I’m currently writing to you from my back garden, what incredible weather we are having here in the UK! With good comes the bad the bad meaning pollen season which isn’t the best news for hay fever sufferers. I don’t suffer from hay fever myself but so many of my loved ones do and it can get very uncomfortable. Hay fever is typically a reaction to pollen from trees, weeds and grasses that makes the immune system believe pollen is a harmful invader, triggering production of the antibody immunoglobulin E which stimulates release of histamine. Histamine is what causes inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages, along with excessive mucus production and other uncomfortable symptoms like itching nose and throat, watery eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose.
So before you run to the medicine cabinet for your anti-histamines here are 5 Top Natural Hay Fever Fixes that will really alleviate those nasty symptoms, chemical free.
5 Top Natural Hay Fever Fixes
Ginger is a very powerful anti-inflammatory that helps reduce nasal swelling and associated hay fever symptoms. So making a delicious green juice loaded with fresh ginger is going to be great. Try my My Must Have Morning Smoothie Recipe and add a nice large piece of fresh ginger to it. You can even have a warming cup of fresh ginger tea. Nettle tea is also a great as it relieves inflammation of the upper respiratory tract and eases nasal congestion, sneezing and itching.
Vitamin C is the most important anti- allergy vitamin as it supports the immune system and is a known natural antihistamine, antioxidant and antitoxin.
Eating high vitamin C foods like oranges, papaya, bell peppers, pineapple and grapefruits is a great start but if you really want to get a good high dose then I have to recommend Kiki Health’s Acerola Powder. Acerloa is a cherry which is extremely high in vitamin C, just 4 teaspoons will give you 4000 milligrams of vitamin C
Probiotics will restore a more balanced immune response to pollens by putting the beneficial bacteria back into our guts. When there isn’t a healthy balance of good gut bacteria in our guts our immunity will be compromised. This leaves us more susceptible to developing allergies and illnesses. Probiotics are going to really help for over all health. For me they are the one thing that is a staple in my healthy lifestyle.
So taking a good supplement every day is key and when it comes to a good probiotic I couldn’t rave about Kiki Health’s Body Biotics SBO Probiotics enough, they are soil based and
Garlic, Onions & Horseradish
Horseradish is a pungent root vegetable which acts as a decongestant, helping to clear nasal passages.
Garlic helps clear nasal congestion and its potent antibiotic properties help prevent secondary respiratory infections in chronic suffers.
Onion packed with the flavanoid quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine.
Eating more of these foods is really going to strengthen your immune system. If you start introducing more of these foods into your diet a month before hay fever season starts it’s a great way of helping your body prepare for the worst attacks your allergies could throw at you. Research suggests that it is most effective when eaten raw or crushed, but cooked forms may also help too.
Spreading a thin layer of coconut oil inside the lower nostrils can help reduce symptoms quite effectively. The Coconut oil traps pollen entering the nostrils, effectively blocking it from entering the nasal passages before it gets to the respiratory system, stopping hay fever symptoms from worsening.
What to avoid
- Limit dairy – It is very congesting and mucus forming in the respiratory tract and makes nasal congestion a lot worse.
- Caffeine – Puts stress on the adrenal glands which are already under stress from your hay fever. It also reduces your ability to absorb nutrients from your foods.
- Alcohol – Studies have shown that drinking alcohol make the symptoms of hay fever worse. Beer, wine and liquor contain histamine which is produce during the fermentation process. Histamine is the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms. While wine and beer also contain sulfites, another group of compounds known to provoke allergy symptoms.
I know how much of a pain dealing with hay fever and it’s annoying symptoms can be so sticking to these few tips will really help you out while strengthening your immune system. If you have any other great natural tips please share them with us by commenting below.
Lots of love..