Heading Off Hay Fever Naturally

To reduce hay fever attacks, naturopathic physicians recommend the following:

  • A vitamin/mineral supplement to enhance immunity.
  • Large doses of vitamin C, a natural antihistamine, during hay fever season.
  • Quercetin, a bioflavonoid shown to relieve or prevent hay fever.
  • Fresh garlic to boost the immune system.
  • Bee pollen taken for several weeks before hay fever season to help prevent allergic reactions.
  • Pantothenic acid to build immunity and reduce hay fever symptoms.
  • Essential oils with decongestant properties (eucalyptus, sage, peppermint). Add a few drops to 2 cups of boiling water and inhale the steam.
  • Homeopathic remedies tailored to hay fever symptoms. Try allium for runny nose, sabadilla for hay fever with a sore throat or arsenicum for frequent sneezing.
  • Chinese herbs to strengthen the immune system, such as codonopsis (Codonopsis spp.), schizandra (Schisandra chinensis) or Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus).