Spring has sprung out all over, and with it comes allergy symptoms. But don’t reach for over-the-counter medicines for relief. Try the natural way.
These herbs provide safe relief without the harmful chemicals and side effects:
- Goldenseal, peppermint and echinacea: Decongest sinuses, improve circulation and support the immune and lymphatic systems.
- Chamomile: Has anti-inflammatory properties that offer relief to dry, itchy eyes. Place cool, wet chamomile tea bags over your eyes and leave them there for several minutes.
- Stinging nettle: Works as an antihistamine, targeting the immune system’s response to allergens. It helps to reduce allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and sneezing. The dose should be 300 mg to 500 mg per day of stinging nettle in capsule form. You can also drink tea made from the plant’s fresh or freeze-dried leaves.
- Thyme: Acts as both an antimicrobial and an expectorant; 1 or 2 teaspoons will help soothe sore throats and quell coughs.
- Honey: Boosts the immune system and is a treatment for sore throats and coughs. It can be combined with thyme to double the effectiveness of the two ingredients.
- Ginger: Helps to clear the throat and open the sinuses. It can be used in a soothing tea and/or mixed with honey. Mix 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried ginger — or minced ginger, if fresh — into hot water and let it steep. Inhale the vapors for a couple of minutes, then drink it for relief.
- Cayenne pepper: Eases sore throat pain and prevents the release of histamines. Sprinkle a couple of shakes of cayenne powder in water and gargle with it two or three times a day.
- Herbal inhalation: In a bowl, mix 3 teaspoons each of peppermint, thyme and nasturtium in 2.5 pints of boiling water and let stand for five minutes. Lean your head over the bowl, cover with a towel and inhale the aroma for about 10 minutes or until you feel your nose and chest clearing. Repeat two or three times per day.
H/T: Natural Society