Some of us are really dreading the onset of hay fever season. People are bulk buying antihistamines, tissues and eye drops as the blossom starts to appear on the trees. There are an estimated 15 million sufferers desperate for relief from their sore eyes, runny noses and sneezes. There are ways to deal with the misery of hay fever that don’t involve regular trips to the pharmacy and may even help to improve your overall health at the same time, so if you’re interested in reducing your OTC drug intake, read our best 8 ways to deal with hay fever naturally.
Did you know that nettle has natural antihistamine properties? You can buy it in capsules which help to reduce your symptoms – look for a supplement that gives you at least 500mg and take it three times daily. Another option is for you to enjoy a cup of homemade nettle and chamomile tea. The BBC’s nettle & chamomile tea recipe includes only three ingredients and is delicious. Try the recipe and see if nettle can help to alleviate your hay fever symptoms.
This isn’t an old wives tale; taking a spoonful of honey every day can actually help with symptoms as it has antibacterial properties and is an effective remedy for hay fever. Honey may even help you to build up immunity to local pollen at the same time!
Acupuncture can help relieve symptoms by regulating the flow of ‘qi’ around your body. This helps to reduce sensitivity to hay fever and other allergies. Acupuncturists say that if you’re a regular hay fever sufferer, you should start having treatment before the hay fever season starts. The British Acupuncture Council has some really useful information on acupuncture and hay fever.
Reflexology is a healing therapy that’s known to help the body restore its natural balance and boost your immune system – which has a knock-on effect of relieving your hay fever symptoms. Take a look at Nath J G’s video on reflexology and hay fever to get a more in depth look at how it can help with your symptoms.
Apple cider vinegar is supposed to help banish allergies too, so add two teaspoons to a glass of water, and take it three times a day for four days. Authority Nutrition have a great article about the other benefits of apple cider vinegar, including its ability to help sufferers of hay fever.
This can be used when you already have symptoms – when you feel the tell-tale runny nose start to kick in, take this supplement in pill form, powder or syrup to help alleviate your discomfort. Knoji have an article on the benefits of wild cherry tackling hay fever symptoms, and the quote below helpfully sums up one of the benefits of using wild cherry bark when treating hay fever.
Wild cherry bark, sometimes called choke cherry or Virginia prune, stems from the inner bark of the black cherry tree. Wild cherry bark, derived from the rose family, contains phytochemicals including quercetin. Quercetin is an immunity booster and also helps control wheezing and sneezing.
If you take elderflower just before the hay fever season begins and carry on throughout, it is said to reduce the frequency and severity of allergic attacks. According to Purple Sage “…you should drink an elderflower infusion daily, starting in February or March and continuing throughout the hay fever season. The fresh flowers are best and, as one of our most common hedgerow plants, are readily available in spring. Take care not to harvest blooms from roadsides or where agricultural chemicals may have been used.”
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This supplement is well-known to help strengthen your immune system naturally. Live Strong offer one of the best articles on this, take a look!
Rather than reach for the over the counter medications, why not try a reflexology treatment or natural supplement this spring, and soothe your symptoms naturally?
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