My top hayfever remedies
Anyone who suffers from hayfever will know it’s absolute hell. Summer turns into your worst nightmare, sitting outside is pure pain, heck, even opening a window is risky business. Panda eyes is your summer beauty trend, you’re constantly being asked if you have a cold (‘no, still hayfever’) and your pockets/bag are filled with a never-ending supply of tissues. I’ve suffered with hayfever for as long as I remember, so I like to think of myself as a ‘pollen pro’ (totally just made that up but I’m coining that one!) There really is nothing pleasant about hayfever, I’ve turned into one of those people who gets excited when it rains. I’ve pretty much got my rain dance down. So, as much as it likes to take over my life/make me look like a snotty toddler, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks over the years to combat hayfever and make summer that little bit more bearable.
1. Ginger tea
Apart from the obvious antihistamines like Clarityn and Piriteze, there are alternative natural antihistamines. I give you, ginger tea. Now I’ll be honest, it’s not my favourite tea (it has quite a zing) but it’s not the worst herbal tea I’ve tried either. If you can get over the spiciness, I find it really soothes my hayfever symptoms – particularly the sneezing and runny nose. I usually have this straight after being outside to bring some relief. I don’t have more than two cups a day though, as too much ginger can allegedly cause indigestion and heartburn. No thank you! If you want something to ease you in, I fully recommend Twinings Ginger and Lime tea (available at most supermarkets). Chamomile tea is rumoured to also have antihistamine effects and is well-known for its relaxing properties (just what you need after 15 sneezes in a row). I’m not the biggest fan of the taste, even after mixing it with honey, but if you like a mild vanilla-type flavour then this might work for you.
Not just a fashion statement! I love sunglasses for many reasons – I won’t leave the house without a pair, even on a cloudy day. They do a decent job at offering some protection from that evil pollen, floating about waiting to pounce on its unsuspecting victims. I find that wearing sunglasses minimises the ‘have-you-been-crying’ watery panda eyes and although they say that wraparound sunglasses are the best for this, any that are large in size should help.
3. Honey (*oh sugar, sugar)
*If you didn’t get the above reference, shame on you. Now some people believe eating local honey can relive hayfever symptoms, however it hasn’t been scientifically proven. I’m one of those who swears by this remedy. For the best results, start eating local honey on a daily basis before the hayfever season starts. That’s not to say it won’t work if you start later (I often do) but it does take a while to get in to your system and to have an effect. Don’t expect results overnight. I’ve been using local honey now for years, having a teaspoon with breakfast every morning, and I personally find it relieves my symptoms. And tastes bloomin’ lovely.
Oh hey there Vaseline! Got to love a multi-tasker. I often apply a thin layer below my nose when going outside. Now, it can make you look a little shiny around the nose if you apply too much so don’t go too crazy. A thin layer should trap any pollen and prevent it from being breathed in. There are products on the high street that do this (one example is Hay-Max) which are slightly less shiny but I personally think they cost a lot for what they are – especially when trust old Vaseline can do the same job!
Do you have any top tips for fellow hayfever sufferers or have you tried any of the above? Let me know in a comment below!