After a long journey across the Atlantic to a new and unfamiliar land, surely the Pilgrims welcomed the hospitality and friendship shown during the first Thanksgiving feast with the Native Americans.
It is possible however, that the Europeans were sniffling through the meal and not because of tears of joy.
Consider that the newcomers had not been exposed to unfamiliar flora and would not have built up immunities to the pollen associated with the blooms. Plus, had it been a rainy summer and fall season, mold spores may have populated the leaves and grass on the ground.
Fortunately, their hosts were experts in using herbs and plants to remedy all types of ailments, including allergies. Certain concoctions of herbs and plants would have helped alleviate symptoms including itchy eyes, congestion and coughing.
Commonly used herbs include Nettle, Goldenseal, marigold, ground ivy, Bee Pollen and Yarrow.
The ingredients could be chewed, smoked or steamed in tea.
As more people look to natural remedies to alleviate symptoms, it is appropriate to be thankful for the Native Americans the settlers encountered.