As usual, I can only give general advice about tinctures and tonics that have helped me and when taking any medicine (herbal or conventional) make sure it’s safe and suitable for you. I can’t claim any medical acclaim here….
Right, so one thing I’m trying is natural remedies as I always prefer to see what can be done before resorting to the strong stuff. Having read numerous articles on alternative therapies. These are some of the recommended remedies:
Bee Pollen – tastes horrendous so make sure you mix it well with cereal, smoothies, Nutella….whatever masks the flavour.
Nettle tea – easy to buy from health food shops and supermarkets
Prevalin Nasal Spray – normal nasal sprays contain steroids so if you’re looking to avoid chemical solutions try this alternative.
Vitamins – by keeping your immune system strong, the effects of the allergy response will be less brutal. Quercetin is an antioxidant which also acts as a natural anti-histamine. Find supplements containing Quercetin and vitamin C to build up a defence. Eating and sleeping well will also boost your immunity, giving you added resistance.
I find the usual advice about staying indoors and wearing wrap-around sunglasses a bit ‘meh’ as I don’t particularly want to do either. Wrap-around sunnies are not really for me and, as much as I won’t rub my face on the grass, I’m not staying in a closed-window flat all summer…hence why I’m chomping down on bee pollen and nettle derivatives.
Failing all that, get your mitts on the conventional antihistamine tablets (I find the own-brand versions work just as well as the branded), eye drops or spray and make sure you keep up a consistent approach throughout the hayfever season, not just using the medication when you’re experiencing symptoms.