Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergies (or allergic rhinitis), is more than just a nuisance, it can lead to other concerning health conditions. For example, my son’s eczema is exacerbated by hay fever. Other conditions such as asthma can flare up in response to airborne allergens. And for some, hay fever can lead to an annoying sinus infection, affect immune function, cause fatigue, malaise, and headache. All around, it can be a real bummer.
What is hay fever?
For some, over the counter medication can provide temporary relief from hay fever. In addition to medication, there are a few extra steps that may provide added relief which can be used in conjunction with medication.
Practical Tips and suggestions
If you’re not keen on over the counter medication for hay fever relief, there are definitely some holistic options out there for you. One key element to think about during allergy season is keeping your immune system super strong. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: changing your diet, using essential oils, taking immune boosting herbs and supplements, acupuncture, teas, and vitamins.
Great natural relief suggestions
(A plant alternative to antihistamines)
Effects of weather and sports on eczema
Holistic remedies for children
Our local natural foods Co-op carries some great child-safe herbal tinctures that provide temporary relief from hay fever symptoms, as well as immune boosting formulas, and herbs in bulk. My son really suffers from hay fever throughout the year, and my daughter develops have fever in the spring. I’ve used several holistic remedies for hay fever, bronchial congestion, and sinus congestion. Here are some of my favorites.
*Please consult with your children’s holistic practitioner or pediatrician before administering herbs, especially if they are taking other medications, other over the counter remedies, or if they have food allergies or an illness.
Hay Fever Relief:
BioAllers Allergy Relief Pollen Hay Fever
Hyland’s Allergy Relief for Kids
Children’s Winter Health
Wellness Herbal Kids
Loquat Respiratory Syrup for Kids
Children’s Cough and Bronchial Syrup
Child Friendly Herbs:
*Herb resources from here and here.
-Red clover blossoms
(for congestion: mullein, hyssop, & thyme)