Nature can be cruel! Just when we are over the worst that Winter has to offer looking forward to the Spring sunshine, those suffering with seasonal “hayfever” allergies, are probably sighing and stocking up on their tissue supplies. Thankfully nature also provides us with, natural remedies, and natural ingredients that can provide some relief from hay-fever symptoms and help to prevent their return.
Sneezing, running nose, and itchy eyes, nose and throat can be a miserable problem for those suffering from hay-fever (allergic rhinitis) and the figures are rising, as 20% of the population are now affected by allergic rhinitis (Allergy The Unmet Need)
The chief reasons for seasonal change allergies are airborne dander, dust-mites, feathers, moulds, and pollen. The immune system of sufferers overreacts to the normally harmless particles in the air. The airborne pollens cause the body to produce antibodies, and it releases a natural substance called histamine. Histamine irritates the upper respiratory passages (nose, throat, eyes and sinus), resulting in swelling and other hay-fever symptoms.
Here are some natural homemade remedies that can help reduce your symptoms:
Garlic is highly anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It boosts the immune system and is useful for blocking the causes of hay-fever, simply because it provides strength for your body.
Horseradish is a peppery and pungent root vegetable which acts as a decongestant. It helps in clearing the nasal passages, and therefore great for treating the symptoms of hay fever.
Local honey, when ingested creates immunity to the allergens, because local bees visit local plants to gather local pollen, which is the same pollen you are reacting to.
Ginger tea (with raw honey) breaks up congestion in the chest congestion and loosens phlegm. It acts as a natural antihistamine and also strengthens the immune system.
Green tea blocks the production of histamine and builds the immune system.
Peppermint tea relieves both nasal and sinus congestion.
Nettle tea helps relieve respiratory tract inflammation, and eases nasal congestion, itching and sneezing.
Licorice tea can help to reduce irritation of the respiratory system.
Chamomile tea is also reputed to relieve hay fever symptoms, and smearing chamomile and lemon oil on a cloth and inhaling is believed to prevent hay fever symptoms.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be drunk if a diluted (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water) form throughout the day. It is a known to aid in reducing most allergies like pollen, dander, dust, animals food, etc.
Rosemary is known to suppress immunoglobulin responses and inflammation, that can suppress allergic reactions.
Limit dairy products, as these can increase mucus production in the respiratory tract
Wear wrap around glasses
When out and about, wear wrap around glasses can help protect your eyes from pollen
Spring is such a beautiful time of the year, the world is coming to life. With the correct precautionary measures in place, hopefully you will be able to spend time outdoors with family and friends enjoying the rising temperatures and sunshine, instead of viewing it through streaming eyes.