Uhhhh allergies.... natural remedies?

flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)June 22, 2005

I'm not sure what's out and about lately (grasses?) but my allergies are killing me ..... my head's all stuffy and my nose and I sneeze alot oh and my throat's KILLING me. What are some good holistic/herbal remedies? I'm taking larger doses of vitamin c and some teas for my throat..... also uses saline washes (in myy nose) ..... anything else? Would echincea help? What other remedies that I don't know about? :)

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Daisyduckworth(Aust)

First step is to find out exactly WHAT is causing your allergic reaction. Check with your doctor for a referral to an immunologist, and follow the advice given after they discover the culprit(s).

Here are some remedies for allergies. Don't use ANY of them without first consulting with your doctor to discover if there are any contraindications etc, and to be given the correct dosages etc. A professionally-qualified herbal therapist will also be able to help and advise. The two may well be willing to work together to devise a suitable treatment regime for you.

To reduce susceptibility to allergies, eat plenty of foods containing Vitamins A, C, B12 and E, or take supplements of these vitamins. Taking supplements of pantothenic acid, L-histidine and Flaxseed (Linseed) oil can also help.

Try any of the following teas and juices to help overcome symptoms:

carrot juice, celery juice, elderberry or elderflower tea, parsley tea (not if you're pregnant), sage tea, yarrow tea, thyme tea, eyebright tea, goldenseal tea, stinging nettle tea, liquorice tea (use the whole plant, not just the root, but don't use it if you suffer from high blood pressure),

Garlic, echinacea, cayenne and juniper will help to strengthen the immune system.

For hayfever and allergies from pollens etc, take a few teaspoons per day of LOCAL honey. That means, honey made by bees living near you - they forage the pollens of plants growing near you which may be causing the allergic reactions. Eating their honey helps to build up immunity to those pollens.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 7:48PM
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rusty_blackhaw(6a)

If your troubles are definitely hay fever, one herb to investigate is butterbur.

Some studies have shown it to be effective, and in the short-term trial linked above, less sedating than a conventional antihistamine.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 9:31PM
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flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)

Hmmmm thanks for those suggestions daisyduck .... I did read info on thyme and dandelion and nettle. ..... ( I guess detoxyifying i.e. the dandelion nettle are good?) yes eric I just heard about the butterbur. I googled and usually I find nothing on natural remedies for allergies but this time I found a good one. I read that bromelian.... (available in supplements) but safer in food form.... (in pineapples) is supposed to be good. Also bioflavinoids.... it said good sources are apples and grapes.... it also noted grape seed extract ...... and a few others.... one that it did note as undergong extensive research was the butterbur..... studies in G.B. showed that it had some positive effects.... wonder if they'd have supplements/extract at a health food store? While "searching" "surfing" I found one note that said that if it is outdoor allergies chamomile (for soar throat etc.) can actually make it worse because it is an astery flower.... is that true? Also I read quercetin is supposed to be helpful.... but I'm always wary of supplements of substances that I don't know alot about.... I will have to research the quercetin further.... I'm going to look for that butterbur.... Just bought some more echinacea extract and am taking vitamin c. I cam make plenty of dandelion tea from the ones outside! And have lots of thyme I could add.... don't have alot of the other good weeds like stinging nettle though! :)

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 6:28PM
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Judy_B_ON(Ontario 5B)

If echinacea is supposed to stimulate the immune system, it may make allergies worse. After all, an allergy is your immune system mistaking a normal substance like pollen for a infectious organism.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 7:38PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

I've used freeze-dried fresh nettles for mild allergies. Lately I'd been sniffling and sneezing around dogs, old books, dust in general, and my garden (lavender!). A week or so of nettles seems to have made it mostly go away.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 2:18AM
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cacye(Denver,CO)

I find that my allergies are less when I don't eat food
with sugar in it. My allergies were diagnosed as tree
pollen allergies; no matter what your allergies are sugar
makes immune system problems worse. Also, you can cut the
pollen allergy problem down by washing your hair before
bedtime; you wouldn't believe how much of the stuff stays
in your hair! Echinacea is a double-edged sword. If you
try, say, 200 mg dried capsules and you don't get worse,
you can probably use it. About 2 grams 3 to 5 times a day
dried; 6 or 7 leaves 5 times a day fresh. It can be an allergen in its own right, however.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 3:56PM
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susanzone5(z5NY)

Quercetin works for me. It's a bioflavonoid with vitamin C. It also is being researched as a cancer preventive.

My allergies have gotten less severe over the years, so hang in there.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 3:00PM
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WildeFrauen(z7 & 8 Texas)

Hubby has horrible seasonal allergies...I give him nettle tincture and echinecea tincture when he first gets a hint of allergies/hayfever - that usually solves the problem...but, if we didn't catch it early enough, he gets goldenrod and mullein tincture along with the nettles. That always solves the problem. When we use the herbal method, he avoids a trip to the doctor --- but if he avoids the herbs (you should see the faces he makes when he takes a dose), he gets horribly ill and it's off to the doctor for shots and pills.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 6:06PM
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kfgesq(z5NJ)

try bioallers.com

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 2:29AM
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Heathen1(10a)

I looked up butterbur and found this article... very interesting... pro alternative therapy, but the side-affects scared me, I have Hep C.
http://www.drgreene.com/21_924.html

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 11:48AM
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eibren(z6PA)

bump

    Bookmark   January 27, 2009 at 7:21PM
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ellenr22

Hi,
just turned this up as I was searching about stinging nettles and allergies. I'm 62 and for the very first time I have a seasonal allergy, at least I think that's what I have.
Sneezing, runny nose, dry cough, dry throat, tired, but don't feel like I have a cold or flu or anything serious.

so am off tomorrow to the health food store - nettles quercetin and elder flowers.

anybody else with allergies?

    Bookmark   May 12, 2009 at 5:05PM
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ellenr22

thot I would add- this is the info I came up with and also how to make a nettle infusion:
Dosages:
Stinging nettle - 250 mg. freeze-dried extract every 2-4 hours or until symptoms subside
Ephedra: 12.5 - 25 mg. 3x day
Quercetin - 400 mg. 2x day between meals
Echinacea - 350 mg 3x day
Garlic - tablet equivalent of 10 cloves of garlic
Honey- 2 tbs daily
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Nettle infusion
A couple of months before your allergies usually begin, start drinking nettles infusions.
Nettles Infusion
1 quart room temperature water
4 tablespoons dried nettles
Let the nettles and water sit over night in a quart glass mason jar. In the morning strain
the herb out and drink the quart of nettles infusion over the next two days. Especially in
warm weather the infusion can go bad so it is important to keep it refrigerated. When
you are ready to drink it take it out of the fridge and warm it up. Normally a nettles
infusion is good for two days if not left out in the heat.
You can drink 1 to 3 cups of nettles infusion a day for several months. Over the years I
have watched many of my clients eliminate their spring allergies following the above
protocols along with drinking nettles for about two months prior to allergy season and
then continuing to drink it throughout the time they would normally have allergies.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2009 at 5:29PM
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