Super Pollen Attack Series: Pt 1

Super Pollen Attack Series: Pt 1

If you suffer during the summer (like me) because  of hayfever – you have my sympathies!

The combination of lack of rain, pollution and a bumper crop of pollen means that this summer is the year of “super pollen” causing misery to thousands — even for those who don’t normally suffer with hayfever!

In this series, we will look at what causes hayfever and what natural means can be used to reduce or even eliminate super pollen attacks.

What Causes Hayfever?

ragweed-pollen

Ragweed Pollen

There are many reasons given as to what causes hayfever – as an autoimmune condition (i.e. the immune system attacks itself), along with asthma and eczema (all of which can manifest singly or together), the body overreacts to allergens (pet fur, dust, pollen, etc) and overproduces histamines in response – thus causing  sneezing, itchy and watery eyes and other allergic reactions.  Both of my parents had hayfever and I have it as well (though the asthma only developed when I moved to the UK!), so it was more than likely that I would suffer too!

Simple Steps to Stop Allergic Reactions

ragweed-plant

Ragweed

While remedies cannot change your immune system, there are simple actions we can take to reduce or even eliminate our response to allergens.  Below are a few tips:

  • Avoid allergens – remove the allergens  or remove yourself from the allergen source, if at all possible; for example, I avoid Central London whenever possible because the combination of heat, pollution and pollen makes me wheeze!
  • Avoid dairy – dairy creates mucous in the system, which is a breeding ground for pollen and other irritants to lodge in your respiratory system
  • Take preventative measures – prepare your system for the allergy season by strengthening your immune system (more on this later)

Herbs and Hayfever

Below are some suggested herbs that can ease hayfever symptoms:

Part 2: Your Nose Knows

In part 2 of the Super Pollen Attack series, a look at aromatherapy will reveal how essential oils can be used both symptomatically and prophyllatically.