Most of us are looking forward to enjoying lovely summer days. Not so much those who suffer with hay fever or seasonal allergies – suffering with symptoms such as itchy eyes, blocked nose, sneezing and a tickly throat.
Here are a few tips and natural remedies that may help ease discomfort:
Try cut down on sugar and refined carbohydrates in your diet to help reduce increased inflammation in the body and a lowered immune system. Some sufferers may find reducing dairy in their diet is good as these foods can increase mucus.
Take it easy with tea and coffee to prevent the absorption of nutrients. Drink herbal teas such as nettle, ginger and peppermint.
Local honey helps soothe a sore throat and may ease hayfever symptoms. Elderflower is useful if you’re full of mucus and Vitamin C as a natural antihistamine.
Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and inflammatory found in onions, apples, dark berries, leafy greens and citrus fruits and more effective if taken alongside Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme found in pineapple. Ginger also helps reduce inflammation and has an anti-histaminic action. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory.
You could also try specific supplements such as Vogel’s Pollinsan that is a non-drowsy remedy in tablet and spray. Many customers find relief with Mixed Pollen homeopathic remedy and tincture of nettle – this also being a natural anti-histamine.
Now, go and enjoy the sunshine!