Natural ways to combat hay fever

Hay fever or allergic rhinitis, as it is sometimes called, affects between 10% and 30% of the population worldwide. With this figure on the rise and hay fever accounting for over 17 million doctor visits per year, what can we do to combat it?

Hay fever occurs by an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens. These could be pollen, dust mites, or tiny flecks of skin and saliva shed by cats, dogs, and other animals with fur or feathers (pet dander).

It can cause runny itchy eyes, a sore throat, blocked nose, itchy skin, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and a host of other unpleasant symptoms. Many people with hay fever lose sleep and some are left incapacitated by this allergic reaction.

So, other than using medicines such as antihistamines, what can we do to avoid suffering?

Avoid exposure

Limiting time outdoors is the one of the most effective ways to manage hay fever. When you do venture outside wearing sunglasses protects your eyes and can help lessen the effects.

Closing doors and windows when inside and avoiding contact with pet dander is also a good idea. Regular cleaning to limit exposure to dust mites can be of advantage, as can showering frequently to wash off irritants.

Consume Turmeric

Turmeric has many medicinal properties including being a natural decongestants and studies have shown that turmeric can suppress allergic reactions. The property Curcumin found in Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and helps dampen the sensitivity to allergy responses.    

Use a barrier cream

Put this around your nostrils to prevent the pollen from going up your nose, the cream traps the allergens in place and can help to stop the effects.

Consume wheatgrass

Wheatgrass juice contains B vitamins which may help manage hay fever symptoms. Wheatgrass is high in Vitamin B5, which supports the adrenal glands and helps with allergic reaction responses to the body. condition.

Use a neti pot

Removing dust and pollen that collects in the nostrils can be an effective way of reducing symptoms of hay fever. Ancient practitioners of Ayurveda used warm salt water to flush nasal cavities to remove debris.

Nowadays the modern equivalent of a neti pot can be used first thing in the morning and the last thing at night to sniff salted water to remove allergens that irritate.

Just as people react differently to different allergens, what works for some may not work for others. Try the above one at a time and see what works for you.