Fight Off Seasonal Allergies This Monsoon With Ayurvedic Herbs
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With rain pouring outside, filling the air with scents of wet earth and lush greenery blanketing the surroundings, the monsoon is already here, serving respite from the scorching heat. Although there is relief and most of us enjoy the rain, there are some people for whom this season is not so welcoming as they face the challenge of seasonal allergies. Sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose can spoil the spirit. 

However, don’t worry, as Mother Nature has bestowed us with a treasure trove of Ayurvedic herbal remedies to fight these allergies and boost immunity. Ayurvedic herbal remedies hold significant value in the battle against seasonal allergies due to their holistic approach, which addresses both the symptoms and the underlying imbalances. These remedies, drawn from centuries-old wisdom, recognize the intricate connection between the environment, body, and mind.  

Take a look at some of them:  

  • Turmeric     

The golden spice has been consumed for centuries to combat seasonal allergies. Its active compound, curcumin, possesses potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help counteract the body's allergic response. Curcumin can mitigate symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes. It can also boost immunity. You can indulge in a glass of turmeric milk to fight off allergies.  

  • Ginger  

A versatile root, ginger is known for its warming properties and exceptional nutritional benefits. Ginger has natural antihistamine and immune-boosting properties that can fight off symptoms like nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, and others that are associated with seasonal allergies. You can either brew a cup of hot ginger tea or chew on a small piece to unlock its soothing effect.   

  • Tulsi  

Also known as Holy Basil, this herb holds immense significance in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties. Tulsi is considered an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress and strengthen the immune system. Its rich array of bioactive compounds, including flavonoids and essential oils, contribute to its anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and immune-modulating effects. By inhibiting the release of histamines and calming immune system reactions, tulsi can alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes.   

  • Yashtimadhu  

Yashtimadhu, aka licorice, offers valuable properties that contribute to its potential for alleviating seasonal allergies. The active compounds in yashtimadhu, such as glycyrrhizin and flavonoids, exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. These properties can help soothe irritated mucous membranes and respiratory passages, reducing symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and congestion.   

  • Neem   

This ‘Allergy Avenger’ is referred to as the ‘village pharmacy'. Neem has active compounds, including nimbidin and nimbin, that exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. These properties contribute to neem's ability to suppress hypersensitive immune responses, thus reducing allergic reactions. Neem's natural antihistamine qualities can alleviate symptoms such as itching, sneezing, and skin irritation. Its detoxifying and cleansing properties also aid in removing toxins that could exacerbate allergy symptoms. You can either consume neem tea or capsules or apply neem oil. 

In addition to taking these herbs, there are other things you can do to help fight off seasonal allergies. If you know what triggers your allergies, try to avoid them as much as possible. This may mean staying indoors on days when pollen counts are high or wearing a mask when you go outside. Washing your hands often will help to remove allergens from your hands and prevent them from entering your body. 

A humidifier can help add moisture to the air, which can help relieve dry, itchy skin and airways. Get enough sleep; when you're well-rested, your body is better able to fight off allergens. Exercise helps boost the immune system and reduce stress, both of which can contribute to allergies. If your allergies are severe, you may need to see a doctor. They may prescribe medication to help relieve your symptoms.