by Anne-Marie Allen

Watery, itchy, bloodshot eyes, blocked or runny nose, sneezing, and fatigue—these are just a few symptoms of allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, that can turn a sunny day into a struggle.

Hay fever is triggered by an allergic reaction to airborne substances. The immune system becomes overly sensitive, releasing histamine that causes these bothersome symptoms.

What Triggers Hay Fever?

  • Tree Pollen: Late March to mid-May
  • Grass Pollen: Mid-May to July
  • Weed Pollen: Late June to September
  • Other Triggers: Mould spores, dust mites, pet hair/dander

Natural Remedies to Combat Hay Fever

Try these natural tips at home to help manage hay fever symptoms and enjoy your best summer yet:

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Reduce inflammation by including chia seeds, salmon, mackerel, and walnuts in your diet.
  2. Local Honey: A spoonful a day can help desensitize your immune system to local pollen.
  3. Green Tea: Drinking 2-3 cups daily can boost the immune system and reduce inflammation.
  4. Eat Your 5 a Day: Fruits and vegetables are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamin C, a natural antihistamine.
  5. Pineapple: Contains bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory that eases congestion.
  6. Stress Reduction: Lowering stress can significantly improve your immune response.
  7. Garlic: Acts as a natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and decongestant.
  8. Spices: Spicy foods, especially those with chili peppers, can help break down mucus.
  9. Rinse Your Hair: Regularly wash your hair to remove trapped pollen.
  10. Groom Pets: Bathe and brush pets to reduce the pollen they bring indoors.
  11. Avoid Histamine-Producing Foods: Limit pickles, cured meats, nuts, alcohol, and cheese.

Holistic Treatment for Hay Fever

Since June 2019, I have been offering a specialized treatment combining reflexology, aromatherapy, and facial massage to help those suffering from hay fever.

  • Reflexology: Promotes relaxation, boosts the immune system, relieves sinus congestion, reduces stress, clears a stuffy head, and reduces inflammation.
  • Aromatherapy: Uses a blend of essential oils that act as natural antihistamines, anti-inflammatories, and decongestants.
  • Facial Massage: Deeply relaxing, it helps reduce stress, clear sinuses, and bring relief to itchy eyes.

Take Control of Your Hay Fever

I hope these natural tips help you enjoy a symptom-free summer. Let me know how they work for you!