Watery, itchy, bloodshot eyes, blocked up or runny nose, sneezing
or fatigue….?

These are just some of the symptoms allergic rhinitis otherwise
known as hay fever can bring as the months start to get sunnier.

Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to airborne substances.
The body’s immune system becomes overly sensitive and over reacts to the
substance, causing histamine to be released, this histamine causes the symptoms
associated with hay fever.

What substances can cause allergic rhinitis/hay fever…?

Tree pollen: late
March – mid May

Grass pollen: mid May –

Weed pollen: late June
– September

As well as mould spores, dust mites, pet hair/dander,

I’ve put together a few natural tips you can try at home to help
combat hay fever, so you can have your best summer ever:

Omega 3. The “bunged up”
sensation is caused by the mucus membranes in the nose becoming inflamed. Foods
such as chia seeds, salmon, mackerel and walnuts are rich in omega 3 which is a
great anti-inflammatory.

A spoon of local honey a day
could help desensitise your immune system to the local pollen helping to reduce

2/3 cups of green tea a day. Green tea is reported to boost the immune
system and is a powerful antioxidant and may also be able to help reduce

Your 5 a day is full of allergy
fighting flavonoids, as well as antioxidants and vitamin c for the immune
system. Did you know vitamin c is also a great natural antihistamine.

Fresh pineapple contains
bromelain a good natural anti-inflammatory a refreshingly juicy way to help
with the “bunged up” sensation helping you to breathe easier.

Lower your stress, stress can
really affect your immune system.

Garlic a natural anti histamine,
anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and decongestant…!!!

Spices….a good chilli or
anything spicy containing chilli peppers can help to unblock the nose,
capsaicin found in chilli peppers, helps to break down mucus causing it to flow.

Rinse your hair regularly to
get rid of any pollen which has got trapped

10. Brush or bathe cats and dogs regularly to reduce the pollen
coming in on their fur

11. Avoid histamine producing foods and drink such as pickles, cured
and smoked meat, nuts, alcohol and cheese

Starting from the beginning of June I’m going to be offering a new
treatment aimed at helping people suffering with allergic rhinitis/hay fever. The
treatment will be combining reflexology, aromatherapy and facial massage.

So how can this blend of treatments help…?

Reflexology is wonderfully relaxing and can help boost the immune
system as well as relieve and open congested sinuses, reduced stress, help to
clear a stuffy head and reduce inflammation.

I’ll also be using a special blend of aromatherapy oils that act
as a natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and decongestant

Whilst the facial massage tops your treatment off deeply relaxing
you, helping to reduce stress, to clear the sinuses and bring relief to itchy

This new treatment is £40 get in touch to find out more or to book
your treatment.

I hope you enjoy trying out these natural tips and have lots of
success with them let me know how you get on….!!