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Since moving out to the Eastern Seaboard, I have developed the worst allergies. On a good day, my sinuses clog up and my eyes become irritated and red. On a bad day, I lose my sense of taste and feel just uncomfortable overall.
Now, here is a quick lesson on allergies, histamines and antihistamines.
Your body naturally releases histamines when it reacts to pet dander, molds, pollen or other allergens. This causes your body to have a stuffed nose (hay fever), watery eyes, itchy skin, etc. In most cases, your body’s overreaction is treated with an antihistamine.
Now, over-the-counter antihistamines (like Claritin, Zyrtec, etc.) suppress your allergy symptoms. But, Mother Nature has provided us with a plethora of natural antihistamines.
Here is a list of natural antihistamines:
• Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
• Devil's claw
• Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
• Green Tea
• Stinging Nettle
• Jewelweed (Impatiens aurea)
• Papaya (Carica papaya)
• Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
• Ragweed (Ambrosia ambrosioides)
• Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
• Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
• Vitamin C
• Wild Oregano (Origanum vulgare) – aka Wild Marjoram
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Marcia Mendosa, medical herbalist at the University of Westminster, said, "Herbs such as echinacea, devil's claw and bloodroot contain molecules that work together to correct allergic reactions in hay fever, asthma and other allergies by rebalancing immunity.
"Some people notice a difference in days or weeks and may be able to come off a medication such as steroids," continued Mendosa.” The Daily Mail article also stated that daily use of stinging nettle tea can reduce hay fever symptoms.
Now, the key question is how do you take theses natural herbal antihistamines?
1. Conduct an internal evaluation (make a list) of current medications and supplements you are currently taking.
2. Contact your doctor and let him know that you plan on taking a natural herbal antihistamine.