The best way to deal with allergy symptoms? Use these naturally non-drowsy and delicious plants!
Traditional medicine has known about the healing power of herbs like these for a long time, and it seems like modern medicine is finally catching up. The new review flagged a study showing that doses of rosmarinic acid–enriched shiso help alleviate allergy symptoms, including itchy nose, itchy eyes, and watery eyes.
There’s even more good news when it comes to herbs and allergy symptoms, though. Check out three herbs that will have you breathing easy this allergy season:
High in rosmarinic acid,rosemaryeffectively treats allergies because of its antioxidant properties. “Rosemary’s flavor is pungent, somewhat piney, and mintlike,” says Michael J. Balick, PhD, author of Rodale’s 21st-Century Herbal. “Fresh sprigs of rosemary and rosemary flowers can be steeped in vinegar or wine to add a subtle flavor. Use rosemary branches as skewers for grilling meat and vegetable kebabs.”
Also keep in mind that rosemary offers other medical benefits besides clearing up your wheeze. “The herb is used primarily to treat poor digestion and appetite, joint pain, and sluggish circulation,” Balick says.
A prominent part of Asian medicineandculinary garnishes, shiso is especially effective against seafood allergies—which is convenient considering that most sushi is served with the green leaf on the side (it’s often holding the wasabi). Shiso is also a common treatment for bronchial asthma.
“Sage tastes lemony, camphorlike, and pleasantly bitter,” says Balick. This herb can be mixed into any meal—breakfast (omelets), lunch (soups and beans), or dinner (pasta and poultry). “[Sage is] excellent for sore throats, coughs, and colds,” he adds. “For a unique and tasty appetizer or accompaniment for potatoes, dust larger sage leaves with flour, then fry them in a quarter-inch of hot oil for about 30 seconds, until crispy.”
Want to take herbal matters into your own hands? Start your own herb garden, even if it’s indoors!