Managing Springtime allergies

Spring is finally here and although it brings the beautiful sprouting flowers, sun showers,green lawns and baby animals, it also comes with high pollen count and is prime time for hay fever to kick in.

So, instead of avoiding the outdoors at all costs and going overboard with medications such as antihistamines, why not first try these at home remedies and suggestions first.

  1. Spring clean before spring. This may seem to defy the name, but trust us when we say, you really don’t want to be kicking up that bedroom dust when the pollen count is high and you are already sitting there with watering eyes. Remember to clean mould now too, as this will only get worse as spring comes.

  2. Gargle warm salt water for sore throats. This soothes and warms the throat while also fighting off nasty bacteria with the salt.

  3. Eat your way to a hay fever free season with these natural antihistamines: Vitamin C, flavonoids and omega 3 fatty acids. Oranges are high in Vitamin C so add these to your fruit intake for the day, as well as kiwi fruits. Omega 3 can be found in fish like salmon and also in nuts and linseed oil.

  4. Quercetin (flavanoid): Found in onions, apples, garlic, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, legumes, berries, and even wine!

  5. Pawpaw cream: Use this amazing 'must have item' on your nose to help recover from any sores that may occur from excessive tissue use. This is great for dry lips too. Coconut oil is another great option for added moisture and healing.

  6. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water! This is super important if you are experiencing watery eyes, running nose and more. The last thing you want is to add dehydration to your list of symptoms.

  7. If you have an itchy throat try warm honey and green tea or honey, lemon and hot water.

Remember that if you are experiencing extreme hay fever and allergy symptoms, seek medical advice.

Get outdoors and enjoy spring by preparing your body for hay fever season and taking the steps above at home to avoid being kept indoors when the sun is shining!