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).