Most have eagerly welcomed Spring, but with this new season comes Springtime allergies. Some may already be suffering from exposure to pollen, dust, mold, and other allergens that are emerging from Winter rest. These allergens can trigger an inflammatory response within the body that causes symptoms to manifest in the respiratory system, skin, nose, eyes, and throat. In many cases, herbal teas can help calm the body’s immune response with their natural antihistamine qualities and remedy symptom such as itchy eyes, running nose, inflamed skin, etc. Consider turning to nature’s medicine for prevention and relief from seasonal allergies.
The best springtime allergy helpers….
Elderberry tea calms the body’s immune response. Elderberry is considered to be one of the most popular and widely used herbs in holistic medicine today because of effectiveness in preventing and healing many ailments. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties will lend nicely to allergy prevention. Elderberry can also be purchased in concentrate, syrup, and whole berry form.
Stinging nettle reduces sneezing and itching. It is often prescribed to remedy symptoms of hay fever and can also help reduce eczema flare ups, which can be brought on by exposure to allergens. Outside of tea form, stinging nettle can be taken in capsule, tincture, and extract form.
Magnolia clears nasal congestion and watery eyes. This herb is used in Chinese medicine to clear stuffy nose, prevent and treat allergies, relieve headaches, and again, reduce inflammation. According to Herbal Wisdom, magnolia “was found in studies to support the body’s natural production of adrenal steroids (corticosteroids) which suppress inflammation. This anti-inflammatory effect is thought responsible for alleviating the allergic inflammatory response in cases of asthma.”
Eyebright, also known as euphrasia can provide almost immediate relief. It helps with the body’s acute response to allergies because of its ability to constrict eye, nasal, and upper respiratory vessels when they are in an overactive state. It is known for clearing nasal congestion and can be applied topically to the eyes for relieve of burning, redness, and itching.
Ginger tea clears congestion and soothes itchy throat. Again, ginger tea is used as an effective anti-inflammatory herb; its strong aromatic properties also clear passageways and provide a revitalizing energy boost. It is commonly used to soothe sore, itchy throats and cough.
Herbal teas should be used as directed by a holistic practitioner or manufacturer and often need to be consumed three to five times per day for reap their amazing benefits. Consistency in use is recommended to improve effectiveness.
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