Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system perceives an otherwise harmless allergen as a threat. Seasonal allergy symptoms are a result of an overactive immune response to airborne pollen.
These allergies are usually manifested in inflammation in the nose, hay fever, swollen eyes, tears, runny nose. and difficulty breathing. Your specific allergies will depend on your local climate and flora, but generally, there are three types of pollen, each with a different peak season. Among the worst allergens is ragweed, which is the cause of up to 50% of seasonal allergies in America. Ragweed season usually begins mid-July and peaks in early September. Peak seasons for pollen are:
- Tree pollen: highest in spring.
- Grass pollen: late spring to summer.
- Weed pollen: late summer through autumn.
A variety of herbal and natural remedies, which are backed by science, combat allergy symptoms, although research is still growing in this area. Some of the great allergy-fighting herbs are nettles, chamomile, lemon balm, marshmallow root, and peppermint, which are all included in the Allergy Fighter Tea.
Nettle Leaves as Natural Antihistamine
Nettle leaf contains natural antihistamines that have been used traditionally in the treatment of respiratory problems and to bring relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Whether used purely in leaf form, or including other plant parts, nettles enjoy a history of use for relieving allergies. According to Web MD: “Stinging nettle leaf may be useful in reducing the symptoms of hay fever by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Some research has linked treatment with stinging nettle leaf to the relief of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes.”
Marshmallow Root and its Anti-inflammatory Effects
The anti-inflammatory effect of marshmallow root may also help relieve skin irritation caused by eczema and dermatitis. A review from 2013 found that using an ointment containing 20 percent marshmallow root extract greatly reduced skin irritation. Marshmallow root is used to relieve irritated mucous membranes. This action of the plant can be extremely beneficial in the reduction of seasonal allergy symptoms.
When it comes to herbal teas and natural remedies, regular treatment is important in combating seasonal allergies. It is helpful to make a large thermos of the Allergy Fighter Tea early in the morning and sip on it throughout the day to receive a regular dose of histamine-fighting herbs. This allergy-fighting herbal tea can also be chilled and drunk instead of water throughout the day.
Additional Tips to Limit Seasonal Allergies
In addition to herbal teas, there are some actions you can take to prevent and reduce seasonal allergies. Limiting contact with pollen is important. Showering and washing your hair after spending time outside as well as removing and washing clothing that’s been worn outside can also be extremely helpful. Using an air purifier and dehumidifier as well as a vacuum machine with a HEPA filter can greatly help, too. Pollen counts are higher morning and midday, so try to avoid peak pollen time while spending time outdoors.
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