Treating allergies naturally
Australia has one of the highest rates in the world of allergy sufferers, many experiencing hay fever year after year with no long term relief. Reaching for the anti-histimines is not a solution and over long periods will give your liver an unappreciated work out and effect your GIT health, often making symptoms worse to come as GIT health is imperative to overall immunity. Histamine is a neurotransmitter that is released from mast cells when exposed to what the body identifies as an allergen. It causes an immune response in the body and increases vascular permeability; allowing fluid to move into the tissues often resulting in watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing.
A preventative view to treat these aggravating symptoms is to remove the allergens where possible such as dust mites (give the house a good clean over with some essential oils, wash your pillows or buy new ones that are not made from feathers), cut out foods that contain food additives, preservatives and colourings,(if it is out of a packet then be uber careful) and inflammatory foods such as gluten and dairy. Include fermented vegetables in your diet to get the good bacteria into your gut and help your overall immune system.
Herbal teas such as fenugreek, chamomile and liquorice can be calming to the mucus membranes that get irritated with allergies.
There are herbal tinctures such as Perilla, Albizia, Golden rod, Golden seal and Eyebright that can naturally work with the body to inhibit the release of histamine from the mast cells, can support the immune system, and act as tonics for the mucus membranes . It is more effective to get a formulation made up specifically to treat your individual requirements and treat the underlying cause, so consult with a naturopath. If you are that person who just won't take the liquid herbs, there are a couple of anti-allergy practitioner range herbal tablet formulations that are free of synthetic vitamins. Be aware that many of the "natural anti-allergy" products can be full of highly processed, artificial, synthetic ingredients, that in my opinion are not quality sources. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then start a herbal formulation a month before to be effective.
I also believe there is a strong psychosomatic effect with our physical relationship with what is occurring in our heart and soul. If you suffer from allergies then it is worth meditating and creating space to evaluate if there is any aspect in your life you are "allergic" to. Work situations? Unhealthy relationships? Loving yourself?