If you’re reading this blog post it probably means you’re one of the millions of unlucky people suffering from hayfever. Most orthodox antihistamine tablets can leave you feeling drowsy (not practical if you have to work), and are full of synthetics and chemicals which can have a multitude of side-effects. Luckily, there are so many great natural remedies out there for treating hayfever, with absolutely no negative side-effects. Keep reading to find out the remedies we love the most here at the Herbs4Healing Clinic.
Plants are very clever in telling us what they’re good for. Nettles, (the same ones that can sting at certain times of year) taken internally, have anti-histamine properties to protect your body against the release of histamine and therefore allergic reactions such as hayfever. As well as this, nettle is very mineral-rich and detoxifying, meaning it is amazing for the skin.
A traditional remedy for coughs and colds; elderflower makes a great hayfever remedy if you’re prone to bad congestion/painful sinusitis and headaches.
As the name suggests, Eyebright has an affinity with eye health. Useful for sty’s and conjunctivitis, eyebright is a great remedy if hayfever leaves your eyes inflamed, itchy and teary. An effective way to use this remedy is as follows: 1) Brew your cup of eyebright tea. 2) Pour half of the tea into another clean cup/bowl to use as an eye compress once cool. (Use a soaked flannel or cotton wool pads). 3) Drink the other half of your eyebright tea! By using the remedy internally AND externally on the problem area, you are more likely to experience faster and more effective relief from irritated hayfever eyes.
Peppermint is mostly considered an after-dinner tea as it is great for bloating and griping pains associated with over-indulgence. However, peppermint works well as a hayfever remedy if you suffer from a lot of tension headaches and sinusitis as a result of your allergies. Peppermint is incredibly cooling and soothing, helping with inflammation. Plus, it tastes lovely. (P.S – if you have some peppermint teabags in your kitchen cupboard, please be mindful they it will not have the same therapeutic effect as organic loose herbs. This applies to all remedies.)
Plantain is incredibly soothing for mucous membranes with a cooling effect. Plantain tea is also used for an eye wash (similarly to eyebright) for red, irritated or light sensitive eyes often seen in hayfever sufferers.
So, there you have it – the 5 herbal remedies you should know about if you suffer from hayfever – for a variety of symptoms. If you love the sound of ALL of these herbs and their benefits, you can find Nettle, Elderflower, Eyebright, Peppermint and Plantain in our Feel Fresh Tea Blend! (£6.00).
You can use these herbs on their own, or blend them together for multiple benefits at once. You can drink them with hot water (herbal tea) which can be soothing and comforting in itself. Tinctures (herbs distilled in an alcohol) are more punchy and fast-acting if you need powerful relief – helpful for painful symptoms like headaches or sinusitis. There is no right or wrong way to take these herbs – some people respond really well to herbal teas, whilst others will prefer tinctures. It is completely personal to every individual. There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to try them for yourself!*
*Consult your doctor if you are already taking prescription medication before using herbal remedies – just to be on the safe side.
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