20 Natural Ways to Relieve Hay Fever Symptoms

Spring is coming round, days are longer, flowers start to grow and… hay fever strikes once again! Hopefully these natural ways to relieve hay fever will help you.

You think: spring, nature, colourful flowers, trees in bloom, beautiful green spaces…

I think: hay fever season, swollen eyes, uncontrollable sneezing, itchy skin and inflamed nose!

I really thought I had had a lucky escape with hay fever this year; I was almost smug that my natural remedies had worked better than antihistamines had ever done. Well, that was until a couple of weeks ago when we stopped at Stonehenge on our way back from Devon and it started; just like that. One of my eyes was so puffy when we got home I could barely open it…

The worst about hay fever is it always coincides with the weather perking up. You are keen to spend more time outdoors but end up locking yourself in the house with all windows closed to try and ease the symptoms.

Strangely enough, I did not suffer from hay fever before I got pregnant with Beanie four years ago. It was at its worst when I was expecting Jumpy and I spent most of my pregnancy with sinusitis.

Crevette has no health issues whatsoever, and a very strong immune system it seems as he rarely gets sick. Beanie has eczema. Jumpy also has the skin condition as well as a wide range of allergies. It is a coincidence? It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?


What triggers it?

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, or hay fever, is caused by pollen.

For some reason, whenever I go past Crevette’s school gates, I am in floods of tears and sneezing uncontrollably. I have no idea what causes it. It might be a tree, grass or flowers they have there. This morning, I tried the other school entrance, but it was the same. I started sneezing and sniffling as soon as I went past the gates.

Symptoms:

Eyes: watering uncontrollably, swelling, itchy, allergic conjunctivitis
Nose: runny, itchy, blocked sinuses, inflamed nasal lining, struggling to breathe at night, sinusitis-like symptoms
Throat: sore, itchy, dry, cough, sneezing
Skin: itchy

I would normally have antihistamines every day for spring and summer, but this time, I decided not to have anything during my pregnancy. Jumpy has so many allergies; intolerances and such bad eczema that I cannot help thinking it might have something to do with the stuff I took whilst I was expecting her.

I have no medical knowledge or qualifications and I do not have a cure for hay fever, but I thought I could not possibly be the only one out there trying to feel better despite the high pollen count. After all, According to Allergy UK (April 2014), there are “18 Million Hay Fever Sufferers in the UK” (18 million!).

After thinking about what helps me, asking friends for tips and doing some research on the NHS Choices website, Allergy UK and a few other sources, I compiled a list of natural ways to relieve hay fever symptoms.

Please do not take my word for granted, and consult your doctor if you are struggling to control the symptoms of hay fever.

Here are 20 natural ways to relieve hay fever:

1) 1 teaspoon of local honey every morning
2) Saline nasal spray
3) Saline water used as eye wash
4) A dab of Vaseline or Haymax at the entrance of your nostrils to trap pollen
5) Nettle tea or capsules – natural antihistamine that could help reduce sneezing and itching
6) When out, wear sunglasses: the bigger, the better
7) Shower just before bed to remove all pollen from your hair and skin
8) Avoid opening windows at night
9) A large bowl of boiling water by your bed with a few drops of Olbas oil should help relieve congestion
10) Cucumber slices on your eyes
11) Reduce your intake of dairy products as they tend to increase the production of mucus
12) Take vitamin C supplements every day
13) Dry clothes and bedding indoors. Pollen can stick to clothes hanging in the fresh air to dry.
14) Do not have fresh flowers in the house
15) Remember that pets will bring pollen into the house
16) Do not cut the grass
17) Vacuum your house regularly
18) Dust using a wet cloth
19) Try reflexology
20) Last but not least, get away from pollen! According to an old BBC news article, “hay fever free zones” include Finland, Thailand, Trinidad, the Seychelles, Stockholm and anywhere in the French Alps. I am definitely up for the French Alps!

Have you got any other tips or natural ways to relieve hay fever symptoms without using antihistamines?

