More than 10 million people suffer from hay fever in the UK, and for those affected it can be a nightmare. An allergy to tree/grass/wood pollen can lead to itchy eyes, a blocked or runny nose and sneezing.
Traditionally, doctors advice taking antihistamines to prevent a reaction occurring, or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. For milder cases over the counter nasal sprays and eye drops can be helpful.
But what if you want a natural remedy? Or need a little boost to make your pesky hay fever more manageable. Then the following options could aid you in your attack on hay fever.
A case for Carotenoids
This colourful plant pigment is a powerful antioxidant and anti inflammatory. It can reduce swelling in the airway and improve the efficiency of the immune system. Great sources include: apricots, carrots, spinach and sweet potato.
Chamomile tea is a triple threat to hay fever; anti histamine, anti inflammatory and anti oxidant. As an added bonus the cooled tea bags can be used to gentle press on irritated eyes.
The chemical compound capsaicin is present in both chillis and hot peppers; its fiery heat opens nasal passages which eases congestion.
C the difference
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, it also contains bioflavonoids which have an anti allergy affect and help with decongestion. Brilliant sources of this immune boosting vitamin include: broccoli, guavas, kiwis, oranges, strawberries and yellow bell peppers.
Heal with Honey
A daily helping of honey can desensitise your body to pollen. Honey contains traces of bee pollen, over a period of time your body may adjust and be able to build up a tolerance to pollen.
Onion glad you ate me
Both onion and garlic are anti inflammatory and contain the anti histamine quercetin, which helps alleviate minor symptoms.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can target and ease specific hay fever symptoms.
Hay fever Hypnosis
A powerful tool that can be self taught. It focuses on relaxation to reduce symptoms.
Lightly lining your inner nostril with Vaseline can help trap pollen and prevent it entering your nasal passage.
The best way to treat hay fever is to avoid your allergy triggers, but staying cooped up in an enclosed room is not much fun. So instead, try the above suggestions. Also, you should wash your bed weekly (in case dust mites aggravate your symptoms) and keep windows closed at night. Before you know it you’ll be running through freshly cut meadows without a care in the world.