Today my spring allergies have kicked in to high gear, even the antihistamine I took yesterday isn’t doing anything. So I dug out my giant bag of loose dried nettle leaf from the local health food store (it’s been in my desk drawer for about a year haha) and I made a cup of that to see if it helps. So far my nose seems a bit clearer, although still itchy and feeling like it will sneeze. Ugh. At least warm liquids will help keep the sinuses flowing. I hope it helps a bit, going to be a long few months here with the early spring we are getting.

Xxxxx

Seasonal allergies are rough. If you can get fresher nettles, they might be more helpful. (None of this is medical advice!)

Some of the herbs used to treat allergy/hay fever symptoms are as follows: Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) – Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) – Reduces congestion and secretions. It is good for itchy eyes, sneezing, and excess mucus. Gingko (Gingko biloba) – Contains bioflavonoids and is used as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) – Helps reduce allergic, inflammatory, and histaminic reactions and supports liver function. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) – Helps build the body’s resistance to allergies. Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) – Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Reduces congestion and secretions.
MissLena

@Whiteantlers – thanks for the info! I usually am very wary of trying many herbs for my allergies/asthma in case they interact poorly with my asthma medications, but good to know none the less! I don’t have any nettles in my yard (which I’m kind of happy about haha no stings!) but there might be some around my parents place. I will keep an eye out.

Xxxxx

I understand and applaud you for being wise. A lot of folks don’t realize that herbs can interact poorly with prescription and/or OTC meds. Whatever you do or drink, I hope you get some relief soon. Spring is pretty but problematic!

Fjellrev

Aww no, that sucks they’re starting up hardcore already.

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Xxxxx

Seasonal allergies are rough. If you can get fresher nettles, they might be more helpful. (None of this is medical advice!)

Some of the herbs used to treat allergy/hay fever symptoms are as follows: Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) – Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) – Reduces congestion and secretions. It is good for itchy eyes, sneezing, and excess mucus. Gingko (Gingko biloba) – Contains bioflavonoids and is used as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) – Helps reduce allergic, inflammatory, and histaminic reactions and supports liver function. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) – Helps build the body’s resistance to allergies. Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) – Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Reduces congestion and secretions.
MissLena

@Whiteantlers – thanks for the info! I usually am very wary of trying many herbs for my allergies/asthma in case they interact poorly with my asthma medications, but good to know none the less! I don’t have any nettles in my yard (which I’m kind of happy about haha no stings!) but there might be some around my parents place. I will keep an eye out.

Xxxxx

I understand and applaud you for being wise. A lot of folks don’t realize that herbs can interact poorly with prescription and/or OTC meds. Whatever you do or drink, I hope you get some relief soon. Spring is pretty but problematic!

Fjellrev

Aww no, that sucks they’re starting up hardcore already.

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

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