Allergies are usually very treatable but at the same time very frustrating. Runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and plugged ears and headaches all mark the things allergy sufferers go through. Pollen, smog, grass, trees, perfumes, cleaning solutions, mold/spores, and dust, are the airborne irritants that lead to those symptoms. If those symptoms linger, then eventually infections can occur, specifically bacterial infections. Then the cycle of antibiotics, decongestants and antihistamines start.
One of the best things you can do is begin a daily routine of using a Neti pot. Neti pots can most easily be described as a nose bidet in which you flush the allergens out of your nose with water. Each and every day we are breathing in potential allergens and sometimes they been to make themselves quite at home in the nasal and sinus cavities. By regularly utilizing the Neti Pot you can create an allergy free zone.
Butterbur. “Butterbur is the Singulair of the herbal world,” says David Rakel, MD, founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program. “I think of all the allergy supplements, it has the best evidence behind it.” The herb appears to work as a leukotriene inhibitor, which blocks some chemicals that trigger swelling in the nasal passages.
Some research shows that extracts of butterbur root are just as effective at relieving nasal symptoms as prescription drugs like Zyrtec and Allegra. Butterbur has the advantage of not causing sleepiness, a common side effect of antihistamines, even some so-called “non-sedating antihistamines.” “For someone who is driving a car or flying a plane and really needs to avoid the sedative effects of an allergy medication, butterbur is a good alternative,” Rakel says.
Stinging Nettle. Often used as an allergy treatment, this botanical contains carotene, vitamin K, and quercetin. There’s some evidence that using stinging nettle after the first sign of allergic symptoms can help a bit. Be sure to choose extracts of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) leaf, not the root, which is used to treat prostate troubles.
Ginkgo leaves contain ginkoglides, which inhibit platelet-activating factor, a chemical involved in asthma and allergies. The herb contains a dozen different anti-inflammatory chemicals and seven natural antihistamines.Parsley helps to inhibit the body’s release of histamines, which explains its use by Naturopathic physicians for allergies and sinuses.
One things is for certain when treating the symptoms of allergies naturally. Start treatment before they begin, and dose often.