Today was a beautiful day in Chicago but this warm weather has me thinking what is in store for us this summer. Will we have a heat wave of hot humidity. Or will we continue to have cool days as it has been this spring. Before you can think of putting on your bathing suit. Guess what this could be your most uncomfortable allergy season. You may have survived the worst this winter’s polar vortex had to throw at you, but if you are an allergy sufferer, better brace yourself for its sibling — the “pollen vortex.”

Allergy experts say that the long, cold winter kept trees dormant for longer than usual. This means that tree pollen season will overlap with grass pollen and mold seasons this year. if you have multiple environmental allergies, that likely means extra misery this year. I just started sneezing, so it’s time to work on my arsenal before I go into a sneezing frenzy.

If you who started taking your preventive allergy medications in late February or early March. You may be caught off-guard. What can be done naturally instead of over medicate yourself. Here is a list of my top 5 herbs to get you started this allergy season.

My favorite Herbs to Get Through Allergy Season

1. Stinging Nettle is an excellent herb of choice but caution must be exercised when touching fresh nettle. The entire plant bristles with invisible needle-sharp hairs that will penetrate your skin at the slightest touch. It’s not the pain that you want to experience either. Instantaneous and persistent. Sources show that it is a chemical cocktail released from the hairs that cause an intense burning sensation and swelling of the skin. However, this mild herb nettle is an excellent remedy for reducing sneezing an ditching in people that experience hay fever. A friend of my family was visiting for the weekend and unbeknownst to us he was allergic to cats as well. Guess what I gave him? I prepared a dried Nettle tea to calm inflammatory reactions that could have been unbearable.

2. Cayenne pepper has an active ingredient called capsaicin, which is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. Not only is it a great remedy but it’s inexpensive and readily available. You may even have it in your cabinet. Just sprinkle a liberal amount of cayenne pepper on your meal for a few days to reduce symptoms. Of-course you are going to have to feel the heat. Types of Allergies

3. Skullcap has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2000 years which serves as an anti-inflammatory herb. Well-known among the Cherokee and other Native American tribes, as a strong female medicinal herb. It may reduce allergic sympton of congestion and watery eyes due to hay fever.

 4. Butterbur, Swiss study published in the British Journal of Medicine found that butterbur was as effective as the active ingredient in Zyrtec (cetirizine) in treating allergy symptoms—without the drowsiness. In a second study, presented at the 60th annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a group of British researchers reported that butterbur was effective in taming symptoms of grass allergy. Butterbur is in the same family as ragweed, which means you should try a little at first to check for allergic reactions.

5. Many people are familiar with my last herb, Licorice. It is used to flavor candy, food, recipes and even tobacco. It is said to promote longevity in Chinese medicine. Traditionally used for respiratory and detox aid for the digestive tract. This herb is an expectorant, which helps to loosen phlegm as coughs associated with allergies, bronchitis, and colds.

Unfortunately there is no one herb that will work for all allergy sufferer. As with any herb always check for interactions if taking pharmaceuticals.

Dear readers, what are some things that have worked for your during allergy season?

 

….Stay Beautiful and Healthy,

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Source: http://renegadehealth.com, Alternative Medicine the Definite Guide, Love to know herbs