Treating allergies with medicinal herbs, essential oils, and home remedies

Are you allergic to pollen or certain foods? Millions of people suffer from allergies. Allergic reactions from pollen, dust, smoke, pollution, pet fur, house mites, and other irritants can cause all kinds of symptoms ranging from a runny nose to anaphylactic shock. The main symptoms of allergic reactions include sneezing, wheezing, hives, swelling, mucus buildup, burning red eyes, itching, and difficulty breathing. If experiencing breathing problems, seek emergency help immediately!

Mowing the grass can be impossible for people allergic to pollen.
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Mowing the grass can be impossible for people allergic to pollen. Autumn ragweed can be especially aggravating.


Herbs like ginkgo biloba can help relieve allergy symptoms.

Allergies are hyper-sensitivity reactions caused by a response initiated by the immune system. Hay fever caused by pollen in the air is a common type of allergy and often occurs in people with excess mucous. Many hay fever sufferers find relief with ginkgo biloba or ginger. Other herbs for the treatment of allergies include evening primrose, echinacea, nettle, aloe, echinacea, yellowroot, and eyebright. People with allergies should also take immune building herbs like astragalus on a regular basis especially in spring and summer. Everyone is different so it can take time to find what works best. Try one thing at a time for a week or so and make notes of results.

Try eyebright tea, rosemary essential oil, and other herbs to fight allergies.

Soothe many allergy symptoms with herbal preparations. Relieve itching and watery eyes with a splash of eyebright tea. Ease asthma congestion by inhaling rosemary or eucalyptus essential oil aromas. Build resistance and support the immune system with garlic. Take locally-produced honey in the winter months to reduce intensity and duration of springtime allergies. Detoxify the blood with green tea. Support liver function with milk thistle seed and dandelion. Fight inflammation with bilberry. Support the adrenal glands with astragalus, licorice, and liquid chlorophyll.

Horseradish and lemon will unstop the sinuses.

To remove accumulated mucus from the body, take 1 teaspoon of grated fresh horseradish mixed with a tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Inhale fumes while grating and hold the mixture in your mouth as long as possible before swallowing! This remedy works great on stuffed-up noses caused by allergies -- or colds. Better get a box of tissue or stand over the sink because mucus is going to run out. I use this method before bed to get a restful nights sleep.

Some allergies are caused by diet.

A diet change is the best remedy for many allergies. Dairy foods should be avoided and water intake should be increased. Royal jelly, ginseng, and bee pollen should be taken daily for one or two weeks. Fresh organic vegetables, fruits, and juices are essential. Lots of sea-vegetables (seaweed), high-fiber cereal, and wheat germ are beneficial.

Some foods may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, wheat, chocolate, strawberries, fish, and shellfish are the most common food allergens. Symptoms usually involve the skin or intestines and can begin within a few seconds after ingesting the offending food. Sneezing, wheezing, swelling of the tongue and lips, skin rashes, hives, eczema, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are all signs of food intolerance.

Some people with allergies benefit from lifestyle changes.

Lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the chances of an allergic reaction by removing the underlying cause. Move to an area with green-space and cleaner air. Avoid canned foods and all produce that is sprayed with colorants, waxes, or ripening agents. Avoid genetically modified foods to be on the safe side.

Acupressure can help stop allergies.

Some allergies are brought on by air-borne irritants such as pollen and smoke. In these cases, acupressure can sometimes stop an attack. Try pressing hard on the tip of the nose or the hollow above the center of the upper lip. Another technique is pressing in an upward motion under and over the cheekbones.

Rashes can be symptoms of allergic reactions.

Eczema and hives are often reactions to ordinary household products. Synthetic fabrics, some natural fabrics like wool, detergent, deodorant, or strong soap can be the offending culprit. Some people are even allergic to florescent lighting, aluminum cookware, microwave ovens, and non-filtered computer screens. When there is a sudden onset of allergic symptoms, any new product is suspect. If you experience lots of skin problems and rashes, keep a journal. Try changing laundry detergents, bath soaps, and anything that comes in contact with your body -- one thing at a time -- and keep notes of results.

Skin problems can also be caused by health problems like fatty liver disease and urinary problems. When your problems are severe, seek the help of a professional healthcare provider.

* Asthma, eczema, hay fever, food allergies, and hives can be life-threatening conditions. Always consult with your health care professional before using any herbal remedy.

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