What Are the Different Types of Herbs for Allergies?

Lumara Lee
Lumara Lee
Witch hazel, which can be used to soothe skin irritation.
Witch hazel, which can be used to soothe skin irritation.

Different herbs can help relieve the symptoms of allergies. Some herbs for allergies are natural antihistamines that suppress the body’s reaction to an allergen and reduce the symptoms causing the discomfort. These herbs for allergies include butterbur, stinging nettle, chamomile, thyme, and echinacea. Other herbs can relieve sinus and bronchial congestion caused by an allergic reaction to pollen, perfume, hay, mildew, and chemicals. Capsicum, commonly known as hot pepper, is an herb with a proven reputation for drying up congestion.

Many people use hot peppers to relieve the congestion caused by allergies.
Many people use hot peppers to relieve the congestion caused by allergies.

There are many different kinds of allergies, and the symptoms they cause can make some people miserable. Some allergies cause itching, and there are herbs that can be used internally and others that can treat an itch by topical application in a wash, salve, or poultice. Calendula, witch hazel, and mullein are herbs for allergies that can be applied externally to itchy skin to provide relief. Uncooked ground oats can be added to bath water to ease itchy skin. Chickweed, plantain, and yellow dock are herbs for allergies that can be taken internally to relieve itching.

Licorice root may be used to treat symptoms associated with allergies.
Licorice root may be used to treat symptoms associated with allergies.

Many allergies affect the respiratory tract. Allergies can result in severe sinus congestion, headaches, a runny nose, cough, nausea and a host of other symptoms. Pollen, dust mites, perfume, and chemicals are just a few of the possible substances that can cause this kind of allergic reaction in susceptible persons.

Gingko, butterbur, and stinging nettle have been known to be as affective in treating allergies as antihistamines sold at the drugstore. They can ease the symptoms of allergies that cause respiratory discomfort including congested sinuses and watering eyes. Licorice can relieve a cough, and slippery elm can ease a sore throat.

Ginger root tea can be used to reduce inflammation and open breathing passages.
Ginger root tea can be used to reduce inflammation and open breathing passages.

Some people are allergic to certain foods. Nuts, milk, wheat, eggs, and fish are the foods that most often cause allergies. A food allergy can be life-threatening and in a severe case medical care should be sought immediately, but for a mild case, there are some herbs for allergies that can be effective at limiting the body’s response to the allergen and easing the symptoms.

Mullein leaves can provide relief for itchy skin when applied to the affect area.
Mullein leaves can provide relief for itchy skin when applied to the affect area.

Tea made of fennel, peppermint, marshmallow root, chamomile flowers, and licorice root can ease the indigestion, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and other gastrointestinal complaints a food allergy can cause. Drinking tea made from herbs that support the liver and stimulate bile production can often help digest the food allergens so that they are metabolized faster. This sometimes prevents symptoms from becoming established. Herbs that promote liver function include burdock root, dandelion, ginger root, artichoke leaf, and licorice root.

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    • Witch hazel, which can be used to soothe skin irritation.
      By: dianamower
      Witch hazel, which can be used to soothe skin irritation.
    • Many people use hot peppers to relieve the congestion caused by allergies.
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      Many people use hot peppers to relieve the congestion caused by allergies.
    • Licorice root may be used to treat symptoms associated with allergies.
      By: Hayati Kayhan
      Licorice root may be used to treat symptoms associated with allergies.
    • Ginger root tea can be used to reduce inflammation and open breathing passages.
      By: praisaeng
      Ginger root tea can be used to reduce inflammation and open breathing passages.
    • Mullein leaves can provide relief for itchy skin when applied to the affect area.
      By: Spiff
      Mullein leaves can provide relief for itchy skin when applied to the affect area.
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      Chamomile tea has natural anti-histamine properties, but should be avoided by those allergic to ragweed.
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