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4 Natural Home Remedies for Allergy Symptoms

Looking for a natural alternative to over-the-counter allergy medications? These four herbs and supplements are the best home remedies to treat allergy symptoms.

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1. Nettle

One of the best herbs for treating allergy symptoms is nettle. Take 2 to 3 freeze-dried nettle capsules as soon as you experience allergy symptoms. Repeat with 1 to 3 capsules 3 to 4 times a day over the next 24 to 48 hours.

The leaves of nettle, or “stinging nettle,” contain histamine, making them a common component in homeopathic allergy remedies. (Homeopathy uses minuscule doses of the chemical causing the illness to resolve the condition.) Nettle leaves also contain acetylcholine, a chemical often released at nerve endings during stress. It dilates blood vessels, which can help relieve stuffiness. Additionally, nettle leaves contain quercetin, one of the antioxidant plant chemicals called polyphenols.

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2. Butterbur

To take butterbur, choose a standardized extract with 8 milligrams of petasine per dose and make sure the extract is free of toxic constituents called pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The usual dose is 50 to 100 milligrams twice a day. Take it every day during allergy season, and otherwise just when you’re having symptoms.

Butterbur has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms-and clinical trials find it really does work. One trial comparing butterbur to a placebo found it was just as effective as Allegra in improving nasal symptoms in people with year-round allergies. Makes a good case for choosing herbs when you can.

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3. Zinc

Zinc is mineral important to the immune system that also helps prevent the release of histamine. Take 15 milligrams a day to prevent allergy symptoms and up to 30 milligrams a day for up to a week when your allergies are flaring.

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4. Quercetin

This powerful antioxidant helps prevent the release of histamines. Take 2 to 4 capsules (500 milligrams each) every 4 to 6 hours when you have allergy symptoms; otherwise, take 1 to 2 capsules 3 times a day to help prevent future allergy attacks.

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