Allergy & Asthma Secrets Your Pharmacist Doesn’t Want You To Know

by Dr. Don Colbert

Dr. Colbert's Health Tips and News

If you are one of the millions of people affected by seasonal allergies and asthma, it’s usually best to try natural treatments for your allergies before employing harsh medications.

Local Honey

You’ve probably heard about taking a teaspoon a day of local, raw unfiltered honey for your allergies. Studies show this can be very effective if you start taking the honey a few months before allergy season. This allows your body to build immunity to the pollens in the honey through gradual exposure.

Vitamin D

Studies show 50-78% of the general population has lower than optimal levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a bigger role in the body than just bone health. Vitamin D also boosts immunity and helps your body fight infection. It also supports cell growth, neuromuscular function, and reduction of inflammation, thereby reducing your risk of major diseases. Some researchers believe Vitamin D deficiency is a primary contributing factor to asthma.

Butterbur Extract

Studies show butterbur extract can be just as effective in treating allergies as leading allergy drugs, without the common drug side effects like drowsiness, heart palpitations, and fatigue. Butterbur is a common hay fever treatment in Europe to reduce the effects of histamine and nasal congestion and to improve breathing difficulty associated with allergies. You can find butterbur at your local health food store. Commercial butterbur is free of harmful substances that occur in the raw herb. Important note: Butterbur is of the ragweed family, so if you are allergic to ragweed, marigold, daisy, or chrysanthemum, you should not use butterbur.

More Natural Help for Allergies and Asthma

  • Make sure you’re getting proper amounts of omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like fish oil, walnuts and flaxseed.
  • Reduce your intake of omega-6 fatty acids found in many processed foods containing vegetable oils like corn, canola, soy and safflower.
  • Exercise. People who do not exercise regularly have higher rates of allergies and asthma.
  • Acupuncture can be highly effective in treating allergies.
  • Avoid pasteurized milk products if you have asthma and allergies. They have been shown to make symptoms worse.
  • Allergy-proof your home by using allergen-free pillows and mattress covers. Replace carpet with hard-surface flooring, and use window coverings you can dust, like blinds, instead and of curtains.
  • Eucalyptus oil can help clear nasal passages. Place a few drops in bathwater or in a steaming pot and breathe the vapors.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of clean water.