An Herbal Column By– Miss Jess

This time of year, we tend to get some sneezing and sniffling, not from a cold, but the dreaded allergies.  Yes, dear reader, allergy season has begun.  This year, try these remedies for whatever ails you.
First and foremost, be sure to have Echinacea on hand.  This herb helps produce white blood cells, and can help treat any number of infections.  Also take vitamin C and magnesium.  these two act as natural antihistamines, relieving symptoms of as allergic reaction.  I would recommend 500 mg twice daily, or you could make a tea of stinging nettle, an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Both yarrow and chamomile are strong anti-inflammatories.  A tea, drunk 3 times daily, can inhibit the body’s production of histamines. 
Yarrow and red clover, used in a compress form, help to sooth the flare up of eczema.  i also use this remedy for hives. 
Licorice contains a lot of glycyrrhizin, which acts similarly to the steroid cortisone.  Along with marshmallow, these act as expectorants and can help treat asthma and infections of the chest.
Lemon balm is a wonderful decongestant, is antimicrobial, and provides asthma relief.  Plus, it has a nice flavor, making it perfect for tea.  I make an immune boosting, allergy fighting tea from chamomile, Echinacea, lemon balm and mint.  simple, yet effective.
Hope these tips help you do battle with your seasonal ailments this year.

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