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47 Comments

  1. adeline
    20/06/2014 / 4:36 pm

    comme je souffre aussi d’allergies, je suis inscrite sur un site d’alerte en France, peut etre y a-t-il un équivalent en Angleterre?????
    je te donne l’adresse française: http://www.pollens.fr/accueil.php

    Tous les jours, lavage de nez à l’eau de mer de chez sterimar, il y en a un spécial allergie, je te l’envoie pour que tu puisses tester dans un prochain colis!!!!!

    moi cette année c’est la gorge et ma voix, je ne l’ai toujours pas retrouvée à 100% et cette toux irritante entretien l’exticntion….
    bon courage xxxx

    • 20/06/2014 / 4:49 pm

      Merci, tu es géniale! Moi, c’est les yeux qui gonflent et la peau qui gratte cette année, sans oublier les pleurs et le nez qui coule. x

  2. 20/06/2014 / 7:10 pm

    This is amazingly useful! My hubby is suffering terribly at the moment and is driving me a little insane so any suggestions are more than welcome! Je vais regarder l’adresse en haut aussi 🙂 PoCoLo.

    • 20/06/2014 / 9:02 pm

      Let me know if he has anything to add to that list. Any tips are welcome (sniffles…).

  3. Kim Carberry
    20/06/2014 / 7:11 pm

    Great post! Very helpful….I was suffering from hay fever until I got a full blown cold….lol

    • 20/06/2014 / 9:00 pm

      Oh I wish I had a cold, Kim! At least it would go at some point, hihi!

  4. 20/06/2014 / 7:52 pm

    Some good tips – I will pass this on to my eldest son who suffers terribly. Thanks for linking up! #PoCoLo

    • 20/06/2014 / 8:59 pm

      No problem, I hope he finds some of those tips useful.

  5. ~Merlinda~ (@pixiedusk)
    20/06/2014 / 10:24 pm

    OMG! I have been suffering for as long as I remember and sadly nothing really worked for me but meds. I will try some of the things in the list. Will try anything. I dont like being drowsy after taking the meds so hopefully one of these will work for me. #pocolo

    • 20/06/2014 / 11:13 pm

      Have you tried non-drowsy ones? As for the list, I have found that the sunglasses work quite well and a lot of people I have spoken to swear by the local honey.

      • ~Merlinda~ (@pixiedusk)
        21/06/2014 / 12:35 pm

        The non drowsy ones is not as strong for me at least. Yes I will try that & honey. This allergy of mine is so disabling. Sometimes I am just in one corner trying to breathe.

        • 21/06/2014 / 5:49 pm

          Same for me! When I take antihistamines, I normally have 1 non-drowsy one in the morning so I do not fall asleep whilst driving or at work, and a Piriton at night so I can sleep. I also use eye drops and a nasal spray, but even with all that, the symptoms are still there…

  6. Danielle Vedmore
    21/06/2014 / 12:30 am

    I have never suffered from it but this year it has (odd I know) Really hope one of these helps!

  7. 21/06/2014 / 12:42 am

    Apparently the pollen count has been really high for the past couple of weeks. My hay fever symptoms are different from other years at the moment and one of my friends in France was saying her rhinitis feels really odd, too…

  8. 21/06/2014 / 9:08 am

    Great list! I’d never thought of reflexology, but as my mum’s a reflexologist, it’s worth a try! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • 21/06/2014 / 9:10 am

      I love reflexology! It seems to cure everything for me. X

  9. 21/06/2014 / 9:29 am

    Some really good tips here that I will be trying out. I also heard you can take an injection and that protects you for the entire season. Not natural but if it works, maybe worth a try.

    • 21/06/2014 / 11:12 am

      I have not heard about that injection! I will ask my GP at the 6 week check.

  10. 21/06/2014 / 9:01 pm

    Great tips Mel! Thank you! Me and my son have been really suffering over the past week…we have tried lots of those things so I think a trip to Thailand will have to be the solution (wanders off into a dream…)!

