As someone who has suffered from hay-fever in the past I know how horrible the symptoms can be and how being hit by hay-fever can stop us enjoying the opening months of summer. Here are some of the best natural remedies and workarounds for hay-fever sufferers.
Honey – This is something that needs to be done before the allergy season but works extremely well. It is as simple as eating some natural raw honey regularly throughout the year. By doing this you will build immunity and stop your body over-reacting to the pollen released in summer. It is important that the honey is raw and is better if locally sourced.
Raw honey is basically unprocessed stuff (not heat treated or blended) which still contains the Pollen, Propolis, Honeycomb and Live Enzymes one of which is Amylase which helps digest starchy carbohydrates so it is a great addition to oatmeal or bread. unfortunately most honey found in the supermarket is not raw and has been processed to look nice and clean in their bottles- Sadly is lacks all the good stuff. So you will probably have t checkout your local markets or Natural food stores to get hold of some raw honey, it costs a bit more but is really worth it and will last you a long time if you use it sparingly.
Herbal Remedies - There are also some herbs which have been proven to lessen the bodies response to allergens. Here are two of the best.
Nettle - Research shows that nettle has a positive effect on the bodies defense mechanisms through its ability to enhance the bodies defence mechanisms and reduce chemicals produced during an immune response namely “prostaglandins” this does not mean it will Cure hay-fever but rather reduce the bodies response to pollen. The best way to get your nettle fix is via herbal tea, nettle also has a potent blood cleansing effect, try a nettle and honey tea.
Butterbur- Which is a plant that looks a bit like Rhubarb, has the ability to soothe allergies as well as things like migraines. Yu can find it in teas or as a herbal extract in pills and their have been many recent studies showing its efficiency in treating Hay-Fever in particular. Well worth a try especially along with Nettle.
Onions- Have been shown to help boost the immune system and this can help with hay-fever, Remeber Hay-Fever is a result of an over-reacting immune system. The reason onions can help is that they contain the chemical quercetin. Plus you can add them to all kinds of foods I like to eat them on salad or just with sliced up tomatoes. Definitely worth a try.
Line the Nose-In the past I have had success in dealing with pollen by lining my nose with some kind of cream or vaseline. This will stop the pollen from getting into the body through the nose and a good layer in the morning usually keeps you going until lunch, just wash out and re-apply if need be. This is especially useful if you are spending a day outdoors or int he park when you know there is going to be a high pollen count.
Vitamin C- There is also evidence to show that high doses of Vitamin C can help with hey-fever. I personally found that taking 1-2grams of Vitamin C daily to help a lot when dealing with bad bouts of hay-fever. Zinc is also worth a try when it comes to Vitamin supplements try 25-50mg per day of a citrate form.
Luckily for me my hay-fever has cleared up in the last few years and although I do still get the odd bout it is not nearly as bad as it once was (I would be housebound) I think a large part of this comes down to a good diet and avoiding sugar and overly refined foods. I would also like to know if readers have any good advice for dealing with allergies…….