With the pollution levels refusing to settle towards a safer range, a good percentage of people across all age groups are susceptible to respiratory allergies or worsening of preexisting problems. If you suffer from a respiratory condition such as asthma or bronchitis or allergy, then it is important to be extra careful, especially with any change in the temperature or season.
Herbs To Fight Respiratory Allergies
While it is important to stick to the medications as prescribed by the doctor, for those who have respiratory problems off and on can benefit by adding some natural herbs to their daily regimen. Here are a few natural herbs that will help you fight symptoms of common respiratory allergies.
1. Eucalyptus Oil
Known to be the native of Australia, Eucalyptus is a well-known herb even in the Indian Subcontinent. Its unique aroma not only distinguishes it from the rest of the essential oils but also makes it an effective natural remedy for a wide range of health problems including respiratory allergies. The oil is packed with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which is the reason for its amazing medicinal properties. This oil acts as a soothing agent and relieves nasal and respiratory allergy. It acts on the nasal and sinus passages thereby reducing the inflammation.
Most of us are aware of oregano as a garnishing agent on pizzas, pasta, and soups. However, this tasty herb which is a popular kitchen ingredient is also packed with medicinal values. Yes, oregano acts as a natural anti-allergic and decongestant agent. This is the reason why this herb is commonly used to treat respiratory allergies.
3. Peppermint Oil
If you’ve been sneezing, coughing and itching your eyes all day, this is your answer! Peppermint leaves exert a soothing effect on the throat and skin. This is because it contains menthol which not only relaxes the respiratory tract muscles but also provides a very soothing on the respiratory tract. Peppermint is also an antihistamine and decongestant which makes is an amazing herbal remedy for people suffering from cough, throat pain, allergies, and inflammation.
4. Nettle Leaf
Not many people are aware of nettle leaf and its benefits. It acts as a natural antihistamine, which means it prevents your body from producing histamine, which causes allergic reactions. This leaf is available in Ayurveda stores and is well-known for its powerful analgesic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Chamomile Oil
This is one of the most popular and powerful herbs used to treat respiratory problems. It has wonderful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antispasmodic properties. This means it will counter most of the allergy symptoms that include itching, inflammation, and irritation. Hence, if you suffer from any respiratory problems, it is best to invest in chamomile oil as it exerts an all round effect with minimal side-effects.
If you suffer from a chronic allergic condition or seasonal allergies, it is always best to consult a doctor before trying any herbal remedies. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!
(The content is reviewed by Dr. Lalit Kanodia, General Physician)
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