Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
Allergies – Herbal Remedies
Author: Edward F. Group III, D.C., Ph.D, N.D.,CCN
The following herbs/supplements have also been suggested as a way to curb the onslaught of allergies. If you are an allergy sufferer, and the treatments suggested worked to a degree, now you want to make sure the allergies stay away, you have to undergo certain lifestyle changes. This may include altering your eating habits, exercising, and continuous habits of taking certain herbs/supplements to counter any allergens that may want to infiltrate your body on an everyday basis.
Vitamin C - 1,000 mg three to five times daily. Cut back on dosage if loose stools occur.
Natural antihistamine effect on the body.
Oregano Oil - 6 drops in veggie capsule three times daily with food.
OptiMSM - 3,000 to 5,000 daily. Reduces inflammation.
Stinging Nettles - 300 to 500 mg daily. Reduces inflammation and allergic responses.
Essential Fatty Acids - 1 - 2 tablespsoons organic freshly ground flaxseed one time daily or 3 grams of fish oil daily. Freshly ground flax seed may provide more nutrients than flax seen oil. Reduces inflammation.
Quercitin - 1,000 mg three times daily. Natural antihistamine.
Organic Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplement - Take according to product label. Immune system support.
Below is a list of some Homeopathic herbs you may want to try:
Arsenicum album: This type of herb is useful for people who are highly sensitive to many foods and substances, and respond to them by feeling restless, ill, and exhausted.
Calcarea carbonica: This herb is often helpful to responsible, steady people who become fatigued and overwhelmed.
Calcarea phosphorica: Irritability, headaches, stomach and abdominal pains, and a craving for “junk food” are all indications for this herb.
Carbo vegetabilis: A person who reacts to foods or substances with weakness, faintness, chilliness, and indigestion may be helped by taking this herb.
Gelsemium: People who have allergic reactions with flu-like symptoms—weakness, trembling, aching muscles, droopy-looking eyes, and chills along the spine—may find this herb helpful.
Hepar sulphuris calcareum: People who need this herb are oversensitive to stimuli and substances of many kinds, and can be extremely irritable and touchy, often feeling worse from even slight exposure to cold or drafts.
Ignatia: This herb is indicated for sensitive, emotional, defensive, idealistic people with a tendency toward mood swings and cramping pains.
Lycopodium: People with food allergies that cause heartburn, gas, and rumbling in the abdomen may indicate a need for this herb.
Natrum carbonicum: This herb can be helpful to people who have trouble digesting and assimilating many foods and have to stay on restricted diets.
Natrum muriaticum: A person who reacts to allergens in many ways—with headaches, mouth sores, hay fever symptoms, respiratory problems, back pain, or fatigue needs this herb.
Nux moschata: If a person reacts to chemical or allergen exposure with an overwhelming feeling of sleepiness—or seems dizzy, giddy, or absent-minded—this herb will help.
Nux vomica: Irritability, cramping pains, and chilliness are typical when this herb is needed.
Petroleum: A person needing this herb can be extremely sensitive to fumes from traffic or industry, reacting with headaches, chilliness, diarrhea, and nausea with an empty feeling inside.
Phosphorus: People who need this herb react to many foods and substances by becoming tired, “spaced-out,” and dizzy, and may have headaches, nosebleeds, respiratory problems, nausea, or diarrhea.
Silicea: This herb is good for individuals who have low stamina, are prone to fatigue, and are very sensitive to substances.
Sulphuricum acidum: People with intense sensitivity to fumes and environmental toxins may benefit from this herb.
There are also other areas of life that can be altered to assist the body to fight against allergies.
Papaya Mint Chewable Tablets - These are very good to aid in digestion.
Exercise - Helps to expel toxins, reduce stress and with immune system support.
Do Not Smoke - Secondhand smoke can be just as bad on the system.
Allergy Triggers - Keep your home and office free of mold and dust. Use feather-free pillows and comforters. Invest in a good ionic air purifer, especially for the office and the bedroom.
Xylitol Nasal Spray - Reduces allergy symptoms. Follow instructions on label.
Above all, to control food allergies, do not take antacids. Antacids impede the digestive process making the food allergy problem worse. Zymitol will do a better job of relieving any digestive problems that you might be taking antacids for, including an "acid stomach." Make sure to include NSAIDS such as aspirin and ibuprophen in your list of things not to use. And if you have been taking an aspirin a day for your heart — stop it now! Aspirin causes damage to your stomach and intestines. Instead, take a garlic tablet. It's better for your heart.
Healthy Diet - Make sure to stay on a healthy diet by consuming the right amount of fruits and vegetables. Eat some raw plant foods each day. Live sprouts are great! Eat slowly and chew your food well. Make sure to take Zymitol to replace the enzymes that have been destroyed by the cooking and processing of the foods. Below are some diet suggestions that have worked for many allergy sufferers.
The following foods are the least likely to provoke allergic reactions:
Grains and flour: (All organic)
Dried beans should be soaked overnight. Pour off the water and rinse before cooking. Canned beans often contain added sugar or other potential allergens. Some cooked beans packaged in glass jars, and sold at health food stores, contain no sugar.
Nuts and seeds: (Organic)
Protein: (Organic and free-range)