Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, often fall into the “just tough it out” category of life, where you try to cope with weeks of sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and ears and a runny nose throughout the spring, summer and fall. Fortunately there are a number of natural options that can help treat—and perhaps even cure!—allergies without that groggy zombie feeling or concerns about cognitive health that may come with conventional treatment.
Here’s a list of natural treatments to consider:
Astragalus and Reishi
“Allergies are an immune problem,” says Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, a naturopathic doctor and registered herbalist in Barry’s Bay, Ontario and a medical advisor at St. Francis Herb Farm. “Rebalancing the immune system is at the heart of an allergy cure, and there are no better herbs for this than astragalus and reishi. Both have demonstrated effectiveness in clinical trials for allergies.” Check out the Astragalus Hello Herb blog for more info on uses for Astragalus.
Nettles, Schisandra and Prickly Ash
These herbs are particularly good at restoring the health of the mucous membranes in the nose and sinuses.
Eyebright is used to treat inflamed eyes and runny noses.
The short form for “methylsulfonylmethane,” MSM is a naturally occurring compound. It helps to inhibit cytokines, which are the body’s cellular signals that trigger the inflammation that leads to respiratory symptoms.
With a new allergy-busting treatment plan in place, you’ll be on your way to enjoying plenty of time outdoors again, without hay fever tagging along.
For more information on allergies check out our How to Clear Your Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Naturally blog.
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Start allergy treatment four to six weeks before the allergy seasons starts.
A mushroom that enjoys near mythic status in Traditional Chinese Medicine, reishi has been valued in the cultures of the East for millennia as the "king of herbs." Ming Dynasty texts describe it as a remedy that "mends the heart." Use it as an adaptogen to lower the effects of stress and to modulate immune system response.