Hay fever

Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis and it is the body's overreaction to a pollen. Hay fever is an allergic reaction where immune system reacts to an irritant, in this case pollen, by releasing chemicals called histamine.  

The role of the histamine is to try and get rid of what bothers us as quickly as possible by creating itchiness, tearing up, sneezing. You can develop hay fever at any age and common symptoms are watery, itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, headaches and increased tiredness. Hay fever can be seasonal, where people often experience symptoms perhaps around spring or summer time, or symptoms can last throughout a  larger part of the whole year.


Conventional treatment 

Conventional medicine treatment would include antihistamines, decongestants, anti-inflammatories and corticosteroids. Depending on the severity of your symptoms. 

Here are a few tips of what you can do to try and tackle hay fever.


  • As hay fever is connected to excessive production of mucus, some decongestants (breaking down mucus) can help. If you are keen on essential oils, eucalyptus and peppermint oil in the diffuser can be great for decongestion and opening up the airway. You can also use oils such as Lavender has soothing properties and lemon which is also decongesting. 

  • Other common herbs that may help could be nettle and elderflower. 

  • If you're stressed, overtired or if you face several allergens at once your symptoms can be worse in general. 

  • Wash your face or have a shower after spending time outside in high pollen season.


  • Wear glasses or sunglasses. 

  • Use a balm under your nose and around your eyes.

  • Support your respiratory system through deeper breathing practices and decongestion (through herbal teas, essential oils and lymphatic facial self massage to promote body's excess fluid management) 


  • Eat a varied diet with plenty of fibre to support your microbiome and digestive system and its ability to process any excess mucus 


  • If responses are very severe, an anti inflammatory or antihistamine diet can be useful. 


  • Incorporate more relaxing and resting practices especially when you struggle with hayfever at night and struggle with excessive tiredness


  • Use a HEPA filter in the room to clear the air


  • Close your windows in high pollen season 


  • Homeopathy can be helpful in symptomatic relief 


  • And of course acupuncture can be a very helpful treatment and prevention modality through seasonal treatments and symptomatic relief 

Here is one of the ear points that may offer symptomatic relief for your hayfever. The antihistamine point can be active around inner (hidden crease) or outer (top of the ear) surface and of the ear.  Press around the point area with your nail to find the sore spot and then stimulate by retaining pressure until the symptoms ease. You can use both ears, several times a day. Each ear may have slightly different active point location. 

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