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5 natural hay fever remedies | teapigs

Posted by Sarah on 18th June 2018

5 natural hay fever remedies | teapigs

Could peppermint tea be the hay fever cure you’ve been looking for?

We love summer, mornings are no longer pitch black, the days are longer, everyone is just a little bit happier and it’s suddenly acceptable to add gin to your iced tea on a Friday afternoon (not sure if those last two are linked)

However, summer also tends to come with a few extra friends that we could definitely do without – the free flowing nostrils, the sneezing (oh the sneezing!) and the far from attractive streaming, puffy eyes that we’re struggling to peer through as we type this.

If you suffer with hay fever, you’ll know these symptoms all too well – and if you normally escape hay fever’s watery clutches, you may have still found yourself struck down with some sniffly symptoms this year thanks to a ‘pollen bomb’ that’s hit the UK.

So, if like us, you’re at the stage where scratching out your own eyes seems like a good option – you might want to hang back for a minute, and give these 5 natural hay fever remedies a try. 

drink more herbal tea

It's safe to say we get through a fair amount of tea in any given day, so you can imagine our joy when we discovered certain herbal teas can help alleviate hay fever symptoms. 

Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory agent, peppermint reduces nasal and sinus congestion and the polyphenols found in green tea (although technically not a herbal tea) help build up your immune system and prevent hay fever attacks later down the line. 

Ginger and liquorice root are also both widely known for having a mild antihistaminic effect – and would you believe, can both be found in a number of our naturally caffeine free herbal teas.

So far, we can 100% vouch for peppermint tea helping reduce hay fever symptoms – the effect might be only temporary but we find drinking it throughout the day helps lower congestion. 

Top tip: Once brewed (and cooled down) use your chamomile tea temples as a cold compress to soothe puffy eyes.
 

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Eat local honey

If one more person tells us to eat local honey, we might scream (if our raspy, itchy throat would allow us to). That being said, every year we forget to take it until it’s too late, so it’s made the list to help you remember for next year! Local honey is meant to help build up your tolerance to local pollen, in turn reducing your hay fever symptoms – take it every day a few months before hay fever season hits.

Increase your Vitamin C intake

Known as a natural antihistamine, vitamin c provides a natural decongestant – citrus fruits are a great natural source of vitamin c, so why not keep a stash of oranges in your desk drawer for when the pollen strikes?  It’s also fab for your immune system – win, win!

Eat more garlic

Adding more garlic to your diet is meant to help relieve minor symptoms – your co-workers might not thank you for it, but a brief respite from a blocked up nose is worth it, surely!?

Drink more water

Upping your water intake is only ever a good thing. Dehydration can lead to producing too much histamine, so be sure to get your 2 litres a day. (Drinking more herbal teas should also help with this one!)

So, there you have it – drink loads of water, switch to herbal teas, eat cloves of garlic for lunch followed by a bag of oranges for pudding. SIMPLE. 

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