It’s spring, which is FABULOUS, but it’s also that time of year for seasonal allergies, which is a little less so. (Or a lot less so, if you’re anything like my sweet ten-year-old son, Cooper.)
In the last few years, we’ve tried so many ways to relieve his hay fever symptoms naturally, because I seriously loathe giving my kids pharmaceutical drugs.
Some things that have worked to help (but not eliminate) symptoms in the past, include frequent clothe/bedding/body washing, hepa filters, consistent air duct cleaning in our cars and home, and cold compresses on his eyes when it gets bad.
Other than that, nothing but commercial allergy meds seemed to make a difference. In previous years, we’ve gone as far as to try bee pollen, which is supposed to, in theory, introduce pollen slowly to the system and help the allergy sufferer develop an immunity.
This did not work—it was a miserable experience for him.
At this point in this post is where I want to throw in a disclaimer, though: helping to minimalize undesirable symptoms of something is great, but it’s not working at eliminating the root of the problem.
I know this.
At the root of my poor dude’s issue, is (I think) a hefty toxic load—he’s sensitive to wheat and dairy, but I can’t stop him from loving those items and eating them more than he should. (Even though I promise I try hard.)
We also live in a valley that collects environmental pollutants, so our air isn’t stellar. Our home is surrounded by various species of trees and other fauna, so he’s consistently bombarded by pollen and such.
He was that toddler who was covered in eczema and had a nose full of snot at all times. (In fact, when he was three, he had tubes surgically implanted in both ears so they could drain fluid better, and his adenoids and tonsils were removed, too. This helped tremendously.)
BUT: the best discovery I’ve made in awhile for him is a product called TriEase by doTERRA Essential Oils. Typically, around this time of year, I’m feeding my guy 1-2 over-the-counter allergy pills a day, but this year?
1-2 in TOTAL.
This product comes in capsule form and contains essential oils from lemon peel, peppermint, and lavender—herbs that are great for helping relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Which brings me to a list of a few herbs that can really work wonders when it comes to this particular affliction:
Common Herbs for Seasonal Allergies
- Lemon Balm: Lemon balm can be grown easily in your garden; in fact, it spreads like a weed and comes back year after year! It’s fragrant and lovely and great for seasonal allergies, because it produces natural antihistamines.
- Lemon Peel: Lemon peel naturally detoxes your body, so those with a lot of built-up toxins can really benefit from incorporating this herb into their daily wellness regime. Swallowing oil of lemon peel can help greatly with seasonal allergies—just make sure it’s oil produced from organic sources. Otherwise, you’re just loading your body up with a whole new problem: herbicides, pesticides, and their associated GMOs, too.
- Peppermint: Mint works well as a decongestant when the essential oil is diffused or rubbed into the temples and neck. It’s also great for relieving headaches when used in the same way.
- Lavender: Lavender is lovely when combined with lemon balm and peppermint. It’s a natural reliever of tension headaches, and it’s also calming. *Note: if you’re sensitive to florals, this one is not for you.
Uncommon Herbs for Seasonal Allergies
- Eyebright: Eyebright is an herb that works well for seasonal allergy and hay fever symptoms when harvested, dried, and made into medicinal tea. It’s also great to use as a cold tea compress for itchy, red eyes.
- Feverfew: Like lemon balm, feverfew is a natural antihistamine. It also relieves chest congestion, migraines, and headaches, which can also be symptoms of seasonal allergies.
If you’re curious about herbs and their medicinal qualities in general, take a look at The Good Living Guide to Medicinal Tea. It contains 50 herbs and 50 tea remedies to 50 common inflictions. (Good stuff.) If you’re a gardener, you’ll especially love knowing what your herb garden is capable of. It’s AMAZING.
Take care, and herb it up! I hope this helps.