Treating Hay Fever Naturally
Hay fever is one of those conditions many people just ‘learn to live with.’
The itchy eyes, runny nose and constant sneezing is annoying, but not debilitating. Many people just sit back and try to wait out hay fever season, or dose up on over-the-counter medications. Unlike other forms of allergies, where the cause can be easily identified and removed, hay fever is caused by the environment.
We can be meticulous in keeping our homes dust free, but we cannot control the seasons.
The good news is, you don’t have to suffer in silence, or reach for the drugs! Hay fever relief is often possible through diet changes and natural remedies.
Poor gut health can contribute to allergies, so one of the first places to look is at your diet. Reducing or eliminating processed foods and replacing them with foods which will nourish your body will do wonders for your overall health, helping to prepare your body to fight allergies and hay fever. To further assist your gut heath, probiotics have been shown to help boost the immune system and help to keep hay fever at bay.
Reducing, or cutting out dairy foods, and replacing them with Omega-3 fatty acids will also help symptoms. Dairy foods are considered to be mucus producers and may increase the mucus produced during hay fever fits, while Omega-3 fatty acids will help to relieve hay fever symptoms from the inside out. Foods rich in Omera-3 fats, such as fish or nuts, can help to reduce inflammation of the mucus membrane and relieve associated hay fever symptoms.
To ease congestion and a blocked-up nose, a combination of Horseradish and Garlic, added to food or in the form of a supplement will help to provide some relief. Horseradish is a wonderful decongestant and may assist with a stuffy nose, while Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties, which is often useful for inflamed nasal passages, while helping to boost the immune system.
Natural hay fever remedies are usually highly effective but may take a little time to get right. What we’ve suggested above is just a starting point. Each case should be assessed individually, and Soap Opera recommends seeking professional advice from a qualified naturopath for this.