Yes, Spring is awesome and we're bloody loving the warmer weather (finally), but there's two words that strike fear into the hearts of many around this time of year.
So, we did some searching and found 9 natural "remedies". We're not sure whether they work, but hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Here they are, in no particular order.
It's all about the bee pollen in honey, people. Apparently it can desensitise your body to other pollens. It's recommended to have it daily, before the season starts (so best get to it).
Vitamin C, the natural antihistamine. Is there anything this thing can't do? Apparently, with vitamin C comes bioflavonoids, which have powerful anti-allergy effects as well.
Just say that word out loud... B-IO-FLAV-O-NOIDS. What fun!
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So, red capsicums and chillis have an agent called capsaicin. When you eat it, the capsaicin opens nasal passages and helps reduce congestion brought on by hay fever.
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This naturally occurring pigment is found in foods such as carrots, apricots, pumpkin, sweet potato and spinach. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in your airways and improve your immune system.
No, it's just not for Nanna. Another ingredient that is both an antioxidant AND A antihistamine.
And guess what. It also contains flavonoids... Say it with us, FLAV-O-NOIDS.
So, it turns out garlic not only keeps vampires and potential smoochers at bay, it also kicks hay fever to the curb. Increasing your intake can help boost your body's immune system, whilst in turn acting as a decongestant that helps to alleviate minor hay fever symptoms.
So, this is more of a treatment of symptoms rather than a preventative measure, but hey, those Chinese are sure onto something. Acupuncture has been proven to reduce hay fever symptoms, such as a runny nose and itchy eyes dramatically.
One out of left field. Apparently, spreading a thin layer of vaseline inside the lower nostrils can help combat hay fever and reduce symptoms significantly. It's all about stopping the pollens getting in.
Just probably best not to eat it.
A bit like old-mate garlic... good at keeping hay fever at bay but not so good at attracting a potential mate. The ingredient in onions that is key here is a thing called quercetin, a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory proven to reduce symptoms in hay fever sufferers.
Effective in your meal, but even more effective if you eat it raw. If you're game, that is.
From episode 3 season 5.