Hay Fever (allergic rhinitis) is a type of inflammation in the nose which occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens in the air. Signs and symptoms can include a runny nose, sneezing, red, itchy, and watery eyes, and swelling around the eyes.
A healthy, balanced diet, rich in fresh seasonal produce provides a good base to help regulate the effects of seasonal allergies. The most common hay fever trigger in Ireland is grass, not pollen from trees or herbs. Around 90% of people with hay fever react to grass pollens. However, most hay fever sufferers are allergic to a variety of pollen sources. The following supplements have been known to help treat the effects of Hay Fever:
Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and acts as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of allergies. It inhibits histamine release in people who have mild to severe allergic rhinitis
Olive Leaf Extract known for its high antioxidant levels, has been shown to exert an anti-inflammatory effect, which could prove useful in decreasing the inflammatory response involved in allergies such as hayfever
Vitamin C has an antihistamine effect while also playing a role in supporting the immune system
Horseradish is traditionally known as a decongestant & may help to provide relief from blocked nose
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties which may be useful for inflamed nasal passages. It also has an immune enhancing effect
Reishi Mushroom contains a compound that performs a huge stimulation of the immune system and helps dampen down allergic responses
Nettle can decrease histimine production assisting in the control and relief of hay fever symptoms
Manuka Honey take 1 tsp every day to help your immune system acclimatise to the influx of pollen before it hits
Bee Pollen can help to build up a resistance to airborne irritants.
Haymax applied to the bottom of the nose traps some of the pollen before it enters the body so there’s less for the body to react against
Vitamin A is useful in maintaining the health of mucous membranes. This can be particularly beneficial in hay fever if there is constant inflammation of the mucous membranes
Acupuncture Hayfever is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to pollen, and Acupuncture can help to rebalance the immune system.