Thursday, April 14, 2011

Allergy Relief

I already told you about Bee Pollen.  So here are a few other herbs that may help relieve some seasonal allergies.  As with all herbs, you should do your homework and be sure that these things are not something that you or your children may be allergic to. 

The leaf of  the Stinging Nettle is a natural antihistamine.  It is one of the least expensive and most effective remedies that provide herbal allergy relief.

Eyebright reduces mucus secretion, relieves the irritation and reduces sensitivity to allergens. It is a good remedy for itchy, watery eyes and running nose typically associated with seasonal allergies.

Elder Flower is a natural decongestant and helps to dry up excess mucus.  I get it herbal teas.  (It's easy and fun for the kid.)
Chamomile is a popular herb. It can even help with hives if applied topically. Chamomile is mild enough to be prescribed for children and can also be found in teas.  Be careful.  Even though it's used to treat some allergy symptoms, chamomile is in the ragweed family and may actually induce allergy symptoms.  While this is a rare occurrence, we should always be careful when trying new things and exposing them to our children.

Ephedera is an effective antihistamine and decongestant that also helps regulate lung function. It is the natural, herbal version of pseudo-ephedrine, which is chemically synthesized and now a common ingredient in several popular over-the-counter allergy and cold medications.

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