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Hay Fever

You must be interested in hay fever treatment, if you suffer from seasonal or constant (year-round) hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Thanks to the constantly degrading condition of the environment more and more people are getting allergies. Besides the medical treatment there are several really effective natural remedies which bring relief to the annoying symptoms of hay fever.
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Cause and Symptom of Hay Fever 

Allergic reaction is an abnormal response by the immune system to a foreign invader (known as an allergen). The immune system is overreacting to normally harmless substances such as pollen, dust mites, animal fur, feather or mold (mould spores). An allergic person is super-sensitive to something, that normally does not cause any problems, which is a mistake by the immune system. During the allergic response histamine is released from the mast cells in abundance, which can quickly produce all sorts of mucus membrane symptoms, like
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  • frequent sneezing
  • blocked and/or runny nose
  • itchy, red, swollen, watery eyes
  • itchy sensation in the nose, ears, lips, mouth or throat.
  • Sometimes headache or
  • nosebleeds may occur.
In severe hay fever cases breathing problems, cough and asthma can occur. Definitely call the doctor if difficulty in breathing rapidly develops and worsens.
Seek immediate medical attention when there is a swelling of the lips, mouth or throat.

Home Remedies for Hay Fever

Mother nature provides us several natural antihistamines, which relieve hay fever symptoms really effective, sometimes more effective than expensive medicines.

So, let's see the natural-herbal solutions for hay fever problems:

Apple Cider Vinegar

First of all our old folk remedy, Apple Cider Vinegar, is extremely helpful in the prevention and treatment of allergy symptoms.

Mix 1-2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water (250ml) and gulp the mixture at once. Use it 2-3 times a day. If taken at the onset of symptoms, improvement occurs immediately or in 1-3 hours. If you have been experiencing allergies for several days, your symptoms will diminish after about one day. If you don't notice any ease of your hay fever after 2-3 days, stop taking the remedy.

People often have problems with the taste of Apple Cider Vinegar, so here you have a few tips to benefit the taste of the remedy:apple-cider-vinegar

  • give to the water-apple cider vinegar mixture 1 tsp honey , if you are sure honey does not exacerbate your symptoms
  • mix Apple Cider Vinegar in apple juice (instead of water)
  • mix Apple Cider Vinegar in herbal tea
If your stomach is sensitive to vinegar and feels upset after drinking the remedy give 1/4 tsp baking soda to 250ml Apple Cider Vinegar mixture.

You may keep using the Apple Cider Vinegar mixture (1-2 tbsp vinegar, 2-3 times a day) during the whole hay fever season.

WARNING! Your teeth don't like this acidic drink (may decay sooner), so rinse your mouth with tap water after drinking the remedy.

Another simple possibility is opening the Apple Cider Vinegar bottle and just inhale (through your nose) the vapors coming out of it. It is able to open up the nose passages immediately, to decrease mucus production and to calm allergic irritation. Don't overuse it, the acidic vapor may damage the mucus membrane.

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Local Honey and Honeycomb

A highly appreciated old home remedy is local honey and honeycomb. Look for local honey that is made by bees in your immediate neighbourhood. Eat it regularly and chew the honeycomb it comes in, too. By eating honey produced by local bees, you can desensitize your immune system to local pollens. Starting two months before the hay fever season, eat 2 tablespoons of honey a day and chew the beeswax for 5 to 10 minutes. Continue until the hay fever season is over.
Caution: local liquid honey can sometimes exacerbate your allergies. Just be on the look out for this.

Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever

Nettle (Urtica dioica)hay-fever-nettle

A very good herbal remedy is Nettle (Urtica dioica), it contains a substance (quercetin) that works as a natural antihistamine. Capsules of freeze-dried leaf are available, take 500mg two or three times a day or half a teaspoon of nettle extract four times a day.

Ginkgo biloba

Has become renowned for its memory-boosting properties, but it is an effective allergy fighter as well. Take 60-240mg a day, but not more. Ginkgo contains ginkgolides, which can inhibit the activity of certain allergy-triggering chemicals (PAF). You may take it long term.

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Quercetin 

Quercetin is a plant pigment and antioxidant able to inhibit the release of histamine. Foods naturally rich in quercetin include citrus fruits, purple or yellow onion, garlic, buckwheat. Concentrated quercetin is also available in capsules: take 500mg twice a day between meals. It works best when started a month prior to the start of allergy season. Continue taking it throughout the season. (Do not take this if already taking nettle or garlic, as they contain quercetin.)

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic has marvelous health-giving properties. Among all this properties it acts as an anti-allergic, due to its high quercetin content. Take 400-600mg daily, but not much more, since garlic is an effective blood thinner and may cause bleeding if overused.

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Stir 1 teaspoon of ground Turmeric into 250ml water and drink it. Within 15 minutes the hay fever symptoms must be better. You can take Turmeric capsules as well. You may use it during the whole season.

