Fall’s herbal allergy remedies

allergy-remedies

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Are you sneezing, scratching and coughing?  Herbal Information Specialist Jonathan Evans, from The Herbarium in Chicopee showed us some herbal remedies for fall allergies.

  • Turmeric: a great anti-inflammatory MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) Sulfur compound that works as an anti-inflammatory, helps soften cells walls and allows allergens to be moved out of the cell.
  • Mullein leaf: reduces inflammation and soothes the throat and cough.
  • Butterbur: Blocks chemicals that cause swelling in the nasal passages.
  • Quercetin: A bioflavonoid that blocks the release of histamine that causes inflammation.
  • Bromelain: From pineapple. Works with quercetin, anti-inflammatory, thins mucous.
  • Vitamin C: Alone or with bromelain and quercetin, a great anti-inflammatory, thins mucous, strengthens cell walls.
  • Stinging nettle: Natural antihistamine.
  • Neti pot: used to flush allergens and pollen from the nasal passages.
  • Honey: Raw, local honey is best. Because the honey contains small amounts of the pollens, it acts to help build up resistance to or reduce your reaction to the pollen.
  • Probiotics: Help normalize your immune system and response.
  • Steams: Old fashioned way to soothe the nasal passages and sinuses. Using garlic, or essential oils.
  • Homeopathic remedies: for those who may be on many medications and are concerned with interactions, there are specially formulated remedies for this area.
  • Black cumin seed oil 

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