Autumn is here, and with it all the joys of crunching leaves, cool breezes, and cozy sweaters. What’s not to love? Well, for some of us: the unwelcome arrival of fall allergies. We’re of the belief that a healthy diet and lifestyle can solve many problems, but even the healthiest of us can get knocked down by ragweed and fall molds.
We’ve asked our knowledgeable apothecary team members what their go-to natural and herbal remedies are for this time of year. Here are some of the ingredients they look for:
Quercetin is a type of antioxidant found in many plants and foods such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, and berries. It is used in medicine to reduce inflammation. Quercetin is especially effective for dealing with seasonal allergies because it stabilizes mast cell membranes (a type of white blood cell) and prevents the release of histamine and other inflammatory agents. Quercetin works most effectively if taken for at least 3 weeks and even more effectively if started before the allergy season begins.
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine. It can be grown all over the world, including here in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nettle can be utilized as a tincture, tea, or in capsule form. It can even be eaten similarly to spinach, when in season.
Reishi is a popular mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine. It is considered an adaptogen, immune modulator, and a general tonic. Reishi is used to reduce stress, improve sleep, and enhance the immune system: all of which are useful to a person who is suffering from seasonal allergies! Reishi is most often available in capsule, powder, or extract form.
Products We Recommend:
Urban Moonshine Aller-Blast
This formula combines the immune-modulating power of reishi mushroom and the tonic action of bitter artichoke with certified organic, hand-processed fresh stinging nettles.
Oregon’s Wild Harvest Aller-Aid
This seasonal aid combines Vitamin C with N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), which helps break down mucus and increases antioxidant activity. Quercetin and freeze-dried nettle are added to support the body’s normal histamine-producing response.
Gaia Turmeric Supreme Allergy
This herbal formula combines Turmeric with other herbal extracts to support healthy inflammatory function.
ManukaGuard – Manuka Honey Nasal Spray
Medical-grade Manuka honey in a saline solution: use for clearing nasal passages.
Kimberton Sinus Blaster
Our Sinus Blaster is a potent blend of herbs including horseradish root, echinacea, elderberry, garlic, and goldenseal. Great for colds and seasonal allergies alike. Lean more about our herbal extracts supplier: Vitality Works.
XLear Nasal Spray
The secret to this patented, natural saline spray is the addition of xylitol, an ingredient which cleanses and moisturizes the nasal passages. It reduces tissue inflammation and naturally opens airways.