The weather has been so beautiful, hot and balmy here this past week and I love nothing more than chilling out in the sunshine and soaking up the rays but unfortunately one massive downside to the summer finally starting is hayfever.
I have suffered with Hayfever for years. My symptoms normally start in late May and carry on right though till the end of summer. Like everyone else some years are better than others and depending on pollen counts and what's came into bloom early or late but for some reason the past few years my hayfever has just gotten so much worse so I thought I would do a little post on what helps me and hopefully it might help you too.
1. Pirinase - One of the biggest reasons why I struggle even more with hayfever is because there are so many medicines that help the symptoms that I just can't take because I'm allergic to a lot of ingredients in certain medicines. But my one saviour is always Piriton so that's why I choose to try something from the same brand as I hoped I would be OK with it, which thankfully I am. This is a really great nose spray. It literally stops your sneezing, nose running, and itchy sore eyes within 5 Min's. But as with a lot of Hayfever medicines it can make you feel a little tired and yucky after taking it for a little while. I am trying really hard this year to get by on more natural remedies and not rely on this as much as even though it works amazingly I just don't like the side effects, saying that though my doctor told me that these medicines don't make everyone drowsy just certain people, I guess I'm just one of the lucky ones haha!
2. Luffa Nose Spray - A few weeks ago I was literally a sneezing, snivelling mess, my hayfever had just crept up on me out of no where and got really bad all of a sudden, I was all flu like and my throat was swollen and I had ear ache and I was being such a moaning Minnie about it all and didn't want to take the pirinase spray as I couldn't be bothered with feeling even more tired than I was so I decided to get googling and after literally hours of searching I saw that this spray was the thing getting spoke about most. I wanted something natural and that didn't have side effects but would work just as well as the heavy duty stuff. I haven't been using this long and I am still trying to get used to taking it and what the dose is I should be taking but on first impressions I'm really impressed. I think the biggest thing I would say with this and its where I went wrong but I would start using this before you need it. My hayfever was already awful by the time I started this and I have just kept being outside in the sun and I feel like it's only now after about 4 days that it's starting to really work great. So as soon as you buy it start using it, even if it pouring with rain outside, I think it must just need to build up some resistance and help your body block out the symptoms. The thing I love about it is that I'm not worried about using it often as it's all natural ingredients so I know it won't be harming my body as much as taking loads of heavy duty tablets would be. This has really, really helped my throat, which always gets the most badly effected when my hayfever gets intense and it's really helping clear out my sinuses too which is crazy as normally nose sprays give me really bad sinus headaches. I would definitely give this a go if your looking for something natural and it honestly is doing a great job at helping my symptoms so far.
3. Olbus Nasal Stick - This is just Olbus Oil in a stick form, I always use it when I get colds and flu's and I always find it really helps me after I've had a day of sneezing, it really helps me breathe better and decongests my nose and head. Also I just love the smell.
4. Camomile Teabags - This was one tip that I learned during my night of googling where I found out about the luffa nose spray and tip number 5 too. So drinking camomile tea helps with hayfever because its an antioxidant and antihistamine so it helps lessen your symptoms. I would definitely say this is one to try along side something else but I do definitely think it helps take the edge off the flu type feelings and lets be honest it just tastes really good too and you really don't need to give me a reason to have a wee cup of tea. But the bonus of this is because its also an anti - inflammatory you can use the tea bags as a cold compress for your eyes which works amazingly if they are super itchy, runny and sore. After you've made your cuppa, squeeze out the excess water in the teabags and put them in the fridge for 15-30 Min's, Then just stick them on your eyes for about 5 Min's and they will feel so lovely and cool and take away the redness too!
5. Pineapple Juice - Again pineapple is an anti- inflammatory so it reduces your hayfever symptoms and helps your body block the pollen better. I picked the juice so I could have it often and help my symptoms more but you can just eat it fresh and you will get the same benefits. Pineapples are one of my all time favourite fruits so I was so happy when I heard this tip. Not only is the juice so tasty it really does help.
6. My last tip is if all else fails just throw water in your face, literally. Sometimes I just sneeze so much especially at night time that the only thing that works is just to wash my face with cold water. Also washing my eyes out with water too when I just can't stop rubbing them, it gets all the pollen off your face and eyelashes. Also if you've been out all day. washing your hair to get all the pollen out of it works too!
So they are all my tips, I really hope they might help you a little bit if your struggling with your hayfever this year. Please do let me know if you have any tips or remedies that you swear by, I would really love to hear them, comment below or give me a tweet.