Yup, spring is officially here, which means hay fever season has set up camp too (*insert collective groans of all those susceptible here*) That’s why we’ve pulled together a few natural remedies to help ward off the puffy eyes/runny nose/throbbing head/constant sneezing.
Ah, the joys, eh?!
1 Boost your vitamin C
Studies suggest that the traditional immune system boost acts like a natural antihistamine to calm allergic reactions. In fact, it might be the most important anti-allergy vitamin. Find it in fruit and veggies (such as oranges, red capsicum, kale and kiwi.) Simply add a few pieces to your lunchbox, as a side for dinner or make a smoothie. FYI, a dose of 2g a day is optimum for most people.
#2 Take a tablespoon of black seed oil
Black seed has been used for centuries as a medicine and is proven to be invaluable in the maintenance of health and well-being. More than 800 scientific studies have revealed its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In short, black seeds contribute to reduced nasal congestion and the severity of symptoms (half to one teaspoon of oil per day should do the trick.)
#3 Munch on some pineapples
Not only is pineapple delish, it's also a lifesaver in terms of fighting off puffy eyes and an itchy nose. Pineapples contain bromelain, a natural enzyme, which has traditionally been used to reduce inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses. A supplemental dose of 90mg a day should be enough to get you going.
#4 Put some coconut oil in your nostrils
Yup, we know this one sounds strange, but it 100 per cent works. Simply dab a thin layer of coconut oil around the edges of your nostrils. The idea is that it creates a barrier that stops pollen from entering before you breathe them in. The best time to do this is prior to leaving the house (when you are off to explore green spaces) or right before going to sleep in order to help reduce night-time and early morning allergy symptoms (just trust us)
#5 Get healing with honey
Not only will snacking on the sweet stuff support your local beekeeper, it'll also help your body build up resistance to pollen. Basically, when you eat honey produced by bees from around your local surroundings, you are thought to intake area specific pollen. Over time you may become less sensitive to this pollen and eventually experience fewer allergy symptoms. Simple and effective.
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This article originally appeared on Women's Health