By Victoria Lafean
With the changing weather upon us and the change from summer to autumn, a common ailment most people deal with is allergies. Kennedy states in her book Herbal Medicine, “Allergies are abnormal immune responses to common substances such as animal dander, pollen, and dust amongst other things. Allergens are found in food, drinks, and the environment, so it is often difficult to avoid them completely.”
Herbal remedies for allergies are gentle on the body. Sometimes they are more gentle than over the counter or prescription drugs. We are going to look at two recipes today to combat allergies.
First is a Feverfew-Peppermint Tincture
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Feverfew and peppermint open the airway during an allergy attack. This makes 2 cups.
2 ounces of dried feverfew
6 ounces of dried peppermint
2 cups of unflavored 80 proof vodka
In a pint jar, combine the feverfew and the peppermint. Add the vodka filling the jar to the very top. Cap the jar and shake it several times a week for six to eight weeks.
Strain the mixture over cheesecloth through a funnel into a new jar. Wring liquid from the herbs and discard them. Move the tincture into dark-colored glass bottles.
Take 5 drops orally whenever allergy symptoms occur. You can mix it with either water and juice to make taking it easier. Do not use feverfew if you are pregnant or allergic to ragweed.
The next recipe is a Garlic Ginkgo-Syrup. Ginkgo Biloba is a natural antihistamine that contains more than a dozen anti-inflammatory constituents. Garlic itself boosts your immune system.
2 ounces fresh or frozen garlic chopped
2 ounces Ginkgo Biloba, crushed or chopped
2 cups of water
1 cup local honey
In a saucepan combine garlic, ginkgo, and water. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Reduce fluid by half.
Strain mixture through cheesecloth back into a saucepan and wring the liquid from the cheesecloth.
Add the honey and warm the mixture over low heat. Stir constantly until temperature reaches 105-110 degrees.
Pour the syrup into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to six months. Adults take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day orally during allergy season. Children take 1 teaspoon 3 times a day.
Do not use this syrup if you are on MAOIs for depression. Also, Ginkgo Biloba enhances the effects of blood thinners. Talk with your doctor before use.
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Lafean currently resides in Fort Irwin, California. Lafean’s husband Evan is currently serving as a soldier in the U.S Army. Her hometown is Port Huron Michigan. Both Evan and Victoria hope to return after Evan completes his military service.