5 natural remedies for pollen allergies: Femme Actuelle Le MAG

For some, the renewal of nature is not an easy task, but rhymes with sneezing, runny or blocked noses, itchy throats, watery eyes… Pollens carried by the wind trigger this allergic rhinitis that we commonly called “hay fever”. 25% of French people would be affected, a 4-fold increase over the last 30 years, according to Inserm.

1. Quercetin, to protect the ENT sphere

Quercetin prevents the release of histamine by certain cells of the immune system, underlines Laure Martinat, expert in micronutrition. It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties.“.

It is a flavonoid found in many plants (onions, cabbage, red beans, asparagus, cherries, etc.), which are interesting to consume regularly; but for a dose with therapeutic purposes, supplementation remains essential.

In addition with: vitamin C. It also reduces the release of histamine and increases its detoxification. It also protects the respiratory system from the attack of particularly aggressive free radicals during episodes of inflammation.

The right dosage. To opt for a quercetin anhydride 500 mg or for quercetin in a phytosomal form, much better assimilated (Quercefit from Dynvéo), one tablet morning and evening is enough. For vitamin C, L-ascorbic acidin natural or synthetic form, you should aim for 1,500 mg/day, in divided doses, for example 500 mg, morning, noon and evening.

2. Plantain, to calm inflammatory reactions

This medicinal plant combines both anti-inflammatory properties and prevents the release of histamine (by inhibiting IgE), while having an antispasmodic effect on the respiratory tract.

In addition with: blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum), a first-class anti-inflammatory but also an immunomodulant and an antiallergic.

The right dosage. In standardized fresh plant extract (EPS) at the rate of one teaspoon 2 to 3 times per day of each plant to be diluted in water or in Phytostandard® tablet of PiLeJe blackcurrant and plantain, 4 to 6 tablets/day, in crisis, 2 tablets Prevention.

3. Acupuncture, to desensitize without chemicals

With acupuncture, no substance, it is only Qi (energy, breath) which acts, via puncture with needles, to reharmonize the body’s excessive response to the allergen. “In times of crisis, I almost always dissipate “the wind” as a priority, and depending on the diagnosis, it may be necessary to strengthen the lungs or clear the liver, or the humidity, or strengthen the kidneys, depending on the weaknesses. explains Maxime El Mohamad, acupuncturist in Nantes, graduate of the Chuzhen institute.

In addition with: a pharmacopoeia treatment, in the form of a daily decoction, remains ideal for treating the substance and having a peaceful spring.

The right dosage. In crisis, there is a very significant result from the first session acupuncture. If the symptoms are severe, it will take one session/week.

4. Manganese, to re-educate the immune system

Oligotherapy should preferably be used for preventive purposes with manganese in the first line. It excels at regulating the immune system. “It will limit its hyper-reactivity”, underlines Laure Martinat. It also inhibits histamine secretion.

In addition with: copper, to benefit from its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

The right dosage. You should start a month before the start of pollen, a dose of manganese in the morning and a dose of copper at midday (Oligosol® or Granion®).

5. Putting fat in the nose to “create a barrier”, good idea or bad idea?

The use of a fatty substance in the nose must remain very punctual. And we must check the absence of toxic and harmful additives in the latter. On the other hand, occasionally to soothe the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, when exposed to an unfavorable environment, I recommend a drop of German chamomile oil in a little calendula oily macerate. To apply at the entrance to the nostrils for 4 days, no more without the advice of a professional. German chamomile is one of the reference antiallergic EOs. Excellent anti-inflammatory, it prevents the release of histamine which prevents the appearance of itching, which is very unpleasant in the nose and eyes.”indicates Laure Martinat.

The reflex to adopt to sleep well during the pollen season

Roman chamomile essential oil* has both antiallergic properties, as well as a powerful calming action on the nervous system which makes it ideal for relieving tension and making it easier to fall asleep. “Two to three drops to be diluted in a little vegetable oil, applied to the thorax and upper back, before bedtime during hay fever.“, indicates Émilie Jolibois, expert in cosmetic ingredient research at Aroma-Zone.

*Contraindicated during the first 3 months of pregnancy

Rebalance the immune system

Pollen allergy is an inappropriate reaction of the immune system. Your body thinks it is under attack (even though the substance is harmless) and must defend itself. It sets in motion an entire inflammatory cascade, where IgE antibodies and histamine play a central role, at the origin of the symptoms. The objective is therefore to rebalance the immune system and temper the inflammatory reaction..”

Thanks to Laure Martinat, expert in phyto-aromatherapy and micronutrition.

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