Phytotherapy: plants for hay fever

Phytotherapy: The arrival of spring can become a real headache. For all those people who suffer from hay fever, it is a common disorder. Every year it increases greatly.

Hay fever is characterised as a process by which the body recognises an allergen as a foreign substance, which induces a response from the immune system.

This leads to a series of clinical manifestations: itchy eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing correctly…

Therefore, one of the main recommendations given by allergists and specialists is to reduce as much as possible outdoor activities, when going out wear goggles to protect the eyes, avoid going out on windy days or with excessive pollination and keep windows closed at night.

Either way, if every spring you suffer the consequences, besides some interesting home remedies for hay fever, you can opt for phytotherapy (herbal medicine) to reduce the most typical symptoms.

Phytotherapy: useful plants against hay fever

  • Acerola: it is a herb rich in vitamin C, which also has interesting virtues and benefits as a natural antihistamine.
  • Burdock: useful in relieving nasal congestion.
  • Capsicum: a plant especially rich in vitamin C, which increases energy, is an expectorant and helps to fight infection of the respiratory system.
  • Ephedra: this plant is rich in ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, compounds that stimulate the central nervous system and open the airways.
  • Eyebright: it is useful for nasal congestion and coughs.
  • Mullein: recommended for nasal decongestion. Furthermore, it is beneficial against coughs and soothes the throat.
  • Nettle: helps in natural allergy treatment. It also relieves hay fever.
  • White Pine: helps with chest congestion and also as an expectorant against mucous secretions, being beneficial for their elimination.

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