From the deadliest poisons to the strongest medicines (and the tastiest foods!), much of what we know about how to care for the body comes from plants. Plants and herbs produce an astonishing array of natural compounds designed to help themselves grow or heal, repel predators, attract pollinators, and communicate from one leaf to another.
What’s equally amazing is how many of these plant-based compounds also have an effect on human health. Whether your concern is dry skin, headaches or a stressed-out immune system, there’s likely research that suggests a herb can help. With seasonal airborne irritants in full-swing, we wanted to share some of the best natural herbs that show promise in supporting healthy histamine responses.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed has been shown to have protective qualities, limiting the damage done to the body by exposure to pesticides and other toxic chemicals. It is well known for its antioxidant qualities and is known to produce positive results for maintaining healthy cholesterol and insulin levels and supporting healthy heart functions.
A newer interest lies in grape seed extract’s ability to encourage healthy histamine levels. While studies are still pending, people have shared that it supports wellness when their bodies are stressed from seasonal irritants. That’s because grape seed extract has an ability to communicate with mast cells, a key producer of histamine in the body, to maintain normal histamine levels in the body.
Butterbur Root Extract
Butterbur’s medicinal qualities are impressive. A member of the sunflower family and known for many names, this ancient herb has been used for over 2,000 years for a variety of ailments.
Although more studies on this plant are in the works, there is recent mounting evidence that butterbur is an inflammatory mediator that turns off the histamine release in your cells, helping maintain healthy histamine and leukotriene levels in the body. So if your immune system stresses from airborne irritants, you may benefit from a little bit of butterbur root extract, too.
Turmeric is that brilliant yellow spice you often see in Indian cuisine. Aside from providing beautiful color and flavor, turmeric also has health-promoting properties that make it a helpful addition to anyone’s diet. Many of turmeric's therapeutic powers come from a special compound called curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, turmeric has been shown to:
- Reduce the number of heart attacks people had after surgery
- Work just as well as ibuprofen to reduce knee pain
- Reduce skin irritation
Newer studies are looking at turmeric’s cognitive effects. For people who suffer from “mental mucus” when airborne irritants are abound, this area of research holds promise. With such wide-ranging benefits, is it any wonder that people are turning to turmeric to see what other benefits it has?
Herbs can heal. Are you taking advantage?
At Airloom, we fully appreciate all that plants and herbs have to offer. If you’re wondering where to find natural, plant-based support for healthy histamine levels and maintain a balanced immune system, Airloom is here for you. Learn more about Airloom’s ingredients and start breathing in a healthy dose of life throughout any season.