Update: Winner have been chosen and announced below!
Allergies are the immune system’s incorrect response to a foreign substance. Exposure to what is normally a harmless substance, such as pollen, causes the immune system to react as if the substance is harmful. Substances that cause allergies are called allergens. When you come into contact with an allergen, you may experience a number of allergic symptoms including itchy, watery nose and eyes; asthma symptoms such as wheezing and coughing; or hives.
There are hundreds of different allergy triggers, but the most common ones are pollens, molds, dust mites (tiny creatures that live in household dust), animal dander, and industrial chemicals.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 50 million Americans suffer from hay fever, more properly known as "seasonal allergic rhinitis" and more than 20 percent of Americans have some type of allergy. That's one in five people, making allergies the fifth leading cause of chronic disease in the country.
Allergies can be treated and controlled. Here are some natural options for you.
Quercetin - Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that keeps the mast cells stable so they don't unleash histamine and other inflammatory chemicals. It has antioxidant and anti-viral effects.
Bromelain - Quercetin is often taken with bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme, to enhance absorption. Quercetin with bromelain balances histamine naturally.
Vitamin C - Vitamin C is the most important anti-allergy vitamin. Vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory and is a powerful promoter of a strong immune system that calms allergic reactions.
Stinging Nettle - Rich in minerals and nutrients, stinging nettle can help maintain allergies. You can make a tea, use the tincture, or take capsules. Nourishing nettle helps control watery, itchy eyes, and sneezing. It is great for seasonal allergies.
Raw local honey - Eating two teaspoons of local honey a day is a form of immunotherapy. It greatly helps control pollen allergies. Local honey works the best for this technique because it is produced in the same environment where you live and breathe.
Aller-Leaf - Aller-Leaf from Gaia is a fantastic allergy treatment. It contains the above mentioned nettle plus other healing herbs like turmeric, yarrow, and Chinese skullcap that help with one’s respiratory system.
Benefits of Aller-Leaf
• Helps support immunologic balance
• Promotes wellness within the tissues of the sinus cavity
• Tonifies the mucosal tissues and maintain normal respiratory function
• Aids in healthy function of the upper respiratory system
Banner Therapy would like to help you with your allergies and is giving away a bottle of Aller-Leaf to two lucky winners.
Here is how you can win a bottle of Aller-Leaf from Banner Therapy…
1. Like Banner Therapy on Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting me know that you have.
2. Like Lauren's Hope on Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting me know that you have.
3. Follow Lauren's Hope on Twitter and leave a comment on this post letting me know you do.
4. Subscribe to the Lauren's Hope blog and leave a comment on this post letting me know that you have subscribed.
5. Subscribe to the Banner Therapy blog and leave a comment on this post letting me know that you have subscribed.
Two winners will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday, August 30, 2011.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway. The lucky winners are Leslie V. and Nicole. An email has been sent to the winners with instructions on how to receive their free bottle of Aller-Leaf.