Welcome to Winter! Grrr I hear some of you say. Just look forward to those beautiful days in the warm sunshine (not those grey overcast and sometimes windy, rainy days)
I recently listened to a webinar on clinical approaches to calm immune hyperreactivity. In other words approaches to help reduce allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can occur on the skin and in the upper and lower respiratory tract (sinusitis, asthma).
There are various herbs that can help reduce those reactions. These include Perilla, Astragalus, Baical Skullcap, Nigella, Licorice, Echinacea, Gingko Biloba, St Mary’s Thistle and Turmeric. Of course not all taken at once. A combination of Albizzia and Baical Skullcap can be most effective in reducing symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion. Some of these herbs can be found in tablet form also if you have difficulty with taking herbs.
Quercetin, Vitamin C, Zinc, Magnesium chelate (easy to absorb), Slippery Elm, Vitamin D, Omega 3s and 6s can also be helpful in reducing allergic symptoms.
Increasing fibre in your diet, reducing stress, moderate exercise only are all good.
Also a low histamine diet can help reduce symptoms. This involves eating only the following foods such as fresh meats, some fish(fresh/snap frozen), chicken, egg, most fresh fruits, most fresh vegetables, grains and grain products, fresh milk, cream cheese, fresh butter and oils.
I wanted to leave you some interesting information on what the herb Nigella can help you with. Nigella can not only reduce symptoms from allergic reactions but also help relieve symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, improve blood glucose regulation (stop those sugar cravings) and reduce blood pressure. What an amazing herb!
Until July take care and stay safe.
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