The weather is getting warmer, the skies are clear and the flowers are blooming, but not everyone is enjoying it – hayfever season is in full swing. Ray Morgan Research reveals that hay fever affects 26.6 per cent of the Australian population (or 5,141,000 Australians, 14 years or older).
Antihistamines is the most common way to treat hay fever, but they come with a range of potential side effects: drowsiness, headaches, restlessness and moodiness, blurred vision, difficulty passing urine. They’re also not actually treating the condition, but simply relieving the symptoms for a few hours. If the thought of using antihistamines as a permanent solution makes you feel uneasy, try one (or more) of these natural remedies.
Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine and it also helps the body’s immune system. Good food sources of vitamin C are oranges, grapefruit, lemons, strawberries, broccoli and kiwi or you can also take supplements.
Raw local honey
It is believed that honey works because the pollen from the bees desensitises our body to the pollen in the air. All you need is a spoonful a day, but it’s preferable to start before the pollen season.
Garlic and horseradish
Garlic and horseradish both help clear nasal congestion and garlic also has antibiotic properties. Add more of them to your diet or use supplements.
Digestion has a huge effect on our immune system and probiotics can help the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition earlier this year found that regular intake of probiotics didn’t help with nasal symptoms, but consistently improved ocular hay fever symptoms.
You’ll get the most out of homeopathy if you visit a professional to advise you on the best remedy for you, but you can also get pre-made combinations from health shops or online. I have occasionally used homeopathic remedies for my kids and I’ve found them reasonably effective.
Homeopathic remedies can work very quickly if chosen correctly. All the other suggestions on this list are used to build up your immune system. It can take some time, but it’s worth persisting and giving your body what it needs.
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