Hay Fever

Lots of people know about the joys of hay fever… and by joys I really mean the struggle! Hay fever causes congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, pressure on the sinuses and sneezing. Although the symptoms sound the same as a cold or flu, it’s not a virus, instead, it’s another allergy.

What your body is reacting to is tree pollen, usually. Although sometimes even grass and weeds can cause a reaction in those who are sensitive to this. Mould spores are another common culprit to those who live with hay fever. Hay fever is quite common. This allergy will typically affect 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives. During April and May tree pollen reaches the¬†highest count, that makes these typically the worst time for hay fever if you are sensitive to tree pollen. June and July are the peak times for those who get hay fever from grass. Ragweed hits it’s peak from August to October, so those who suffer from hay fever caused by weeds will usually find this time period to be the worst for their symptoms.

There are quite a few natural ways you can change or add to your diet to try and control hay fever symptoms. Some people find increasing their natural, local honey intake helps. This is something that is done daily with this method. It is said to work because the bee pollen can help your body regulate and help you become less sensitive to pollens. Another option is taking advantage of the natural antihistamines that are present in vitamin C. Try to consume 1000mg per day. Lemons, grapefruit, and oranges have an abundance of vitamin C in them. Try adding capsaicin to your diet. Capsaicin, which is found in peppers (red and chilli) helps relieve and reduce congestion. Chamomile Tea has strong anti-inflammatory properties. These flowers used in tea are a caffeine free option to help battle hay fever symptoms. You can also put the used tea bag on your eyes once it has cooled as a compress to soothe your eyes. Garlic boosts the immune system, decongests, has anti-inflammatory properties, and a natural antihistamine.

Some people swear by bee pollen. There are different forms to take the pollen, some use orally by a spoon and some use tablets. A study showed 94% of the participants had no allergy symptoms after taking an oral dose daily. Bee pollen is packed full of vitamins, folic acid, amino acids and proteins. This bee pollen can also have an all around positive effect to the body. It is said they will aid in an enhance to your energy. They can be used topically on psoriasis and eczema. They are good for the respiratory system and show positive effects on the lungs. Holistically bee pollen has been used to help fight addiction by helping to lower cravings by lowering impulse. Bee pollen is also a natural way to help boost fertility as it helps to stimulate ovaries.

My cousin suffers severely with these reactions to hay fever, through almost every season! She gets the common symptoms and it also causes her to get asthma. When she is at home she is actually hooked up to oxygen to give her some comfort from the asthma symptoms she endures. I only found out how bad she suffered and that she used oxygen at home when were on the phone last spring. While we were talking about her kids and the driving lessons Nanaimo has to offer she started sneezing, sniffling and wheezing and asked me to hold on while she grabbed her tank.

I can’t imagine, and I’m sure those of us who don’t suffer from hay fever couldn’t imagine something like someone just cutting grass can be enough to make someone react and have so many symptoms, or even onset and asthma attack. I had no idea hay fever could lead to someone requiring oxygen at home and it really made me think about what my cousin and a lot of other people who suffer from hay fever go through when they are away from home and ends up crossing paths with one of their allergens.

Does anyone else out there have someone they love who suffers from hay fever this bad? If you do I would love to hear your story!