5 natural remedies to fight pollen allergy

Runny nose, itchy eyes and constant sneezing. Pollen allergy is well and truly back…

Every summer, it’s the same refrain. Pollen allergies return, with particularly strong peaks during days when it is dry and very hot. Global warming has not helped, increasing the number of pollen peaks. They are on average four times higher than ten years ago.

This exposure to increasingly large quantities of pollen is leading to an explosion of allergic diseases, whether respiratory, food or skin, throughout Europe. Blame it on the changing seasons, pollution and our increasingly sanitized lifestyles. But what are the natural remedies to fight against pollen allergy? Meeting with Marie Verwacht, naturopath.

What are the natural remedies for pollen allergy?

Plants and nutritional supplements are very effective. We must also not forget that an allergy is a hyper-reaction of the immune system, which mainly sits in the intestines, our “second brain”. So the impact of diet and stress should not be overlooked…

It is particularly useful to adopt a hypotoxic and anti-inflammatory diet, to lighten the work of the liver which must manage the toxins created by the allergic reaction. Moreover, allergies are more marked in people exposed to pollution, because it overloads the liver, which is the organ responsible for the elimination of chemicals.

Some of the most effective plants include:

– Blackcurrant bud extract : I recommend 7 drops before the morning meal and the midday meal, in the equivalent of a sip of water, to keep in the mouth for one minute before swallowing. Avoid in the evening because blackcurrant is energizing, it stimulates the adrenal glands. Blackcurrant bud extract can be combined with rosemary sprout extract.

Plantain : It is a great antihistamine. It is consumed in the form of an infusion (20 g for 3 cups, to drink between meals), juice (3 x 10ml per day in a little water) or alcohol (3 x 30 drops/day).

In micronutrition:

quercetin : It gives good results. It can be taken 2 to 3 times a day in the form of 500mg capsules. Quercetin is an antioxidant molecule. Red onions, capers, red fruits and green vegetables also contain large doses.

Omega-3s : They are found in small oily fish (sardines, mackerel, etc.). They are also effective anti-inflammatories. A cure of capsules concentrating these fatty acids reinforces the treatment in prevention and support of crises.

– Since the intestines are involved, a course of probiotics may also prove useful in modulating the immune system and supporting the gut microbiota. Certain strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria have been scientifically studied and approved. You can take a course of probiotics in capsules, and take them regularly in the form of kefir, vegetables and other lacto-fermented foods.

Finally, make sure you always have a good level of vitamin D, the guardian of our immunity, and take regular magnesium cures.

How to consume them?

It is best to start the cure 1 to 2 weeks before exposure to triggering factors (pollen, animal hair, dust mites, etc.) and to continue it by alternating between plants and supplements.

Why opt for natural remedies rather than classic antihistamines?

Natural remedies have fewer side effects (including drowsiness from taking antihistamines). However, they are not all devoid of it, it is always prudent to seek advice from a professional (herbalist, nutritionist, naturopath…).

For what efficiency?

They are very effective, provided they are taken regularly, in sufficient quantity and quality!

What precautions should be taken when consuming them?

These tips should be adapted when taking anti-coagulants, but also for children and pregnant women.

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