While the warmer weather and brighter evenings make Spring many people’s favourite time of year, it is set to trigger a wave of problems due to the start of hay fever season.
Trees begin to pollenate as early as March, and with this comes microscopic spores, dust and pollen that irritate our eyes and sinuses. Hay fever affects more than 1 in 5 people in the UK, with one of the most common symptoms being itchy, burning and watery eyes.
Here are Sarah’s 5 top tips to help you survive this hay fever season naturally:
BANISH STUFFY NOSES
Springtime is all about getting outdoors and being active, but feeling stuffy and blocked up can make that a challenge. Blocked sinuses from pollen allergies can leave you feeling lethargic and sluggish but there are things we can do to help. Try adding a couple of drops of peppermint oil to a bowl of hot water and inhaling the vapour. It will help clear blocked noses as well as being calming!
DUAL PROTECTION FOR ITCHY EYES
One of the most common hay fever complaints is itchy, burning, and watery eyes, but preservative free eye drops can help to protect and soothe them. Brand new Hycosan Dual provides protection and relief for allergy affected eyes. It contains all natural ingredients which combine to form a dual barrier against pollen, dust particles and animal hair. It’s unique bottle design means it stays sterile for 6 months and it’s contact lens friendly. (£14.95 available from Boots and all good opticians and pharmacies).
CALM THOSE COUGHS
Whether it’s pollen, or dust from spring cleaning, breathing in these microscopic particles can irritate our lungs and cause coughs and sore throats. Manuka honey is 4 times as rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals as regular honey which makes it a great way to stimulate our immune system and prevent throat irritation and coughing. Add a spoonful to your smoothie or yoghurt for a healthy breakfast with a boost.
Sneezing is the body’s way of getting rid of bacteria and viruses so it’s an important part of the immune system. In springtime however, pesky pollen particles can enter the nose and cause irritation leading to fits of sneezing. Replace your coffee with a cup of chamomile tea. Coffee contains histamine which can aggravate allergy symptoms like sneezing. Chamomile, however is a natural antihistamine and a mild sedative so swap that coffee-crash for pure relaxation.