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.
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.
3. Chillies – Contain capsaicin, which opens nasal passages and helps reduce congestion.
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.
5. Nettle tea – Acts as an anti-congestant and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
6. Ginger – Breaks up congestion, can strengthen the immune system and also acts as a natural antihistamine.
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.
8. Vaseline – Spreading a thing layer on the inside of nostrils traps pollen and can stop it from entering nasal passages.
9. Sunglasses – Wearing wraparound sunglasses stops pollen from getting in your eyes.
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.
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?