Springtime is characterized by new growth and flowering. It is a beautiful time of year that is unfortunately synonymous with allergies from pollen and fur from animals shedding winter coats, among other allergens.
An interesting school of thought in traditional medicine postulates that illnesses manifested in one season are actually the result of the previous season’s habits. Bearing this in mind, it might be said that springtime inflammatory responses may result from undigested reactive residues (mucosal proteins in particular) which may trigger histamine production and allergies. This is because people eat heavier foods during winter compared to other seasons.
Dealing with allergies should begin with getting rid of dietary stress factors, i.e. foods that trigger allergic responses e.g. milk and dairy products, wheat products, refined foods and high sugar foods, among others. Instead, a diet richer in local wild foods could be just the thing, especially one with the following.
Nettles are a useful source of vitamins A and C and they can be dried and stored to make teas or soups in future. As a dark green leafy herb, nettle has a whopping 40 percent protein content and many important minerals. It is best harvested in early spring, and cooking causes it to lose the stinging quality.
Three-spice sinus support
There are a number of spices commonly used in the kitchen which can dry out mucus and stimulate proper digestion, improving anti-allergenic responses in the body. One such concoction is made up of powdered ginger, pippli long pepper and black pepper in equal parts, all mixed with honey to make a paste. This paste can help drain clear mucus following internal colds and flu in the upper respiratory tracts.
Eyebright is useful for drying sinuses and curing runny eyes from allergies. You can take internally by steeping one teaspoon of the herb in one cup of water to make a herbal tea three times a day.
Ma Huang (Ephedra sinensis)
This is a very popular herb to improve symptoms of respiratory allergies. As a natural source of adrenaline/epinephrine, Ma Huang triggers reactions similar to the hormone’s release in the body. It has been used in many parts of the ancient world not only as a respiratory ailment treatment, but also to treat rheumatic and arthritic complaints.
Ma Huang can be taken with other herbs which may buffer and catalyze its stimulatory effects for complete response.
Cocklebur (Xanthium stramonium)
Considered a pest in many parts of the world, cocklebur has also been used to treat allergic rhinitis as an alternative to Ma Huang. The fruit was a popular remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help clear out nasal passages. Steep two crushed teaspoons of cocklebur fruit pods mixed with 6 spicy magnolia blossoms in a cup of hot water then drink. You can harvest magnolia and cocklebur and dry to use in future. These are also available in herbal pharmacies.
With proper diet and these herbal remedies, your allergies can become a thing of the past, and you can enjoy the beauty of spring the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
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