Health & Fitness: Natural hay fever remedies

Recent news has delighted in telling us that pollen levels are at the highest they have been for 12 years. Don’t I know it. Usually a quick antihistamine is enough to sort my usual hayfever symptoms, but not this summer. Itchy eyeballs, tickly itchy mouth and throat, coughing. Where is it all coming from?! If I take any more drugs I’ll be asleep until November. 

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Seeing as I’m at my limit medically with what I can take, I thought I’d investigate some natural edible hayfever remedies that might help take the edge off:

Honey:

Locally sourced honey can be used as a natural remedy for hay fever because the bee pollen in it can desensitise your body to other pollens. Eating more honey should help decrease itch-sneeze-hell. Only I don’t like honey. Why can’t it be jam?

Peppers

When eaten the hot component in peppers help open nasal passages and so reduces the snotty effects of hayfever. Any excuse for a curry – I’m liking this one!

Garlic & Onions

These ones don’t have any magical curative powers, but both are anti-inflammatory and a source of quercetin which is a natural antihistamine. Considering I am a garlic fiend and eat loads of the stuff I’m not convinced about this one – surely I should be immune? Ditto onions – we have them in nearly every meal and they have even more quercetin in than garlic. 

Vitamin C 

Plentiful in oranges, lemons and their citrus ilk along with bioflavonoids, which have powerful anti-allergy effects. The combination of vitamin C and bioflavonoids provides a natural decongestant and antihistamine for sufferers and helps alleviate symptoms. Unfortunately I don’t like citrus fruit because it hurts my tummy, but I could try a supplement I suppose!

Chamomile Tea

This also has helpful flavonoids, and is helpful in decreasing swelling. As well as drinking it you can chill the used tea bags in the fridge afterwards and use them on your poor sore eyes. Double win! Except who actually likes chamomile? I think it tastes like ditch water. 

Have you come across any other natural hay fever remedies that could help me? Please let me know in the comments!

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About Sarah Lawton Coombs

Sarah is a mid (definitely still mid) thirties Mum of one boy, wife of another one, all living together on the edge of London. She insists that it is still London despite the suspiciously Essex-y postcode. Blogging over at Mumzilla, taking a turn down the health & fitness road as well as wittering about interiors, baking and things that make her laugh.