Top 5 Herbs to Relieve Allergy Symptoms
by Dr. Fiona Smulders, ND
It’s that time of year again! The cherry blossoms are blooming, the birds are singing, and the pollens are blowing. Although Mother Nature plays a hand in causing your allergies this time of year, she also provides the anti-dote! Herbal medicine is a natural and effective way to provide relief this time of year. I have highlighted the top 5 herbs that relieve allergy symptoms below:
1. Stinging Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)
It is no coincidence that Nettles grow in early spring when the symptoms of seasonal allergies begin. They are already up and ready for harvest for those interested in wild foraging, just remember to bring your gloves! Nettles help reduce sneezing and itching and can be taken as steamed nettle tops, nettle tea or as freeze-dried nettle capsules.
2. Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra)
Elder flower and berry are great remedies for colds and flus because they help to boost the immune system while reducing mucus production. The flowers are more specific to allergies due to their ability to stop a runny nose and reduce inflammation in the nose and sinuses. Try it as an elder flower tea or tincture.
3. Chamomile Flower (Matricaria recutita)
Chamomile is not only calming to the nervous system, it can also reduce histamine levels (the chemical responsible for your allergy symptoms). You can drink chamomile tea or take it as a tincture.
4. Eyebright (Euphrasia spp)
The amazing benefits of Eyebright is in the name. This plant is great for stinging, itchy and watery eyes associated with seasonal allergies, and can also reduce inflammation in the nose and sinuses. Eyebright can be taken as a tea or tincture, or you can soak a cloth in the tea and place it over your eyes for immediate relief.
5. Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)
Goldenrod is a great anti-inflammatory herb that can help calm and soothe inflamed tissues, like the mucus membranes of your nose and throat. You can take goldenrod as a tea or a tincture.
To make sure these herbs are safe and effective for you to try, you can book an appointment with me to discuss the best options to provide you with relief this allergy season.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Fiona Smulders is a Naturopathic Doctor and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. Click here to book an appointment with Fiona.