It’s that time of year again. Yip. Hayfever time. While most people are looking forward to long balmy sunny days, 25% of the population are dreading spring and summer’s arrival. Hopefully these natural hayfever remedies will alleviate some or most of your symptoms?
With approximately 25% of the population suffering from hayfever, this common form of allergy affects millions of people all over the world. A Natural remedy is of course better for you, and they are also more eco-friendly – making the natural route a far safer and more effective treatment option than chemical treatments. Some of the easiest, affordable and most effectual natural hayfever remedy options include the following:
1. Adjust Your Diet
Changing your diet is probably the most difficult challenge, but it is one of the most rewarding things to consider if you suffer from hayfever, as many foods that we eat aggravate symptoms. With so much processed, additive-loaded foods on the market today, it is no wonder that over 15 million people suffer from hayfever in the UK alone, with a shocking increase rate of 5% every single year. Try this effective diet trick for one of the simplest and cheapest hayfever remedies: Avoid gluten, sugar, salt and dairy products for a full week, and drink plenty of filtered water and herbal teas. Good quality protein, plenty of Vitamin C and limited processed foods are also essential.
2. Use Unfiltered Raw “Local” Honey
Honey is by far one of the most effective remedies for hayfever, containing powerful anti-allergy ingredients such as pollen, propolis, honeycomb and live enzymes. While the best plan is to start increasing the amount of honey in your diet before hayfever season starts, using honey remedies can also alleviate the symptoms of hayfever when they arise. Try this simple honey hayfever treatment: Add honey to boiled minced grapefruit and lemon, and drink this solution three times a day. Be sure to use local honey sourced from area you live in.
5. Herbal Treatments are Soothing
Another great natural treatment for hay-fever is herbal treatments that harness all the power of nature to protect, treat and overcome hay-fever and its symptoms, from red itchy eyes to runny nose, congestion and other related issues. There is a range of excellent products out there especially developed for hay-fever. From herbal ointments to use underneath the nose to trap pollen, to infusions of hyssop, lavender, marjoram or thyme; compresses of chamomile or witch hazel; nettle infusions; calming elderflower infusions or decongestant peppermint infusions.
4. Use Aromatherapy to Alleviate Symptoms
One of the most effective natural remedies for a huge range of health issues is aromatherapy, which uses essential oils that soothe, heal and protect. Some of the best aromatherapy oils for hay-fever include benzoin and frankincense for easier breathing, eucalyptus and peppermint for blocked noses, chamomile for reducing inflammation, lavender for soothing and relaxing or melissa for calming allergic reactions. For aromatherapy natural remedies for hay-fever, try the following tips: put a drop or two of oil into a steaming hot bath, and relax in the water for at least 10 minutes or more, or add a drop to your pillow before going to sleep at night.
5. Minimize Pollen Exposure
Hayfever, also called allergic rhinitis, is classified as a major chronic respiratory disease, with many contributing factors ranging from pollution to global warming – increased pollen on clothing and other areas is the most common way that these allergies strike. A simple hay-fever treatment to prevent allergies: keep bedding and clothing clean and pollen-free, using a good organic or natural washing solution.
Please Note: This natural remedy guide does not replace the assessment and advice of your doctor. This guide is mainly centered on self care for mild to moderate Hayfever. Cases of major Hayfever require professional care. Consultation with a health professional specialised in respiratory disorders is extremely important if you are experiencing persistent or severe symptoms of Hay Fever.