The best natural antihistamines

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The best natural antihistamines

They relieve as effectively as their allopathic versions and even present for some of the advantages that the chemical drugs do not offer. Focus on natural antihistamines.

Sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, itching, eczema, asthma… you have spotted the symptoms of an allergic reaction (allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, hay fever or hives). And yes, allergies can be really disabling on a daily basis depending on the symptoms.

The right reaction to allergies?

Quickly draw an antihistamine. “An antihistamine is a substance that blocks histamine receptors, a mediator that plays a major role in allergic phenomena and triggers most symptoms.explains Dr. Laure Martinat, anesthetist-resuscitator, naturopath, phyto-aromatherapist and author of the book “Immunity, infectious diseases and convalescence: strengthening your health naturally” (ed. Quintessence).

However, we are often unaware of it, but alongside synthetic drug molecules, there are natural antihistamines. “We call them natural because the active molecule does not come from chemical synthesis but comes from a natural substance, a plant for example”continues our specialist.

This active molecule, whether it comes from a plant, a fruit or a mineral, works in the same way as the synthetic antihistamine: it blocks histamine receptors. In addition, natural antihistamines often display advantages that are not necessarily found in allopathic medicines. “The great advantage of our natural antihistamines comes from their multiple effects because they combine various molecules and therefore also have various effects such as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, soothing irritations, immune system regulators etc.”, continues Dr. Martinat. This is a major asset.

Which natural antihistamines to choose?

The list of active natural substances effective in relieving all or part of the symptoms caused by an allergic reaction is rather long! Our specialist has selected the remedies that have shown their effectiveness and can be used to relieve symptoms quickly.

quercetin

Quercetin is a natural antioxidant from the flavonoid family that is found naturally in capers, onions, certain fruit-type foods (grapes, apples) and aromatic herbs or even in tea. Several studies have shown that quercetin improves the immune response in the event of an allergic reaction and decreases the symptoms of allergy. Quercetin is therefore very effective against allergies.

How to take it?

Associated with vitamin C which promotes its absorption (food supplements on the market also offer combinations of the two, namely quercetin and vitamin C), at the rate of 500 mg of each twice a day. The winning combo to reduce allergy symptoms!

Our advice : Food supplement Quercetin + Vitamin C from Nutrimea

Essential oils

The essential oils of german chamomile, tarragon, katrafay and tansy essential oil have antiallergic properties and are among the most effective natural remedies for allergy symptoms. It is often interesting to combine them with other oils (soothing or anti-itching for example) for a complete action.

How to use them?

They can be used in olfaction or in cutaneous application according to the needs. For allergic rhinitis, for example, you can mix 1 ml of German chamomile with 0.5 ml of eucalyptus radiata and complete with 48.5 ml of calendula oily macerate. Then simply apply 4 drops of the mixture by gently massaging the inside of each nostril with your little finger. To be renewed 2 to 3 times a day for 5 to 7 days. An ultra effective mixture against allergic reactions!

lanceolate plantain

Ribwort plantain is a natural antihistamine that relieves irritation and allergy symptoms, to be combined with blackcurrant which calms the inflammation caused by allergy. Plantain-based eye drops are often recommended in particular in cases of allergic conjunctivitis. Other plants have similar actions, wild pansy for example, more suitable for skin allergies such as hives.

How to take it?

In standardized fresh plant extract (EPS): 2/3 lanceolate plantain EPS and 1/3 blackcurrant EPS: one teaspoon 1 to 3 times a day.

Our advice : the fresh plant extract of ribwort plantain from Naturalma

nettle

Nettle is a natural remedy that has antihistamine properties but also analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a remedy of choice in case of hay fever.

How to take it?

In herbal tea (infuse 5 teaspoons of dried plants in a liter of water, filter and drink throughout the day) or in plant powder capsules: 500 to 1500mg per day.

The ash bud

In gemmotherapy, ash bud macerate is an excellent antihistamine with which we combine blackcurrant bud macerate for the synergistic effect (excellent anti-inflammatory) and hornbeam bud macerate for its respiratory antispasmodic properties (when there is respiratory impairment)says Laure Martinat.

How to take it?

To be taken in the form of a concentrated macerate, starting with 5 drops of blackcurrant in the morning, 5 drops of ash and hornbeam at noon, to be diluted in a glass of water. The dosage should be reassessed according to the evolution of the symptoms.

Our advice: Herbalgem’s organic ash macerate

Oligotherapy

In oligotherapy, we can cite the zinc, copper and manganese to be taken in the morning on an empty stomach, sublingually for example (Oligosol type ampoule) for copper and manganese, and zinc 15 mg per day in capsules, which are effective in combating the symptoms of allergy.

Why these trace elements? “Zinc participates in the proper functioning of our immunity and has antihistamine properties, copper is anti-inflammatory and manganese is the reference antiallergic trace element because it acts as a regulator of the terrain and our immunity in particular.r”, specifies our specialist.

What precautions for use with natural antihistamines?

“In some cases, the natural antihistamine easily replaces the synthetic antihistamine drug”, says our doctor. “But sometimes they are not enough, and you have to combine the two.” In addition, unlike synthetic drugs, natural antihistamines often require several doses during the day or the combination of several forms (eg eye drops for allergic conjunctivitis + an oral antihistamine).

Finally, plants and even more so essential oils are natural remedies that contain active ingredients that can be powerful and cause undesirable effects. Their use must be supervised (especially in children, in the event of pregnancy or chronic illness such as epilepsy), based on the knowledge of a health professional trained in natural medicine.

In any case, favor certified organic products if possible, and if in doubt, do not hesitate to seek advice from a competent health professional.

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