Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How to Control Allergies Naturally with an Herb that Would Otherwise Make You Sneeze

This time of year allergy sufferers aren't usually having much fun; if you're one of them, you may be wondering how to treat your allergies naturally with herbs. One of the more helpful herbs might surprise you. It's one of the big offenders. Ragweed.

No, this isn't a matter of homeopathic "like treats like." It's the pollen of ragweed (Ambrosia) that causes the allergies - not the rest of the plant. You can purchase ragweed tincture commercially, or you can send a friend out to gather and tincture it for you. The easy way to make a ragweed tincture via Simpler's method is to stuff a clean glass jar with everything but the root, then cover the plant in the purest, strongest grain alcohol you can get. Cover it tightly and wait for about two weeks. Then strain out the herb. (You can do this part; the pollen is too drunk to fly at you by then.) Whether you buy it or make it yourself, the dosage is the same: 20 to 40 drops up to 4 times a day.

You can prepare a ragweed tea, too. You'll definitely want someone else to collect the herb for you, then bundle and hang it until dried. Have them hide it far and away from you. Once it's dry, it can be crunched up and stored in a glass jar. Prepare a standard infusion of the tea by pouring a mugful of almost boiling water over a teaball of herb. Allow it to sit for about 15 to 20 minutes before straining. Drink about 1 or 2 ounces of it up to 4 times a day.

There's something slightly revengeful about combatting allergies by ripping up the offending plant and ingesting it, don't you think? Or perhaps ragweed doesn't really mean us all that harm and tries to make up for it. Either way, it's pretty cool, don't you think?

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  1. This is the great thinking by using the herbs in this disease and i also like the way you use herbs in such product which make help the people to make their lives healthy.essential oils

  2. When would be the best time to gather the ragweed? I live in SC. This year I had strong reactions to ragweed and found out through an allergy skin test that I am sensitive to many grasses, pollens etc but ragweed was the highest score (a 3 on a 0-4 scale). I started having hives in early August so I'm assuming I would need to find some ragweed in maybe early July in order to get it harvested (my husband said he'd do the harvesting), get it tinctured and start the treatment a couple of weeks before the beginning of August . Does that sound about right? Also do you have any advice on how much I should prepare (a pint jar, a quart jar etc)?

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