Spring for many people can bring familiar symptoms of itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing and for those struggling with busy lives or onset of exams can make life extremely miserable.
Complementary health offers many alternatives to over the counter anti – histamines, inhaled nasal steroids, eye drops or prescribed medication.
Reduce toxic load on the body by eliminatingall processed foods, mucus producing foods and intolerant foods.
Many people will be helped by eliminating foods such as cheese, milk, ice cream, and chocolate.
Wheat and alcohol should also be considered.
Anti -oxidant rich foods should be eaten in abundance to reduce inflammation and increase immunity. Ensure plenty ofcoloured fruit and vegetable such as citrus fruits, berries, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cauliflower, potatoes and seeds which are rich in selenium and zinc.
Stinging nettles which contain a natural anti – histamine called quercetin, either as an infusion or as freshly picked leaves made in to a soup.
Natural honey – take 2 tea spoons daily of natural honey from a local hive for a desensitizing effect.
Bee pollen – 1 tsp daily in yogurt or on cereal – its full a complete food full of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and will promote general health as well as helping relieve hay fever symptoms
Multi- vitamin & mineral ( providing B6100mg & zinc 15mg)
Anti Oxidant Complex
Vitamin C 3 x 1000mgs
Petasites hybridus ( Butterbur ) has been shown to reduce histamine reaction
Euphrasia (Eyebright) as eyedrops or as a ticture in water has been shown to relieveinflammation and irritation of eyes.
A steam inhalation of essential oil such as chamomile or eucalyptus can be used to relieve a blocked nose.
A salt solution inhaled through the nose using a Neti Bath or sniffed from the hand through the nose will decongest the sinuses.
New Era biochemical tissue salts combinationfor hayfever containing Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride and Silica Dioxide work homeopathically to eliminate runny nose and sneezing.
The insertion of fine needles can be used to treat the underlying cause of your hay fever.
This is effective in reducing watery eyes sneezing & nasal discharge.
Blood tests to identify allergens and food intolerances are available at Total Health Clinics
Hay fever symptoms in asthmatic patients is a sign of inflammatory lower airways and should be taken seriously – consult your medical practitioner.
If taking any prescribed medicines please consult professional practitioner before taking herbs or supplements