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The Benefits of Herbs for Children's Allergies

written by: Rafael • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 1/12/2011

Traditional medicine often recommends antihistamines for treating allergies in children. However, these medications can make your child drowsy. There are, however, a variety of herbs for children's allergies that can be used without this disturbing side effect.

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    Introduction

    Allergies have very unpleasant the symptoms such as Itchy watery eyes, stuffy nose, and constant nasal discharge. These and many other allergies symptoms can make a children life very miserable. Antihistamines are generally recommended to treat allergies in children but these medication have negative side effects.

    There is a variety of herbs and natural remedies for children's allergies. These natural remedies are safe and effective, and may provide fast relief for children´s allergy symptoms. They act as natural antihistamines, blocking the histamines that are causing the allergic reaction in a child. Stinging nettle and chamomile are both extremely mild medicinal herbs that can be used to treat seasonal allergies in children.

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    Stinging Nettle

    Stinging nettle acts as a natural antihistamine, helping the child's body fight off the seasonal allergy symptoms. It is especially effective to treat itchy watery eyes and repetitive sneezing. Stinging nettle can be purchased in most health food stores. You can either purchase the dried leaves to make your own herbal blends, or purchase stinging nettle capsules or tinctures. The dried herbs can be consumed as a tea, but have a bitter taste. If your child finds this unpleasant, you can mix the tea with juice or switch to a capsule form instead.

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    Chamomile

    Chamomile is known to slow the process of an allergic reaction. It works by increase cortisone production in the body. If children are already experiencing an allergy attack, it may be possible to relieve the symptoms by boiling chamomile in water and having them inhale the steam. Chamomile can also be taken in capsule form to help strengthen the adrenal system and lower inflammation in the lungs and bronchial tubes. Drinking a chamomile tea is also known to calm down many of the symptoms of the allergy reaction. For skin allergies asamped cloth with camomille infusion can have tremendous antiuinflammatory effects.

    Warning - if your child has an allergy to ragweed or other plants in the ragweed family, avoid using chamomile medicinally.

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    Herbal remedies are available to alleviate and treat allergies. They represent an option against common prescribed and over the caunter allergy medications. Stinging nettle and chamomile are two of the most used herbal remedies for allergies. A doctor trained in natural therapies may be able to recommend many more.