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Natural Allergy Remedies

on April 20, 2012

Who doesn’t love spring?  Everything about spring is wonderful.  The longer, warmer days, the blooming flowers, outdoor grilling, etc.  Well, everything except for those dreaded allergies.  I have a mild case, but my husband gets a pretty bad case every year.  He used to take all the usual allergy meds, but he just didn’t feel quite right when he took them, so I began to search for a more natural remedy.  I came across research on Stinging Nettle that claimed that if used regularly, it helps reduced itching and sneezing in allergy sufferers.  Researchers believe that Stinging Nettle reduced the body’s histamine production in response to an allergen, and reduced inflammation.  So, we gave it a try, and surprisingly, it worked!  He has been taking it for the past three allergy seasons, and has not had to take any allergy medications since.  There are several ways to take Stinging Nettle including capsules, teas, and tinctures. My husband takes the capsules, 2-3 capsules, twice a day.  There is no specific recommended dosage, but as with any herb or supplement, start with a small dose and increase as needed until your find the right dose for your body.  Also, be sure to check with your doctor before you begin taking any supplement, as many can interact with other medications or exacerbate an existing ailment.   Stinging Nettle is not recommended for children, please consult your pediatrician before treating children for any allergy symptoms.

Natural News also published an article this week on “Red Ginseng” or “Raw Ginseng Root” as a possible treatment for allergy relief.  The researchers gave patients six 250mg pills for day and found that their allergy symptoms improved over time.  You can read the full article here.

 

Sources:

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/stinging-nettle-000275.htm

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/nettle.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/383936-nettle-for-allergies/

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