The Herbal Antihistamines That You Should Try for Allergies This Spring

A 2 minute read, Posted on Tue, Jan 31, 2017
In Homepathy, Living Healthy, Medicine

With spring right around the corner, one in ten have cause for worry. With spring comes seasonal allergies, and those bothersome symptoms. Even worse, a doctor’s prescription for antihistamines usually means miserable drowsiness all day.

Luckily, antihistamines don’t need to be chemicals formulated in the laboratory. There are many natural products with powerful antihistamine effect that one can use. These are safe and effective to try, even for significant attacks. With a little experimentation, you could hit the jackpot, and come by something that works perfectly for you, keeping your symptoms at bay while producing few side effects.

Butterbur

The leaves, buds and roots of the butterbur plant contain petasin, a natural antihistamine that is often extracted for use in various products by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Butterbur helps control nasal inflammation, and tends to work for allergies that cause the sniffles and a postnasal drip.

Quercetin

Quercetin is naturally found in apples, citrus fruits, broccoli and red wine. It works against airborne allergies by helping prevent mast cells from producing the histamines that cause allergic reactions. While simply eating oranges might work, the effect is usually too mild to be of use. It usually takes the concentrated power of a supplement, about 800 mg a day, to truly settle an allergic response.

Stinging nettle

Rich in natural antihistamines, the leaf of the stinging nettle is commonly available, even in most supermarkets. It isn’t advisable to even attempt to directly use the leaf, considering that it tends to sting. Some people prefer brewing the leaf of the stinging nettle for a cup of tea. A 300 mg dose of a supplement, taken three times a day, may be the most effective way to keep the troublesome sniffles away.

Probiotics

The body’s microbiome contributes far more to stable health than most people ever realize. A reasonable probiotic balance in the gut is responsible for a significant part of the body’s immune defense. When it is in good, healthy state, it can help calm the inflammatory response of the body to allergenic situations. If you have a poor digestive microbiome, it can show up in the form of allergic reactions. It isn’t hard to experiment with probiotic supplements, however. Knocking back about 200 billion CFUS a day is all it takes, and it comes with no incidental effects..

The natural approach to fighting allergies is often just as effective as popping pills. Once you find a product that works for you, the improvement to your health can be dramatic.