AHHHH CHOOO… Spring is here, and hay fever is at its all-time worst. Pollen, dust mites, moulds and animal hair are at unusually high levels during spring and can present as symptoms such as sneezing, itchy or irritated eyes and throat, runny nose, headaches and a general feeling of lousiness.
We have put together some natural ways to help you and your family reduce hay fever symptoms and help you enjoy spring.
Onions and Apples. Onions and apples contain a natural antihistamine called quercetin. This natural antihistamine helps ease the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine, so try eating the fruits and vegetables packed with Vitamin C.
Nasal Balm. A nasal barrier, such as paw-paw or a similar balm, can be applied around the entrance of your nose. The idea is that it traps the pollen before it can get into the nose and trigger your allergic response.
Grab your sunnies. Pollen usually enters the body through the eyes and nose. It is very sticky and rather pollen sticking to your eyes or nasal passage, the sunglasses provide a guard to pollen and also helps those people who find bright lights may trigger their allergic reactions, causing them to sneeze.
Honey. You can be the judge! Science may not back it, but grandma does! A spoonful of locally made honey each day can be beneficial. The theory is that it provides immunotherapy by providing your system with a daily dose of the allergen.
Pets. If you have cats or dogs give them a wipe down if they come inside the house. This reduces your exposure to pollens lurking in their coat.
Other practical ideas around the home.
Shut the windows (especially at night when the pollen count is at its highest)
Change sheets and bedding to reduce exposure.
Try hanging clothes and bedding inside on a clothes horse. This avoids pollen clinging to clothes and bedding while outside.
Best of luck for spring!