Here in the UK it has become apparent that in recent times, the last 20 years or so, that more and more of us are feeling the horrible affects of hay fever. There are several reasons that people speculate the reason for the increase in symptoms across the population, the main reason is due to our food being sprayed with pesticides.
We have put together a list of herbal remedies that people can try before using pharmaceutical drugs, which in my opinion only treat the symptoms and don’t treat the cause! We feel that this is a wide spread issue that the pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of with new hay fever drugs being made available all the time, all these drugs do not treat the problem and only dumb down the symptoms, in some cases only an hour or so.
What is hay-fever?
Hay-fever is caused by an allergic response to airborne substances, such as for example: pollen, although the symptoms resemble that of a cold, hay-fever strikes depending on the time of year, this is because at different times of the year there are different airborne substances circulating the air resulting in an allergic reaction, triggering ‘hay-fever’
For the small majority of people who do not suffer with hay-fever, these substances are not allergens (allergic to them) as their immune systems do not react to them.
The process of eliminating hay-fever symptoms:
As summer rolls around we all want to be able to sit back and soak up the summer sun! However if like myself you have found yourself victim of ‘the dreaded’ hay-fever, I’m sure you’ll find summer can become a little bit of a chore. Here are some 100% natural/ organic home remedies to try out; these will help in the process of eliminating the harsh effects caused by hay-fever.
1. Local Honey: Honey contains bee pollen, this can desensitise your body to other pollen’s, helping to decrease the chances of you being affected. Increasing your daily intake will help benefit your body hugely. Ensure you use honey farmed in a local apiary.
2. Vitamin C: Vitamin c is a natural antihistamine, it is found in fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and lemons. Bioflavanoids are also present, these have huge anti-allergy effects. Vitamin C and bioflavonoid’s combined formulate a natural decongestant/ antihistamine antidote in which will aid in alleviating symptoms. If you choose to you can always take a supplement as these can also be highly beneficial.
3. Red Peppers (Hot): Chilli peppers/Red peppers contain an active component ‘capsaicin’, once consumed the component opens up the nasal passages helping to reduce the nasty congestion build up that comes with all the other ‘joys’ of hay-fever, helping to relieve symptoms. So why not try spicing it up a little tonight? Not only are they extremely tasty but they’re highly beneficial to your diet/body! Worth a try right?
4. Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is an antihistamine/ antioxidant, it also contains something called ‘flavenoids’, these act super effectively as an anti-inflammatory! This tea however doesn’t just have one factor, it has two! The remaining tea bag can be used as a compress for the eyes, this provided ‘the ice cube’ effect to those red, swollen eyes, reducing aggravation significantly helping you to enjoy summer to its full potential.
5. Garlic: Garlic is great for our bodies! It is always advisable to increase intake when possible, garlic boosts your immune system significantly while acting as a decongestant, helping reduce your hay-fever symptoms, and it is a natural anti-inflammatory/ natural antihistamine. Garlic works most effectively when consumed crushed and/ or raw. You can purchase garlic capsules from your local pharmacy if you are not overly fond of garlic itself.
6. Vaseline: Try spreading a thin layer of Vaseline along the inner line of the nostrils, the Vaseline acts as a trap, collecting the pollen in its sticky substance, this effectively blocks the pollen from entering the nasal cavity, meaning hay-fever symptoms are not worsened. (This really does work wonders!)
7. Nettle tea: Honey mixed with nettle tea is great for preventing any mucus build up. (despite its rather unpleasant taste.)
8. Cucumber: Cucumbers are most commonly used in spa’s, and for good reason, they help to sooth the skin around the eye area as they provide a cooling sensation, the cucumbers will aid in relief of those dry itchy eyes during those long summer days.
9. Keep your cool! Believe it or not being in a cool environment can help in reducing your symptoms. If you’re out and about often, use your air conditioning in the car and preferably remain in the shade/ cool rooms as much as you possibly can.
10. Onions: Quercetin is a natural antihistamine most commonly found in both fruits and vegetables; however onions are highly concentrated in quercetin. When preparing your onions try as much as possible to not remove ALL of the outer layers as these are the key source of where the quercetin comes from and contain allot higher amounts of the substance than the rest of the onion.
We hope the above information helps you with your symptoms this summer and keeps you away from the pharmacy, but more importantly saves you money by stopping you from lining the pharmaceutical drug companies pockets.