This is the time of year where I get one big question:
“Do you have anything for allergies???”
To which I have a resounding
In our April Newsletter [which can be viewed here] I shared about ‘seasonal allergic rhinitis’, commonly known as hay fever. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology [ACAAI], allergic rhinitis is “estimated to affect approx. 50 million people in the US, and its prevalence is increasing, affecting as many as 30% of adults and up to 40% of children”.
With so many individuals suffering from many different allergens, and not just this particular allergic rhinitis, but animal dander, pollen, mold/dust, and asthma, Victoria created many different herbal formulas to offer relief. There are many options at Shawnee Moon when looking for allergy relief, because every individual is different, and so is their situation, resistance, and susceptibilities.
We still offer these Fortner Original formulas today because they continue to be effective. In this post I’ll outline a few that are great for promoting a healthy immune response and lessen allergic reactions.
Anti-Hist – helps keep sinuses clear. This formula is loaded with natural anti-histamines. It is designed to reduce the body’s natural tendency to over produce histamines when there are allergens present. This helps reduce the body’s histamine response which can lead to watery/itchy eyes, runny/congested sinuses, sinus pressure, sneezing, etc.
Breatheasy – helps you breath clearly and easily. The herbs in this formula are very specific to lung health and bronchial issues, particularly asthma, rather than focusing on the sinus system where most folks suffer the most during allergy seasons. Anti-Hist is good for either, as it is formulated specifically to target the histamine response, which can kick into hyper drive when allergens are present that would irritate either system.
CCC – helps you breath clearly, swallow freely and feel better. This is a ‘kitchen sink’ formula. We’ve put in everything, including the kitchen sink. When you don’t know exactly what may be the issue, but you need some relief for non-specific conditions, this could be the formula you need. This herbal remedy is loaded with herbs for the immune system, for stimulation and breaking up congestion, for reducing phlegm, and sinus pressure.
Headease – for occational headache pain. No, this is not an allergy formula, but how many times do headaches accompany sinus infections and allergy symptoms? Try this formula for situations such as that to aid in the relief.
Immunoboost – supports the healthy function of the immune system. Immunoboost is an all herbal support therapy for use when one experiences a depressed immune system. There are many situations where the immune system becomes depleted or compromised. This can be due to lack of nutrition in the diet, to stressful life styles, degenerative, contagious and infectious diseases. From colds and flus to cancer, HIV and AIDs. The herbs found in the Immunoboost formula have been found to aid healthy cellular formation, reduce prolonged inflammation, and increase the wellness of the entire immune system while encouraging a healthy immune response to foreign bodies/injury/infection. This is very important when dealing when allergens are present that aggravate the immune system.
KS Allerease – for clear breathing. I have found the KS Allerease great for my nasal congestion and sinus pressure.
Sniff – helps you breath clearly and easily. For any time, under a myriad of circumstances that you may be sniffully.
Allergies and Fat Intake Linked
“Seeing a correspondingly high rate of asthma, rhinitis and eczema to the likewise high intake of linoleic acid (from vegetable oils – sunflower, safflower and soybean) and the decrease of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA – from fish and flaxseed), the University of Aukland, in New Zealand, reports that Australia, the Americas, North and Western Europe have the highest rate of allergic disease in the world.” [source: Shawnee Moon Runner, reprinted with permission]
‘You are what you eat’. With this research in mind as you are suffering from allergies this season, remember to up your intake of EPA via fish oil supplements, and foods high in Omega-3’s [fish, especially salmon, cod, sardines, and caviar; flax seeds, chia seeds, basil, oregano, cloves]. And be sure to watch the intake of linoleic acid found in sunflower oil, safflower oil and soybean oil. Read those labels when purchasing processed food, you’ll discover more often than not they contain some kind of linoleic acid containing vegetable oils.
Eat clean and shop smart. Feed your body supportive supplements and herbal formulas to help reduce your allergic response.
The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. It is simply for use in the maintenance and promotion of good health in cooperation with a licensed medical practitioner. Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not licensed to treat or diagnose disease. Consult with your physician for diagnosis or treatment. By using this information you agree that the decisions regarding your health are your own responsibility and understand that Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not liable for your health decisions.
Sources and continued reading:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing James & Phyllis Balch, Weiner’s Herbal Michael Weiner, The New Age Herbalist Richard Mabey The Way of Herbs Michael Tierra, The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine Daniel Mowery, Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible Earl Mindell, Victoria Fortner, The School of Natural Healing Dr. John Christopher, Back to Eden Jethro Kloss, The Complete Medicinal Herbal Penelope Ody, A Modern Herbal Mrs. M. Greieve, The Complete Illustrated Holistic HerbalDavid Hoffmann, The Green Pharmacy James A. Duke, Ph.D., 20,000 Secrets of Tea Victoria Zak, The Herb Book John Lust, Various informative websites containing herbal and health information, including Wikipedia.