Herbs for Allergies

What is Allergy?

Allergy is a reaction between your immune system and a foreign body or an allergen. The body’s immune system or the defense mechanism works overtime fighting these allergens. These allergens may be harmless to others but may effect you severely causing discomfort to the body.

Causes of Allergy

Allergies can be caused due to

  • Food
  • Medicines
  • Pollen
  • Insect stings
  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander

Symptoms of Allergies





Allergies cause problems like sneezing, runny nose, itching, rashes, swelling, watery eyes, itchy hives, sinus headaches or even asthma. Some people can also experience wheezing and shortness of breath. However, they are not necessarily fatal.

Herbal Treatment for Allergies

Nettle

– is a good Anti- Allergy herb. It is a natural anti-histamine. It reduces the ability of the body to produce histamine. Histamine is a chemical produced by the antibodies in the body to fight against the allergens. Stinging nettle fights against allergy symptoms like cough, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose.

Quercetin

Quercetin is a natural anti-oxidant and anti-histamine. It helps in relieving typical allergic symptoms and even asthma. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reducing itchiness and rash.

Butterbur

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is an anti-inflammatory herb. It also decreases histamines and leukotrienes. It blocks the action of histamine released by the body during the allergic reaction. It treats fever symptoms effectively.

Astralagus

– Astralagus Membranaceus is used to strengthen the body’s immune system. It is rich in anti-oxidants and protects cells against damage caused in allergies. It protects and supports the immune system in preventing colds and upper respiratory infections. It is also an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory herb.

Ephedra

– or Ma Huang is an active ingredient in many traditional Chinese medicines used in the treatment of Asthma, hay fever and common cold. It is a thermogenic and a stimulant. It expands the bronchial tubes making breathing easier. Its diaphoretic properties help to expel exterior pathogens and regulate the functioning of lungs.

Chamomile:

Chamomile has antihistamine, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. This is an excellent remedy for allergies, particularly for hay fever. As it is an antihistamine, it counteracts histamine effects and hence reduces hypersensitivity.

Eucalyptus:

It has expectorant properties. Eucalyptus oil can be applied topically for clearing chest congestion. Also, it helps in clearing nasal congestion. Additionally, it loosens phlegm and also protects from insect bites.

Angelica:

This is an effective medicine for hay fever. The active components present in this herb block antibodies formation which are produced due to allergic reactions.

Licorice root:

This is a wonderful herb for treating asthma and allergies. Licorice root has glycyrrhizic acid. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties as well. Hence, it is very effective in the treatment of conjunctivitis, bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and hay fever. As it is a strong expectorant, it can also be used for treating chest infections and cough.

Eyebright:

The tincture and capsules of Eyebright can be used for reducing hay fever symptoms.

Ginger:

It is known for its anti-microbial properties. It inhibits the activities of clotting agent and platelet-activating factors. These produce inflammatory reactions. Also, it prevents excessive secretion of histamine, thus reduces the symptoms of allergies.

Rooibos:

Rooibos has antihistamine properties. In some situations, rooibos tea can help in treating hay fever symptoms.

St. John’s Wort:

St. John’s Wort capsules give relief from sinus headaches.

Honey:

Honey helps you by augmenting the resistance of the body against allergens.

Garlic:

It is a decongestant and thereby, gives relief from congestion problems caused by allergies.

Thyme:

This is another useful herb for clearing congestion. Also, it can be used for treating sinus problems, nasal congestion and cough.

Green tea:

Green tea reduces histamine release and thereby, reduces allergy symptoms.