Sneezing, runny nose, congested sinuses, coughing and eye irritation – seasonal allergies are upon us, bringing these irritating symptoms that interfere with many of our daily activities. While conventional therapies such as nasal steroid sprays, decongestants, and topical or oral antihistamines can be very helpful, they are not always adequate for everyone. In addition, their side effects can be almost as troublesome as the original allergy symptoms.

Herbal remedies can be a gentle, effective, and often inexpensive alternative to conventional allergy treatments. Some of them may simply be added to your daily diet! Herbs can work to stabilize or prevent the mast cells from releasing histamine and therefore can mediate the body’s allergic response. The herbs listed below work to boost the immune response so your body is more efficiently responding to the allergen that has infiltrated and disrupted your body’s normal functioning.

The following herbs are useful to ease symptoms of allergies:

Mullein - herb to ease allergic reactions


To open and soothe the lungs

A source of vitamin C and minerals. Mullein is found to contain an array of natural active compounds, namely: flavonoids, saponins, tannins and glycosides. It is a natural expectorant, meaning that it helps to clear phlegm and congestion. Research indicates that it has natural anti-inflammatory properties.

(Stinging) Nettles

As a natural histamine reducer

Various compounds have been found in nettles that decrease inflammation and histamine, which helps to combat the reactivity of allergy sufferers. They appear to inhibit inflammatory pathways and also act against the histamine receptors.


To support the liver

Artichokes have traditionally treated many health ailments. They are exceptionally rich in plant compounds that act as powerful antioxidants, eliminating potentially harmful free radicals from your body. They are also rich in folate, which has shown to reduce allergy symptoms and allergic skin rashes.

Goldenrod for allergy prevention


To dry up excess mucus

Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties make this a good choice for sore throats. As an expectorant, Goldenrod helps to thin and remove excess mucus and congestion in lungs and sinuses. Try in infused as a tea with honey!

The BEST thing you can do for allergy prevention is to start taking herbs, vitamins and making diet changes at least 4-6 weeks before your allergen arrives. Contact Siskiyou Vital Medicine to speak with your healthcare provider for additional ways to address your seasonal allergy concerns.