Those of us who have already switched our bathroom cabinet to organic skincare may also want to take a peek inside their medicine cabinet to see what help plants can be as natural hay fever remedies. With spring in the air and Allergy Awareness Week underway, we have picked out our favourite herbs, supplements and treatments which may just provide you with some much needed relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of hay fever. See our favourite natural hay fever remedies below:
Hay Fever Tea
Formulated from an array of botanicals traditionally used to help support healthy mucous membranes and relieve the symptoms of hay fever and airborne allergens, the Ministry of Herbs Hayfever Tea contains a potent blend of nettle – shown to inhibit the key inflammatory agents that cause allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes and sneezing – elderflower and eyebright – found to possess antioxidant and immune stimulating properties to assist in the reduction of mucous and nasal congestion. It also contains lime blossom, which while making it pleasant to drink is also anti-catarral, helping reduce the production of mucous and alleviating runny ‘hay fever’ noses.
How to use: Use 1-2 teaspoons of the herbal blend per cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively use a teapot or cafetière and increase the quantity of tea accordingly. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day. For a more medicinal effect steep 15-30 minutes. Can be refrigerated for 24 hours.
Natural Nasal & Oral Sprays
Weleda made a decision from the outset to avoid artificial ingredients and use only materials from the natural and organic world. This is why we so often reach for their Rhinodoron Nasal Spray when allergy season rolls around. It offers immediate relief for blocked, stuffy noses and is also great year-round for treating colds. A combination of soothing organic aloe vera and a natural saline solution restore the body’s balance of sodium and potassium salts and clears a congested nasal passage. If oral sprays are more your thing, Weleda also offer a homeopathic treatment with a Hayfever Relief Oral Spray. This natural hayfever remedy spray is formulated to target allergy season irritation and symptoms with a metered dose.
How to use: Nasal spray — 1-2 sprays into each nostril, 2-6 times daily. Oral spray — hold the spray upright, a few centimetres from the mouth and apply 1 or 2 metered sprays into the mouth up to 3 times daily. Spray into the mouth (not the throat). Always read the full leaflet provided before beginning this or any homeopathic treatment.
Honey is antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti- inflammatory and has also been shown to stimulate collagen production. We particularly love Wunderworkshop’s Golden Turmeric Honey. Made with organic forest honey, organic turmeric, organic virgin coconut oil and organic black pepper, it’s a great natural hay fever remedy to boost your immunity.
How to use: Make a lemon and honey drink (the coconut oil in this Wunderworkshop product is also anti-bacterial) to soothe a sore throat or take a teaspoon a day for respiratory support.
Pulse Point Therapy
Aromatherapy can also be of help as one of your natural hay fever remedies. The blend of Roman chamomile, eucalyptus, and lavender in the Isla Apothecary Reset Ritual rollerball serves as more than a calming aromatherapy companion – you can also utilise this product to manage your hay fever whilst on the go. Thanks to a few inhales, this Reset Ritual can bring simple, accessible and immediate relief to everyday seasonal allergies and symptoms, including irritation from itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, congested sinuses, headaches and drowsiness.
How to use: Apply to pulse points at your neck, temples and wrists. Cup your hands to your nose and inhale deeply. Suitable for daily use. We are particularly partial to using it before our morning commute.
Reishi mushroom is one of our favourite natural hay fever remedies. It contains a compound that performs a huge stimulation of the immune system, activating non-specific immunity and dampening down allergic responses. Known as the mushroom of immortality, ten-thousand-year mushroom, and mushroom of spiritual potency, reishi has been used for many centuries in the traditional herbal medicine of China and Japan for its immuno-modulatory and adaptogenic properties. Recent studies have shown that taking reishi mushrooms yield symptom relief for sneezing, itchy and irritated eyes, sore throat and drowsiness*.
How to use: Try Four Sigmatic’s Reishi Mushroom Elixir Mix. Take early in the morning or in the evening just before going to bed. Mix it with hot water to make a slightly sweet, tea-like, drink. Or try to mix it with your breakfast cereal, smoothie or a juice.
A vibrant, living blend of wildcrafted camu camu, one of the worlds richest sources of vitamin C along with a propriety formula consisting of organic acerola, blueberries, amla berries, raspberries, lemons, cranberries, cherries, rose hips, and sprouts — The Synergy Company Pure Radiance C is a 100% natural source of vitamin C provides highly beneficial co-factors and bio-flavonoids to assist in the alleviation of allergy symptoms.
How to use: Take 1-4 capsules daily or as instructed by your naturopath or health professional. Try opening the capsules and adding to your green juice or smoothie for an extra shot of vitamin C and add to your natural hay fever remedies.
* Powell, M. (2004) The Use of Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) in the Management of Histamine-Mediated Allergic Responses (Available from www.mycologyresearch.com)