Hay fever Remedies
With another scorching summer on the cards, hay fever sufferers across the UK will be bracing themselves for a summer of stuffy noses, itchy sticky eyes and misery, wondering which remedy to turn to next.
Luckily, we have put together a guide with some of the best products available on the market to help combat hay fever symptoms.
A.Vogel, herbal remedy specialists, have a number of products set to help combat hay fever symptoms this summer. In fact, they even have a handy pollen count forecaster on their website (find it here) to help you prepare.
Alison Cullen, A.Vogel’s nutritional therapist and education manager advises that sufferers start to support your body before hay fever season begins, and recommends taking an Echinacea supplement for a month or two before the season kicks in to help balance your immune system. If you think you have missed the boat a little, it is still helpful to start taking now. Their Echinacea is available in tablet form and drop form too, see more here. You can buy their products online and from Boots or Holland & Barrett. Click here to find local stockists.
If your eyes are so itchy you just can’t cope, A.Vogel also produces wonderful moisturising eye drops that really help irritated and tired eyes. These drops are vegan, and are also suitable for contact lens users, so make them a perfect ‘go-to’ eye drop! Buy online here.
A.Vogel also has a range called Pollinosan, which is made to an original A.Vogel formula, containing 7 tropical herbs in varying homeopathic potencies. Pollinosan tablets are non-drowsy so will not affect your ability to drive or use machinery. They can be used to help treat allergies to grass or tree pollen (hay fever), as well as allergies to dust, animals and pets (allergic rhinitis) that give rise to symptoms such as itching and watery eyes, sneezing, tickly nose or throat and a blocked nose. Pollinosan tablets can be used together with Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray. The Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray works by rinsing and cleaning the nose of pollen, dust and other allergen particles, whilst at the same time moisturises your nose and helps make you more comfortable. As with the other A.Vogel products, you can buy online and at other local stockists.
Another great product in the battle against hay fever comes from Bio-Kult. Bio-Kult is a unique probiotic supplement with 14 strains of beneficial live bacteria, which has been specifically formulated to help maintain a strong and healthy immune system. Recent studies have provided evidence that probiotics such as Bio-Kult can help to significantly reduce hay fever symptoms, reducing the occurrence of runny eyes in just five weeks and lowering nasal congestion and itching. Bio-Kult retails from £9.48 for 30 capsules and is widely available from Boots, Tesco, Independent Pharmacies, health food stores and online at Amazon.co.uk or Bio-Kult.com.
Another great product with quick results to help ease hay fever symptoms is HayMax – an innovative organic allergen barrier balm that’s been used successfully by two Olympic athletes and has won over 40 awards!
HayMax works by trapping pollen before it gets in the body, keeping the sufferer below their trigger level for longer. As it is drug-free, HayMax is suitable for children and pregnant and breast-feeding mums. There are no drowsy side-effects – so, unlike many anti-histamines that people take, it can be used whilst driving and operating machinery, and will not adversely affect your performance at work, school, during exams or while taking part in sports or fitness.
HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from Holland & Barrett, selected Morrisons and Boots, independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores, online at Ocado and direct on 01525 406600 or www.haymax.biz.
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