Itchy eyes, throat, and runny nose? You might not even know you have this allergy…
It’s Hay Fever season. That time of year that millions of people go through the day itching and sneezing every five minutes, many are not even aware they suffer from this kind of ‘Allergic Rhinitis’ (posh word for allergic symptoms)
What Causes Hay Fever?
Hay Fever sufferers have an overactive immune system that can leave them vulnerable to sinus infections, colds and respiratory issues. Many people who suffer all year round from mistake their cold-like symptoms for hay fever when it could actually be a ‘perennial allergy’ such as animal fur or household dust mites.
Take basic precautions against perennial allergies by regularly washing bed linen, hoovering carpets, washing regularly and maintaining a nutritional diet. See if you have a perennial allergy by asking your GP for an allergy test.
An oversensitive immune system can confuse harmless particles (pollen, dust, fur) for a dangerous invasion like bacteria or a virus. Your body will try and attack these particles by releasing a chemical called histamine - this is what causes your symptoms by inflaming the affected area.
How do you prevent the symptoms of Hay Fever?
As harmless as it is, Hay Fever can cause a major inconvenience in daily living, even debilitating for some. Luckily we’re here on hand to offer a few simple tips and herbal remedies to prevent the symptoms of hay fever.
Regularly exposing yourself to pollen can help your body build up a tolerance to irritants. Eating honey with pollen or taking pollen supplements is a very popular way to build up your immunity to pollens.
Our customers recommend A.Vogel Pollinosan for a simple way to supplement your pollen intake.
Supplementing with the flavonoid Quercetin consistently decreases the symptoms of hay fever. Quercetin inhibits the release of histamine rather than just blocking the effects of histamine like most pharmaceutical antihistamines.
Unsulfured Apricots are a natural source of quercetin!
Pantothenic Acid *
Otherwise knows as Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid can help reduce nasal congestion and help you breath a little easier.
Nettle Leaf *
As awful as a nettle sting can be, the small irritants that cause you to swell up can help your body to build up a tolerance to similar irritants like pollen.
Try making this Nettle Tea to build up a resistance to small irritants.
Taking nettle supplements or drinking nettle tea regularly can help reduce sneezing, itching and swollen nasal passages.
Great for general immune support, Vitamin C could also have a possible anti-histamine effect. Vitamin C is also the main antioxidant in the respiratory passages making it best to fight foreign invaders.
Garlic is a natural inflammatory that can help combat the symptoms of hay fever.
Omega - 3 and Fish Oils
Omega-3 is vital to the daily functioning of our brain and immune system. With well known anti-inflammatory properties, regular Omega fatty acids are a great way of building up long-term immune support.
Consult your GP or a nutritionist before taking herbal remedies.