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Natural Allergy Solutions

Natural Allergy Solutions

Environmental allergies affect thousands of people, and they don’t discriminate by age or any other factor. And as allergy sufferers know, springtime can be a time full of sneezing, itchy eyes and other symptoms as the season gets underway.

If you have allergies, but don’t like taking pharmaceutical medications to combat them, there are natural options you can consider.

For instance, stinging nettle is a common alternative therapy. If you decide you need an antihistamine but want a natural option, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) behaves in much the same way as many of the drugs sold to treat allergies, but without the unwanted side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness.

Nettle actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. It’s a common weed in many parts of the United States, but the most practical medicinal form is a freeze-dried extract of the leaves sold in capsules. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams daily will offer relief for most people, although the effects may last only a few hours. You also can make your own tinctures or teas with stinging nettle. (Contact with the stinging hairs on fresh nettle can cause skin inflammation, so wear protective gloves when handling it.)

For full details on natural remedies used to fight allergies, see the article 6 Natural Allergy Remedies.

Looking for more resources on natural alternatives to common ailments and problems? Check out these guides:

Also take a look at these related Care2 posts:

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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12:32PM PDT on May 5, 2013

In Ireland people make nettle soup often.

7:23AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:38PM PDT on May 4, 2013

Stinging nettle I have heard of but had forgotten about thanks for the timely reminder.

5:05PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thank you :)

8:00PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thanks!

5:06PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Thanks.

1:28PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Good to know.

1:48PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Nice!. Thanks :)

5:03AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Noted

7:20AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

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