fever, wheezes and sneezes... How you could enjoy
your Summer? 11 top tips.
people look forward to the end of Winter and to
the beginning of Spring. Some dread this season
them, it is the start of the hayfever season. Some
suffer just slightly, others very severely.
What can be done without
using steroids or other pharmaceuticals?
Allergies like hayfever are usually a sign that
the immune system is out of balance. The end of
Winter and the beginning of Spring is the best time
to rebalance the immune system and to desensitise
the mucous membranes. These membranes
produce excess mucus when they are irritated by
allergens and cause much discomfort.
I would suggest the following:
1. Start right away by taking a
daily teaspoonful of local honey. Local honey is
excellent because it contains local pollen. This
will induce a kind of desensitisation process.
2. Many hayfever sufferers also
benefit from taking 1 to 3
teaspoonfuls of hempseed
oil a day. 8 out of 10 people who suffer from
hayfever and other allergic reactions affecting
the airways are deficient in essential fatty acids.
3. Food allergies often aggravate
hayfever symptoms, therefore reducing or cutting
out dairy products and possibly eggs before and
during the hayfever season might be helpful.
is an immune balancing herb which has a pleasant
cinnamon-like taste. It will be helpful to drink
3 to 4 cups of this tea daily before and during
5. Ephedra is known for its antiallergic
actions. Used as an isolated substance it can increase
the blood pressure and speed up the heart rate.
As a whole herb however and at the right dosage
it has a re-balancing effect.
6. Eyebright soothes burning eyes
and eases inflammation. It helps to relieve catarrh
and congestion, which often ccompany hayfever. It
is best applied as an infusion – to give fast
relief of redness, swelling and visual disturbances.
7. The anti-catarrhal herb Elder
flower is best used together with the herbs mentioned
above because together they reduce the symptoms
8. Bilberry is a useful fruit to
reduce eye strain and it may
improve vision. It is rich in flavonoids and vitamin
helping to prevent inflammation.
9. Butterbur has been researched
quite a lot in Germany. It has sedative and antispasmodic
properties, which will be helpful for coughs and
asthma. Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is also being
researched as a traditional remedy for the treatment
of hayfever. There are several small studies, which
have shown that butterbur can be as effective as
10. Nettles are also helpful if
your skin is very sensitive and
suffer ‘prickly heat’ type symptoms.
These common ‘weeds’ are a powerful
blood tonic and reduce histamine levels in the blood
11. You will also benefit from
eating lots of fresh fruit and
vegetables, vitamin A, C and E containing foods.
Add seeds to your diet because they are rich in
Selenium and Zinc (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
and sesame seeds).
In case you also suffer from digestive troubles
then probiotics can be very helpful because they
restore the gut bacteria. These bacteria play an
important role for the immune system. Try to avoid
chemical additives in your food.
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