Home Remedies - Calming Allergic Reactions - McDowell's Herbal Treatments


Using herbs that balance the immune system, decrease inflammation and soothe indigestion. Chamomile and Marshmallow perform all three of these roles, Peppermint and Ginger aid digestion and decrease inflammation, and Echinacea provides the immune system with discretion in dealing with foreign substances.

You will probably not see the effects of these herbs immediately, since it usually takes time to correct food allergies, but they are safe for long-term use.

Allergy Tea

  • 2 cups water
  • ? teaspoon each echinacea root and marshmallow root
  • 1 teaspoon chamomile flowers
  • ? teaspoon peppermint leaf
  • ? teaspoon ginger rhizome

Combine water and echinacea and marshmallow roots in a saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add remaining ingredients. Steep for 15 minutes, then strain out herbs. For a 50-pound child, give 1 to 2 cups daily. These herbs can also be used as tinctures; for a 50-pound child, give ? to 1 dropperful (30-60 drops) daily.

Hives, the rashlike skin bumps that can drive kids crazy with itching, are another symptom of food allergy. To stop the itching, sponge the child's skin with a warm herbal wash. If that does not provide enough relief, apply an herbal poultice. Even children who normally object to having a poultice smeared on their skin often accept anything that relieves the discomfort of hives. When these herbs are not available, try a hot bath or shower.

Hives Skin Wash

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon each calendula flowers, chamomile flowers, echinacea root, elder flowers and yarrow flowers
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda

Pour boiling water over herbs and steep for 15 minutes, then strain out herbs. Stir in baking soda. Apply to irritated skin with a soft cloth or a sponge until itching is reduced. Alternatively these can be mixed to a slurry with slippery elm or clay to make firmer paste.

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McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose your disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.

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