The Crestone Eagle • May, 2019

There’s No Such Thing as a Weed: Allergies & hay fever

by Dorje Root, RH (AHG)

Living here as we do in a pinyon/juniper forest it’s small wonder that many people suffer from allergies in the spring when trees are pollinating and in the late summer when grasses are blooming. Many of us know or remember the runny nose, itchy eyes, and the feeling of just being out of it.  There’s the urge to just take some drug to end the symptoms, to just make us feel better.  And while certain pharmaceuticals can do that, many of us would prefer something a bit more natural. As someone who feels your pain, someone who has been there and is well on the road to recovery, I have a few suggestions. 

For some it may take altering one’s lifestyle a few months in advance.  Dairy products are known to cause extra mucus, especially in the susceptible.  And sugar is a known immune system suppressant.  Many people have found relief in eliminating or decreasing intake of sugar and dairy for up to two months before allergy season.  It may sound extreme but if your symptoms are severe enough it’s well worth it.  Be sure to stay well hydrated throughout the season.

When symptoms finally hit, is there anything that can help?  One local herb, nettles, can really make life easier.  Dried nettle tea, 2 to 3 cups per day, can reduce symptoms.  And in addition, nettles are incredibly high in vitamins and minerals, actually strengthening the body instead of being depleting like many pharmaceuticals.   

Goldenrod, another local herb, is anti-inflammatory, astringent, and helps reduce mucus.  Use the entire upper part of the plant – dried. It’s also been used to treat the flu and urinary tract infections.  It can cause allergic reactions in people sensitive to plants in the Asteraceae (daisy) family, so use caution.

Elder flower, sometimes grown locally, can help reduce the symptoms of hay fever.  We all know the benefits of elder berry in preventing the flu.  The flower of the black elder, which blooms mid-summer, has decongestant properties and can help with allergies and bringing down a fever. Use the dried flowers in a tea or tincture.

Sinus Support by Eclectic Institute uses many of these herbs in capsule form.  I have found it to be tremendously helpful for seasonal allergies.

So, for those who have felt undone by hay fever, may these suggestions be helpful!

Dorje Root, RH (AHG) is an herbalist and natural healer, also working with Plant Spirit Medicine, Intuitive Energy Healing and ‘The Journey’ cellular healing.  For an appointment call 719-937-7786 or visit