The bees in our garden are happy, summer is well and truly here, unfortunately the hay fever season is also in full swing and as any sufferer will know this can make life miserable…
The most common symptoms of hay fever are:
- Sneezing and streaming or blocked nose and itchiness of the nose, throat and mouth often accompanied by red, itchy streaming eyes
- Coughing or wheezing and shortness of breath can also be experienced and for some people the pollen can bring on asthma symptoms
Here are some of our suggestions to help reduce your hay fever symptoms naturally:
- Eat good wholesome organic food. Opt for lots of fruit and veg, which are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, also a natural antihistamine. Reducing the dairy content of your diet is also a good idea, as dairy products can really block up the mucous membranes in the nose.
- Curb the caffeine and opt for anti-inflammatory green or white tea if your nasal passages are pouring. Caffeine triggers histamine release.
- Spread a natural barrier like HayMax around the edge of each nostril to trap or block pollen. Reapply each time you blow your nose.
- Try a natural remedy containing tropical herbs that work on all the symptoms of hay fever and allergic rhinitis, without the drowsy side effects associated with some hay fever medication (see list below).
- One of our favourite ways of treating hay fever, simply adding a spoonful of locally-made honey to your daily diet could de-sensitise the body to pollen. Honey is also well known for its soothing, antibacterial properties and is a wonderful remedy for scratchy, sore throats.
- Avoid gardening and walking in grassy areas when the pollen count is at its highest. Keep an eye on the pollen count in your area; this can help give you an indication of which days are going to be less of an irritant for you than others.
- Spicy curries are a well-known remedy for colds and bunged-up noses, and chillies are just as effective at treating symptoms of hay fever. These spicy little peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which opens and clears nasal passages to reduce congestion, helping you to breathe easy.
To help you relieve your hay fever symptoms this summer, here is a list of products we stock at all three shops, just ask a member of staff if you would like further info:
- Vogel Pollinosan Hay fever Tablets (a licensed homeopathic medicinal remedy for alleviating hayfever symptoms and allergic rhinitis).
- Haymax Lavender Balm (as a defence).
- Saltpipe- a respiratory aid.
- Solgar Quercetin Complex and Nature’s Aid Quercetin Formula (a food supplement which may help support normal respiratory health). When your respiratory system is irritated, redness and swelling can result from the release of histamines, and Quercetin has been reported to have an antihistamine effect. Lab tests have shown Quercetin influences intracellular enzymes and may help inhibit histamine release.This can often provide relief for watery eyes, runny nose, and swelling in the face.
- Local Honey (local to where the person suffering from hay fever lives). Local honey has the effect of treating fire with fire (like a vaccination).
- New ERA tissue salts produces a combination remedy called H for hayfever and allergic rhinitis.