Runny nose, itchy eyes and constant sneezing. Pollen allergy is really back…
Every summer, it’s the same chorus. Pollen allergies are back, with particularly strong spikes during very hot and dry days. Global warming has not helped, increasing the number of pollen spikes. They are on average four times higher than ten years ago.
This exposure to increasing amounts of pollen is causing an explosion of allergic diseases, whether respiratory, food or skin, throughout Europe. The fault lies with the changes of season, pollution and our increasingly disinfected lifestyle. But what are the natural remedies to fight pollen allergies? meeting with mary waitingnaturopath.
What are the natural remedies for pollen allergies?
Plants and nutritional supplements are very effective. Nor should we forget that an allergy is a hyperreaction of the immune system, which is based mainly on the intestines, our “second brain”. So don’t overlook the impact of diet and stress…
It is particularly useful to adopt a hypotoxic and anti-inflammatory diet, to lighten the work of the liver that must manage the toxins created by the allergic reaction. In addition, allergies are more pronounced in people exposed to pollution, since it overloads the liver, which is the organ responsible for the elimination of chemical substances.
Some of the most effective plants include:
– Black currant bud extract : I recommend 7 drops before the morning and midday meal, in the equivalent of a sip of water, to keep in the mouth for one minute before swallowing. Avoid at night because black currant is energizing, it stimulates the adrenal glands. Black currant bud extract can be combined with rosemary bud extract.
–Banana : It is a great antihistamine. It is consumed in the form of an infusion (20 g for 3 cups, to drink between meals), juice (3 x 10 ml per day in a little water) or alcohol (3 x 30 drops/day).
– quercetin : Gives good results. It can be taken 2 to 3 times a day in the form of 500 mg capsules. Quercetin is an antioxidant molecule. Red onions, capers, berries and green vegetables also contain large doses.
– Omega 3 : They are found in small blue fish (sardines, mackerel, etc.). They are also effective anti-inflammatory. A cure of capsules concentrating these fatty acids reinforces the treatment in crisis prevention and support.
– Since the intestines are involved, a course of probiotics It may also be helpful in modulating the immune system and supporting the gut microbiota. Certain strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria have been scientifically studied and approved. You can take a course of probiotics in capsules and take them regularly in the form of kefir, vegetables and other lacto-fermented foods.
Lastly, make sure you always have a good level of vitamin D, the guardian of our immunity, and take regular magnesium supplements.
How to consume them?
It is best to start the cure 1 to 2 weeks before exposure to triggers (pollen, pet hair, dust mites, etc.) and continue to alternate plants and supplements.
Why opt for natural remedies instead of the classic antihistamines?
Natural remedies have fewer side effects (including drowsiness from taking antihistamines). However, not everyone lacks it, it is always prudent to consult a professional (herbalist, nutritionist, naturopath…).
For what efficiency?
They are very effective, as long as they are taken regularly, in sufficient quantity and quality!
What precautions should be taken when consuming them?
These tips should be adapted when taking anticoagulants, but also for children and pregnant women.