Natural Treatment for Allergies

‘Tis the season to be full of hay fever! If you suffer from seasonal allergies then you may have tried everything to salvage your spring or summer, because no one wants to spend sunny days tucked up in bed or with tissues bunged up your nose. From local honey to vaseline under the nostrils, there’s no end of ideas out there. We’ve compiled a list of some alternatives treatments that you may not have heard of, to help reduce hayfever symptoms.

Salt caves

Salt caves can help to clear mucus from the lungs and expand airways, making it easier to breathe. In these rooms the salt acts in an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory way, reducing hay fever symptoms quickly, whilst also lowering IgE levels to help build a natural resistance to allergies. It doesn’t come cheap, but plenty of people claim to have greatly reduced their symptoms by using salt therapy regularly throughout allergy season. 

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms have a whole host of benefits and are a great supplement to be adding to your diet or health regime. They naturally support and boost the immune system, which is ideal for allergy sufferers, support digestive health, liver health, and are anti-inflammatory. With so many health benefits they could be a great way to manage allergies holistically, because with every system in the body is so intrinsically linked any imbalance can cause illness. Medicinal mushrooms are also a natural anti-histamine, with Reishi being the best option for hay fever sufferers. Reishi contains triterpene which inhibits histamine release and oleic acid and cyclooctasulphur which have antihistamine effects. You can buy Reishi as a powder and add to smoothies or a supplement in tablet form.

Steam inhalation

On the days where you are really struggling, a quick way to find relief is to put your head over a bowl of hot water and cover yourself with a towel to inhale the steam. Add a few drops of essential oils for maximum affect; eucalyptus is a great one to open airways.

Reducing dairy, wheat and sugar consumption

Dairy products can increase the production of mucous, meaning you could feel more blocked up if you eat dairy often. Some matured cheeses also contain high levels of histamine. Sugar also causes your body to produce more histamine and there are many other foods that are claimed to be bad for hayfever , including foods containing wheat, alcohol, coffee and even chocolate! Your best bet is to eat a whole foods diet rich in anti-oxidants and anti-histamine foods.

Probiotics

We’ve all heard about the link between gut health and overall health, and there is evidence to suggest that looking after your gut with probiotics can also help reduce hayfever symptoms. We love these from Garden of Life (men’s version available as well)

Vitamin C

Well known as an immune booster Vitamin C could reduce the severity of your hayfever. But because our body does not produce vitamin C by itself it is vital that we get enough, and if you have allergies you may want to boost your intake further with high does vitamin C supplementation. Some research suggests that Vitamin C is most effective in liposomal form and we like Lipolife which offers a range of liposomal products.

Quercetin

Quercetin is a natural anti-histamine and can be taken in supplement form or found in certain foods. Fresh garlic is a good source of quercetin as well as being anti-catarrhal (removing excess mucous). If you are brave you can eat it raw for maximum benefit!

Herbal teas

We love Pukka tea and found this article helpful in deciding which teas to stock the cupboard with during thee summer months. There are some other good ideas too so check it out now.

Other tips

It may not be something you really think about, but on high pollen count days touching your face after being outside can flare up symptoms. Try to reduce the amount of pollen reach your nose and eyes by washing your hands and face regularly and drying washing inside instead of in the garden.

The above is not medical advice. Always contact a medical professional before starting any treatment.

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2021-05-30T10:44:48+00:00