02/07/2018 Julie Frisbee


Are you are suffering hay fever hell? If so, here are a few natural tips that may help alleviate some of your symptoms.

Instead of drinking tea or coffee, try substituting it for a cup of freshly boiled orange, grapefruit or lemon with a teaspoonful of honey. These fruits are rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids.

Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, whilst bioflavonoids are known to have powerful anti-allergy effects. The combination of vitamin C and bioflavonoids is known to help provide a natural decongestant and antihistamine for sufferers and to help alleviate symptoms.

Honey is said to help cure hay fever because the bee pollen in honey can desensitise your body to other pollens. Increasing honey in your daily dietary intake can help reduce hay fever symptoms. Local honey that is grown in Britain and derived from Manuka crops and left unprocessed is best.

Add your preferred selection of fruit and one mug of water into a pan and boil for 15 minutes. When boiled stir in a teaspoonful of honey. Once ready you can drink it either hot or cold. Use approximately one piece of fruit to one mug of water. Make up a larger batch if preferred and keep it chilled in the fridge.

Also try:
• Chamomile tea – reputed to relieve hay fever symptoms.
• Green tea – known to help block the production of histamine.
• Peppermint tea – helps relieve nasal and sinus congestion.

Other foods which may help are:
• Red peppers and chilli peppers – contain an active component called capsaicin. When eaten, this component opens nasal passages so may help reduce congestion brought on by hay fever.
• Apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato and spinach – known to contain a rich source of carotenoids which are powerful antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation in your airways and help improve your immune system.
• Ginger – a natural anti-inflammatory that can helps reduce nasal swelling and associated hay fever symptoms.

Other tips:
1. Wear wrap-around sunglasses to help protect your eyes from pollen.
2. Limit or avoid cow’s milk and other dairy products as they are known to increase the production of mucus so may exacerbate hay fever symptoms and nasal congestion. Try alternatives such as coconut, almond and rice milks.
3. Smokers should cut down on cigarettes and avoid cigarette smoke altogether, as this will further irritate the lining of your nose, eyes, throat and airways

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