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Herbal remedies for Hay fever and other allergies are quite abundant and easy to try out at home. However, most herbal remedies are primarily focussed on alleviating ones symptoms after the symptoms after they strike, rather than preventing them from occuring in the first place.
For early preventative and avoidance measures, see our Allergy Air Purifier page for tips and ideas.
Chamomile is considered to be one of the best herbal remedies for hay fever. This her has anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Chamomile is a common name for several daisy-like plants
It is best known for being made into tea and served with honey or lemon. Drinking Chamomile tea is a great way to help relieve your symptoms and clear your sinuses.
Caution: Avoid taking chamomile if you are using blood thinners such as warfarin because chamomile can compound its effects.
Aroma therapy and steam inhalation is known to help with some hay fever symptoms. Mixing in a few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water and inhaling the steam will help clear nasal congestion. In fact, the oil contained in the eucalyptus leaf is an essential ingredient in Vicks Vapo-Rub. It helps clear nasal passages, loosen phlegm, and increase blood flow.
Ginger juice or tea is a good way to strengthen the immune system. This also works as a natural expectorant, which helps clear mucus from the lungs and throat by thinning it, and allowing it to drain more easily. A common medicinal expectorant is Mucinex. Expectorants should not be used with cough suppressants, as coughing up mucus is required to obtain relief.
Nettle is often used to reduce inflammation from allergies, arthritis and lupus. Nettle is also high in iron and vitamin C. The roots of this herb are used for treating hay fever. In low doses, it helps control the immune cells that cause allergic reactions. Nettle can be obtained as dried leaves, or as a tea.
This herb contains a wealth of natural antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C. It is often used as a remedy for colds and the flu due to its antiviral properties. Drinking Red tea containing rooibos is the easiest way to obtain its benefits.