Allergies

Herbal Remedies for Allergic Reactions

honeyAn allergy may be termed as a condition related with the immune system which becomes extremely sensitive to some substances known as allergens. Generally, immune system protects your body from the invasion of dangerous foreign substances like parasites, viruses, bacteria, etc by producing antibodies for killing them. However, the immune system overreacts even to harmless substances like insect bites, medications, some foods, dust and pollen. Usually allergies are an inherited disease, even though sometimes, environmental factors like exposure to infectious diseases, pollution and changes in diet at an early age may play a vital role in developing allergic reactions.

Herbal Remedies for Allergic Reactions:

Eczema, food allergies, asthma and hay fever are some of the most common types of allergic reactions. Vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, itching, respiratory problems, redness of eyes and sneezing are some of the symptoms of allergic reactions. Usually, nasal corticosteroids, antihistamine medications, etc are used for treating allergies. However, certain herbs are effective in treating allergic reactions:

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C has antihistamine properties and thus, intake of fruits which contain enough amounts of vitamin C can prove effective in minimizing the extent and severity of allergies. Fruits like plums,berries, peppers, grapes, orange and lemon that are good sources of vitamin C. These help in keeping the allergies at bay. Broccoli and spinach are also contain significant amounts of vitamin C.

Chamomile:

This herb is known for its antihistamine, anti inflammatory and antispasmodic properties and used to prepare tea. This is an effective herbal remedy for allergic reactions, particularly for hay fever. As it is an antihistamine, it counteracts the effects of histamine and thus reduces hypersensitivity.

Licorice:

This is another excellent treatment for asthma and allergies. Licorice root contains glycyrrhizic acid, that has anti inflammatory and anti allergic properties, and hence it is very effective for treating conjunctivitis, bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and hay fever. Also, it is a strong expectorant and thereby, can be used for treating chest infections and cough.

Eucalyptus:

This has expectorant properties and the eucalyptus oil may be topically used for clearing chest congestion. Apart from this, it also loosens phlegm and protects from insect bites.

Nettle:

This is another useful herb which facilitates expectoration and decreases inflammation. Nettle root is used for treating hay fever.

Angelica:

This is another significant herb for treating hay fever. Active compounds in angelica block the development of antibodies produced in response to allergies.

Honey:

This helps you by augmenting the resistance of the body against allergens.

Ginger:

It has anti microbial properties and inhibits the activity of platelet activating factors and also clotting agent, that are responsible to produce inflammatory reactions in allergies. Also it prevents excess secretion of histamine and thus reduces symptoms of allergy.

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