An article I wrote recently with seven natural remedies for spring allergies was featured on Yahoo! Green and The Early Show on CBS this Friday, May 13th, and I am writing to follow-up with a few more natural remedies that can help provide relief to those that suffer from spring allergies:
- Butterbur: this European herb shows great promise as a natural treatment for allergies. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, taking one tablet of butterbur four times a day was effective in controlling hay fever symptoms without the usual drowsiness accompanying many traditional antihistamines. Butterbur has been used medicinally since ancient Greece.
- Chrysanthemum: taken both as a salve and tea, the flower pods of this herb provide relief from red eyes, itchiness, and sinus pressure headaches associated with allergies. Steep the dried flower pods in boiling water for 1 minute, then let sit for 5-10 min, strain, and drink the tea. Place the boiled flower pods inside a paper towel and apply directly over the eyes for 10 minutes for relief from itchy, watery, red eyes associated with seasonal allergies.
- HEPA Filter: a High Efficiency Particulate Filter can filter out the tiniest particles floating in the air, including pollen grains. Use one in your bedroom, or other rooms where you tend to spend a lot of time indoors, and it will help relieve allergy symptoms by reducing your exposure to the allergens. A HEPA filter is a great idea to have in any bedroom to improve the quality of indoor air.
Hope you find these additional suggestions useful as you seek to reduce your allergy symptoms. Here’s to no sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, or itchy eyes and nose!