An allergy is an adverse reaction that occurs when the body’s immune system goes into an overdrive mode in order to protect itself from various substances. A person could be allergic to pollen, mold, dust or even food items like eggs, wheat, strawberries, and so on. In this guide, we will consider some of the best herbal remedies for allergies and ways to use them.
1. Albizia bark (Mimosa tree bark)
What is it: Mimosa bark is a tonic, restorative and anti-inflammatory herb.
Used for: Asthma, worm infestation, eczema, itching, bronchitis, gum inflammation.
Dosage: Use 3 to 6 ml extract daily. Also use Albizia eye drops to reduce conjunctivitis, itching etc.
2. Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis root)
What is it: It is one of the best known Chinese herbal remedies for allergies used by TCM practitioners as a purgative, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory herb. It is also called Baical Skullcap.
Used for: It is one of the best remedies for skin allergies. It is also effective for asthma.
Dosage: Take 3 capsules of standard dosage per day.
3. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
What is it: A perennial plant belonging to the Daisy family, Feverfew is available in form of tea, capsules etc.
Used for: relieving migraine headaches and for stimulating digestion. It is also effective herbal remedy for common colds and coughs. It can relieve earaches, facial pain, dyspepsia and rheumatic pain.
Dosage: Eat 2-3 leaves of feverfew (dried or fresh). You can also steep it into a tea to drink twice a day.50-150 mg per day can relieve headaches caused by nasal congestion or colds. Avoid contact with fresh leaves of Feverfew as they can lead to contact dermatitis.
What is it: Also known as Liverwort or Sicklewort, Agrimony belongs to the Rosaceae plant.It contains antioxidant Quercetin and catechins.
Used for: Relieving eye allergies mainly. It also has astringent properties and can be used for healing gums, curing mouth ulcers and also for its anti cancer effects. It lowers blood sugar in diabetics. The antioxidants in this herb can slow down aging. It also expels intestinal worms. It is one of the best herbs for treating skin allergies.
Dosage: Take no more than 2-4 drops of liquid extract of Agrimony. You can steep it into a tea by using 3-5 grams of dried herb.
What is it: Goldenseal has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This perennial plant belongs to the Ranunuculaceae family. It contains berberine which is a strong antibiotic.
Used for: Goldenseal is a highly effective herbal remedy for cough and sinusitis. It is also used for treating food allergies and food poisoning. The berberine in Goldenseal acts as an antibiotic to prevent cold and flu symptoms from progressing or worsening.
Dosage: Take ½ teaspoon of powdered root of Goldenseal. Add boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Drink this tea three times a day. Tincture of Goldenseal is also available-take 20 drops three times a day to reduce allergies. You can mix it with olive oil in 1:2 ratio and use it for ear infections.
6. Ground Ivy
What is it: Ground Ivy or Glecoma Hederacea is an expectorant and stimulant that is highly effective for allergies, sinusitis and bronchitis.
Used for: Treating coughs, headaches, skin rashes and ear aches caused by cold.
Dosage: Add one tablespoon dried herb in half a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink this tea to reduce phlegm and mucus in nasal allergies.
7. Marigold or calendula officinalis
What is it: Antibacterial and antifungal in nature, marigold is one of the best natural herbs for skin allergies.
Used for: Insect bite allergies, acne, conjunctivitis, skin allergies like eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and also for fungal nail infections.
Dosage: Use the infusion of marigold flowers/leaves in hot water as an eye wash for treating eye allergies. You can also gargle 3 times a day with infusion made from its leaves and flowers to reduce mouth ulcers. You could apply infusion of marigold flowers on skin rashes and on the scalp for treating dandruff.Skin creams and ointments containing marigold are readily available in the market. You can also treat hives, insect bites, sunburns, cuts, and blisters with this herb.
What is it: Echinacea is a perennial plant. It is one of the best known antidotes to rattle snake poison. It is highly effective in preventing allergies and infections.
Used for: It can be used to treat acne, skin boils, ulcers, yeast infection, cold, flu and asthma.
Dosage: The best way to take it is in form of tincture. ½ tsp of its powdered root can be steeped into a tea. Drink this 2-3 times a day to stop colds, flu and nasal allergies from worsening.
What is it: Dandelion is one of the best known natural remedies for skin rashes and allergies. It is a flowering plant belonging to the Asteraceae family.
Used for: Dandelion is loaded with nutrients. It has potassium that is good for heart health. It can fight skin rashes, acne and blemishes. It is also an effective tonic for healthy hair. It can fight dandruff and other allergic reactions on the scalp and skin.
Dosage: Put ½ tsp of powdered root in hot water. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Drink this allergy-preventive tea three times a day.
What is it: Chamomile is a daisy like herb belonging to the Asteraceae family. It is best known for its sleep inducing properties.
Used for:If a cold, cough or sinusitis is keeping you awake, drink some tea made using Chamomile. It is also a great immune booster. It enhances the body’s natural healing ability to ward off infections. It is the best herbal remedy for allergies in children.
Dosage: Put dried chamomile flowers in hot water for 10 minutes. Drink the tea three times a day when allergy season starts.
What is it: Licorice is a perennial shrub. It enhances effectiveness of other herbs for allergies.
Used for: Bronchitis, sore throat, cold, cough. Licorice gel is also beneficial for dermatitis, eczema, and other skin rashes.
Dosage: Take 10 drops of tincture. You can also drink its tea three times a day.
12. Chinese Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis)
What is it: Dong Quai is the best known Chinese herbs for allergies. In TCM, it is known as the female herb or female Ginseng.
Used for: It is known to induce sleep if cold or coughs are keeping you up. It improves blood circulation and can heal skin allergies quickly. It detoxifies the skin and is beneficial for healing acne, eczema and dermatitis.
Dosage:Overdose can be harmful-so it is best to consult an experienced herbalist before using this anti-allergy herb.