Combat hay fever season


11 April 2022

It’s estimated that one in four of us suffer from hay fever in the UK. Not only that, but you’re four times more likely to have other ailments including food allergies, asthma and eczema if you’re a hay fever sufferer.

But with every cloud, there’s a silver lining and help is at hand – and all natural too. Let’s deep dive into what you can do to combat hay fever season…

Keep it clean!

It’s a pain but keeping on top of the washing and cleaning will help enormously when it comes to reducing hay fever symptoms. Wash bedding regularly and vac the house as often as you can. Wash or clean the fabrics in your home too including rugs, sofas and curtains to help remove pollen particles. When it comes to yourself, try showering or having a bath at night (aided by our Everyday Epsom Salt Crystals) before sleeping so you’re not introducing pollen particles to your bed. And if you’ve been outdoors, aim to wash your face as soon as you get in on those high pollen count days. Meanwhile, on the market are allergen barrier balms that you can apply to help trap pollen before it gets in your system.

Plant power

Believe it or not, there are a wide variety of herbs and plants that can help alleviate hay fever symptoms. Try drinking Chamomile, Ginger, Peppermint and Green teas or Aloe Vera juice which you can dilute in water. The herbal extract Butterbur is available in capsules from health food stores, believed to have antihistamine-like effects, while Ginkgo Biloba is thought to reduce the body’s response to allergens. Finally, spread a bit of locally-produced honey on your toast – it’s believed to aid in increasing the body’s immunity and lessen symptoms – a win-win.

Flower friends

We all know that tree and grass pollen are mostly linked to allergy symptoms, but pollen in flowers can also play havoc. It could be worth taking a good look at what’s growing in your garden (as well as your house plants and flowers) to identify the culprits and help lessen your symptoms. Avoid sunflowers, lavender and daisies and instead look to introduce roses, cactus and peonies – there are many varieties so your garden and home can still be bursting with colour!

Household help

Aside from steering clear of certain plants and flowers, keeping on top of the washing and cleaning and increasing your intake of hay fever remedies, there are a few other good practices you can put into place to help lessen your hay fever symptoms. Staying hydrated and eating well to support your immune system will help. And when exercising outdoors, avoid the early morning or evening when the pollen count is at its highest. If you’re airing your clothes to dry, do it indoors and perhaps invest in an air-conditioner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture particles and help circulate air. It’s difficult, as the weather gets warmer, but try to keep windows closed on high pollen count days and, if you have pets, make sure they’re clean and kept well groomed.

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