While most of us can't wait for the summer months with its sunny days and BBQs galore, for hay fever sufferers it can be met with trepidation. That's because summer time is peak hay fever season. A time when the pollen count is at its highest and those that suffer with this allergic reaction are sneezing away or dealing with watery, itchy eyes and a runny or stuffy nose. But you don't have to suffer. There are a range of ways to treat hay fever naturally. We've rounded up some of the best natural remedies and supplements below.
What is Hay Fever?
Hay Fever is inflammation of the nose which is mainly caused by the immune system overreacting to various allergies which are in the air. Hay fever can be triggered by various environmental issues such as pollen. When there is too much pollen in the air the immune system panics and this can leave you with the following symptoms:
- runny or stuffy nose
- red, itchy, and watery eyes
- swelling around the eyes.
Ways to Treat Hay Fever Naturally
Hay fever affects between 10-30% of people each year in Western countries. If you are unlucky enough to suffer from hay fever then you will be looking for a natural solution to combat this allergy. Here are some ways to treat hay fever naturally with supplements and herbs.
A. Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets
This is a homeopathic remedy which can be used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever. A. Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets works by removing toxins in the body which are associated with hay fever. This homeopathic remedy can help to relieve symptoms of hay fever such as sneezing, blocked noses, runny noses, burning eyes and an itchy throat.
A. Vogel Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray
A nasal spray is always a good option when dealing with hay fever symptoms. It will cleanse the nasal passage which in turn will remove any pollen or dust which may be trapped. As well as cleansing the nasal passage it will also moisten the mucus membranes. Using A. Vogel Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray can provide instant relief from hay fever symptoms. This luffa spray is also ideal if you have any other sinus issues.
This is a natural anti-histamine and this is why it is always a highly recommended product when it comes to to treating hay fever naturally. Quercetin is naturally found in onions, capers, apples, peppers and green leafy veg but you may need to supplement to ensure you are getting enough. A quercetin supplement will help to support your immune system which in turn could reduce any of your hay fever symptoms.
Nettle tea has many potential benefits including helping to boost the immune system. By boosting the immune system, it can then reduce the symptoms of hay fever and provide a hay fever sufferer with some relief. It's also a natural anti-histamine which helps with allergies. If you find nettle tea helpful, then you should consider nettle juice or a nettle tincture.
Bee Pollen/Local Honey
Another useful way to treat hay fever naturally is by adding local honey or bee pollen to your diet. It can to be beneficial, reducing the symptoms associated with hay fever. Honey contains pollen which does not trigger hay fever. Instead it helps your body to develop an immunity against hay fever.
Essential Oils (Eucalyptus)
Eucalyptus is great for providing sinus relief. The aroma will help you breathe better. It's also a natural disinfectant which will help to clear the nasal passage. Add some drops to your oil burner or diffuser and enjoy the calming and refreshing feeling.
Vitamin C can help to boost your immune system. A boosted immune system is better able to fight off hay fever symptoms and other allergies - read more about the amazing health benefits of vitamin C.
Tip: Take in Advance!
While all these products can help when hay fever strikes, it is important to note that you should consider taking supplements in advance of hay fever season. This may help ease the pain and suffering when hay fever does make an appearance! If you're after some more practical tips, check out our post on how to survive hay fever season.
Please note, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.
It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, treatments or remedies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.
Checked and updated: 8 September 2021