Itchy watery eyes, runny noses, headaches, and trouble breathing are all symptoms of hay fever. If you are a frequent hay fever victim, there are all natural remedies available, but first, what is hay fever? Hay fever is an allergic reaction to something that you inhaled, normally pollen, dander or another environmental element.
Scientists are still uncertain why some people’s immune systems overreact to environmental stimuli, yet other people remain unaffected. Although genetics do play a factor, breast fed babies are less likely to develop allergies in general. Allergies, and hay fever especially, rely on a healthy immune system to heal and for symptoms to subside.
If you prefer to not take over the counter, or doctor prescribed medication, there is still hope for you. First, to help aide an overall healthy immune system, you should chose a multivitamin to ensure you are ingesting all the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which have high levels of antioxidants to help aide your system. Healthy immune systems equal fewer flare-ups and quicker recovery from hay fever.
At the first sign of hay fever, drink a hot cup of Chamomile tea, or use a Chamomile cream or compress. Chamomile is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory, which contains high levels of antioxidant. Because hay fever is caused by an inflammation of lung tissue, Chamomile is a natural combatant. Avoid using this herb if you are taking blood thinners.
If you tend to get congested or have trouble breathing, consider using Eucalyptus. This aromatic oil is a key ingredient in Vicks Vapo-Rub. It has an antiseptic property and can offer quick relief if used topically. This oil can be used in aromatherapy to help open sinus passages and can be ingested in the form of capsules or tea. Do not use this herb if you have liver disorder or are prone to digestion problems.
For itchy watery eyes and runny noses, an effective herb is Eyebright. This herb tightens mucus membranes in the eyes relieving headaches and drying up nasal passages. Usually this herb is taken in the form of eye drops or compresses.
Although controversial, ephedra has been used for centuries to help combat hay fever, asthma, and related sickness. This herb used as a whole does not elevate heart rate or blood pressure like ephedrine (an isolated compound found in the plant) has been linked to. This herb helps relieve congestion.
Ginger, widely known as the “wonder herb” helps ease symptoms of hay fever by reducing your body’s PAF, or plate-activating factor. PAF is what triggers inflammation in allergies, asthma and hay fever. By ingesting dried ginger root, it can offset this process often easing or preventing symptoms altogether. Ginger is also a detoxifier which helps overall optimal health.
Rooibus is a natural anti allergy herb. In addition to helping protect against allergies it is loaded with 37 natural antioxidants in addition to Vitamin C and alphadroxy acids. In tea form, Rooibus rivals green teas high antioxidant properties helping to preserve healthy immune function (leading to less allergy flare ups). As a topical agent, Rooibus can help ease skin conditions like eczema and acne which hay fever may agitate.
Licorice Root has been used for thousands of years in medicine. Containing glycyrrhizin acid, which is similar to what we produce in our adrenal glands, this herb acts as cortisone’s anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties without the side effects. This root helps ease respiratory infection and inflammation associated with hay fever.
Stinging Nettle is often used to help alleviate allergy symptoms. In low doses, this root helps production of T Cells, which help control the cells in the immune system that cause allergic reaction. Stinging Nettle can be brewed as a tea or taken as a capsule.
As with any medical condition, consult your doctor before starting a new diet or regimen. Although most of these herbs are harmless, yet effective in relieving hay fever symptoms in low doses, there could be side effects depending on what medications you are currently taking, or other health problems you may have. Herbs can sometimes alter the effectiveness of prescription medication.
Hay Fever can be draining and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to monopolize your life. These herbs offer an effective alternative to prescription medication.