While the colder weather may bring some respite for hay fever sufferers, others continue to experience symptoms even when it seems like there’s no pollen left in the air. And if you live in a warmer climate, you may find yourself suffering from allergies all year round. Here we give you a few tried-and-tested home remedies to help beat hay fever and allergies.
Try changing the tea you regularly drink. Sipping chamomile tea is said to help hay fever sufferers, and inhaling chamomile oil is also reported to be a hay fever remedy. Peppermint tea is a good tea to drink to ease sinus congestion, which comes along with other hay fever symptoms. Green tea is good for the immune system and can also act as a natural anti-histamine. Also try chopping up raw ginger and adding hot water and honey for a natural way to loosen your chest congestion and strengthen your immune system. Similarly, lemon and grapefruit pieces in a cup of hot water are good for hay fever when you use the fruit and leave out the rind.
The herb butterbur is reported to be a hay fever remedy because it acts as an antihistamine, and relieves inflammation. Butterbur can help you if you are suffering from headaches, sinus congestion, sneezing or itchy eyes.
Try steaming to ease congestion. Lean over a bowl of hot water with eucalyptus oil added to it and cover your head with a towel, inhaling the steam that is produced. Omega-3 fatty acids are also said to work to minimize inflammation and act against allergens. If your diet is rich in omega-3 fatty acids you could help lower you risk of suffering from hay fever symptoms. A variety of homeopathic medicines are also said to help ease allergies, so take a look at the different options on offer.