Good news! Spring is in the air and the world is abloom. Thrilling as this sense of renewal is, for an allergy sufferer, all those fresh buds can mean sneezing, scratchy throat, itchy or watery eyes, congestion, and headaches.
There’s not much we can do to prevent allergies, but allergic reactions and all those irritating symptoms can be relieved and even stopped. Over the counter medicines may have side effects, but herbal remedies don’t.
Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system is set off by a trigger, such as pollen or animal dander, causing the release of a chemical protein called histamine. As your body cranks out more histamine, those annoying symptoms escalate.
Here are some common herbs that do an excellent job of bringing down histamine levels without side effects.
NETTLES: Studies have shown that bioactive compounds in Nettles can inhibit inflammation events that are the trigger for seasonal allergy symptoms.
GINGKO BILOBA: Gingko biloba contains the plant compound quercetin, a flavonoid that acts as a natural antihistamine. It’s believed to stabilize the release of histamines. GREEN TEA also contain quercetin.
ROSEMARY: Studies have shown that the rosmarinic acid found in rosemary can suppress the inflammatory responses of certain white blood cells, as well as allergic antibodies.
TURMERIC: Curcumin is an active compound found in Turmeric, which has been multiple benefits and has been shown to inhibit or reduce allergic response, as well as alleviate sneezing and congestion.
ASTRAGALUS: Astagalus can be useful in fighting fatigue and improving endurance. So, in addition to its helpful immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, it can help those feeling run down by allergies to reboot.
All the herbs mentioned in this article are well-tolerated and have a long history of effectiveness. We utilize them in our custom Mab Tab formulations, so be sure to mention if you have allergies when filling out our quick quiz.