Hay fever season is coming with Spring only 2 weeks away! For those who suffer from hay fever or have friends or family who do, please pass this on and let them know it is a great idea to prime yourselves before the pollen is released. This way you can ward the inflammatory response off a bit easier.
Allergy and intolerance are explained in Ayurveda as an intolerance of your doshas not accepting and adjusting to environmental and dietary changes. The root cause is believed to be imbalanced agni (metabolic fire).
Hayfever is predominantly a kapha or pitta imbalance. Vata imbalances tend to be more predominant in Autumn. Spring hayfever (kapha imbalance) produces sinus congestion, watery eyes and excessive mucous in nose and throat. Summer hay fever (Pitta imbalance) is allergy to airborne pollens such as grasses, house dust, combined with excess heat. This produces headache, bronchitis, sinus congestion and upper respiratory inflammation.
Start self management now by:
- Nasya drops daily. These nose drops contain organic refined sesame oil, olive oil, brahmi, calamus, skullcap, eucalyptus oil (I have some in stock if you would like to try).
- Use turmeric, long pepper, cumin, and black pepper in foods. Add to your food right at the end of cooking.
- Eat hot soups and liquids (not cold liquids). This helps to liquefy/melt any congesting mucus.
- Licorice tea, plus or minus black pepper, basil and ginger can be taken twice daily before the hay fever season starts. This will help to prevent the onset of symptoms.
- Eat plenty of steamed green vegetables or warm salads garnished with black pepper, basil, thyme, rosemary.
- Tulsi tea which is also known as Holy Basil tea is known as one of the best respiratory system rejuvenators.
- Drink 2-3 cups of warm/hot water per day in the two weeks leading up to Spring (never underestimate the value of good ol’ hot H2O)
- As soon as you feel that first tickle in your throat, gargling with either a bit of local honey in hot water or mix 1 cup hot water with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon natural mineral salt and gargle on that regularly, it can be both clarifying and soothing.
Avoid dairy, yoghurt, cheese, tomato, pineapple. Yes… that cheese and crackers after a long day’s work does still count as cheese!
Hay fever in Ayurveda is based on an individual’s body type or dosha type, try the above tips but please feel free to book a consultation if you particularly suffer or have long periods of hay fever every year.