Back at the beginning of the week we did a quick round up as to what actually causes the symptoms of hay fever, find that post here.
Today we’re all about managing those symptoms if they do come knocking but with our own natural twist.
One of the things to consider when your body isn’t as happy as usual is that regular over the counter medications will actually place more strain on your system in the long term. Although they may help you crack on with your day as if nothing was happening right now, it’s more of a ‘band aid for a bullet wound’ scenario as they haven’t actually sorted anything out under the surface.
The benefit of natural products is they don’t perturb your system and instead of simply masking the symptoms they act a step before, calming the processes that are causing them. This also means that you might have done yourself a favour as next time round your defences are reinforced and you may find your suffering is greatly reduced.
So what are our favourites?
- Quercetin can help stabilise the release of histamine from certain immune cells. This may help to decrease symptoms such as coughs, watery eyes, runny noses, hives and swollen lips or tongues. Studies show that quercetin may be considered an equivalent for managing allergies as some prescription medications, with little to no side effects.
- Chamomile contains a number of active compounds that may work synergistically to reduce allergic reactions by preventing the release of histamine and calming inflammation. Research also suggests it soothes and strengthens mucous membranes, helping to form a protective barrier.
- Elderflower can help to dry up excessive mucus. It is rich in flavonoids and triterpenes, and it’s these compounds which are responsible for its anti-inflammatory and anticatarrhal action.
- Stinging Nettle contains formic acid which helps to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins(inflammatory messengers).
- Vitamin C helps to balance your immune system response, calming inflammation. The bioflavonoids found in Vitamin C rich foods may help to decrease congestion, helping to alleviate symptoms.
Products we like:
- The Organic Pharmacy Quercetin & C
- The Organic Pharmacy Sneeze Away Tincture with Chamomile, Nettle & Elderflower
- Higher Nature Quercetin and Bromelain
- Potters Allerclear Eye Drops
- Weleda Calendula Eye Drops
- Haymax Balm
- Clipper Organic Nettle Tea
And a final note on foods…
Supplements are a great way to give your body a bit of an extra barricade boost in times of need. However by utilising the wonderful power of natural whole foods through a varied diet you may find you need less of them too! You may find the following to be particularly helpful for managing allergies overall, in addition to helping with acute symptoms.
- Horseradish Helps clear mucus and congestion
- Pineapple Rich in bromelain, a powerful anti-inflammatory
- Ginger & Turmeric Help to reduce inflammation
- Red Onions (raw) A good source of quercetin
- Berries High in vitamin C and also rich in quercetin
- Vegetables Rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals to optimise your body’s function overall
Oh and lastly (we promise this time!)……Some people find raw, local honey; a teaspoonful taken daily throughout the year, can help to decrease their symptoms as it exposes their systems to small amounts of pollen year round. If you don’t have access to a local batch simply opting for a raw, organic product will do the trick, it is important it is unheated though as this can damage the vital bits we want to be having.
And that’s it! We hope you found this little round up helpful, if you would like to be the first in the know in future sign up to our newsletter below and look forward to receiving our weekly insights (along with other fabulous things!) direct to your inbox 😀
Written by Phoebe, Nutritional Therapist BSc DipNT mBANT mNNA mCNHC