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When summer rolls in, so does the pollen – and for lots of families, that means the return of the itchy eyes and runny noses that come with hay fever. If you and your kids are among the unlucky ones, you don’t have to hide away indoors all summer. Here are five natural remedies for hay fever and allergies to help you enjoy the warm weather along with everyone else, but just remember: it’s always best to check in with a healthcare professional if you’re in doubt.
When kids get hay fever, it can mean spending the whole summer with a runny nose that can get sore. Cushelle is gentle on small noses, yet strong enough to survive the washing machine – a nice bonus for you.
Our round-up of great natural remedies for hay fever
1. Local honey*: one of the best natural remedies for hay fever
A teaspoon of honey* is said to do wonders for alleviating the symptoms of hay fever. For the best results, go for honey* that is grown locally, derived from manuka and unprocessed. It’s also one of the sweetest hay fever remedies around, making it a definite kids’ favourite. To reap the full benefits, simply swallow one teaspoon of honey* every morning before you leave the house.
2. Wash away pollen by showering at night
Sometimes the best hay fever remedies for children and adults are all about managing pollen exposure. Pollen can get everywhere, especially after a long day playing in the park. That’s why it’s sensible to shower just before bed, to make sure all pollen is removed from your hair and skin. It is also worth washing what you wear more regularly, particularly if it has had contact with grass or pollen.
3. Keep surfaces wiped clean
Hay fever remedies don’t come much more straight-forward than good old-fashioned cleaning. In the heat of summer, it may be unrealistic to keep your windows shut at all hours, but you can help to manage pollen that has blown into your house by regularly wiping surfaces and windowsills. Wiping dust away from surfaces with moistened tissue instead of a cloth helps to avoid the transfer of pollen to other parts of the house.
When it comes to cleaning during hay fever season, it’s especially important that all hands are on deck – dad, mum, the kids, everyone – to keep the house pollen-free. Add wiping surfaces to kids’ chore charts to remind them to do their bit.
4. Herbal teas as natural remedies for hay fever
If you love herbal teas, you’ll be glad to know that many of them are a natural remedy for hay fever allergies. Chamomile, liquorice and nettle tea all contain antioxidants and antihistamines. The soothing warmth of the tea can also help to clear your nose.
If you’re dealing with your children's hay fever, natural remedies like herbal teas can be an acquired taste. So be prepared to try out a variety of flavours before landing on one that your kids don’t consider worse than the actual hay fever.
5. Garlic and onion: a natural remedy for hay fever allergies
Both garlic and onion have anti-allergen properties that make them a great natural remedy for hay fever allergies. When summer lands, start cooking with more onion and garlic. You’ll be glad to know that you don’t have to eat them raw. This classic combination is the basis of many parents’ go-to family meals, such as pasta sauces and curries. It’s one of those stealthy hay fever remedies for children that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.
Despite your best efforts using natural remedies for hay fever, if you or a member of your family has severe hay fever symptoms, it’s always best to consult a health professional. He or she will be able to give you advice on what specific medications and antihistamines will be most effective.
*Please note it is not suitable for kids under 1 year of age to ingest honey. If you are unsure on the uses of honey with kids, please consult a health professional.