    • 21/06/2014 / 10:40 pm

      I know, I can see myself in my ‘happy place’ (the bottom of a very very long piste in the French Alps…). You should see my swollen face. It is not pretty! x

    • 21/06/2014 / 10:40 pm

      I know, I can see myself in my ‘happy place’ (the bottom of a very very long piste in the French Alps…). You should see my swollen face. It is not pretty! x

  11. 22/06/2014 / 4:55 pm

    Fantastic Bog… thank you for sharing… I am really struggling this past 2 weeks, the Doctors have put me on different tablets…. eyes ears nose throat… AGH!!! I have just started taking the Local honey, one teaspoon aday…. watch this space!! Achoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….:-)

    • 22/06/2014 / 8:10 pm

      Same here, it is pretty bad this year…

  12. Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy)
    22/06/2014 / 5:18 pm

    Lots of great tips there! I’m lucky enough not to have hay fever but my husband suffers terribly with it.

    • 22/06/2014 / 6:42 pm

      Hope some of those suggestions can help him. If he has other tips, let me know!

  13. 22/06/2014 / 11:12 pm

    Your right, it has been particularly bad this year. My seven year old has been suffering quite badly with his eyes the last few weeks, I have even been hoping it rains to give him some relief! I’ll try out some of your suggestions. #PoCoLo

    • 23/06/2014 / 12:45 pm

      I know, same here! I am actually quite happy when it rains at the moment.

    • 23/06/2014 / 12:45 pm

      I know, same here! I am actually quite happy when it rains at the moment.

  14. Fiona Stevensonson
    23/06/2014 / 8:06 am

    Thanks Mel, this is the first year since I was 18 that I haven’t taken any medicine for my Hay Fever! It starts in February (when I found out I was pregnant) and like you I have avoided taking anything. Bought a fan yesterday so I can keep the windows closed at night. Thanks for these tips – am going to try the bowl of water!

    • 23/06/2014 / 9:51 am

      I have just managed to source local honey. When I get it, you could try that as well. x

    • 27/06/2014 / 4:46 pm

      I have never heard of Pollena. I will look into it. Thanks for the tip!

  15. 26/06/2014 / 10:39 am

    Great post Mel! I didn’t realise that nettles carried anti histamine properties, will get hubby on the nettle tea as he suffers badly with hayfever xx

    • 26/06/2014 / 9:55 pm

      I didn’t know either. I only found out when I was doing my little research.

  16. 02/07/2014 / 12:02 pm

    Some great tips. I have hayfever quite badly this year but haven’t suffered for a few years prior. My eldest has it for the first time ever, the poor chap thought he was really ill. Our house is a fresh air free zone at the moment to try and combat it. #sharewithme

    • 02/07/2014 / 8:28 pm

      It is such a pain having to stay indoors with windows shut when all you want to do is the opposite, isn’t it?

  17. 02/07/2014 / 3:32 pm

    I can confirm the Seychelles as a hay fever free zone…my husband suffered terribly in the UK and is allergy free here!!!

    • 02/07/2014 / 8:27 pm

      Make sure you pack his hay fever kit when you come to the UK this summer… It is dreadful this year!

      • 03/07/2014 / 3:14 am

        I’ve heard it’s bad there right now, thanks for the heads up 🙂 xx

  18. 02/07/2014 / 9:11 pm

    WOW Mel these are fantastic tips. i will have to share them with my husband and use on my son they both suffer so badly with hay fever and even my mother in law. This list is great. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I hope all is well with the new baby and family! #sharewithme

    • 02/07/2014 / 9:39 pm

      Baby is a happy glutton. Feeding loads! X

      • 03/07/2014 / 3:12 am

        That’s great to hear Hun. Thriving happy baby.

  19. 10/03/2017 / 3:24 pm

    Poor you! Hayfever is pants. I wonder if it’s the catkins on the trees…that is what used to set me off this time of year…they are FULL of pollen and evil ;)!

    • 10/03/2017 / 7:46 pm

      You know what? You might be right. There’s a willow on the way to the kids’ schools and I always get itchy + a runny nose when I walk them to school.

  20. 10/03/2017 / 11:48 pm

    Hi, some great tips several of which I have tried. I found sea salt nasal spray can help me oh and always having lots of tissues #FreeFromFridays

    • 11/03/2017 / 12:49 am

      You’ve got a point re. having lots of tissues! I tend to walk around the house with my box of tissues at the moment.

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