Both my husband and Daughter suffer terribly from Hayfever and for years now I have been researching the internet for hayfever help and natural solutions. Common symptoms of Hayfever include a runny nose and sneezing. Below I share my tips to avoid the pollen this season.
The best way to stop hay fever is to avoid the pollen in the first place. I find this really hard with our Four-year-old as she is forever rolling in the grass and loves to be outside. My top tip for ensuring pollen stays out of her bedroom is to make sure she changes her clothes down in the kitchen. This way she is guaranteed a better nights sleep and hopefully will not wake up with a pesky cough. I also avoid opening her windows during the day and close curtains to keep the pollen out. Our pets also carry pollen in their fur so we try and keep them downstairs during the summer months.
Drying washing outside attracts pollen and by using an airer inside is another good tip to keeping the pollen at bay.
How does Hayfever make you feel?
Hayfever is inflammation of the nasal passages and often develops in childhood. Excessive amounts of histamine are created causing inflammation, skin irritation, itching, and swelling. Eyes become itchy, red and watery and can affect one’s vision. Headaches and wheezing can occur as it does for my Husband. My Daughter will complain that she is unable to yawn which is a sign of breathlessness. It is scary to witness as a Mother which is why I wanted to share my post today about Hayfever help and natural solutions. I, for instance, do not suffer from any of the above but my Sinuses sometimes feel painful during hayfever season
Natural solutions for preventing hayfever
This month we have been building up our immune systems and eating tons of anti-inflammatory foods. We have upped our vitamin intake and have been munching on Oranges. Antioxidants help to prevent the release of histamine which inflames our sinuses. We are including oily fish and nuts in our diets. Other great fruits to combat histamines are blueberries, purple grapes, blackberries, and peaches. Veggies include butternut squash (delicious baked with cinnamon) carrots and pumpkin.
Up your water intake this summer and remember that natural tea counts as a fluid and is great anti-inflammatory tipple. I showed my readers how to make homemade mint tea when I first started blogging and touch on the benefits. you can see it here
Vaseline acts as an alternative pollen barrier. By rubbing a little around the nostrils and on the eye bones, you are helping to keep the pollen from entering the nasal. Local honey made from bees that have pollinated plants is supposed to be one of the most tried and tested natural hayfever remedies.
I hope my tips help you beat or at least prevent hay fever this summer and leave you smiling ad sneeze free to enjoy the wonderful outdoors.
Thanks for stopping by xx