Allergies can be incredibly debilitating. Whether you’ve got dry eyes, a constantly dripping nose or nasal congestion, itchy skin or a rash, any combination of all of these, you know the suffering that comes from this seemingly benign term.
Yet, what’s making you run for the box of tissues? What is it that keeps you up at night because you can’t breathe?
A variety of factors can play a role in the causation of allergies. Dry grasses, blooming flowers, dust mites, mold, cockroaches, forced air, and even your pets. Any tiny spore that your nasal passages don’t play well with can cause all sorts of havoc.
Don’t want to turn to chemical medications? Luckily, there are a host of natural ways to help fight allergy symptoms. When searching for a natural remedy, you’ll want to include a whole host of anti-inflammatory agents, which not only help reduce the severity of allergic reactions but may “decrease allergy-related inflammation and histamine.” Specialty herbs that make this happen include reishi, astragalus, horehound, nettle, butterbur, mullein leaf, and any berberine-rich herbs.
Not an herb-consuming person?
How about trying a tincture or supplement to do the trick? No preparation necessary, no taste acquisition required, plus there are a host of vegan-friendly options.
This Anima Mundi Soma 6 Mushroom Adaptogenic Elixir is not only vegan-friendly, but it’s also organic, biodynamic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Anima Mundi promises to use only fair trade practices! This 6-mushroom elixir contains a blend of reishi, chaga, maitake, shiitake, lion’s mane, and agaricus. The formula is extracted and simmered at a low temperature for 6 to 7 days. A 2-fluid ounce bottle costs $25.00.
While this Gryph & IvyRose Forceshield Immunity Support focuses on boosting your immune system, it also contains astragalus that is excellent for allergy symptoms. Gryph & IvyRose promise to use only the highest-quality curated botanicals. The formula mixes astragalus with vitamin-C-rich citrus peel and chrysanthemum flower. A 1-fluid ounce bottle costs $22.50.
Marina says “My family loves the Gryph & Ivyrose bath products and chocolate probiotics, so I decided to test these drops out as we were seeming to be catching every cold and bug this winter. The kids have not complained about the taste, and I am taking them myself too! When we caught the holiday virus that was going around in the past week, we all recovered much quicker than normal.”
This Woodstock Herbal Products C&F Seasonal Support is the perfect tincture for those seasonal (or not-so-seasonal) allergy symptoms! This product is not only organic and vegan-friendly, but it promises a handcrafted formula that supports the immune system. Along with horehound, this blend also contains elderberry, goldenseal, sage, peppermint, and orange peel. A 4-ounce bottle costs $69.99.
This Nettle Root Extract Spagyric Tincture is not only great for those horrible allergy symptoms, but nettle is also a great natural aid to support healthy hormone balance in both men and women. The high-quality herbs are sourced from the coasts of Oregon and Washington. This product is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, non-GMO, and has zero preservatives, added sugar, or artificial flavorings or colorings. A 2-fluid ounce bottle costs $34.99.
Daniel R. says “With this product I was not getting up 2 to 3 times a night. The price was a little high compared to another brand on amazon. So I tried the cheaper brand and now I am getting up 2 to 3 times again. Bit the bullet today and re-ordered the Lost Empire Herbs version that worked. This product seems more potent than the other brand? Lost Empire Herbs are not cheap but they seem to work and they WARRANTY their products… at least on their website.”
This Secrets of the Tribe Organic Alcohol-Free Butterbur Tincture has all the goods to kick those allergy symptoms! This product is certified organically grown, alcohol-free, all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly. Along with that histamine-reducing butterbur, this tincture is rich in essential oils and contains alkaloids and tannins. A 2-fluid ounce bottle costs $18.99.
Anja says “Excellent. Exactly what I expected and more. The packaging and presentation were delightful. Much thanks for a quality product and attention to detail :)”
This Maui Herbs Organic Alcohol-Free Mullein Leaf Tincture is all about getting the most health bang for your buck! This herb blend is not only great at reducing inflammation, but it’s known to help improve sleep, ease respiratory illness, and boost digestion function. This product is 100 percent certified organic and only sources wildcrafted raw natural herbs. Along with being vegan-friendly, this product contains no artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, yeast, or starch. A 2-fluid ounce bottle costs $16.85.
Earl Voss III says “This is a great tincture. Was having some issues with chest congestion and got this in and helped me clear it up quickly. Tastes great also, almost like honey. Highly recommend and will be buying again.”
Another mullein leaf extract makes the list due to its amazing powers to fight allergy symptoms. This Secrets of the Tribe Organic Alcohol-Free Mullein Leaf Extract is not only organic and alcohol-free, but also all-natural, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly. These raw, wildcrafted, sustainably sourced herbs are chosen for their bioactive compounds. A 2-fluid ounce bottle costs $18.99.
Shea J says “This mullein tincture was recommended by my holistic doctor. The taste is subtle a bit sweet, barely any taste when it’s mixed with water or juice. The shipping was quick and well wrapped. For some reason, it’s not letting me upload the unwrapping video. Great product. I’ll give a more in-depth review after a month.”
This Four Sigmatic Reishi Mushroom Elixir works to relieve allergy symptoms, while also calming an anxious mind and body. Along with reishi, this elixir also contains tulsi and rose hips. This elixir is formulated specifically to reduce stress and support healthy sleep. This product is vegan and keto-friendly and contains no carriers, fillers, natural flavors, or artificial flavors. A single box of 20 packets costs $26.05.
Rina Varughese says “The reishi mushroom is incredible. I came into this a little skeptical. I am not a huge fan of mushrooms but love the ideas of ayurveda. The tea is super bitter (even with honey), but it is totally worth it. It relaxed my muscles and helped give me one of the best nights of sleep I have had in a long time.”
This Hoorbach Astragalus Root Extract is a potent, super-concentrated form of the herb to help quell those allergy symptoms, while also dosing the body with natural antioxidants. These herbs are hand-crafted and laboratory tested. Plus, Hoorbach promises a superior quality without all those unsavory ingredients including gluten, wheat, yeast, milk, lactose, soy, GMOs, and artificial colors and flavoring. A 2-ounce bottle costs $9.99.
Tarot Wizard says “I took a chance on this brand trying it for the first time but I must say I was impressed how good it tastes. I didn’t need to add it to water. I love the bigger size. Great value. I like this one so much I am going to purchase another liquid extract from them. Will buy again.”
Another nettle extract makes the cut for this allergy-kicking list! This Herb Pharm Certified Organic Stinging Nettle Liquid Extract is great for allergy symptoms, as well as great for supporting a healthy respiratory system. This extract is certified organically grown, uses organic can alcohol, and has optimal potency. Herb Pharm is proud to offer a product that is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, and gluten-free. A 4-fluid ounce bottle costs $38.40.
EugeneLouise says “I had only ever used a tincture made by my mom from fresh-picked stinging nettle before, so I wasn’t sure if one that was mass-produced (Inevitably using a dry nettle) would work as well. It does! I’m on my second bottle. The only negative thing I have to say about this is that it didn’t last me too long, just about a month or less. I ordered my second bottle of nettle at the same time I bought a big bag of nettle leaf to make my own tincture. It takes about a month to make so, and it’s not done yet, so I can’t tell you if my homemade one works as well as this one from Herb Farm, but I’ll update.”
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