Allergy Remedies
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: John
Posted on: March 27, 2001

I live in Tucson, AZ and have seasonal allergies (spring and fall). I would like to make an herbal tea that will help my allergies. After reviewing your catalog, it appears that the following herbs may provide my relief:

* Elder Flower

* Eyebright

* Ephedra

* Golden Rod

Is this accurate? If not, please provide additional information. In addition, please let me know if these herbs can be grown in the desert climate of southern Arizona. I may add peppermint for flavor. Are all of these plants available through Richters?

This is a good combination for reducing catarrh and inflammation. I suggest that you add Plantain (Plantago lanceolata or Plantago major) to help soothe and heal inflamed mucous membranes.

Elder flower Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra) are anti-inflammatory and anticatarrhal;

Eyebright is astringent, anti-catarrhal and anti-inflammatory;

Ephedra helps to reduce allergic reactions. I suggest that Ephedra be used only under the advice of a qualified herbal practitioner. It is a circulatory stimulant that can cause heart problems if used in excess or by someone with existing heart weakness, circulation problems, thyroid problems or high blood pressure. I use Ephedra with caution and only when other remedies do not give relief. The medicinal dosage is one quarter of a teaspoon of dried herb per cup of water, simmered 5 minutes, three cups a day.

Golden Rod (Solidago virgauria) is anti-catarrhal and anti-inflammatory.

The following are available at Richters: Ephedra seeds, plant and dried twigs; dried Elder flowers; dried Eyebright herb (not to the U.S.); Goldenrod seeds; Plantago major seeds; Plantago lanceolata seeds and dried herb; Peppermint plant, plugs and dried leaves.

For more information on allergies, please go to our website at, choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then choose "Search Richters Q&A", and enter "allerg" for the search.

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