Its spring and summer time and this means Hay Fever and Sinusitis season for me and many others. I know only to well how tired and lethargic this can make one feel. I only started getting Hay Fever about 7 years ago and I’ve lived in London for 19 years.
Over the years I have found natural remedies to help prevent me from getting Hay Fever. Some years I don’t even notice it, but this year is different. I recently moved house about 6 months ago and this means that I have to get used to new pollens and trees even though I only moved a few roads up from my previous house. Yes, I know what you are thinking, this is crazy. But I spent May bank holiday weekend, treating sinusitis. I know I can’t be the only one who gets influenced by this.
In the beginning, I used to use anti-histamines, but I didn’t like the way it made me feel. This lead me to try out some of the more natural options form managing Hay Fever and Sinusitis.
Two of my go-to favourites are:
- Bee pollen
- Local honey
Bee pollen is brilliant to take during hay fever season and it can be taken in a number of ways. It has a lovely sweet take. It is also a superfood.
I like to have it:
- sprinkle it over my cereal or
- topped on my smoothie bowl or
- have it with fruit and yoghurt or
- add it into my smoothie
Local Honey is made by bees in our local environment and this means that the bees have been carrying the pollen from the local trees and this has been infused into the local honey. The longer you use it the more effective it is, at building up your resistance to the local pollen.
I source my local honey to my local health food shops like Holland and Barrett, Whole Foods or Planet Organic or go online with Amazon and source one that I like. Sometimes you can also find it at local markets; so keep a look out for these too.
Treating full-blown sinusitis naturally can take days and I have found that I have needed to use a combination of a few natural remedies.
Having researched these in the past, my go-to remedies are:
- Manuka honey
- Nasal Sprays
- Nettie Pots
So you probably wondering, what I use, right?
I used saline nasal sprays or salt solution nasal sprays and now I make my own and this is invaluable for overcoming Sinusitis. I have tried a Nettie Pot, which is a small pot that you use to flush your sinuses with and this couldn’t get along with this. But I do believe in trying everything once until I find the combination that works for me.
Now after trialling most of the remedies on the market, I use
- Echinacea tinctures or throat sprays
- Comvita cough syrup with peppermint and manuka honey
- Home-made Nasal spray solution made with Himalayan salt
And this is my advice to you, research and try things until you come up with a combination of things that work for you and you alone.
Remember to check with your doctor or pharmacist or the health shop for any interaction if you are taking specific medication.
Leave a comment and let me know what you use to treat your hay fever and sinusitis with. I love to hear new ideas.