Getting out in nature is good for us, right? But then a beautiful early Fall day comes around, and we go outside to begin sneezing…who knew the ragweed was blooming already! Trees and grasses release billions of tiny pollen grains into the air, causing itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. If you suffer from “hay fever”. You are not alone.
Many people have an immune reaction that triggers the release of histamine. Your medical doctor may prescribe antihistamines and anti inflammatories, even steroids…but these cause a cascade of other issues. Dr. Bernard Jensen used to say that just suppressing symptoms only creates new problems for the body.
So what do we do?
HYDRATION – Some research has confirmed that allergies and asthma are a sign of cellular dehydration. When properly hydrated, our bodies produce less histamine! We need at least ½ oz. of pure water for every pound of body fat per day…and some may need more. It helps to put a little dash of sea salt in the water…after all, our tears and sweat are all salty, right?
Tea. Coffee, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and energy drinks DEHYDRATE the body, so stick with water!
VITAMINS: Vitamin C is a good natural anti-histamine, especially if combined with natural citrus bioflavonoids; it is best taken throughout the day because we can’t produce it in our own body!.
Bee Pollen is good for allergies and is a source for energy and nutrition. So to desensitize ourselves to pollen, we can take a bit each day. Bee pollen from local beekeepers is best, and raw honey has many of the same properties.
Ragweed, sold as Butterbur, is used to ease allergies, as is Goldenrod. Goldenrod is antihistamine, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory! Stinging nettle “stings” you because it contains formic acid and histamine, and it also has anti-allergenic properties.
Anyone who enjoys sushi, knows that wasabi or horseradish opens up the sinus cavity as well.
I try to grow horehound every year, and always add it to my respiratory teas and formulas. You have probably had it because it is in so many cough drops at the market. It is valuable for allergy relief because it thins mucus and works even in chronic allergies.
So don’t reach for something that dries out your mucus membranes; try these herbs first. And don’t forget about BlueBoy Herbs Sinex; it works like a charm for symptom relief!
Homeopathic Remedies can certainly help! Nat Mur addresses hay fever, cold sores, a tendency to catch colds, dry mucous membranes and melancholy. It is safe for children and the elderly and everyone in between!