This time of year, those of us who suffer from allergies are usually in pure misery. “Hay fever” has us all reaching for tissues and over-counter-allergy meds as quickly as we can get our hands on them. You don’t have to use the over-the-counter stuff, though. There are plenty of natural remedies that the “old-timers” have been using for years. Here are 5 natural herbs that can help treat your spring and summer allergies.
These plants are generally thought of as doing more harm than good, but their benefit in combating allergies doesn’t come from eating raw leaves. You can find supplements to take, and they contain a lot of essential elements like beta-carotene and vitamin K. It will also help relieve allergy systems as well as just about any OTC med you’ll find.
The difficulty in breathing that usually plagues those who suffer from allergies is caused by something called leukotriene, which causes swelling in the airways. Butterbur is a great little plant because it can neutralize leukotriene, opening your airways and making it easier to breathe. The other benefit is that it won’t make you drowsy like some of the similar OTC medications will.
Also known as tinospora cordifolia, Moonseed is native to India and has been used for thousands of years for treating allergy symptoms. It works quickly and will stop runny noses, watery eyes, sneezing, and itching. You can find it in supplemental tablet form.
Aside from just being a blast to say, ginkgo biloba can help with allergy symptoms. It’s been a supplement for many for a long time because of its energy-boosting properties but it can also act as an antihistamine and natural anti-inflammatory.
Reishi Mushrooms are one of the best natural, medicinal herbs you can take. It’s been used in China and Japan for thousands of years and the benefits are almost countless. Reishi mushrooms are natural antihistamines and should be consumed in supplement form (as opposed to eaten raw, because they taste pretty awful). A thousand milligrams, three times a day should do the trick.