Nettle is probably best known as being that pesky plant that gives you a sting when your skin comes into contact with it. But did you know that nettle actually has a whole host of health benefits? From our urinary health to our bones and skin this common plant can even serve as a natural allergy relieve remedy!
Nettle has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for seasonal allergies, hay fever, asthma and hives. Unfortunately though there isn’t a huge amount of research that conclusively confirms nettle’s beneficial effects. That being said though nettle is a natural allergy remedy that many people swear by.
It is thought to work by reducing histamine levels in the body and therefore reducing inflammation throughout the body. What’s more, nettle contains a wide range of nutrients that can support your immune system.
We highly recommend A.Vogel's Stinging Nettle tincture to help with allergies at this time.
2) Luffa tincture
If you’re looking for a herbal remedy for your allergies then look no further than A.Vogel’s Luffa Complex tincture! This friendly tincture contains a cheerful blend of 7 natural herbs that help to ease those troublesome symptoms of allergies. This fast-acting blend was discovered by Alfred Vogel whilst working with a German naturopath, and they found it to be useful for combating hay fever, allergic rhinitis as well as other airborne allergies such as animal fur and perfume.
3) Your diet
What you eat can play an important role in reducing allergy symptoms. Anti-inflammatory foods and foods rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals can help to prevent the severity of some of your symptoms. On the other hand, there are also foods out there which can worsen your allergies, the primary ones being inflammatory foods like red meat, dairy products which thickens your mucus production (not good if you have blocked sinuses already!) and sugar which can stimulate the production of even more mucus!
Our advice? The closer your food is to its original state – the safer it is to put on your plate! You can’t go wrong with upping your fruit, veg and nut intake – doing this will help to give your body the proper nutrients it needs. Keeping a food diary can also be beneficial for helping to spot the areas where your diet could use a little improvement.
Onions contain a bioflavonoid called quercetin which is thought to help minimise allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny or blocked noses, and even colds and flu. Quercetin is an antioxidant that helps to prevent cells from releasing histamine which is what can cause sneezing, teary, red eyes, itchiness you name it! If it’s an allergy symptom histamine causes it!
Now this is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, histamines are actually trying to protect your body by helping you to get rid of something that is bothering you i.e. an allergen, trigger or allergy. They are part of your body’s natural defence system, however, when we have allergies such as pollen, animal fur, or dust, which are usually harmless, our body can overreact to give us those all-too-familiar symptoms. Onions act as a natural antihistamine thanks to the anti-inflammatory actions of quercetin and it is super cheap and easy to incorporate into your diet. If you don't like the taste of onions or you prefer to supplement, we would recommend trying this quercetin from Lamberts, each tablet provides a full 500mg of pure quercetin!
5) Vitamin C
Allergies, as we have already looked at, are caused by an exaggerated immune response to substances that aren’t actually harmful to the body. These overstimulated responses can cause certain cells in the body to produce histamine which then causes an onslaught of uncomfortable symptoms.
So how can vitamin C help? Vitamin C is most commonly known for its immune-boosting properties, and these properties can also assist us when it comes to reducing allergy symptoms. Vitamin C prevents the formation of histamine in the first place rather than trying to combat histamine’s effects after it has already been produced where it becomes much harder to tackle the problem.
Vitamin C is readily available to us through our diet with citrus fruits being the most abundant of sources. However, if you feel you need a top up during the months where allergy symptoms are most likely to strike then it is also available in supplement form such as Jan de Vries Chewable Vitamin C.