5 Natural Remedies for Hay Fever
03 April, 2020
Hay fever can produce a wide range of symptoms, some of which can be debilitating and have a negative effect on the quality of life. Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever’s most common symptoms include cold-like symptoms such as nasal and sinus problems (e.g. a blocked or runny nose), along with watery, dry or itchy eyes. Many sufferers also experience an itchy or burning throat, skin irritation, tiredness and low mood. Asthma sufferers can also experience a worsening of symptoms, particularly when the pollen count is at its highest, while other people may only experience asthma-like symptoms during hay fever season. There are several natural remedies that can help to reduce the symptoms of hay fever.
Allium Cepa is a homeopathic remedy used to prevent hay fever and associated symptoms. Homeopathic remedies work on the principle of “like cures like,” which means that remedies are derived from substances that would normally cause the symptoms you want to cure. In the case of Allium Cepa, the active substances are derived from onions. Allium Cepa is available in tablet form from most health food stores. As with all homeopathic remedies, the effectiveness of any treatment will depend on a number of different factors, as each person can respond differently to the remedy.
Many health food stores now sell mixed pollens in tablet form. Mixed pollen tablets contain small amounts of pollen from weeds, grass, blossoms and other common pollen sources. By taking mixed pollen tablets, you can reduce your sensitivity to pollen and increase your resistance to substances that bring on your hay fever symptoms. In order to benefit from mixed pollen tablets, you need to take them every day for at least two weeks.
Locally-produced honey contains pollens found in the local area. By taking a daily dose of local honey, you can increase your resistance to the pollens most commonly found near your home. Ideally, you should start using local honey at least two weeks before the start of the hay fever season. To give your immune system a boost and provide extra resistance to pollen, mix one teaspoon of local honey with the juice of half a lemon, before adding the mixture to a cup of warm water.
Cucumber is an excellent remedy for hay fever symptoms associated with the eyes, such as dry, itchy or watery eyes. Place slices of fresh cucumber on your eyes and put your feet up for ten minutes. As well as helping to cool and soothe your eyes, cucumber contains properties that can help to neutralize pollen.
Many hay fever sufferers have found great relief from their symptoms with acupuncture. Acupuncture must be performed by a qualified practitioner and the procedure can be expensive, especially as you are likely to need more than one session. However, if chronic hay fever is having a severe impact on your life, it may be worth saving up for some acupuncture.
The effectiveness of natural hay fever remedies will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your symptoms and any underlying medical problems. If the above remedies do not improve your hay fever symptoms, check with your doctor to make sure there are no underlying medical conditions that could be causing you to have symptoms similar to those of hay fever.