Suffering from Hayfever?
As a hayfever sufferer, there are plenty of natural remedies that can effectively treat your symptoms and let you enjoy the spring and summer months with reduced effects. Whatever your preferred type of treatment – supplement, homeopathy or food based, we have you covered.
Homeopathy - A.Vogel Pollinosan
Homeopathic remedies for allergies give your body exposure to a tiny amount of what you are allergic to (in this case pollen) to help get your immune system used to it, and thereby hopefully produce less allergy symptoms. Safe for adults and children over 12 years, A Vogel’s Pollinosan acts like a sponge, absorbing excess pollen before it gets into the blood-stream. Pollinosan is your supplemental first line of defence against hay fever and can be taken from the beginning of the season to build up your tolerance. Pollinosan comes in tablet, liquid and nasal spray form.
Supplement - Terranova Quercetin Complex
Quercetin is a natural anti-histamine, and so can control the severity of your allergic reaction. If you normally use anti-histamines, but don’t like the side effects, why not try quercetin as a natural alternative? Terranova Quercetin capsules have added ingredients, bromelain and turmeric. These ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties, so can reduce swelling in sinuses and headaches.
Supplement - B Vitamins
When a person suffers from hayfever, the adrenal glands have to work much harder than usual which can cause tiredness and sometimes mood swings. B-Vitamins help support adrenal function and give a boost of energy so can help you recover after pollen exposure.
Supplement - Probiotics
There is some really exciting research out there regarding probiotics. Studies show that individuals with a high amount and range of probiotics are less prone to allergies overall. Research also shows that young children who have a good amount of probiotics grow up with less allergies altogether. This can stand to them for their whole lives. Probiotic bacteria is the foundation of a strong and balanced immune system. If you take probiotics anyway, when restocking, try a different brand with different strains to get a better variety.
Food - Irish Honey
If you’re thinking long-term, taking Irish honey regularly throughout the year can ultimately reduce hay fever. Honey contains small particles of pollen, but because it is encased in the honey, it is unlikely to cause a reaction when you eat it. Taking small amounts of honey over time can acclimatise your body to the pollen, and therefore you may not react as badly come summertime. Please note! Don't try this if you have suffered anaphylactic shock due to honey products before!
Drink - Nettle Tea
Nettle tea is cleansing and can help flush histamine through the system. It is particularly good as a skin cleanser for those who have a rash from hayfever, and is also caffeine free. Excess caffeine consumption can cause tiredness, as can hayfever, so it would be beneficial to limit caffeine intake replacing it with teas such as nettle.
Diet - Reduce Your Sugar Intake
There are three main reasons why you should reduce your sugar intake if you are suffering from hayfever. Firstly, sugar is inflammatory and if you have hayfever, you are already fighting inflammation. Extra sugar could make inflammatory sinus pain or headaches worse. Secondly, sugar compromises your immune system. In the case of hayfever, your immune system is already working overtime. Thirdly, remember how hay fever can put stress on your adrenal glands which are related to energy? Sugar does the same.