The summer months are here, we’ve had some beautiful weather recently and for some, this is the best news all year, whereas others are already starting to feel the pollen count with hayfever becoming increasingly common. Hay fever can come later on in life, this is due to the varied strains of pollen and global warming. Hay fever produces itchy eyes, runny nose, dry throat, headaches and more so it is a task to find hay fever remedies that help with your symptoms. Over the counter medication can help to alleviate these symptoms, but also have side effects such as drowsiness which is not ideal. In this article, we will go through some natural hay fever remedies to get you through.

Local Honey

There have been many studies on how local honey can help to alleviate the symptoms of hay fever. The studies show that it can actually work as the pollen in the local honey will be the same as the pollen you have already been exposed to. This then helps your body to become more desensitised to the pollen which, in turn, causes fewer symptoms. Many people are not fans of honey, but you could use it as a natural sweetener in your hot drinks, yoghurt or cereal. Local honey can be difficult to find but aim to get it from the countryside close to you.

Biotin (Vitamin B Complex)

Biotin is a B vitamin that helps the body to promote healthy mucous membranes that are found in your nose, tear ducts, throat and sinuses. The mucous membrane aids in protecting your body from foreign germs and can be found in many foods including egg yolk, fish, leafy greens and nuts. If you are struggling to increase your biotin levels, you can try vitamin B complex supplements as they contain a range of B vitamins.

Carotenoids

Carotenoids are a natural pigmentation that is found in plants. Carotene is something that derives from carotenoids and is essential for keeping your skin healthy. Carotenoids also act as a high powered antioxidant that can help to reduce the inflammation around the airways as well as improve your immune system. It is recommended that one has two portions of carotenoids per day for your average daily dose. This can be found in a range of foods including carrots, pumpkins, spinach and sweet potato.

Probiotic

Probiotic, also known as healthy gut flora has a range of different benefits including promoting a strong immune system, so you can see why it is recommended to take probiotic supplements. Probiotic drinks only contain one certain probiotic which is not ideal, instead, opt for a multi-strain probiotic so your body can absorb a range of probiotics. Foods high in this include gelatine, natural yoghurt, kefir and fermented foods.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has a range of different benefits including its being a natural antihistamine which is found in many citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. Citrus fruits also contain something called bioflavonoids which have anti-allergy properties. When bioflavonoids and vitamin C are both combined, it enhances the power of the vitamin C and in turn, acts as a decongestant and antihistamine which is perfect for the hayfever season. Vitamin C is water-soluble meaning that you lose your vitamin C levels throughout the day resulting in us needing to restock every day to support your nasal lining.