While prevention is the best cure and in the long run we need to focus on strengthening our immune system to get over it once and for all, if you are caught in the middle of it, here are some preferred herbs for hay fever:
Baikal skullcap is a traditional Chinese herb used to treat hay fever and other allergies such as asthma, eczema and urticaria. It inhibits release of histamine from mast cells. It is also effective for fevers, infections and inflammation.
Eyebright is a beautiful flower which looks like an eye and in fact, has been traditionally used to improve and preserve eyesight. It is also known to alleviate inflammation of the eye, help with itchiness and puffiness, as well as irritation and catarrh in the nose.
Finally, nettle leaf is an excellent all-around anti-histamine remedy and comes out in early spring just in time to treat hay fever. It is highly nutritious, rich in vitamins A, C and most minerals. It detoxifies elimination pathways such as lymph and urinary system, stimulates liver and kidney function, resulting modulating immune system and preventing allegies.
You can also look for other anti-allergic herbs, like plantain, echinacea, yarrow and elder flower. You can find most of them in parks, forests or garden centers or alternatively you can purchase them from a herbalist. And don’t forget the earlier you start (ideally 1 month before blossom) the better the results are going to be. There are many ways you can take these herbs – tea infusions, herbal snuff or herbal wash.
In order to properly address the cause of the problem, it is worth considering a comprehensive detox, focusing on clean diet, removing all irritants in the food and the environment that may cause sensitivity, boosting gut function and addressing and deficiencies or imbalance in microbiome. You basically reset the button on your body, which often calms various allergies.
Jenya Di Pierro is a professional herbalist and a naturopath with a qualification in herbal medicine from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. She also founded Cloud Twelve, London’s leading wellness and lifestyle club. Jenya focuses on enabling body’s self-healing mechanism through the power of plants and herbs. Her mission is to give people the option to use plants and feel their huge regenerative power, and to see how much calmer, happier and more balanced they can be.