Grab some tissues and the antihistamines, pronto!
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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Sick of suffering from hay fever? Forget drugs, Juice Master Jason Vale got rid of his hay fever with this delicious natural remedy hay fever juice recipe.
This was another ailment I used to suffer from in a bad way. Like many diseases, there is a spectrum of severity for this particular disease. For some, hay fever means slightly itchy eyes and a bit of a sniffle; for others it means feeling like you have been run over by a truck. I was in the “run over by a truck” hay fever camp.
I really wish they would rename this “Severe Hay Fever” as people just don’t take hay fever seriously. If you do suffer badly, my heart goes out to you. Even more so if every year you find you have to pump your body full of drugs. The good news is that there is a natural remedy, which actually seems to work. I am not saying it will 100% clear all of your symptoms but there is no harm in giving it a go as unlike most drugs, its “adverse side-effect free”. It works for me every year and I hope it will work for you.
6 cm chunk ginger
1/2 unwaxed lemon
1 large apple
Small handful ice cubes
1. Simply juice all the ingredients. Best taken in a small shot glass and downed in one.
Best served every single morning for at least four weeks preferably before your pollen season starts. Then every day during the whole season.
Do you suffer from hay fever? Would you try this hay fever juice?