Allergies

Introduction

Allergies can turn the most routine encounters with everyday substances into uncomfortable experiences. These immune system reactions, triggered by allergens like pollen, dust mites, and certain foods, can lead to symptoms ranging from sneezing and itching to more severe reactions. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into natural approaches to alleviate allergies. Explore the potential of supplements like quercetin, vitamin C, and herbs like burdock and goldenseal in managing allergy symptoms. Discover holistic strategies for a more comfortable life in the face of allergies.

Treatments

Allergies are a reaction of the immune system to a substance that is normally harmless to most people. These substances, called allergens, can include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, certain foods, and some medications. When a person with allergies comes into contact with an allergen, their immune system produces antibodies that can cause a range of symptoms, including sneezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis.

Supplements:

Quercetin, Vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids, Probiotics, Stinging nettle, Black seed oil, African potato, Rooibos tea, Sutherlandia

Herbs:

Burdock, Cantaury, Cubeb, Dandelion, Eyebright, Fringe Tree, Goldenseal (those with ragweed
should avoid), Milk Thistle, Papaya, Phytolacca, Skunk Cabbage

Treatment:

This is one of many available treatments for allergies.

  1. Stinging nettle: Take 300-600 milligrams of freeze-dried nettle leaf capsules or tablets three times daily with meals, or brew nettle tea by steeping one teaspoon of dried nettle leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes, and drink up to three cups daily.
  2. Butterbur: Take 50-75 milligrams of standardized butterbur extract twice daily. It’s important to note that raw butterbur contains compounds that can be harmful to the liver, so it’s recommended to use standardized extracts that have had these compounds removed.
  3. Quercetin: Take 500 milligrams of quercetin supplements twice daily. Quercetin is best absorbed when taken with meals.
  4. Goldenseal: Take 250-500 milligrams of goldenseal supplements twice daily. Goldenseal should not be taken for more than two weeks at a time, as it can cause digestive upset and potentially harm the liver.

Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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