed into place with tape or an elastic band, place where the allergen is present. The screen keeps out large particles and bugs. Check water every day and refill to original level also add a small amount of brandy. Do this for up to one week, you will now need a 30ml. dropper bottle, which you should be able to buy at a drug store. Fill this to ¾ full with brandy shake by hitting bottle on a book 40 times. Empty the brandy and take about 50 droppers full of the liquid allergen and place into the dropper bottle (do not use metal to transfer liquid), you require approximately 1/3 to ½ of the bottle being filled, shake 40 times by hitting the bottle on a book, pour out the entire contents of the bottle, replace with distilled water filling the bottle to ¾ full, repeat the shaking by hitting on a book forty 40 times, diluting and shaking 12 times after the 11th time replace the water with straight brandy as this preserves the remedy. This is known as a Korsakovian mixture, the residues left in the bottle having enough of the energy from the allergen to make an effective medicine. To learn more about why we diluted check out “How Homeopathic Remedies are Made” on line.
Dosage 10 drops 1 time daily, morning or evening, stop when there is improvement.
I treated a young boy (11yrs) who had for 3 or 4 years a serious problem with spring air born allergens, prior to using this remedy the young fellow would cough until he broke blood vessels on his face. The treatment was required for two weeks, he is now twenty five and has had no recurring allergies.
i've been experimenting with a home remedy tincture of plantain major (combinded equal parts broad and narrow) in 99% alc with pretty good success. Both topical for accute skin inflamations and dosing daily mixed with water or juice for moderate relief of hay fever symptoms. Must admit I'm quite pleased with results.
darius Van d'Rhys wrote:My body responds well to really local honey. The bees bring in the local pollens, and using a bit of the honey daily in something like hot tea has helped my body build up some immunity. I don't buy any honey collected from hives more than 2-4 miles from my house. I don't use a lot of sweeteners so I have to make a dedicated effort prior to spring and fall pollen times to consume tea with honey.
Yes, it has to be local and raw. Commercial bee pollen and other honey products wont work. Although with all the antibiotics in commercial honey these days, it can be a good treatment for stubborn infections
My wife and oldest child went to get allergy tests and although my son had no reaction whatsoever, my wife reacted to everything. She's even allergic to dandelion. Any suggestions?