Every year I suffer terribly with hayfever and every year I always resort to medication because I can’t handle the symptoms. My symptoms include: unbearable itchy inner ears, throat, and also eyes. Streaming eyes, and eyes that are puffy and inflamed. Groggy, drowsy and generally feeling like I’m coming down with a virus. Sometimes I get headaches and the pressure makes me need to lie down and shut my eyes. Every morning I wake up feeling like I have a mild hangover and my throat is sore and my eyes are shut tight together.
I try Googling natural remedies every year for hay fever or go to medical research to find a natural cure as I try to avoid taking medication, unless I really need to. But every year I seem to half-heartedly give natural remedies a go as they never immediately relieve my symptoms.
So even though I have used antihistamines this year, I’ve really stuck to a more natural approach and have managed to stop taking medication for well over two weeks now. I’ve noticed symptoms are no way near as severe and some symptoms have gone completely.
I reached out to you guys for your tips and also my nutritional therapist friend who is a fountain of useful knowledge in this area and gave me some sound advice.
Suggestions from everyone included:
Vitamin C = Natural Antihstamine Bromelain Protiolitic enzyme help with sniffles and nasal drips.
Quercitin Red Onions (500mg)
MSM (sulphur is a natural antihistamine, properties also in garlics and onions, cabbage etc)
Glutamine strengthens the mucous membranes to prevent pollen getting in.
Essential Fats EFA’s Anti inflammatories.
Take out Wheat and milk.
Reduce the total load of allergenic substances / triggers.
Sleep with window open at night and closed during the day (I’m out and about in the day so not great for me but might be a good tip for others).
Put coconut oil in and around nostril to prevent pollen getting in.
Cook with rapeseed oil.
Include a lot of the following foods in the diet: Dark green, leafy vegetables. Deep yellow and orange vegetables
Nettles, bamboo shoots, cabbage, beet tops, beets, carrots, yams
Onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne, horseradish, tumeric.
Kiwi fruit, pineapple.
Out of this comprehensive list I’ve been doing the following:
Taking a higher dosage Vitamin C supplement every day as well as having extra lemons and oranges.
MSM powder in my water first thing in the morning. Product linked.
Even though I have a very healthy balanced diet I consciously increased the following in my diet – ginger, garlic, red onion, spinach, cayenne, turmeric, cabbage, beetroot, pineapple, kiwi, oranges, lemons.
Cooking with rapeseed oil.
Reduced dairy and wheat (but not completely cut out).
By continuously doing the above and not giving up after a few days I have noticed a significant difference. My symptoms aren’t completely gone but they have certainly improved. The itching in my ears has completely gone and so have the headaches. I still get a little bit of an itchy nose and a bit of pressure behind the eyes, but this has certainly reduced. So I’m pretty pleased with the results and can enjoy being outside a little more.
Next year I’m going to start some of the above recommendations before the hayfever season starts to help increase my own defense.
I hope this has been helpful in some way. Let me know if you try any of these and how you get on.
Love Lea xx