Herbal Remedies for Allergies
A great many people, probably the majority, have some sort of allergy to something. There are just so many things that can cause allergies, including pets, pollen, mold, dust and all sorts of airborne particles. Whatever causes your allergy, it is not a pleasant experience at all. At the very least, allergies can cause sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, congestion, rashes, runny noses or even difficulty breathing.
For every allergy there are various over-the-counter and prescription medications to get rid of those symptoms. There are also natural herbal remedies for those who want to try something different, perhaps even with fewer or no side-effects. It is always important to consult your doctor before taking any herbal remedies for allergies because they may have an adverse reaction with any other medications you are currently taking. And while they are natural, herbal remedies sometimes do cause side effects, particularly when too much is taken. Ask your doctor about these herbs if you are looking for relief from allergic reactions.
Stinging nettle may not sound like something you would want to ingest, but it is actually very good for treating allergies or congestion. This herb is an old traditional remedy in use for centuries. It is an expectorant, which means that it has the ability to loosen respiratory congestion, make it easier for you to breathe, and otherwise help with allergic reactions. It also works in a preventative manner by helping protect your body against viral infection. Stinging nettle can be taken in the form of tea or as asupplement.
Lemon balm is an antibacterial agent that can prevent allergies from becoming worse and turning into an infection. It can also sooth an upset stomach. Lemon balm is best when drunk as tea.
Gingko biloba will increase the flow of blood to the brain, as well as other parts of the body. It also helps clear the sinuses. Gingko biloba has several uses and is best taken in supplement form.
Eyebright tightens the mucous membranes in the eyes, helping ward off watery eyes. It also helps to reduce inflammation. Its ability to reduce mucous means it is excellent in warding off allergic reactions. If allergies affect your ears, eyes, sinuses or nasal passages, eyebright is a good herb to consider. If you have estrogen-sensitive disorders, consult your doctor before taking this herb.
Licorice root can help reduce inflammation, which means it is good for relieving breathing problems caused by allergies. It also increases blood pressure, so if you have high blood pressure, check with your doctor before using this herb. As with eyebright, be sure to check with your doctor if you have estrogen-sensitive issues, as well. Licorice root can also be used to treat coughs, asthma, skin disorders, arthritis, colds and ulcers.
Always get the approval of your doctor before replacing your medical prescriptions with herbal remedies for allergies.