If you suffer from hayfever, the sound of chirping birds and next door’s lawnmower can be the thing of nightmares….

‘Bless you!’ If this is how your summer sounds, then read on as I have a few ideas that might help you with seasonal allergies like hayfever – AKA Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis.

The reason for hayfever hitting is your immune system has been primed to release histamine in response to exposure to pollen, leaving you feeling snotty, sneezy, itchy and swollen. Not a pretty picture.

As usual, prevention is better than cure, so be prepared and take action well ahead of your usual hayfever season.

The key is a combination of anti-inflammatory, immune-balancing, decongesting remedies.

Luckily, Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve for you to try.

  • Big up the anti-histamines. Vitamin C, bromelain & quercetin have been found to help support the immune system and balance the body’s histamine response. The natural alternative to anti-histamines that I love for my clients is Nutri’s Aller-C.
  • First up, apply some sort of barrier protection  like vaseline or Haymax to your nose, to stop the pollen entering your nostrils and triggering an allergic reaction.
  • Eat some foods to balance congestion. Some foods, like horseradish, chilli, ginger, pepper, thyme, garlic and curry may help balance mucus production and congestion.
  • Support your immune system. Alongside vitamin C, Elderberry syrup is a very tasty way to balance your immune response. It is great for kids too.
  • Lots of my clients have found Bee Prepared Daily Defence to be a useful remedy. It contains active ingredients like Reishi mushroom, bee propolis, elderberry and beta glucans as a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine immune tonic. It could be worth a go. Let me know how you get on if you try it.
  • Keep well hydrated.

Please note, these ideas are not designed to replace medical treatments from your GP or Pharmacist. Please consult your GP for further advice.