Urban legend has it that a sneeze is 1/8th of an orgasm. We’re not so sure how much truth lies in that statement, but we definitely know that seasonal allergies are getting us no closer to the big O. Runny noses and sinus pressure, red and watery eyes, itchy throats … it’s not sexy. Try these all-natural herbs and remedies to get your histamine levels in a much more comfortable place.
Editor’s note: if you’re having extreme symptoms be sure to talk to your doctor to ensure they aren’t COVID -19 symptoms.
This perennially flowering herb is not only anti-inflammatory, studies also reveal an antihistamine effect for the typical symptoms of allergies from pet dander, pollen, and dust. Sip stinging nettle tea daily to build up these biocompounds and actually enjoy the blooming season.
When your allergies are so out of control that you’re starting to question whether or not you have a killer cold mid-spring, time to bust out the Ayurvedic neti pot. Excellent for that terrible, backed-up congestion, this surge of saltwater will cleanse your nasal passages of built-up mucus and the pollen that might be causing the issue before it becomes chronic.
Essential oils are antimicrobial, so they kill unwelcome bacteria, but many of them are anti-inflammatory as well. While applying undiluted essential oils directly to your skin is never recommended and can result in a reaction all its own, you can inhale their potent yet soothing scents for an instantly clearing and uplifting effect. Try lemon oil in a diffuser, diluted in a nasal spray, or with a special essential oil inhaler.
A great supplement to our immune systems, apple cider vinegar’s potency helps our body to break up mucus, and get things flowing so stagnant lymph doesn’t hang out, making us feel congested and puffy. One to two tablespoons in a glass of water with lemon a day will help prevent and fight any allergy-related congestion.
Take Liver-Supporting Herbs
Your liver is the head honcho of your body’s detox system, which helps to fight and prevent inflammation. When your liver is sweating the big jobs like metabolizing chronic stress, alcohol, and junk food, it doesn’t have a lot of room left to fight an inflammatory response like seasonal allergies. Up your intake of turmeric, milk thistle, citrusy fruits, and nuts to give your liver the detoxification support it needs.
Besides having a cute name, butterbur is a shrubby herb well known for its antihistamine effects, and has even been touted to be as powerful as over-the-counter antihistamines, sans the drowsiness.