25 Apr How to Beat Seasonal Allergies
Hay fever, otherwise called seasonal allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to pollen. The pollens include trees, grass, and weeds. For some mould spores can also trigger hay fever symptoms.
Histamine is released into the bloodstream by the immune system when one of these allergens is detected, causing inflammation, sneezing, runny nose, and swollen and runny eyes. This is the body’s attempt to eradicate the invader.
For some people with other health conditions like asthma and lung problems, hay fever can trigger events
So what can you do about it other than take prescription or over the counter drugs that may leave you feeling drowsy? Some diet changes, essential oils and supplements can help reduce the symptoms.
Some foods to avoid during the hay fever season, which can make symptoms worse include;
Alcohol, caffeine, dairy, chocolate, sugar, processed foods, peanuts, artificial sweeteners, bananas, cucumbers, wheat, soy, chamomile, shellfish and sunflower seeds.
Remove any foods you know you have an allergic reaction to as well. An elimination diet can help you identify offending foods. Some of the above can increase mucus production and others trigger a similar response to some pollens.
Foods that can be beneficial during hay fever season and can be enjoyed include
Local honey (raw), bone broth, pineapple, free-range poultry, probiotic-rich foods, apple cider vinegar, wild-caught fish, hot & spicy foods and plenty of organic vegetables.
The raw local honey seems to control symptoms as it contains local pollen. To find out where to get it from look-up your local bee keeping society.
Bone broth helps to support the immune system, spicy foods help to thin mucus, probiotic-rich foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha & yogurt aid digestion and support the immune system. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which can reduce swelling in the nasal passages, and other nutrients, which can help reduce symptoms.
Diffusing essential oils has been found beneficial too. Oils to try include menthol, eucalyptus, peppermint oil & lavender to ease nasal passages, reduce stress and support circulation. My favourite is a simple blend of dōTERRA lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils in equal quantities. Place one to two drops under the tongue when symptoms hit.
To find out more about how essential oils can support you or how you can get hold of dōTERRA, please contact me.
Please seek professional advice before taking supplements, as interactions with medications can occur.