Spring has sprung indeed! And there is so much beauty to behold throughout the season. Such as the fresh morning air, the flowering plants, the joyful singing of the birds in the trees, the squirrels as they scamper about the ground looking for food, the pelting rain on the gloomiest of days, and the warm sunshine that brightens our days…….creation, is it not a great wonder? It almost seems magical when you think about it; things that once seemed so lifeless suddenly sprung to life, and the dullness that confronted us throughout the long winter slowly dissipate, and all that surrounds us are bright rays.
For some of us, being outdoor during this time is an absolute adventure. We are excited to attend to our various projects such as preparing our gardens, visiting the parks, and getting in shape or shedding a few pounds in anticipation of the long summer days ahead. For others, spring can be pretty itchy as it triggers allergies. I can only imagine how dreadful it feels having to deal with a runny stuffy nose, watery, itchy eyes, constant sneezing, and coughing. Oh, how you long for that sweet relief to be able to explore the great outdoors without even a sneeze. I hope that these natural solutions will be all that you need to enjoy spring without itchy allergies.
Garlic contains quercetin, which slows the inflammatory reaction.
Stinging nettles roots and leaves have been used for centuries to treat allergic nasal and respiratory symptoms (runny nose, coughs, chest congestion, asthma, etc.). They are widely used for their antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects. Take 1/2 tsp tincture or 1-2 capsules (preferably freeze-dried) every 2-4 hours.
Ginkgo reduces allergies, asthma, and inflammation. Do not use more than 60-240mg of standardized extract per day.
Horseradish clears the sinuses.
For mucous membrane that has been irritated, drink 1 cup of any of the following herb teas: thyme, hyssop, marjoram, or lavender. For itching eyes, apply a cold compress of witch hazel diluted in 4 parts boiled water. For eye redness, drink hot mullein flower tea.
Hot fluids open the nasal passage; drink hot red clover or nettles tea.
Allergy Herbal Treatment:
1 cup elderberry dried
1 tablespoon Ginger
1 tablespoon Cloves
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
How to prepare
Boil for 1 hour with 4 cups of water, strain, and cool. Then add 1 cup raw honey. Take 1 tablespoon once or twice daily. Refrigerate.
Source: The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia.