Hay Fever is the exaggerated response of your immune systemto contact with pollen. When we breathe, pollen attaches itself to receptors on the soft mucous membranes of our nasal passage – signalling a release of Histamine. Histamine then launches a series of physical reactions, such as sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes, aimed at fighting of the intruding allergen.
While these immune reactions are natural, they may be a sign of an unbalanced, unhealthy body when constantly and unnecessarily triggered.
While there are strong genetic and environmental components behind the development of hay fever, hay fever is also associated with a weak adrenal, immune, and digestive system.
So, this year, before you automatically reach for anti-histamines, take a look at these proven, natural home remedies for reducing the symptoms of hay fever by improving your Immune and digestive health.
Many people swear by local honey as a natural means of fortifying your system against pollen allergens. This theory suggests that consuming honey, which contains pollens from local flowering plants, will help your body adapt to the allergen before triggering a major allergic immune response.
To begin your local honey regimen, start with a small daily serving of honey prior to the start of allergy season, gradually increasing the amount up to 1 tablespoon a day. You can add honey to tea, drizzle on porridge or fresh fruit, or simply take a spoonful straight as a sweet treat.
A plant used traditionally in the treatment of infections, flu and migraines, can also be used as a herbal home remedy for the natural treatment of allergies and hay fever.
Taking just one 32 mg tablet of butterbur extract four times a day has shown to be as effective as popular antihistamine drugs, however without the unwanted effect of drowsiness.
An antioxidant, naturally occurring in many common foods like onions, apples, berries, leafy greens, and green tea. Quercetin is said to reduce the release of histamine by stabilising mast cells.
Best used 4-6 weeks before allergy season as a preventative remedy, you can incorporate quercetin naturally into your diet, however it is difficult to consume the amount recommended to relieve allergies through food alone, so try taking 200-400mg of Quercetin supplement twice a day between meals.
Working in a similar fashion to common allergy drugs, nettle helps to naturally block the release of histamine but without common side effects like dry mouth and drowsiness.
Stinging nettle leaves can be consumed as a tea, but for long-term natural allergy relief, the most practical form is a daily 300-500mg capsule dose.
Probiotics have become essential in naturally managing health as more and more research links common ailments with the digestive system.
As the majority of antibody producing cells reside in the intestines, the gut is known as the human body’s largest immune system organ, thus,it is not surprising that relatively recent research has linked the presence of a large number of diverse and beneficial bacteria in the intestine with a reduced incidence of allergies, such as hay fever.
Try investing in a daily probiotic capsule or research ‘fermented vegetables’.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
While foods high in omega-6 fatty acids (sunflower oil, margarine, mayonnaise, and many processed foods) can make inflammatory diseases worse, omega-3 fatty acids can actually reduce symptoms! As with any essential nutrient, you can increase your intake by eating foods high omega-3’s like cold-water fish, leafy greens, and flaxseed, however you can also take a daily fish oil supplement.