As the next few months are a common time to start experiencing hay fever, I thought I'd share some tips for treating this condition before it becomes a nuisance.
It would be better to catch it in the spring, rather than full-blown summer, so that you are less likely to succumb to short-term pharmaceutical relief.
Like many coldy, sinusy issues, it may seem to be about the surface symptoms only, but it is actually a deep-seated immune issue. In the case of hay fever, the immune system starts to over-react to harmless substances instead of dealing with the bacteria, viruses and toxins that constantly enter our body.
This can be a symptom of an immune system that is generally overloaded and stressed.
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Commonly prescribed sprays and tablets that suppress hay fever symptoms may bring temporary relief but they never get to the root of the problem.
While useful in the short term, they are also associated with many long-term side effects, and do nothing for long term improvement.
Simple Steps for Managing Hay Fever Naturally
There are several self-help measures that cost very little, which you can do yourself to help with hay fever.
Drink plenty of water
When you’re well hydrated the mucous membranes of your nose remain moist to expel allergens more easily.
Consider using a neti pot
These small pots can be filled with a warm sea salt solution and used to flush your nasal passages and expel irritants.
Coat your nostrils
Lightly smear a non-absorbent ointment, such as paw-paw ointment, onto the inner surface of your nostrils to provide a protective barrier that traps allergens.
Know your triggers
Most hay fever sufferers are affected by the wind, others itch and sneeze when outside, but some are worse indoors.
Avoid your triggers when pollen counts are high.
Use Food as your Medicine
Making a strong infusion of nettle leaves, left overnight, and drinking it throughout the day.
From when they first start to grow, is said to prevent hay fever symptoms.
Healthy animal fats and seed oils are important for a healthy immune system, particularly the Omega oils found in Linseed/pumpkin seed/hemp seed.
Studies show that those who eat mostly polyunsaturated and trans-fats, as found in many margarines and processed foods, are more likely to suffer allergies.
Onions & Garlic
The symptoms they cause, they can also treat. Both contain natural compounds that reduce the inflammation of hay fever.
Add them liberally to your meals or, if you are up to it, eat them by themselves to reduce nasal irritation and streaming eyes.
Local, raw honey can be used as a crude form of homoeopathy to de-sensitise yourself to local pollens from which the honey was produced. Start by taking a small amount each day before the start of hay fever season, gradually increasing to a teaspoon or more. Continue right through the season for best results.
Spices such as horseradish, mustard, chillies and fenugreek also help through a crude homeopathic effect – they can relieve the very hay fever-like symptoms they produce, probably by irritating the mucus membranes themselves, stimulating them to shed greater irritants, like pollen.
Add them liberally to meals or take them alone to thin mucus and expel irritants.
Safe and Risky Ways to Treat Hay Fever
Conventional medicine depends on the allopathic effect for most of its treatments. It relieves symptoms by palliating or suppressing them for short periods of time.
The drawback is that side effects are common and continual suppression leads to worsening health.
The best explanation I have heard between the fundamental difference between orthodox and alternative medicines is...
Orthodox medicine makes you feel better now & worse later
This is the suppression of the symptoms that cause distress, without any change in physical circumstance, so the body's motive remains
Alternative medicine makes you feel worse now & better later
Assisting the body to express or heal its circumstances means there may be an initial increase in symptoms, followed by a lull as things resolve.
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