Herbs and other remedies to support your body during allergy season
Allergy season is undoubtedly a difficult time for hayfever sufferers but certain herbs, nutrients and foods may be valuable in relieving some of the irritating hayfever symptoms like congestion, sniffling and sneezing.
Listed below are our top eight remedies to help manage hayfever naturally:
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C appears to help lower plasma histamine levels.1 Histamine is a chemical in the body involved in the onset of hayfever. Taking 2000mg of vitamin C daily has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of hayfever.2
- Horseradish –Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is a pungent herb that has decongestant properties and may help to clear nasal passages.3
- Garlic ‐ Garlic (Allium sativum) may help to relieve mucous congestion,4 one of the common complaints of hayfever.
- Spirulina – Taking 2g of spirulina daily has been shown to reduce sneezing, itching and nasal congestion associated with hayfever.5
- Stinging Nettle – The herb Stinging nettle (Urtica diocia) may provide relief from the symptoms of hayfever and has been used for many years for this purpose.6,7
- Nasal Irrigation – Washing the nasal passages flushes out excess mucous and clinical studies show good evidence for this practice in the treatment of hayfever. It is a technique that can
be performed at home and is inexpensive.7
- Reduce intake of dairy products – Cow’s milk and other dairy products may increase mucous production which can make hayfever symptoms seem worse.8
- Limit foods that may cross‐react with allergens – Interestingly, some foods can cross‐react with allergens and exacerbate hayfever symptoms.8 If you are sensitive to birch pollen, limit apples, tomatoes, celery and stone fruit. If ragweed pollen triggers sniffling or sneezing, reduce intake of bananas and melons. Also avoid celery if you are allergic to mugwort pollen.8