Do you feel like an itchy, sneezy, snotty mess? Hay fever can be debilitating. Whether it’s the sneezing fits whilst you’re trying to drive. The incredibly itchy eyes, or congestion making it difficult to breathe. Or the sleepy, vague feeling that the allergic reaction can bring.
Hayfever can be unpleasant. I totally understand. Seriously, I’ve suffered all those symptoms. I had severe hay fever for decades. It’s only in the last few years that it doesn’t get me anymore. Why? Because I did what I’m about to share with you. Do you find anti-histamines not effective enough or prefer not to take them? Then you may benefit from these 10 tips:
1. Rinse Your Nose and Eyes Before Going to Sleep
Using a saline nasal spray such as Fess or a Neti pot to rinse the pollen particles out of your nasal passages can help. Those little hairs in our nostrils are there for a reason. Truly. They trap foreign particles like pollens. If you’re allergic to pollens, and they stay in your nose for hours on end, your immune system will start fighting them. Firstly by producing more mucous to flush them out. So give your immune system a helping hand and flush them out without having to go to the mucous party.
2. Reduce Your Exposure to Pollens.
Yes I know, most of the time it’s not possible, unless you want to live in a bubble. But simple measures like not hanging your bed linen to dry outside can help. If you’re hanging your bed linen out to dry, you’ll be capturing heaps on pollen particles on those sheets then going to bed with them. Sleeping with your bedroom window closed can also help.
3. Reduce Your Stress
Yes, excessive stress can affect our allergic response too. A strong allergic response is like a stress response. We need to calm it. Slow down. Take a breath, exhale slowly. Do something which relaxes you every day; meditate, listen to music, go for a walk, whatever works for you.. Even if it’s for only 5 minutes each time, it will calm your nervous system & immune system. You need to be disciplined with this to make progress. But it’s worth it.
4. Try Inhalation.
If you’re congested, inhale Peppermint or Eucalyptus oil. Try putting a drop of these oils on your pillow case. You can also inhale Vicks, Tiger Balm, or Woodlock Liniment.
5. Try Acupressure
Use your fingers to press on Acupoints Colon 20, Colon 4, Yu Yao & Gall Bladder 20. Click here for images to help you find these acupoints.
6. Drink Elderflower Tea
This herbal tea can minimise excessive mucous production from your nose. You need to drink 2-3 cups per day.
7. Avoid Dairy Products
If you have even a mild allergy to milk protein or lactose, like many of us do, this extra allergen load can tip your hay fever response over the edge. Try avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks and see if it makes a difference for you. You can obtain adequate calcium from food such as dark green leafy vegetable, sesame seeds and sardines.
8. Take Vitamin C
This vitamin can help your immune system cope with the hay fever challenge. Go for a high potency, powdered formula to maximise effectiveness.
9. Take Herbal Medicine
There are several tried and tested herbs that can alleviate hayfever. It is best to consult a herbalist to find which would be best for you. Anything else is just hit and miss. And a potential waste of money. And don’t forget that herbs can cause harm, especially when mixed with other herbs or medications. We have 5 excellent herbalists here at Freedom Chinese Medicine. They could help you, especially if you’ve tried the above steps and are still suffering.
10. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture can settle your allergic response. In recent years reviews have consistently found acupuncture to be effective for allergic rhinitis, both the seasonal and perennial types, and to compare favourably with anti-histamines (Taw 2015)¹
Four sessions is the most it would take to know if acupuncture would significantly relieve your hay fever. We also have a low cost acupuncture option to make treatment more affordable. Please give us a call on 03 9486 5966 to arrange a consultation with one of our practitioners if you’d like help with your hay fever problem.