It’s that time of year again! Who has been feeling the symptoms of hayfever? Itchy throat and eyes, runny nose? Hayfever is an allergic reaction (an immune system overreaction) to pollen released by grasses and trees. For some of us, the pollen causes our bodies to release histamine which causes the inflammation, irritation and swelling of the nasal passages and eyes.
These are my personal top tips that I have tried out and find work for me. Let me know if you have any top tips too!
- Use an organic drug free allergen barrier- I make an organic lavender balm for my clients. Rub it on the inside of your nostrils to physically stop the pollen going in.
- Flush your nostrils with salt water daily. I like to use a Neti Pot. This is a traditional Ayurvedic practice.
- Drink Chamomile, Nettle or Peppermint Tea. I like Neal’s Yard Remedies Bright Start Tea with Nettle.
- Diffuse Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, Tea Tree or Eucalyptus. These oils are anti-inflammatory. Peppermint is not safe for under 3’s.
- For itchy eyes you can use Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Eye Gel in the morning and night. It contains soothing and cooling Aloe Vera and ‘Eyebright’ Euphrasia officinalis which calms irritation in eyes.
- Throughout the day its lovely to spray your face with a cooling Chamomile and Aloe Vera spritz. I make these spritzes.
- Reduce intake of mucus forming foods such as dairy, wheat, sugar and fermented foods like sourdough bread.
- Reduce intake of alcohol containing sulphites, typically wine and beer. So have a GnT if you fancy a drink still!
- Eat a balanced diet that is high in anti inflammatory Vitamin C and immune boosting Vitamin D
- Pressure points on the face can relieve hay fever, sinus, headaches, and eye strain: First one is in the indentation of the inner eye socket where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows. Gently stimulate in a circular motion for about 5 seconds. The Second one is on the third eye point, located directly between the eyebrows in the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead. Gently stimulate this point in circular motion for 5 – 10 seconds.
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