How to deal with hayfever naturally
It's looking like it's going to be a warm and cloudy day today-make sure you enjoy it, because it looks like we'll be getting rained on every day for the next few days. So, it's finally warm enough to do stuff outside and now it starts to rain...sigh...
If the summertime for you means continual sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose and endless misery, you might want to try boosting your diet with these 7 hayfever fighting foods…
1. Local honey
These little bulbs are bursting with anti-viral and antibiotic properties, and can help boost your body's immune system, while also acting as a natural decongestant. In addition, garlic has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a good source of quercetin, a natural antihistamine.
Garlic is most effective when crushed, left to sit for 15 minutes to release the active ingredients, and then eaten raw. If the idea of raw garlic sounds terrifying, add to a salad dressing or make a pesto, and it's absolutely delicious.
Make sure you eat the core of the pineapple (so not pineapple rings, sorry), as this contains the highest amount of bromelain.
5. LemonsFull of vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which in combination act as a natural antihistamine and natural decongestant, and possess strong anti-allergy properties.
Drink freshly squeezed lemon water (with a squeeze of local honey) throughout the day to give your immune system some much needed support both in the lead up to, and during, the hayfever season.
In particular, onions are a rich source of quercetin, an antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory thought to help fight the symptoms of hayfever. Quercetin can also be found in apples, kale, grapes, berries and parsley.
It also has anti-inflammatory effects, and may help to ease inflamed airways associated with hayfever.
So, if you've got allergies and you don't like taking medicine-like me, you might want to make some seafood curry with lots of onion, garlic and...pineapple and wash it down with some freshly squeezed lemon juice sweetened with honey.
Have a great day!