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For Hay Fever and Other Seasonal Allergies, Try Butterbur

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It is Spring, and, in temperate climates, this is the time of year for many when grass and pollen allergies flare up. Fortunately, there is a safe, inexpensive, natural herb for this that is effective for many people. The European herb Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) has been tested recently in clinical trials with impressive results.

In one British study that was recently published in the British Medical Journal, a group of Swiss researchers showed that one tablet of butterbur four times daily was as effective as a popular antihistamine drug in controlling symptoms of hay fever, and it did it without the traditional symptom of drowsiness that sometimes occurs with over the counter antihistamines. In a second study, a group of British researchers found that Butterbur was effective in quelling symptoms of grass allergy, specifically.

Butterbur is available in most health food stores as a powdered herb or as an extract. It is inexpensive in either form, and either form can be effective. Just make sure that you follow the dosing instructions provided by the manufacturer.

So, if Spring allergies have you sniffling and red eyed, give Butterbur a try.

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