Last year I learned a few natural ways to help combat allergic reactions to some of the things that grow here in South Texas where we live. The first thing I learned was about making a tea to help ease the effects of the cedar pollen. It truly worked miracles for us, especially my husband who has suffered terrible in the past. It will soon be time to make this tea again as cedar season approaches and I will write up a post as we get closer to that time.
**Disclaimer** I am not a medical expert or have any training in this area. These are things I am trying and have had success with. I do not know enough about this to advise you on side effects or other areas of treatment. Be sure to do your own research and see what will work best for you **
The other allergy remedy I learned about was to make a tea to help ease the effects of ragweed. I have not been able to find ragweed growing near our house, even though I know it grows here. I think this tea should have been make in the beginning of July, but I thought I would go ahead with it anyway since I found ragweed growing plentifully near our cabin in Wisconsin.
For ragweed allergies one can eat a small portion of the raw weed, but it taste terrible.
Most people prefer to make a tea of the plant leaf.
Place one crumbled large leaf (about the size of a hand or larger ) in a pot or glass and pour two cups of boiling water over the leaf. The leaves that I found in Wisconsin were very small, maybe if I can find a plant in Texas next year they will be bigger (the size of a hand! YIKES! That is a big plant))
Allow the leaf to soak for thirty minutes and then remove the leaf.
Sip or drink one cup of the liquid.
You can add some wild honey to the tea, but do not add more than a quarter teaspoon.
For those among you who don’t care for the taste, if you prefer, you can mix one cup of the liquid ragweed tea (no honey) with other green teas and drink.
This is said to protect you from the majority of symptoms one gets from ragweed exposure.
Even though I should have done this in July, I am glad that I did it now. I will admit, the tea didn’t taste great, but I managed to get through it. The first half of the cup wasn’t too bad, but I had a hard time finishing it. I will drink it down quicker next year.
I will be keeping my eye out for a remedy like this for the oak pollen we have here.
Mother Earth News has a nice article on line called 6 Natural Allergy Remedies that has some other good information about fighting allergies in general.
Do you have any natural remedies that you use for allergies that you would like to share?