Natural Ways to Treat Hayfever

Summer is a wonderful time of year but for many it brings misery as the symptoms of hay fever or seasonal allergic disorder kick in; runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, fatigue and headaches. It’s hard to imagine that such tiny, harmless pollen and plant spores can cause the immune system to over react and release a group of chemicals from our cells which include histamine, leukotrienes, and eosinophil cationic protein (ECP). These chemicals are responsible for both the immediate allergic responses and chronic inflammatory reactions.

Nature has an arsenal of anti-inflammatory herbs that are very effective anti-histamines.

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) helps soothe mucous membranes and reduce allergic reaction. It contains a variety of active compounds (chamazulene, bisabolol, chrysoplenol and chrysoplenin) that work in synergy to reduce inflammation. Research suggests it strengthens mucous membranes and helps form a protective barrier by stimulating local prostaglandin synthesis. It also contains azulene compounds that are responsible for the ant-allergic effects, which work by preventing the release of histamine and by reducing inflammation.

Another excellent herb Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) helps dry up excessive mucus. It is rich in a group of compounds called flavonoids and triterpenes, which are responsible for its anti-inflammatory and anticatarrhal action.

The third recommendation in herbal remedies is Nettle (Urtica dioica). It is excellent for all allergies as it contains formic acid and histamine itself (which acts homeopathically here) to reduce inflammation by inhibiting inflammatory causing prostaglandins.

These are available as a tincture called Sneezeaway Tincture and just 15 drops twice a day should help keep symptoms at bay.  Homeopathy is also very effective at controlling hay fever. There are key remedies that help relieve symptoms whilst others help desensitize against the allergens. Remedies such as Euphrasia, Sabadilla and Allium Cepa (red onion) help control symptoms whilst Mixed pollens and Grasses help reduce the reaction. The Euphrasia mixture should be taken three times a day, whilst the Mixed pollens and Grasses once a day during high counts and twice a weak during lower counts.

To finish off the arsenal, I recommend Quercetin and Bromelain which is the number one supplement for hay fever or any allergy. It belongs to a group of substances called falvonoids, known for their antioxidant activity. They act by inhibiting the production and release of histamine.

Foods that help

  • Horseradish Helps clear mucus and congestion
  • Pineapples Rich in bromelain, a powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Ginger Helps reduce inflammation and has an anti-histaminic action
  • Turmeric Helps reduce inflammation
  • Onions A good source of quercetin and MSM (a natural detoxifying sulphur that is excellent for the joints)
  • Berries High in vitamin C and highly alkaline, so helps counteract acidity in the body. Also rich in quercetin.
  • Vegetables Rich in vitamins, to help reduce free radicals
  • Fruits (particularly grapes, grapefruit and other citrus fruits) High in vitamin C, a natural antihistamine, and quercetin
  • Alfalfa A highly nutrient and tonic food
  • Nuts and seeds Provide essential fatty acids

Foods to avoid

  • Dairy products (except organic natural yoghurt) These can be mucus forming.
  • Sugar Increases inflammation in the body and reduces the body’s ability to repair. It also depresses the immune system.
  • Alcohol Can cause irritation of mucous membranes.
  • Excess coffee and tea Interferes with absorption of nutrients
  • Refined Carbohydrates (such as cakes, pastries, white pasta or white bread). Contribute to the increase in inflammation in the body.

Tip: Avoid using chemical perfumes and air fresheners to reduce your risk of irritation.

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