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Managing the sneezing season
WELLNESS

Managing the sneezing season

Spring may bring warmer weather and longer days. However it is a season which is not welcomed by everyone. For some people spring means itchy eyes, sneezing, and congestion from hay fever and other allergies. So is there anything you can do to aid hay fever and allergies during the spring season?

Hay fever is typically an acute inflammatory response to an allergen, (an allergic reaction) triggered by pollen, mould, animal dander, dust and other similar inhaled allergens. For some their allergies may be severe and require the attention of a doctor or other health care professional. For milder cases, home remedies may provide all the relief you need.

Nutrients and food to add to your diet:

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a known natural antihistamine and can be found in a range of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit. These fruits also contain bioflavonoids, which have powerful anti-allergy effects. The combination of vitamin C and bioflavonoids provides a natural decongestant and antihistamine for sufferers and may help alleviate symptoms of hay fever effectively.

Foods high in Omega 3
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are naturally anti-inflammatory. They may aid in reducing your susceptibility to allergens while improving immunity. You can find high amounts of Omega 3 in:
•  Sardines
•  Salmon
•  Flax seeds
•  Walnuts

Local Honey
Incorporating a teaspoon or two of locally grown honey into your diet even before the season may enhance resistance to pollen. Bees collect honey from local plants, which may contain pollen by consuming the product it aids in helping your body adjust to pollen exposure.

Tea
Ginger is very good as a decongestant and antihistamine. It has a direct effect on the anti-inflammatory processes of the human body, as it plays an essential role in controlling the platelet-activating factor. If you are not a fan of ginger tea, you can use chamomile or green tea as an alternative which both also have antihistamine effects. Peppermint Tea may also be used to aid in relieving congestion. Use honey to sweeten and enjoy the benefits.

Add to your daily routine:

Showers
Showers offer an added benefit for springtime allergy sufferers. A quick rinse after spending time outdoors can help remove allergens from your skin and hair which may aid in soothing hay fever symptoms.

Aromatherapy oils
Aromatherapy oils such as eucalyptus oil when used in a vaporizer can clear the air in your home and ease the symptoms of hay fever by helping to open your sinuses and nasal passages. If you don’t have a vaporizer simply add a few drops of oil to a bowl of steaming water. Don’t swallow the oil or apply it directly to your skin.

Home remedies may take time to aid and prevent allergies, but if they are followed properly, one can stay healthier and enjoy spring and its benefits without suffering from allergies and the irritating symptoms that come along with them.

Guest: Adele Ghraiche
Author

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