Saturday, 15 August 2015



With the long awaited summer brings hay fever misery for me but personally I tend to suffer the worst at the end of the summer and autumn. Simply put hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen that can start at any age. I've had mine since as long as I can remember.

The three main hay fever seasons and they're triggers are:

    1. tree pollen, released during spring

    2. Grass pollen, released during the end of spring and beginning of summer

    3. weed pollen, released any time from early spring to late autumn

I tend to use antihistamine tablets containing Cetirizine and most days that works well for me. But on a really high pollen days I can still struggle and having asthma as well it kinda sucks! I can remember when I was pregnant through the summer and not being able to take any antihistamines and spending full days it bed with sneezing, swollen eyes and wheezing.

Natural remedies

I've been looking into some all natural ways to banish the watery eyes and snotty noses without taking medicines.

  • Honey is said to cure hay fever because the bee pollen in honey can desensitise your body to other pollens. Increasing honey in your daily dietary intake should reduce hay fever symptoms significantly. Make sure you use local honey to your area to see the best results.

  • Vitamin C is a known natural antihistamine and can be found in oranges, lemons and grapefruit. Also present are bioflavonoids, which have powerful anti-allergy effects. The combination of vitamin C and bioflavonoids provides a natural decongestant and antihistamine for sufferers and helps alleviate symptoms effectively. Oranges are a good dose of vitamin C or you can take a supplement

  • Garlic helps clear nasal congestion and its potent antibiotic properties help prevent secondary respiratory infections in chronic suffers. It is also a good source of quercetin, a natural anti-histamine.

  •  Ginger is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce nasal swelling and associated hay fever symptoms.

  • Chamomile tea is an antioxidant and antihistamine, chamomile tea also contains flavonoids and acts effectively as an anti-inflammatory agent.

  • Spreading a thin layer of Vaseline inside the lower nostrils can help combat hay fever and reduce symptoms significantly. The Vaseline traps pollen entering the nostrils,effectively blocking it from entering the nasal passages and stopping hay fever symptoms from worsening

  • If you have been out and about during the day simply having a shower and washing your hair so you don't bring the pollen back into the house or leave pollen on your pillow through the night can help a lot.