hay fever

Get Rid of Hay Fever Naturally

Hay fever tends to happen in the late fall and late spring, when flowers and molds are releasing their pollens to try and propagate. You’ll hear on the news that the pollen count is high or low depending on winds and weather conditions and you know that soon your nose will be stuffy and uncomfortable. Hay fever tends to run in families as well, so chances are your kids will be suffering too, though they may grow out of it as they get older.

 

How do I know if I have hay fever?

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Wheezing

 

How do I prevent hay fever?

  • Protect your nose by coating it in a little petroleum jelly to help keep pollen from aggravating your sinuses.
  • Spend some time locking lips with your partner. A study in Japan showed that kissing significantly decreased reactions to pollens.
  • Get exercise. It has been shown to lower symptoms.
  • Shower every day to wash away pollen build up and try to stay indoors on high pollen count days.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid going out in the early morning or late evening, doing yard work, and smoking.

 

How can I treat hay fever?

  • Eat some onions. Onions are high in the natural antihistamine Quercetin.
  • Eat some local honey; it helps introduce pollens to the body so that it can learn what histamines to fight.
  • Cucumber slices can be used on the eyes to help neutralize pollen and reduce itchiness.
  • Enjoy some spicy foods. They’ll make your nose run and get those pollens flushed right out.
  • Garlic will help to boost your immune system and fight off the histamines.
  • Horseradish will help with widening your airways making it easier to breath.
  • Boost your vitamin C intake by eating oranges and drinking orange juice.
  • Carrots, apricots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes have carotenoids in them which help to reduce inflammation and improve your immune system.
  • Chamomile tea works as an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory. It can also be used as an eye compress to get rid of swollen, red eyes.
  • Try reducing the stress load on your system by eliminating flour, sugar and dairy for a week. The body already has trouble digesting many of these foods and that can make your susceptibility to hay fever higher.
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