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Natural Allergy Relief

April 18, 2012

Spring brings allergy season and for those of us who are negatively affected by  pollen, we usually have a love/hate relationship with this time of year.

While you have your parents and grandparents to thank for seasonal sneeze, there are ways to fortify your system for this annual onslaught.  Plants that are insect pollinated like wild and garden flowers are not to blame, so go ahead and smell the roses.  Wind-pollinated trees and plants are usually the culprits, so limit outside activities on windy days.

Omega-7 and Omega Oils

Fortifying your body with the nutrients it needs for healthy mucus membranes is foundational for natural allergy relief.  We’re not shy about this here at Sibu. Omega-7 is integral for the formation of healthy mucous membranes.  Pollen infiltrates our nasal passages and eyes first so healthy mucus membranes are the first and best defense.  Sea Buckthorn is the richest plant source of Omega-7.  Drinking Revitalize and Renew and taking our Cellular Support Capsules does the body good with Omegas 3, 6, 9, and especially Omega-7.

Along with supporting healthy mucous membranes, Omega oils are natural inflammation reducers.  With inflammation quickly following sneezing and watery eyes, it’s a must to take your omegas.

Spice Things Up

Heat up your recipes with cayenne pepper, ginger and fenugreek.  Curry, anyone?  Also, go heavy on onion and garlic.  According to WebMD, “Eating hot spicy foods can help thin mucus secretions and keep your sinus passages clear.”

Herbs and More

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) helps relieve allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes. Patients given Butterbur, standardized to contain 8 mg of petasin, 3 times a day proved the most beneficial. No negative side effects were noted according to research done in Germany and Switzerland.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) blocks histamine from binding to histamine 1 (H1) receptors, inhibiting allergic reactions like hay fever.  It also stops inflammatory response according to Phytotherapy Research.

Quercetin, one of many flavonoids naturally occurring in Sea Buckthorn, has growing research supporting its efficacy for natural allergy relief.  “Quercetin is a potent anti-histamine that prevents the release of itch chemicals that make our nose run and our eyes water. “ Richard Firshein (HealthPrism.com)

Bromelain, besides being an enzyme that aids digestion, helps break down mucus and lessen inflammation, according to Dr. Edward Group,  “The health benefits of bromelain also include help for colds, asthma, and excessive mucus production in the respiratory system.  Patients who suffer from hay fever and other seasonal allergies may also benefit from bromelain’s anti-inflammatory activity.”

Enjoy Your Spring and Summer

With a little help from Mother Nature, we don’t have to let allergy season slow us down.  Enjoy the breeze and blooms of spring and summer.  Just remember to “spice things up”, take your Omegas (especially Omega-7), and consider Stinging Nettle, Butterbur, Quercetin, and Bromelain for anti-histamine support.

This article is for educational purposes only.  Always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements.  Results from studies have not been confirmed by the FDA.

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