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Licorice, plantain and nettle herbs used in the treatment of Allergies

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Allergies occur when the body has an exaggerated reaction to substances that are not harmful. The symptoms of an allergy tend to vary, but some common symptoms include watery eyes, difficulty breathing and itchy eyes. There are many medical treatments used for allergies, but there are also natural medicines that can be used along with conventional medicine. One example is herbs, which have been proven to be very effective for some patients with allergies. These herbs include licorice, plantain and nettle.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) contains a compound that helps to reduce inflammation. This can actually help to counteract many of the symptoms that are associated with allergies. It also contains substances which work to thin the mucus and soothe te respiratory passages, which can reduce irritation that often accompanies allergies and their symptoms. It's best to only take licorice for a total of six weeks at a time, due to symptoms that may occur with long term use. It's also best to avoid taking licorice if you have high blood pressure or are taking any type of blood thinner.

Plantain (Musa paradisiaca)

Image of Plantain (Musa paradisiaca)Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) is not to be confused with the relative of the banana also known as plantain, that has antispasmodic and anti-catarrhal properties. This means it can help to reduce the severity of symptoms associated with an allergy, and prevent irritation of the mucous membranes.

Plantain has been used for many years to treat many respiratory conditions, and can be very beneficial to those that suffer from allergies.

Musa species are attacked by numerous pests and pathogens, including weevils, nematodes, and various fungal wilts.

 Plantain (Musa paradisiaca)

Image of NettleNettle (Genus: Urtica) is rich in a flavonoid that is known as quercetin, which helps to reduce the production of histamine. This can help to either prevent or reduce many of the symptoms of allergies, including watery eyes, itching, runny nose and nasal congestion.

Some medical professionals suggest taking a total of around 500 mg of nettle, three times throughout the day. Nettle is especially helpful for those that have hay fever. Some people may be allergic to nettle, so it's best to check with a medical practitioner beforehand.

Although these herbs can be very beneficial to those with allergies, they should not be used to replace anything that has been prescribed by a doctor. They should also not be used to replace anything that has been suggested by a medical professional.

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