Herbs for Hay Fever
Herbs For Hay Fever
What Is Hay fever?
An allergic condition with hypersensitivity of the eyes, nose, throat and sometimes the skin due to grass and flower pollens. These and similar allergens cause the body to produce an excess of histamine which manifests as catarrh and nasal congestion. Luckily nature has provided us with many herbs for hayfever.
Usually in the Spring a person will develop a runny itch nose, sneezing, watery sensitive eyes, nose blockage and sensitive palate. The upset can be mild or very disabling.
Herbal Treatment Approach
Hay fever responds well to herbal treatments, but each person is different and may respond well to different treatments and herbs. The immune, digestion and elimination systems need support and stress may also be an issue. Herbal tonic support is provided for both the upper and lower respiratory systems. Liver and bowel cleanses will be vital to address intestinal and digestive imbalances. Generally speaking a good herbal remedy will include anti-spasmodic, anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, astringent and bitter herbs.
One key herb would be Plantain which is natural anti-histamine and also soothes irritated mucous membranes as well as helping to deal with any infections that may occur. Other herbs include Barberry root, Elder Flowers, Eyebright, Gentian, Nettle, Dandelion Root, Mullein, Marshmallow, Burdock and Liquorice. Many other herbs might work for different reasons.
An herbal eyebath formula will help alleviate any distress with your eyes and help flush them out.
Natural Healing protocols like steam inhalation may be of some benefit, especially with the addition of some essential oils like Lavender, Lemon Balm and Chamomile.
During the course of an attack it may be helpful to cut out wheat, dairy, tea, coffee and alcohol. It is rare for a person with a good healthy digestive system to get hay fever, unless there immune system is compromised by stress or exposure to pollutants or some other challenge to their immune system.
Taking a spoon of locally sourced organic honey can build resistance to pollen in your area. Bee pollen taken consistently a month before the onset of the pollen season can help build up resistance too.
Abundant grated carrot, for Vit. A, in a vegetable salad once a day. Green tea and/or Nettle tea during the season may help too. Other important vitamins and minerals include B-complex, Vit. C, Magnesium and Zinc.
The key to protecting yourself during the hay fever season is to be prepared and taking a holistic approach to your health.
For more information on an Herbal Approach to Hay Fever treatment contact the clinic on 085-215-7479