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Vitamin supplements for Hay Fever

Some vitamins have a beneficial effect in the prevention and treatment of hay fever.

Vitamin C (Sodium-ascorbate)

Using high levels of Vitamin C supplementation long term has a soothing effect on a allergies, since it reduces the allergic reaction of the body. A maintenance level of 2000mg (sometimes 3000mg) daily keeps allergies often under control.

Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic acid)

The intake of Vitamin B-5 or Pantothenic acid brings often great relief to the hay fever sufferer. This vitamin can be taken in a dose of 100mg daily for a month.

Local treatments for hay fever

Vaseline (Petroleum jelly)

Protect yourself outdoors with a 'pollen trap'! You can coat the inside of your nose with Vaseline and the sticky layer will trap spores, pollens, dust etc. before you inhale them. It stops immediately the irritation in your nose.

Nasal irrigation or nasal wash

A regular use of nasal irrigation with a neti pot or just the use of saline nasal spray can help a lot fighting hay fever symptoms. You just rinse off all the irritant air-born pollens, fungal spores, dust and animal dander.
Read more about nasal irrigation and neti pot

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Herbal eyewash

Mix:

  • 1 teaspoon dried marigold (Calendula officinalis) flowers
  • 1 teaspoon dried eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) flowers
  • 1 teaspoon dried camomile (Matricaria recutita) flowers
Pour 250ml boiling water over the herbs. Cover, and steep for a
quarter of an hour. Strain through a coffee filter to remove all herb particles. Use as an eyewash or soak cotton balls in the herbal tea and apply to your eyes at least three times a day for ten minutes.
Caution: Make sure you are not allergic to any ingredient herbs!
If you do not have the time to make the herbal tea, put just a wet camomile teabag on your eyes.

Aromatherapy for Hay Feverhay-fever-camomile

There are two major oils helpful with allergies in general: 
  • German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and 
  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis) essential oil.
But make sure you are not allergic to any of them. Chamomile seems to be more effective, than Melissa.
The easiest way to use is to put 1-2 drops of oil on a handkerchief or tissue and to sniff whenever it needed during the day.
Facial massage with any of these oils can also be very helpful, it often decreases the severity of the allergic reaction.
If you do not have the time for a massage, a bath with essential oils can also be very soothing.

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Homeopathy for Hay Fever

Homeopathy offers a wide range of remedies helpful in different allergy conditions. Most of them needs individualization of symptoms, but there are a few remedies good for hay fever as a general diagnosis.
One of them is Histaminum C30, potentized histamine, which is released in great amount during the allergic reaction. Homeopathic Histaminum is able to decrease the release and the effect of material histamine.

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Other useful option is to take your allergen potentized, in a homeopathic form which can desensitize your body (the method is called isopathy).
  • If you are allergic to pollens, take homeopathic Pollen C30, made from local pollens in your neighbourhood. Start taking it 1 month prior the hay fever season (two times a week) and continue during the whole season, taking it daily.
  • If you are sensitive to dust mites, take regularly homeopathic House Dust Mite C30.
  • If you are allergic to mold, take the homeopathic remedy Aspergillus niger C30, which is made from the fungi.
  • If you are sensitive to certain animal hair (cat or dog or horse etc.) than take a remedy made from this special animals fur.
Take this remedies 2-3 times a week, long term.

During the hay fever season you may take:
  • Histaminum C30 in the morning and
  • Pollen C30 in the evening.
Let dissolve 2-3 pills under your tongue and do not eat or drink 10 minutes before and after taking the remedy.

Diet Tips for Hay Fever

Reduce your intake of diary product, especially cows milk and refined sugar and wheat produce, since they are mucus-forming.

Eat in abundance citrus fruit (including some of the pith and skin), first of all lemons.
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  • You can make a lemonade (squeezed lemon + water + honey) and drink in the morning first. 
  • Or you can do following lozenge: Chop up the peels and white inner rinds of organic lemons. Place in a pot and barely cover with water, simmer covered for ten minutes. Sweeten the mixture to taste with honey and eat one teaspoon 3 times a day.
Eat plenty of onion, garlic, pineapple, horseradish and local honey. Season with turmeric. Drink in abundance lemon, orange and pineapple juice. Increase your fluid intake to maintain the water content of the mucus membranes.
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 General Tips for Hay Fever

  • When you have to go out, wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollens away from your eyes.
  • Wash your hair before going to bed, so you do not transfer a headful of dust and pollen to your pillow.
  • Stay indoors and keep the windows closed early in the morning and late in the evening, when pollen concentration is the highest. Shelter indoors during strong wind, since the wind stirs up all the settled pollens.
  • Fit your car with pollen filter and keep the windows closed when travelling.
  • Do not dry outdoors your bed-clothes, since they work like a pollen trap.

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