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 like Hay Max. 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 Clipper Nettle & Peppermint.
- Diffuse Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, Tea Tree or Eucalyptus. These oils are anti-inflammatory. I diffuse Peppermint once the children are in bed because its not safe for under 3’s.
- For itchy eyes I 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 I spray my face with Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist because it contains soothing calendula and lavender. I also use Roman Chamomile hydrosol on cotton wool pads and place on my eyes.
- Reduce intake of mucus forming foods such as dairy, wheat, sugar.
- 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.