Ah summer. Sausages sizzling on BBQs, walks in the park, failed attempts to tan on the beach – what could be more perfect? That is until you feel that familiar tingle in the back of your throat, your nose starts running and eyes begin itching.
1. VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is a wonder – it’s a natural antihistamine, antioxidant, and antitoxin that’ll boost your immune system and unblock that stuffy nose. Spring and summer is the perfect time to get vitamin C in its most delicious forms, with citrus fruit, strawberries, pineapples, kiwis, and bell peppers being excellent sources. It’s smoothie time!
Some teas naturally contain antihistamines and antioxidants. Camomile, green, or nettle tea help boost your immune system. Add some honey for a double-whammy chance of reducing your symptoms.
There’s no better way to help your hay fever than going straight to the source: bees. But don’t blame the little guys for your itchy eyes, they can also ease your suffering. Honey contains some of the pollen that’s going to cause your hay fever, so introducing it to your body early can help build a tolerance. Locally produced honey is especially recommended as this will be the exact type of pollen that’ll be the cause of your suffering.
It seems that garlic can cure nearly every ailment. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-viral as well as a natural boost to the immune system. But don’t worry, you don’t need to start eating raw cloves just yet. Add it to stir-fries, pasta sauces, and bakes for its delicious flavour and health benefits.
This one’s for the brave. Horseradish might not be the most appetising ingredient on its own, but it can be a saviour for hay fever sufferers. It’s a fast working decongestant that will clear out your blocked nose in a few bites. Just chew fast.
6. TAKE A SHOWER
Seems simple but taking a shower can immediately ease your hay fever symptoms. Washing your hair will get rid of any lingering pollen and the steam will make it easier to breathe. Shower every evening before bed to get a hay fever free night’s sleep.
7. AROMATHERAPY AND ESSENTIAL OILS
Lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils make breathing easier. Diffuse a couple of drops in a bowl of hot water, put a towel over your head, and breathe in the steam.
8. SPICY FOOD
Take a night off from cooking and order that Indian takeaway you’ve been thinking about all day. Spicy food contains a chemical called capsaicin, which gives your mouth that burning sensation after a mouthful of curry. Capsaicin’s heat will help unblock your nose and reduce inflammation If you’re not ready to go full vindaloo, then even cooking with mild spices like turmeric and cinnamon make the world of difference.
Over 10 million people suffer from hay fever in the UK