The Telegraph recently published an interesting Q&A session with a number of health experts on the subject of hayfever. If the antihistimines from the chemist still leave you runny nosed and watery eyed then why not try some of the alternative remedies as suggested by the experts?
The Ayurvedic Herbalist – Sebastian Pole
Around three months before your symptoms usually start it is suggested you try to ether reduce or cut out any mucus forming foods such as sugar and dairy. Another suggestion from the Ayurvedic herbalist was to try taking reishi mushroom which is said to boost the immune system, making it alert to any allergens. Finally during the season take freeze-dried nettles in a capsule form alongside vitamin C, both of which have an antihistamine effect.
The Naturopath – Susan Curtis
Similarly to the Ayurvedic herbalist naturopath Susan Curtis has suggested taking nettle but this time as a tea. Pop a heaped teaspoonful of nettle and a heaped teaspoonful of eyebright into a cup of boiling water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes before straining. Eyebright can also be used as an eyewash and homoeopathic remedies Allium Cepa, Euphrasia and Sabadilla are effective when taken as a combination remedy. Take one dose of 30c potency every four to six hours.
The GP – Rupal Shah
GP Rupal Shah listed some extremely easy and effective tips that everyone can do without a great deal of effort. To start apply a thin layer of Vaseline just inside the nostrils before going out, a very simple technique which will trap the pollen as it attempts to waft up your nose!
If you’ve been outside then take a shower and wash your hair to remove the pollen. When inside keep the windows and doors shut, if its hot then its up to you to decide which is the lesser of two evils, heat or hayfever. Butterbur is a herbal alternative to antihistamines but if none of the above works for you (including regular antihistimines) get in contact with your GP who may be able to offer stronger treatment.