Tackling Hay fever Naturally: Your Guide to Allergy Relief

Tackling Hay fever Naturally: Your Guide to Allergy Relief


As the warmth of spring ushers in blooming flowers and lush greenery, it also heralds the arrival of a less welcome guest: hay fever season. For many, springtime is marked by the onset of allergies, characterised by sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, and persistent coughing. Far from trivial, the burden of allergies can significantly impact our quality of life, affecting sleep, productivity, and overall well-being.

Understanding Hay fever

Hay fever is an intriguing phenomenon of mistaken identity.  It arises when your immune system mistakenly identifies harmless pollen as a hazardous threat. This triggers a robust inflammatory response which unleashes a cascade of inflammation. Central to this process is the release of histamine, a pivotal compound that triggers the subsequent allergic response. 

What role does histamine play in hay fever symptoms?

  • Increases the dilation and permeability of blood vessels, allowing fluid to leak into surrounding tissues, which leads to swelling (hello swollen eyes!)
  • Activates nerve endings, causing itching and irritation
  • Stimulates the mucus glands to produce more mucus, which helps trap and expel allergens

Traditional Allergy Medications vs. Natural Remedies

In the quest for symptom relief, medications like antihistamines are traditionally where we reach. While they can provide relief, they often come with a host of side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, weight gain, and more. Turning to natural remedies as an alternative or complementary approach offers numerous benefits. With minimal side effects, these remedies often work harmoniously with the body, providing a sustainable way to manage allergies effectively.

An Immune-Supporting Diet

An anti-inflammatory diet plays a crucial role in managing allergies by reducing overall inflammation in the body. Consuming diverse and colour plant foods rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients helps to modulate the immune system, decreasing the severity of allergic reactions. By incorporating a variety of plants into your diet, you are also supporting your body's natural defences through the gut. A healthy gut microbiome is essential for a balanced immune response. Omega 3 fatty acids are also anti-inflammatory and found mostly in oily fish, flax seeds and walnuts. 

Ginger contains bioactive compounds such as gingerol, which have potent anti-inflammatory effects. These compounds can reduce histamine and inflammation in the airways, helping to ease breathing difficulties. 

Quercetin, a potent flavonoid polyphenol found in many fruits and vegetables, stabilises mast cells and prevents the release of histamine, thereby reducing allergic reactions. Butterbur, a herb traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory properties, can be as effective as some antihistamines in alleviating symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and nasal congestion. 

Harnessing Nature for Allergy Relief

Try adding Radiant Collagyn - a bright berry nutrient-dense blend packed with polyphenols and essential micronutrients vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc to support your body in combating the allergic inflammatory response. 

True Nightcap can be a game-changer for allergy sufferers. This nourishing elixir contains zinc, vitamin C, ginger and magnesium, essential for supporting immune function and reducing inflammation. Allergy symptoms can significantly disrupt your sleep, making it hard to get the rest you need. The calming blend helps promote restful sleep, allowing your body to recover and rejuvenate. 

Allergies can be incredibly stressful, this can exacerbate symptoms. Incorporating adaptogens into your routine can help you manage this stress effectively. Ashwagandha found our Cacao blends and is known for its powerful adaptogenic properties. It helps the body adapt to stress by balancing cortisol levels and promoting a sense of calm. Cacao+Reishi combines ashwagandha with calming Reishi mushroom and hops extract. These create a balanced and supportive approach to managing allergies and their associated stress.

As well as providing an important source of protein and supporting gut integrity, collagen also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the symptoms associated with allergies. By integrating True or Wild Collagen into your daily diet, you can support your body's natural defences, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health, alleviating some of the discomfort associated with allergies.

By integrating these natural remedies, you can create a more balanced and supportive approach to managing allergies and their associated stress, enhancing your overall well-being during allergy season.

Overlooked Hay fever Tips

Limiting exposure to pollen can significantly reduce symptoms. Stay indoors on high pollen days, keep windows closed, and use air purifiers to reduce indoor pollen levels. Of course, no one wants to stay indoors on a sunny day so wearing sunglasses can help protect your eyes from pollen exposure and using a barrier cream around your nose can be helpful. Regular nasal saline irrigation can help clear pollen from nasal passages, reducing congestion and irritation.

Staying well-hydrated is essential for managing allergies effectively. Proper hydration helps maintain the mucosal lining in your respiratory tract, which acts as a barrier to trap and expel allergens. When you are well-hydrated, mucus remains thin and fluid, making it easier for your body to clear allergens from your nasal passages and lungs. Dehydration, on the other hand, can lead to thicker mucus, which can exacerbate congestion and make allergy symptoms more severe. To ensure optimal hydration, it's important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Additionally, incorporating electrolytes into your hydration routine can be particularly beneficial in helping maintain fluid balance. Try adding True Hydration to your daily ritual for a natural way to stay optimally hydrated.


By understanding hayfever and incorporating natural remedies into your routine, you can significantly reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life during allergy season. Embrace these strategies and explore the holistic support offered by Ancient and Brave to tackle hay fever with a comprehensive, natural and sustainable approach.

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