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10 Hay Fever Hacks


Last week the Met Office announced a warning over soaring pollen levels. If you are a sensible hay fever sufferer this may encourage you to check pollen levels in your local area and, if high, stay in doors; however, if you are like me and refuses to let hideous allergy symptoms spoil summer then here are a few natural remedies that I have found useful in boosting my antihistamines.

1. Honey –  Eating local honey daily is said to reduce symptoms as it can desensitise your body to local pollens and help to build immunity.

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2. Vitamin C – Found in many citrus fruits and vegetables which also a good source of  bioflavonoids, together these provide a natural decongestant and antihistamine.

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3. Chillies – Contain capsaicin, which opens nasal passages and helps reduce congestion.

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4. Chamomile tea –  An antioxidant, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Drinking tea alleviates symptoms and putting cold tea on cotton wool can be used to reduce red irritated eyes.

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5. Nettle tea – Acts as an anti-congestant and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

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6. Ginger –  Breaks up congestion, can strengthen the immune system and also acts as a natural antihistamine.

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7. Garlic – Is another source of vitamin C but also has anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. It is also a good source of quercetin, a natural antihistamine.

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8. Vaseline – Spreading a thing layer on the inside of nostrils traps pollen and can stop it from entering nasal passages.

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9. Sunglasses – Wearing wraparound sunglasses stops pollen from getting in your eyes.

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10. Clothes – If you do venture outdoors on a high pollen day change you clothes and take a shower when you get back in to remove pollen from your body.

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I am in no way a herbalist or doctor so these may not work for you, however, as I mentioned above, these are some simple steps that I have found useful in reducing my symptoms.

Do you have any tips that you use to survive hay fever season?

10 comments

  1. alicegibbs says:

    Thank you so much for these tips! Really suffering today (boo. go away pollen) so hiding behind sunglasses, I think I’ll go and get myself some herbal tea too 🙂

    One of my biggest hayfever hacks has to be tying your hair back/washing regularly this time of year. The pollen gets stuck in my hair and hangs around making things worse otherwise! xx

    1. Emma says:

      It is a nightmare isn’t it, I am all about the big shades and herbal tea not only does it help but it makes me feel very LA

  2. Hannah says:

    My hayfever has been so so bad this year! I hope some of these will work for me! Xx

    1. Emma says:

      I really hope that they work, let me know if you give any of them a try

  3. sophieecrook says:

    I really do suffer with my hayfever so this post is so so helpful – thank you so much! Will give a few of these a try, fingers crossed they work for me!
    http://supernaturallyhealthy.org/blog/ x

  4. steph says:

    Thanks for these ideas, my hay fever has really been playing up the last few weeks so will have to try some of these!

    Steph x

    Inspirationsandme.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Emma says:

      Please let me know if you do and how you get on

  5. Great article, and beautiful images, too. 🙂

  6. Lisa says:

    I get hayfever really badly and other than dosing up with medication I wash my hair when I get home at night, not opening windows, big sunglasses

    1. Emma says:

      It’s a nightmare isn’t it, big sunglasses are my summer savoir

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