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- Eyebright (Euphrasia stricta) – It’s no surprise that an herb called eyebright might be useful to relieve watery, itchy eyes. Astringent, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory, eyebright should be a primary constituent of any seasonal allergy remedy. CAUTION: for internal use only, do not apply directly to the eye!
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- Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) – Another solid choice in relieving upper respiratory allergy symptoms: decongestant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial. Goldenrod sometimes gets a ‘bad rap’ as an allergen, itself, due to its tendency to grow amidst an actual irritant: ragweed.
- Osha root (Ligusticum porteri) – Widely used in Native American and Hispanic culture, osha is a bronchiodilator to ease labored breathing as well as an antibacterial expectorant to expel microbes from the lungs.
- Grindelia flower (Grindelia spp.) – Sometimes called ‘gumweed’ due to the sticky residue present on its cheery, yellow flowers, grindelia relieves upper respiratory spasms and helps to expel excess mucus.
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- Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) – Marshmallow’s high inulin content brews up a soothing, demulcent (slimy!) tea that coats irritated mucous membranes such as a sort throat.
- Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) – Mullein is one of my favorite herbs to ease a persistent cough. It, too, soothes mucus membranes and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) – In addition to its anti-histamine effects that calm the body’s reaction to allergens, the dried leaf is high in several essential minerals, which makes it a particularly nutritive herb in weakened conditions. NOTE: do not touch or ingest fresh nettles as they will cause a painful, itchy rash on contact!
- Baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) – Baical skullcap root is also an important anti-histamine herb.
Finally, for stubborn or persistent symptoms please feel free to contact me to see how my services as a clinical herbalist may help!
Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester Vermont: Healing Arts Press.
Winston, D. (2019). Herbal Therapeutics: Specific Indications for Herbs and Herbal Formulations. New Jersey: Herbal Therapeutics Research Library.