Flowers, weeds, and trees release pollen which ends up in your nose and throat triggering those annoying allergies, known as hay fever or allergic retinitis.
Almost 25% of the population is affected by hay fever and the symptoms of this allergy include itching eyes, coughing, sneezing and dark circles. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies that you can use to offer some relief and also protect you from hay fever. This way, you will avoid taking medicines such as nasal corticosteroids, antihistamine or decongestants which have unpleasant side effects, such as dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, drowsiness or dry mouth.
Here are several herbal remedies that you can use at home.
Garlic contains quercetin which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and is also a natural antihistamine. It will boost the immune system and help your body fight against allergies. You should try to eat it raw to benefit from its properties. If it’s too powerful for you, garlic supplements will work too.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used frequently in natural remedies to treat numerous ailments, including hay fever. You can use it as a daily tonic or make allergies disappear even from the first intake. Add 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 425 grams of water and sip this throughout the day.
Butterbur (flapperdock or blatter dock) has anti –inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. It contains alkaloids, tannins and flavonoids that are extremely effective and safe for treating hay fever. Take 50 mg of butterbur, three times a day with meals.
- Luffa Complex
This tropical solution is composed of ballon vine, khella, ammi vis naga, okoubaka, sponge cucumber, heartseed and many other herbs. It can be found as a nasal spray, tincture or in tablet form. The Luffa Complex can relieve the symptoms of hay fever by 60%.
- Eucalyptus oil
Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a bowl of hot water. Carefully inhale the steam to break up congestion.
Honey is known as a natural antibiotic. Believe it or not, the traces of pollen in honey help treat hay fever. Because it is a powerful antihistamine agent, it helps reduce allergy symptoms. Take honey on a daily basis to desensitize your body if it’s sensitive to local pollen.
Boil one grapefruit and one lemon in one cup of water for 15 minutes. Use only the fruit, without the rind. Cool, mix with raw honey and drink it to relieve symptoms.
This amazing herbal remedy has antiseptic properties which relieve hay fever symptoms and also sinigrin, an active ingredient which helps eliminate mucus. Horseradish is also rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. The combination of Vitamin C with horseradish has been proven to be one of the best natural remedies for hay fever.
These are only a few of the many natural hay fever remedies that you can try at home, whenever you feel your symptoms start to flare up. These are very efficient and will prevent you from constantly reaching for the drugs.