Natural and Holistic Remedies for Hay Fever
This is a guest-post written by Amber from The Tasty Alternative.
Feel like hiding indoors at those first signs of spring?
If you suffer from hay fever you may very well dread this time of year and if you’re a nature lover, this is a difficult realization.
Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergies (or allergic rhinitis), is more than just a nuisance, it can lead to other concerning health conditions. For example, my son’s eczema is exacerbated by hay fever.
Other conditions such as asthma can flare up in response to airborne allergens. And for some, hay fever can lead to an annoying sinus infection, affect immune function, cause fatigue, malaise, and headache.
All around, hay fever can be a real bummer.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergy to proteins in the pollen of trees, grasses, and some plants, or mold that affects the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and air passages.
Itchy red eyes, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, fatigue, and nervous irritability are all symptoms of hay fever.
For some, over the counter medication can provide temporary relief from hay fever. In addition to medication, there are a few extra steps that may provide added relief which can be used in conjunction with medication.
Practical Tips and Suggestions
1. Try to avoid working in the yard. If you must do so, try to get out there before 10:00 am. If you do work outside, try wearing a nose/mouth mask and goggles to keep the pollen from getting into you eyes. And mow your lawn before the grass flowers.
2. Keep windows and doors shut during your local blossoming season. Use air conditioning if possible.
3. Keep your windows closed while driving. Use the car air conditioner instead.
4. Shower thoroughly (wash hair), and change clothes after spending time outside. This is especially important before bed. Think of all that pollen stuck to your skin and hair now on your cozy pillow – yuk!
5. Avoid placing laundry outside to dry.
6. Keep pets either inside or outside. Their fur is excellent for attracting pollen.
7. Invest in a good-quality air purifier and filter in your home. You can even purchase a little air purifier for around your neck (dress it up with a little bling and scarf and you’re good to go girlfriend).
8. A neti pot may be used (sparingly) to flush out nasal mucus and debris. Use clean, filtered water.
1. Alfalfa supplied chlorphhyll and vitamin K. Use a liquid form. Take 1 tablespoon in juice or water twice daily.
2. For red, itchy eyes, place slices of cool cucumber over the eyes. Rotate this treatment with steeped, cooled black tea bags placed directly on the eye lids.
3. Eucalpyus oil can relive congestion if used in a steam inhalation or added to bath water. Also mix with an oil (such as coconut or olive) and apply to chest or back at night.
4. Alcohol-free eyebright and lady’s mantel (yarrow) liquid extracts are good for relieving hay fever symptoms. Use as directed on label.
5. Horehound, mullen leaf, stinging nettle, and/or wild cherry bark help to ward off severe allergic reactions.
6. Use tumeric to reduce inflammation.
7. Nettle leaf is very good for all types of allergies.
8. Noni juice aids in relieving symptoms of hay fever.
9. Bee pollen might be an option.
1. Eat more fruits (especially bananas), vegetables, raw nuts and seeds (and grains if tolerated). A high fiber diet is helpful.
2. Include homemade dairy free yogurt.
3. Refrain from eating cane-sugar, processes foods, chocolate, coffee, dairy products, soft drinks, white flour products, and using tobacco.
1. Coenzyme Q10 (30 mg twice daily) – improves oxygenation and immunity.
2. Bromelain (1,000 mg 3 times daily b/t meals) – reduces inflammation associated with hay fever symptoms.
3. Vitamin B complex (as directed on label) – used for proper immune function.
4. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids (3,000 – 10,000 mg 3 times daily) – a potent immunostimulant and anti-inflammatory. Use a buffered form. I use this one.
If you’re like me, holistic remedies are always an option. But always used with caution. If you are interested in incorporating herbs as a part of your healing regimen, please consult with a holistic medical doctor, as herbs can possibly with medications, and over the counter hay fever remedies.
Phyllis A. Balch, CNC. (2010). Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 5th Edition.
Pengiun Group Inc: New York.
(aforementioned content covering hay fever, recommendations,nutrients, practical suggestions, and herbs all gathered from above reference).
Amber Husten is author of The Tasty Alternative. The Tasty Alternative features posts related to alternative cuisine, holistic healing, organic gardening, green living and organization. All recipes found on TTA are dairy free, gluten free, cane-sugar free, and peanut free, with an emphasis on allergy-free cooking with the omission of eggs, corn, and soy. Amber includes a special focus on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Amber is also one of the seven hostesses of the weekly bog hop, Allergy-Free Wednesdays.