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Teas: In our years of experience we have found that herbs teas can be helpful in easing symptoms. Herbal teas you might like to try;
Our Plantain and Nettle tea combines these popular herbs in a nice tea blend.
Alternatives to Teas: Tinctures or tablets may be taken as an alternative to teas if you prefer not to have to make up a tea. In addition simple measures such as wearing sunglasses when in an area where there will be a lot of pollen, washing you hands and face after coming in from outside, or adjusting the ventilation settings on our car and keeping the windows closed can all help reduce the exposure to pollen and reduce the symptoms of hayfever.
In summary there are natural aids to reducing the effects of hayfever. It is normally best to start a few weeks in advance of your hayfever season and to take the remedy 2 or 3 times a day.
Other Options for Hayfever
As well as herbal remedies and natural supplements you could also consider aromatherapy and homeopathy.
There are various ways to use essential oils including as a skin rub in a carrier oil, in the bath with a dispersant such as full-fat milk, via steam inhalation using hot water, in an oil burner, or as a spray in water/alcohol. Oils that may be helpful for hayfever include German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) which may help reduce the overall allergic reaction. Drops of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) often help with associated ear and head pain and can reduce nasal inflammation when taken in a steam inhalation. People with rhinitis often test positive for dust mite allergy and in 1997 researchers at the University of Sydney discovered that washing mite-infected blankets in warm water and Eucalyptus oil got rid of 99 percent of the infestation. Eucalptus is also an expectorant, antibacterial and antiseptic and contains the flavonoid quercetin.
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