Hay fever is a common problem which is the result of an allergic reaction to pollen. Grasses, flowers and trees produce pollen throughout the spring and summer and this is when most people suffer.
Hay fever is sometimes mistaken for a cold mainly because most of the symptoms are identical, although hay fever appears to become worse at two particular times of day - the morning when pollen rises in the air and in the evening when it falls again.
Hay fever symptoms include sneezing, thin and watery nasal mucus discharge, light sensitivity and also watery, red and itchy eyes. Itchiness of the nostrils, throat, and palate is often accompanied by difficulties in breathing and swelling of the mucous membrane. Loss of appetite and tiredness in many cases are linked to the overall problems.
Due to the fact that people could react to these tiny airborne particles in many different ways, the symptoms could possibly overlap these specific periods of time.
Natural Remedies for Hay Fever and Essential Foods
Most people take capsules of 25 to 50 milligrams a day to combat hay fever, but you can take as much as 10 grams if you are suffering from a severe attack.
Onions are another great source of Vitamin C, and more natural than capsules, especially as they also contain quercetin, a very strong herb often used to treat herpes and at its strongest when combined with honey (not, perhaps, in the same mouthful, but in the same meal). They help strengthen the immune system.
This helps the body combat allergies, and also helps with non-allergic ailments. You can drink it as a tea or take it as a capsule.
Like onions, garlic contains quercetin. It can be added to foods or taken as capsules. Capsules are better if you don't want your breath to smell strongly.
This is an anti-inflammatory herb that can be added to foods or taken in capsule form.
This has been used for hundreds of years and was a favorite of the ancient Chinese in treating memory loss. It is a circulation enhancing herb, but can also help with allergies like hay fever.
This is probably labelled for the treatment of colds and 'flu in your local health food shop, but it can in fact be used also for combating allergies including hay fever.
Foods containing magnesium
These include almonds, soy beans, brown rice and kidney beans. For clearing the nasal passages, try cayenne and horseradish, or put some eucalyptus oil in a steam bath and breathe the vapours deeply.
The herbal approach has worked for some sufferers of hay fever and Butterbur has been used in folk medicine for allergies and asthma relief. It is believed that it can work as a natural allergy treatment, but it is a member of the rag weed family, so it won't be good for those that are allergic to rag weed, in particular.
In studies, Butterbur was found to offer the same antihistamine relief as allergy medication, relieving the worst symptoms of hay fever equally well. It can be used in teas, extracts and there are capsules of Butterbur that can be used.
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