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Allergies come in many forms. People can be allergic to anything from pollen to pets
to foods to household cleansers. The reactions caused by allergies range from stuffed
sinus passages, sneezing, swollen and itchy eyes, headaches, and hives. The intensity
also has a broad spectrum from a simple sniffle to the inability to breathe easily.
Allergies can set off dangerous attacks of asthma. Fortunately there are many herbal
supplements for allergies that can help.
5 Herbal Supplements for Allergies
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is a primary herbal supplement for allergies because
it has antihistamine qualities. Usually it is administered as a tea or a tincture
but it can also be used in a cream, capsule or liquid form. The active anti-histamine
ingredient in chamomile is coumarin. Also known as German chamomile, true chamomile,
and Hungarian chamomile, it is a member of the daisy family and grows in Europe and
Asia. The supplements are made from the flowers of the plant.
Eucalyptus has a long and popular reputation for its ability to open up nasal passages
and relieve breathing congestion. It is a strong expectorant. The essential oil is
derived from leaves of the eucalyptus tree. Application to the chest also loosens
phlegm in the chest and bronchia. It also works in a diluted form as a gargle to
ease allergy-generated congestion (or any other congestion).
Ginger has a long and successful history as a herbal supplement. It has many uses
and one of its primary features is its ability to handle infections, especially in
its raw form, and its strength as an anti-allergy medicine in its powdered form.
While it comes in teas, tinctures, and capsules one of the common errors people make
is they use too much ginger. It is effective even in small doses.
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) herbal supplements are extremely effective in the treatment
of allergies. The name means "red bush" in Afrikaans and is a legume. It has more
than 37 antioxidants including aspalathin and nothofagin as well as phenolic compounds,
such as flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones. It use in North American
has grown by leaps and bounds due to the obvious positive effect it has on allergies.
5. St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has the great property of being able to loosen
the excess mucus in the lungs that is caused by allergies. Also known as Tipton's
Weed or Klamath weed, St. John's Wort is powerful yet available over the counter
in most countries. However there are some countries where a prescription is needed/
Usually it is available in tablet or capsule form or as tea or in a tincture.
Herbal Supplements for Allergies: Notes/Safety Advices
Allergies are difficult to pinpoint and some of these herbal treatments might work
better than others for specific types of allergies. For instance some allergies generate
a lot of mucus and an expectorant type of herbal supplement would be the best benefit
in this case. Some treatments have other effects and beneficial actions such as St.
John’s Wort which also is a good herbal supplement for depression. It is wise to
consult a herbalist on which herbs should be used for your type of allergies so that
you are not having other aspects of your health impacted, even in a positive manner,
by the treatment.