The weather Gods are having their fun with us. We are going from unseasonably hot to the wet and cool in just a few days. I am hoping that this is just a fluke, and we will finally get to enjoy fall temperatures. However, we still have many customers come into the store plagued by allergy symptoms.
Itchy eyes, runny nose and sinus headaches are keeping many from enjoying Mother Nature. On the other hand, Mother Nature also offers a natural remedy to nagging allergy symptoms.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), is a valuable herb with many health benefits – alleviating allergy symptoms being one of them. What herbalists have known for a long time has now been substantiated by modern science.
A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2009 showed that Nettle leaf blocks histamine receptors, and acts to block prostaglandin production by the COX-1 and COX-2 pathways. It also blocks the release of enzymes from mast cells. All those effects together make this a pretty potent anti-allergy medicine.
Other studies demonstrated that nettle also reduces sneezing and runny nose for people with allergies.
Best of all – unlike other anti-histamines, Nettle (freeze-dried is best for allergies!) does not cause drowsiness!