More than just an itchy nose and watery eyes, hayfever now affects 30% of people in Britain every year, making it the highest rate in Europe. By definition, it’s an allergic reaction to pollen. Other than knowing numbers are increasing, there’s no evidence to suggest why hayfever affects some individuals and not others and because symptoms aren’t life-threatening, tests, prevention and studies are limited. However, with the number of sufferers increasing, many have taken to developing their own natural remedies to ease frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms that come with hayfever.
Next time you feel hayfever symptoms creeping in, give these remedies a try so you can enjoy spring and summer without a runny nose and itchy throat taking control.
Shower at night
Rinse off the day and the pollen you’ve brought home with you by taking a shower and changing your clothes so that you don’t drag pollen around the house with you or onto your pillow.
Some say that by rubbing vaseline around your nostrils, this can help to trap pollen before it enters your nose. Try applying it first thing before you head outdoors and before you go to bed to prevent lingering pollen causing a sneezing fit during the night.
A spoonful of honey
It’s thought that the bee pollen within honey can help to desensitize your body to other pollens and so by, increasing your daily dietary intake of honey, your hayfever symptoms should decrease significantly.
A known natural antihistamine, Vitamin C alongside the bioflavonoids present in foods containing vitamin C (e.g oranges, lemons and grapefruit) have powerful anti-allergy effects. The combination of the two provides a natural decongestant and antihistamine to help alleviate symptoms effectively.
Chamomile tea is both an antioxidant and an antihistamine and though enjoyed as a cuppa during the day, it also doubles up as an eye compress to help ease puffy or watery eyes associated with hayfever symptoms.
Some hayfever sufferers find that employing reflexology techniques can help to reduce swelling caused by reactions to hayfever. Those that swear by this technique believe that by applying pressure through reflexology, you’re able to reduce inflammation caused by the allergic reaction to pollen and be able to breathe much more easily.
Whether taking freeze-dried nettle capsules or fresh nettle juice, introducing nettle extract into your diet daily can provide a natural antihistamine effect for hayfever. In general, nettles are thought to reduce the amount of histamine in the body caused by allergies but are particularly helpful for beating symptoms of hayfever.