Alternative Remedies for Hayfever

London Life Coach & Wellbeing Consultant Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about hayfever. Follow Sloan Life Coach on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s Life Coaching website www.sloansw.com

I’m sorry to hear that your hayfever is impacting you to the point where your social life is compromised. You are not alone in wanting to avoid over the counter remedies such as Beconase, Piriton and Zirtek; although these are great for some people I understand and hear your concerns.

If you would prefer to go the homeopathic route, Allium Cepa is a useful remedy if your symptoms are a streaming and/or itchy nose however if it is your eyes that are giving you more trouble then a better option would be Euphrasia. You haven’t mentioned whether you have used homeopathy before so in case you haven’t I highlight here that it’s treatment works on the principle of like cures like and so a homeopathist is also likely to give you a preparation of mixed pollens that may help in alleviating some of your symptoms. As I am not a qualified homeopath, I suggest you go to www.a-r-h.org to find a qualified registered homeopath to make sure you get the best and most appropriate advice for your exact symptoms.

In the meantime, it would be beneficial for you to boost your immune system starting with a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement along with a course of Echinacea. You do not mention you diet in your question, therefore I stress it would be useful for you to make sure you include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet to keep your immunity high. If you have varied quantity of fish in your diet this will also help if not perhaps add an omega-3 oil to your supplement intake.

As you are against taking over the counter anti-histamines whose main effect is to stabilise mast cells which relieves the nastier effects of hayfever, a more natural anti-histamine is quercetin – this is found in onions, apples and green tea. Alternatively a trip to your local Holland & Barrett to pick up some pine bark could also aid in an anti-histamine like effect.

If supplements are your preference, there has been research to suggest methylsulponylmethane (MSM) can help keep mucus thin, enabling easier breathing, however this is a relatively new dietary supplement so do check whether it is suitable for you. If you are concerned about taking MSM you could try substituting it with liquorice which also has an anti-inflammatory effect which could aid in soothing the irritated mucus membranes. Where possible avoid dairy products because they increase mucus production and can aggravate your condition.

Although your symptoms do sound like an allergy and more likely hayfever, it is worth highlighting that there is a lesser known food intolerance based on histamine intolerance. Such foods that can aggravate the situation if you do have an intolerance would be red wine, matured cheeses, cured meats and tomatoes. The symptoms you would have if you were intolerant to these foods would include runny nose, bloating, sore eyes and headaches. It may be worth asking your doctor if you could be tested for such if you are not convinced that you have hayfever.

Good luck – I hope this answer has been helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to leave a comment or email me directly.

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