Spring is beautiful and a welcome relief from the dark winter months but for many people it can mark the return of their battle with hayfever. As plants release pollen, men, women and children across our green land start to sniffle and sneeze. In Ireland, up to 90% of our sufferers are allergic to grass pollen with some allergic to tree and herb pollens.
If you suffer from hay fever it means that your immune system mistakenly sees the pollen as a danger and releases a large amount of antibodies to attack the pollen. This leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines in the blood can trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms that are all too familiar if you have allergies.
If you really want to kick hay fever in the long term you need to work on your immune system. You can try the following ways of increasing your immunity in the months prior to spring and summer.
- Since 80% of your immune system is in your gut taking a good pro-biotic in the months leading up to spring will dramatically decrease your chances of suffering from hay fever and many other allergic reactions.
- Increase antioxidant-rich foods in your diet, eat the colours of the rainbow through your fruit and vegetables daily.
- Take a bio-dynamic Echinacea tincture which stimulates the immune system to stabilise the cells that produce histamine.
- Taking a teaspoon of Manuka honey every day may also help your immune system get ready before the influx of pollen hits our beautiful town.
If you notice your symptoms starting to show themselves don’t worry, there are lots of natural hay fever therapies you can try for relief. They could make a welcome change from constantly reaching for the drugs – especially when most medicines make you feel drowsy. These natural remedies can work even when the pollen counts are at their highest:
- Quercetin: A bioflavonoid found in berries, the major benefit of Quercetin is its ability to inhibit the release of histamine in the blood. A good quality supplement of Quercetin is extremely effective at reducing symptoms of hay fever and allergies. A good one to try is Solo’s Super High Potency 500mg Quercetin.
- Pollinosan hay fever tablets Made to an original A. Vogel recipe. They comprise of 7 tropical herbs. They are non-drowsy so you can still use machinery or drive. It can be used to help treat hay fever, as well as allergies to dust, animals and pets (allergic rhinitis). Pollinosan tablets can be used together with the Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray.
- Herbs and Herbal Teas There are many herbal blends and teas which can help to reduce the symptoms of hay fever and they are really tasty to so definitely worth a try. Chamomile, Nettle and Eyebright contain anti-inflammatory agents, evidence shows that drinking them regularly helps sooth hay fever symptoms. We particularly like Pukka’s Chamomile, vanilla and manuka honey organic tea bags –time to put the kettle on so!
You can take these steps to curb or even cure hay fever, for yourself and your children. We are running special offers and discounts throughout the store for seasonal offers – Please call in if you or your family are suffering from any allergies as we would love to help you find a natural product that works for you.