Do you get Hayfever?

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Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, the birds a chirping and the new life is everywhere. Plants are blooming, with sweet smells of flowers and freshly cut grass. And then your eyes start to water, your nose starts to run and you’re itchy everywhere. It’s the season for Hayfever.

 

The Australian Lung Foundation has found peak pollen season to be between Grand Finale Day and New Years Day. With Grand Finale Day last weekend, it’s the start of Hayfever season. Hayfever is an allergic condition with a hypersensitivity of the nose, eyes, throat and sometimes even the skin due to grass and pollen. These allergens cause the body to produce an excess of histamine which manifests as sinus and catarrh congestion. Symptoms of Hayfever include a sneezy, runny, itchy nose and eyes, a blocked nose and a sensitive palate with these varying from annoying to debilitating.

There are many different treatments out there for Hayfever including nasal sprays with corticosteroids or antihistamine, eye drops, decongestant nasal sprays and non-sedating antihistamine medications. But before reaching for these medications, there is an alternative. Natural medicine including herbs and supplements can help alleviate the symptoms and reduce the reaction to the environment.

 

Herbs that may help with Hayfever include:

  • Echinacea

  • Eyebright

  • Garlic

  • Golden Seal

  • Nettle Leaf

  • Albizia

  • Baical Skullcap

  • Turmeric

 

Supplements that may help with Hayfever include:

  • Zinc

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin D

  • Vitamin A

  • B Vitamins (find out what else these vitamins can help with here)

  • Magnesium

  • N-Acetylcysteine

While the above supplements and herbs can help reduce the symptoms, there are some diet changes that will also help improve these.

  • Avoid dairy, caffeine and alcohol during allergy season

  • Eat plenty of grated carrot (for the vitamin A contents)

  • Eat a raw salad once per day

  • Drink a cup of green tea daily

  • Increase the intake of all fruits and vegetables

  • Any dietary triggers should be avoided

 

It is also important to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure your environment is free from dust mites and any other triggers. Avoid going outside in high pollen days and thunderstorms or wear sunglasses when outside to reduce the exposure to your eyes. Dry bedding and clothing inside or in a dryer and shower after outdoor activities to avoid bringing the allergens inside. Adequate sleep is essential so make sure you get a good night’s rest (find out more here) and reduce your stress levels (find out more here).

This allergy season I am offering mini consults to help combat the symptoms of Hayfever and get you on your way to enjoying Spring. For more information book in with me or give me a call today. Always seek professional help from your naturopath before taking any new herbs and supplements.