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  • Writer's pictureEartha Armstrong, L.Ac.

Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

This is for those of you who suffer from seasonal allergies. That time of year is right around the corner! Symptoms of seasonal allergies range from mild to severe sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, watery and itchy eyes, itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals, ear congestion, postnasal drainage and headache.

Now is a great time to work on preventing those symptoms.

Here are a few things that you can do to reduce symptoms for this coming allergy season.

Drink 2-3 cups of strong Nettle Tea every day.

Nettles natural histamine content that is thought to down-regulate the allergic response.

They have been shown to decrease inflammation.

Nettles are also astringent, which can help reduce a runny nose.

Herbal Infusion: (makes a stronger herbal medicine decoction)

Add 1 oz of dried nettles to a glass quart jar.

Pour boiling hot water over the nettles - fill to the top.

Place a lid on the jar and let sit overnight.

In the morning strain the liquid off from the nettles and drink throughout the day.

If the taste is too strong, you can add some lemon and honey.

Eat a spoonful of raw, unprocessed local honey each day.

Local bees collect pollen, pollen gets into the honey, you get exposed to the allergens, and over time your body learns not to react.

Please Note: be sure not to add your honey to boiling water. Heating honey will reduce the effectiveness of the honey - you can add the honey to the nettle tea or infusion once it has cooled completely.

Get regular acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture has the ability to reduce histamine response and inflammation, reducing allergy symptoms.

Just as in Western medicine, allergies are caused by the defense against pathogens in a hyper-alert state causing an immune response to a substance that is not harmful to the body. By strengthening the immune system and calming the nervous system, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can normalizes the response to such triggers.

This blog and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material on this blog is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program. 


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