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Herbs for Natural Allergy Relief
Spring is here, and we’re excited for the renewal of earth and energy after a long winter. It’s time to welcome warmer days, plant seeds of intention and tune into nature as it blossoms with new growth. We’re already planning our gardens, and enjoying greener hiking trails.
For some, spring comes with anxiety as allergy season begins. Adventures are interrupted by itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, running nose and other uncomfortable symptoms. For many allergy sufferers, staying indoors and drowsy from antihistamines is a reality.
Thankfully, nature offers an apothecary full of herbs to help us combat allergies and reduce inflammation! Whether you’re triggered by seasonal allergies, foods, or pet dander, these herbs can bring support and relief.
Today, we’re diving into 4 herbal allies to incorporate into your herbal routine for an allergy-free summer:
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum):
Known as the “mushroom of immortality”, Reishi is a powerful medicinal mushroom for whole-body health. Its medicinal use spans back more than 2000 years and it is considered to be the most researched mushroom. Reishi is packed with immune-modulating, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-oxidant and adaptogenic properties. Studies have shown that the polysaccharides found in Reishi can inhibit the release of histamine and suppress the inflammatory response in allergic reactions.
Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis):
Much like Reishi, Skullcap has a long history of application in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Widely prized for its ability to relieve anxiety, stress and headaches, Skullcap is equally valuable as a treatment for seasonal allergies. Skullcap has potent anti-inflammatory capabilities and can help to ease the discomfort and stress from allergen exposure.
Nettle (Urtica dioica):
Known for its painful sting, this spring green can be a miracle herb for allergy sufferers. Researchers have found that ingesting Nettle right after a histamine reaction can quickly reduce inflammatory symptoms by blocking histamine receptor sites. Studies have shown that regular consumption of nettle in either a tea, tincture or decoction may curb allergy symptoms completely.
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis):
Eyebright is a dainty flower native to boreal regions. This aptly named herb relieves itchy, watery or sensitive eyes due to seasonal allergies. Eyebright’s astringent action also reduces mucus, helping to remedy other allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, wheezing and cough.