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Top 9 Quick, Easy & Natural Hay Fever Remedies

01 Sep Top 9 Quick, Easy & Natural Hay Fever Remedies

Are you dreading hay fever?

It’s Spring! Finally, we enjoy the most beautiful weather and longer days. But many people will start complaining about sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, red and watery eyes, flushing, sore throat, skin rashes and welts, or acute asthma attacks. These symptoms indicate the presence of allergy, meaning an abnormal immune response to certain substances called allergens. In Spring, the most common allergens are pollen of the trees, shrubs and flowers. Fortunately, not everyone is allergic in this period, and studies have shown that there is a hereditary genetic predisposition. Thus, a person who has one parent with the allergic disease has a higher risk of developing such a disease itself. An excess accumulation of mucus in the body, stress, and a generally depressed immune system may also contribute to the allergic reactions.

The cause of hay fever symptoms

In a healthy person, the immune system’s job is to defend the body against “foreign invaders” such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or toxins. In people prone to allergies, the immune system misinterprets a normally non-harmful substance (such as pollen, grass, mold, detergent, animal dander, dust, food etc.) and responds to this perceived threat by producing a large amount of antibodies (proteins that defend the body against disease). These antibodies will attach to certain cells in the tissues and blood and release powerful chemicals, called histamines, that circulate through the body, triggering the allergy symptoms.

9 Natural remedies for hay fever (or other allergies)

  1. Diet

    Healthy Food
    Diet is an important aspect of allergy sufferers. Eliminate from your diet mucus forming foods such as diary, fried and processed foods, refined sugars, food additives. Base your diet on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, cold pressed oils, raw seeds and nuts (be careful if you are allergic to nuts!).

  2. Water

    Water
    Stay hydrated! Drink one glass (8 oz.) of clean quality water for every 2 waking hours. Water helps thin mucus secretions.

  3. Vitamin C

    Tangerines, a source of Vitamin C
    Take high doses of vitamin C, which has antihistaminic properties. During the flare-ups, a daily dose of 4-5 grams in divided doses should help unclog the runny nose.

  4. Essential Oils

    Essential Oils
    Essential oils are known for their soothing properties.  Put a few drops of oil of basil, lavender, lemon or peppermint on a napkin and put it to your nose when you feel the symptoms approaching.  These oils can also be used in-house, using a fragrance oil diffuser. Look for certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils!

  5. Honey

    Raw local honey
    Local raw honey helps build up an immune tolerance. Have a teaspoon with a glass of water every day for several months. Remember, that “local” and “raw” is the key!

  6. Minerals

    Minerals
    Minerals such as calcium and magnesium help relax the nervous system and fight against the stress caused by allergies. Sulfur (such as MSM) reduces allergic and inflammatory responses.

  7. Vitamin A

    Carrots, a source of Vitamin A
    Vitamin A, along with zinc, is key to enhancing the immune system. Vitamin A relieves nasal tract irritation and has a healing effect on mucosa and skin.

  8. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

    veggies
    Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) supports the adrenal gland function to produce the natural cortisol that neutralizes the allergic reactions.

  9. Herbal Remedies

    Herbal Remedies
    Eucalyptus and thyme leaves can be used to relieve sinus/nasal congestion-boil the leaves and inhale the steam. Eyebright tea reduces hay fever symptoms, such as watery eyes and runny nose.

Here are 2 of the supplements which I considered the most important!

Buffered C Powder by Thorne

Taking high amounts of vitamin C can be a challenge for individuals who have sensitive or compromised digestive systems. For these individuals, Thorne Research has developed Buffered C Powder. In addition to 2,350 mg of vitamin C in each scoop, Buffered C Powder provides 350 mg each of calcium and magnesium and 99 mg of potassium.

Pantethine by Thorne

Pantethine (the active form of vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid) is a valuable nutrient used to combat inflammatory and allergic reactions as well as to support optimal cholesterol metabolism.

The usual dosage is 900-1200 mg/day in divided doses. Jarrow Formulas provides capsules containing 450 mg pantethine.

Dr. Cristina Maria Persa is a certified naturopathic physician and works at Dr. Wright’s Tahoma Clinic, in Tukwila Washington. Cristina’s work focuses on chronic diseases, auto-immune diseases, macular degeneration, and allergies, which she uses evidence-based therapies to treat. Find out more here: www.tahomaclinic.com/cristina-maria-persa/

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