Weekend Wellness – Allergy Relief

Week-End Wellness

by Tammy Parkinson

Pollen is free flowing everywhere!  In fact, in my driveway is a big pile of “yellow” pollen…just waiting to be inhaled.

I’m one of the fortunate ones who isn’t as bothered by it; however I know many who are debilitated by allergies, hay fever, pollen and everything in between.

I read an article last night all about natural remedies and relief (from “Taste for Life”) and thought I’d pass it along to those of you who do suffer.

Many herbalists advise taking herbal extracts weeks before hay fever season even begins; giving the immune system a good head start (pun intended).  Of course, please check with your Doctor to see if these herbs are safe for you.

Here are some little known herbs which might help:

buttterbur 200Butterbur:
Butterbur appears to have positive effects on the immune system, helping to ease hay fever symptoms caused by grass pollen.  Butterbur leaves and roots contain petasines, which appear to inhibit some allergic reactions including sneezing, itching, runny nose and congestion.   A great bonus is it does not cause drowsiness like some antihistamine drugs.  If you do choose butterbur, it is recommended that the extracts specify they are free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, compounds found in butterbur root that can actually harm the liver.  Toxin-free butterbur extracts are available.  Again, check with your Doctor, especially if you have impaired liver or if you are pregnant or nursing.

stinging nettle 200Stinging Nettle:
Stinging nettle has been shown to reduce inflammation, sneezing and itching brought on by allergens.  Freeze-dried nettle may be the most effective form.  Nettles appear to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces when battling an allergen.

rosemary 200
…specifically the rosmarinic acid it contains is a powerful antioxidant.  It can help relieve itchy nose and eyes caused by allergen.  Rosmarinic acid is also found in sage!


Bromelain 200Bromelain:
Bromelain is an enzyme from pineapples, and is useful for hay fever symptoms.  It can reduce the swelling of the nose and sinuses.

Other plant based supplements used for seasonal allergy relief include goldenseal and bee pollen (local especially).

To yours in Health and Wellness~

Tammy Parkinson CNC CPT CLC
Body Firm Personal Training and Nutritional Consulting

3 Herbs Scientifically Proven to Ease Your Allergies by Julia Merz
Butterbur Extract Topic Overview, NYU Langone Medical Center


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