Every year I suffer terribly with hayfever and every year I always resort to medication because I can’t handle it. 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 Google 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 AntihstamineBromelain 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
- Include a lot of the following foods in the diet:Dark green, leafy vegetablesDeep 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.
- 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 eyesbut this has certainly reduced. So I’m pretty pleased with the results and can enjoy being outside more.
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
So, we’ve come to the end of another year. Who’s been doing a lot of reflection of late? It’s been a bit of a crazy year my end. The beginning of 2017 started out fairly strong. I had lots of plans for the year ahead (particularly with Naturallea) then it all went a little crazy. Work life went stupidly busy, patient referrals hit an all time high and staffing at an all time low. Which has been leaving me feeling quite drained for some time. We moved house which has been and continues to be a huge renovation project/headache. I can’t believe how hard it’s been if I’m honest. I don’t do too well with mess, builders walking through my house, and what feels like disorganization. Oli had a car crash. He was fine, but then we were down to one car. Which for us, is a logistical nightmare. Then I decided now was a good time to embark on my yoga teacher training. Then just to throw more chaos in to the works Oli thought it was a good idea to get not one but TWO puppies. Definitely my biggest challenge so far. Most the time, my life is all a bit of a comedy sketch and I feel like I’m in the middle of it all, losing my mind slightly. BUT, I sort of see light at the end of tunnel now. I’m hoping that my life in 2018 will have a bit more calm with more direction and not just about surviving the day. So, although I don’t really do resolutions as such, I have given myself some goals. I think giving yourself some sort of focus or a goal is a positive thing. You’re sort of just gently giving yourself a sense of direction. So direction for me looks like this right now:
- Make more time for blogging (currently getting off to a flying start).
- More recipe creating (and then blogging about it).
- More yoga teaching. More yoga learning.
- Get outside and run more.
- Having the best time with Amelie before she starts school in September. I’m currently off Tuesday and Friday’s with her so I’m going to enjoy every minute before the routine changes again.
- Smiling more at all the good in my life and not fretting about some of the shit that happens. It happens, I need to learn not to dwindle on it.
There’s a few things there. But they are things I feel quite passionate about so I’m pretty sure my focus won’t steer too far from this list. I also just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year (to anyone that might happen to be reading this). You are a lovely lot. I hope 2018 is bright and prosperous for you all. Resolutions or no resolutions just enjoy this crazy thing called life. Lots of love Lea xx
I work in the health industry and work out in the community, so I’m exposed to everyone’s coughs and colds. A few ways I try to stay on top of my health and wellbeing are outlined below. Of course I sometimes fall short (like now *coughs and sniffs*) but that’s why I like to come back to a short check list to make sure I’m doing all the right things to help combat the winter bugs and blues.
- Start the day right. This means having a healthy balanced breakfast. If you follow me on Instagram you know I love my porridge topped with fruit, nuts and seeds. For me, this provides the nutrients and energy I need to kick start the day. I also recommend introducing some lemon and ginger in hot water for your first drink of the day. This is great for breaking up the caffeine in take throughout the day too. I find it definitely provides that soothing and healing quality to a drink particularly when you’re feeling fragile. If your feeling massively adventurous my Mum swears by a shot of organic apple cider vinegar first thing. Now, I don’t do this very often, but when I do it really does settle my stomach. I might give this a try this winter.
- REST, REST, REST. Particularly as we come in to the festive season. It’s so easy to start burning the candle at both ends. You must learn to relax and let your body and mind rest. Schedule a night in with your pj’s on and a good book or an afternoon of films and sofa snuggles. With rest in mind, this also means, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. I always tell myself “when you’re sleeping your healing”. I would say I definitely sleep more in the winter. I think nature wants us to sleep more in the winter months.
- Keep active. It’s so easy to lose sight of your fitness levels as we head in to the colder and darker evenings. Social engagements creep up and our appetite for exercise tends to dwindle as we wrap up in extra layers. My advice would be to sign up to a fitness event like a run, or book in a term of yoga sessions, if you’re a member of a gym schedule in a weekly class. Or, if mobility or funds are an issue for you, get out walking with some friends.
- Up your fruit and veg. Keep your fruit and vegetables up throughout this winter, it’s so tempting to up the carbs as it gets cold but don’t let your fruit and veg slide. You’ll need extra vitamins and nutrients to fight off the cold and flu viruses.
- Spend a little bit of time out in nature and the fresh air. I’m talking wintery woodland walks, blustery beach strolls, hilltop hiking. Wrap up warm and get out in the fresh air. This will do your physical and mental health the world of good.
I will do another post going in to a little more detail of particular benefits of certain foods and exercises that will help to keep winter bugs at bay. I think being a little bit more specific in this area is useful when trying to keep your health in tip top condition. I am a little snuffly today so I’ve put some spinach and watercress soup on the hob, only took a few minutes of preparation and I will have some of that a little later. And obviously hope it works miracles immediately ; )
These are just a few hints and tips that I’ve tried and tested. Please share with me all your hits and tips in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram where I post a lot of meal ideas and healthy lifestyle tips.
Lots of love