Natural Treatments for Allergies

Hay fever, allergic rhinitis, and allergies to dust, dander, and mold are all common conditions that can be assisted with the use of supplements

The active ingredient in butterbur, a member of the daisy family which is also known as Petasites hybridus, is called petasin.  Petasin is thought to combat the leu
Butterbur Flower
kotrienes and histamines (Chemicals that your body produces) that lead to an allergic reaction in people with allergic rhinitis.  In Switzerland Butterbur was tested on 580 people with seasonal allergies . . . 90% of the patients, experienced improvement in symptoms.

In Germany, doctors are recommending a natural extract from the herb butterbur (Petasites hybridus) to those who suffer from regular episodes of headaches. In clinical trials in both Germany and the United States, butterbur reduced the incidence of headaches by up to 61%.

Butterbur’s principal active constituent, petasin, reduces smooth muscle spasms and helps relax the constriction of cerebral blood vessels. Butterbur’s ability to relax constricted arteries and smooth muscle may help control headache discomfort. 

Interactions and Side Effects:  Those with Kidney and Liver problems should not take Butterbur. 

Neti Pots

What could be simpler than rinsing away allergens with saltwater?  Neti pots, small vessels shaped like Aladdin’s lamp, have been used in India for thousands of years to flush the sinuses and keep them clear.  It’s an idea that takes some getting used to for most Westerners, but it’s a little bit like using nasal spray  A little douse of saltwater can rinse away those prickly pollen grains and help treat allergies and other forms of sinus congestion.
Just last year, an Italian study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that nasal flushing was a mild and effective way to treat seasonal allergies in children, and markedly reduced their use of antihistamines.

Stinging Nettle

If you decide you need an antihistamine but want a natural option, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) behaves in much the same way as many of the drugs sold to treat allergies, but without the unwanted side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness.  Nettle actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine.  It’s a common weed in many parts of the United States, but the most practical medicinal form is a freeze-dried extract of the leaves sold in capsules. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams daily will offer relief for most people, although the effects may last only a few hours.  Gathering Stinging Nettle is free and you can make you're own teas and tinctures.  Wear Gloves . . . There is a reason they call it Stinging Nettle.

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