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Hay-fever Natural Remedies

Bluebell

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Can you think of anything more inconvenient than typing to wipe your furiously dripping nose or to rub your itching eyes? For so many people this is a huge problem. It is of course the dreaded Hay Fever!

Often one may like to sit in the summer house of their garden or under a tree to muse over their thoughts etc but all this has suddenly become a problem if you suffer from this the dreaded hay fever.

So, short of staying in doors on a glorious day when you really want to be under that tree or in a field what does one do?

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There are lots of guidelines to follow that can help relieve the symptoms. It depends how much you are suffering as to how far you will want to go with the advice. Most people should get some relief from the following steps.

Indoor Environment

If you are happy indoors then the chances are your symptoms will already be reduced from the absence of the outdoors. There are however measures you can take to lessen the discomfort:
  • Close all windows in the surrounding area to stop pollen from seeping into the room.
  • Have an air purifier in the room to remove unwanted dusts and pollens from the air.
  • Have tissues handy on your workstation to prevent you from having to run to another room.
  • Put Vaseline around your nostrils to stop pollen going into your nose.
  • Keep the area you work in as linen free as possible, fabrics hold pollen blown in from the window.
  • Make sure you yourself are clean. If you have been walking out in a field then change your clothes and wash your hair as you will be covered in pollen.

Outdoor Environment



If you really insist on being outdoors you can still do things to help:
  • Put Vaseline around your nostrils. This will prevent pollen travelling up into your nose.
  • Wear a face mask and sunglasses. This will prevent you from breathing in the irritations.
  • Wear a hat to stop your hair getting covered.
  • Sit away from trees and grass where possible.
  • Sit in a summer house or outbuilding if possible
  • Keep wet wipes handy to wipe your hands regularly, any pollen rubbed into your eyes or nose will irritate you
At the end of the day if you are feeling so poorly from hay fever that it is hindering your concentration then you could always lie back and recover for a while.

Things should never get so far that you feel totally washed out from a summers day but as all us sufferers know this can often feel like the case.

No one wants to have the equivalent to a cold lasting all summer.

No one wants the equivalent to a summer long cold

People will often ask 'what can I do to help the symptoms'. Apart from the above points for environment there are things that you can take naturally that help with hay fever. Here are some things you can try to help:
  • Vitamin C - has natural antihistamine
  • Honey - Bee pollen will desensitise you to pollen
  • Chamomile tea - Antioxidant, Anti inflammatory and an antihistamine
  • Hot peppers - These contain capsaicin which opens up nasal passages
  • Garlic - Anti inflammatory
  • Vaseline - Putting this around your nostrils traps pollen trying to enter through the nasal passage
  • Onions - They contain quercetin a natural antihistamine
  • Herbal teas such as ginger, peppermint and elderflower have a natural antihistamine

Supplements to take for hay fever

If you want to take supplements as an extra boost in the fight against hay fever then here are a few that can help keep those handkerchiefs at bay:
  • Quercetin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Probiotics
There is also research to say that the bark from an African gum tree found only in Ghana can relieve the symptoms. This is administered in capsule form. It is in the UK as Yamoa and it contains no additives or chemicals.

The effect of food on hay fever


The phrase 'You are what you eat' bears more relevance than you might think with hay fever. Certain foods can aggravate the situation.

Knowing which pollen you are allergic to would help to compose a dietary list that would be beneficial. Speak too your GP regarding allergy testing.

If you are allergic to certain tree pollen then eating apples may not help your situation. Foods to avoid include:

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Tomatoes

soy sauce

Melon

Dairy

Red Meat

Chocolate

yogurt

Wheat products can also aggravate grass pollen allergy. Sugar causes more histamine to be produced worsening your symptoms. Certain cheese also has high levels of histamine.



Things to do if writing is just too much



Sadly even following all of the suggestions and trying different methods it is inevitable that some people may suffer from severe hay fever, feel washed out and cant face writing because of itching eyes, runny nose and fuzzy head.

If this happens you can still lie down somewhere cool. Relaxing after washing your face and getting a cool glass of water will help with the feeling of clean pollen-less environment and soon you should start to feel more relaxed.

However you tackle this seasonal problem take comfort in the fact that it will not last and will soon be gone.