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Handling Hayfever Naturally – Our Top Tips To Beat Seasonal Sniffles


Are you tired of sniffling all the way through the springtime? Hayfever might seem harmless, but it can reduce your quality of life.  

While anti-histamines are a quick relief option, they don’t always do the trick, and can also lead to side effects. So, if you’re looking for a more holistic approach to managing hayfever, we’ve got tips for you to try. 

Work on your gut health 

Like most health conditions, hayfever is linked to your gut. By taking a proactive approach towards your gut health, you can work on the contributing factors that led to hayfever developing in the first place. 

There’s even evidence to suggest that specific probiotic strains can help improve hayfever symptoms. You can learn more about the health benefits of probiotics here

Eat your apples 

Could an apple a day keep the hayfever tablets away? Potentially – apples are a rich source of quercetin, an antioxidant with natural anti-histamine properties. Quercetin is also anti-inflammatory so it could ease respiratory symptoms as well. 

Other dietary sources of quercetin include: 

  • Onions 
  • Berries 
  • Citrus fruit 
  • Broccoli 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Green tea 

You can also add quercetin in as a supplement – either by itself or in an allergy-focused combination formula. 

Try nasal irrigation 

It might not sound pleasant, but using a saline-based nasal irrigation can help to flush out any allergens that might be causing your symptoms. This can also ease the congestion, allowing you to breathe easily. 

Studies show that this can be effective for relieving hayfever in both adults and children. 

Improve your air quality 

You can’t avoid pollen completely, but you can reduce how much makes it into your home. On high-pollen days, you may like to change clothes when you get home and leave your shoes at the door to reduce the amount that makes it into the house. 

Another option to consider is investing in an air filter. Filters such as HEPA filters can reduce pollen, dust, pet dander and other potential allergens. 

You may also like to explore dehumidifiers as a way to reduce mildew and mould. Although these aren’t the main trigger for hayfever, they can contribute to your overall allergic load and exacerbate your symptoms. This is particularly important to monitor if you’ve experienced any flood damage in your house. 

Add some acupuncture 

Research suggests that acupuncture may help to alleviate symptoms of hayfever. Studies including randomised controlled trials and reviews have concluded that acupuncture is effective for treating hayfever symptoms.  

Combining acupuncture with conventional treatments such as anti-histamines was also found to be effective. However, more studies are required to confirm these findings. 

Are you looking to ease your hayfever naturally? The best approach is a tailored approach based on your health, hayfever triggers and underlying causes. That’s where the team at Burnett House is here to help you. 

Our acupuncturist Jamie can support you by relieving symptoms such as nasal congestion and work on restoring the body to a state of balance. Our naturopath Trish can look at diet and lifestyle factors that can help to support a regulated immune system. She can also assess whether you would benefit from immune-supportive herbs and supplements. 

To book an appointment with Jamie or Trish at our Bundaberg clinic, book an appointment online here or call us on (07) 41522372 

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Bundaberg South QLD 4670
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