You’re not alone. Over a third of us Aussie’s are suffering with symptoms of hayfever this spring.
Here’s a list of the healthiest ways to survive blooming springtime. 1. Wash the worries away Pollen + eyes = itchiness, puffiness and pain, right? Reduce the symptoms you know are on their way by rinsing your eyes with lukewarm water as regularly as you can. Just make sure your mascara is waterproof... 2. Exercise indoors Changing up your workouts has been proven to increase motivation so swapping the neighbourhood runs for a gym routine or fitness DVD not only let's you avoid the dreaded allergens but you might even enjoy the exercise more! Our friends at Genesis (The Fitness Club for EveryBody) have offered SALT clients super discounts including 7 days free group personal training. Check out their Barre class (combo of Pilates, Ballet & Fitness)! 3. Keep an eye on the time Pollen levels peak in mid-morning and early evening so if possible, keep outside doors and windows closed at these times and avoid drying your washed clothes outside because the pollen will settle on them. 4. Clean up your cosmetics No-one wants panda eyes, especially come summer, so overhaul your make-up bag and choose hypo-allergenic cosmetics which will reduce the risk of irritating already-itchy eyes and skin. Choose hypo-allergenic eye make-up, especially mascara, and you’ll feel the difference. Inika and Eye of Horus are two organic makeup ranges with natural oils and pure mineral enriched formulas that are ideal for sensitive eyes. Get them at our favourite Pharmacy; Baggas, which is a short walk from SALT in the Hunter Mall. 5. Keep calm and carry on 2010’s Hay Fever Health Report showed that 71% of hayfever sufferers with the worst symptoms had higher than average stress levels, so it’s widely accepted that de-stressing your body can ease hay fever reactions. Exercise, meditation or simply being more mindful about your stress levels can all help to lower them. Bronni Page Yoga suggests a supported Fish Pose to open up the chest and facilitate full, easy breathing. Gently lie down on your back with a rolled up towel under your lower shoulder blades and something a bit higher under your head. Rest arms and legs comfortably. Stay for 5-10 minutes, breathing easily.
For extra relaxation when you’re done, remove supports and lay down in savasana and listen to her lovely yoga nidra (guided relaxation). https://soundcloud.com/bronni-page/yoga-nidrabronni-page 6. Rinse and repeat before bed If you tend to shampoo and condition in the morning, change to a routine of washing your hair in the evening before bed. This will strip your tresses of any pollen that's settled on them throughout the day so it doesn't end up on your pillow until you next change your bedding. 7. The sweet stuff In theory, honey should be the edible antichrist for hay fever sufferers given its association with bees, but in fact many have sworn a reduction in symptoms taking a spoonful of honey a day, and the science suggests that bee pollen in the honey desensitises the body to other allergens. Crumpet optional, local sourced honey is best. 8. Soothe eyes with a spray Products like Actimist 2 in 1 Eye Spray for Itchy and Watery Eyes help to make your peepers feel more comfortable by stabilising the lipid layer of the eye. We’re not big fans of eye drops (you know that episode of Friends where Rachel has to visit the eye doc? Yeah. That), so we love the fact that you can spray this onto closed eyes and it works its own way in at the corners. Baggas Pharmacy.
9. Orange is the new black Ready your shopping basket for carrots, pumpkins and sweet potato as they all contain carotenoid, a naturally occurring plant pigment, which has been proven to help reduce inflammation in your airways and improve the immune system. 1-2 servings of carotenoid-rich food per day should stand you in good stead. Go ORGANIC if possible! 10. Massage Manages Sinus Get targeted relief with head, neck and shoulder massage. Not only will it help loosen the tension brought on by the symptoms but it can reduce sinus pain, help drain congestion and nurture you to back to feeling human again. Holistic Remedial Massage Therapist Lisa O’Keefe recommends a weekly session to give your body the best chance at staying relaxed and happy during pollen season. Get 15% off a 3 session package with her at Souls Temple with mention of this article.
11. From the Inside out Hay fever is caused by the immune system reacting to pollen particles as if they were a harmful disease, so boosting your immune system to work at its highest efficiency is understood to reduce symptoms. Ethical Nutrients Sinus and Hayfever Relief contains Olive Leaf, horseradish and eyebright which are believed to help with immune support and can help reduce mucus and inflammation of the nasal passage. Get it at Baggas Pharmacy and get 10% off when you mention this article. 12. Drive clever You might not be able to control the air outside but you can in your own car. Be sure your air conditioning setting is on ‘re-circulate’ which stops the system pulling in pollen-heavy particles from outside. 13. Proof Your Nose 'Smear an allergy jelly or balm inside the nostrils to trap the pollen before it can get into the nose and trigger symptoms,' says Dr Rob Hicks, author of Beat Your Allergies. 'Apply it before leaving home and reapply regularly throughout the day, especially after wiping or blowing the nose.' We rate HayMax balm. 14. Put your apple-a-day away Just as some foods can help reduce hay fever symptoms, others can exacerbate them. A key fruit to avoid is apples, which react with certain types of pollen to cause an itchy mouth and swollen tongue. Naturopath Nissa Lee encourages you to reduce hayfever symptoms with this simple and yummy smoothie. Raspberries provide a rich source of vitamin C that boosts immunity and decreases histamine release. Raspberries also contain quercetin that reduces inflammation and stabilises cell membranes. The vitamin A found in almond milk, topped with the zinc in pepita's and cacoa nibs also act to boost immune function. Enjoy! Nissa is a naturopath and nutritionist with a knack for turning research into recipes. You can find more info here http://inspirationalhealth.com.au/ 15. Salt Therapy – nature’s answer to breathing easier Salt therapy has many beneficial properties for hay fever sufferers - it's antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, removes airborne pollen and strengthens the immune system – a series of sessions (4-6 in 2 weeks) will help you feel better fast and then help build your immune system.
Get the Hayfever HELP special 2 week pass (5 sessions, 15% discount) at The Salt Therapy Centre Newcastle.
For an at-home alternative, try the Dry Salt Inhaler. Now you can purchase both online at our shop!
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