Select Page

Inspired by last week’s Juice Academy I thought I would share with you an alternative way to deal with hay fever…

Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to one-in-five people at some point in their life.

Hay fever is caused by breathing in pollen particles and by pollen getting into the eyes. You can get hay fever at any time from early spring to late summer, depending on which pollen or pollens you’re allergic to.

There are around 30 types of pollen that could cause your hay fever. The pollen that causes hay fever could come from sources including:

  • grass: 90% of people in Britain with hay fever are allergic to grass pollen
  • trees: about 25% of people in Britain with hay fever are allergic to pollen from trees, including oak, ash, cedar and birch
  • weeds: such as mugwort and ragweed

It’s possible to be allergic to more than one type of pollen

Symptoms of Hay Fever

Hay fever symptoms vary in severity and your symptoms may be worse some years than others, depending on the weather conditions and the pollen count. Your symptoms may start at different times of the year, depending on which types of pollen you are allergic to.

The symptoms of hay fever include:

  • frequent sneezing
  • runny or blocked nose
  • itchy, red or watery eyes (also known as allergic conjunctivitis)
  • an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears

Less commonly, you may experience:

  • the loss of your sense of smell
  • facial pain (caused by blocked sinuses)
  • sweats
  • headaches

While symptoms of hay fever may be mild, they can interfere with your sleep and your daily activities at school or work.

Hay Fever and Asthma

If you have asthma, your asthma symptoms may get worse when you have hay fever. Sometimes, asthma symptoms only occur when you have hay fever.

These symptoms include:

  • tight chest
  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • wheezing

Hay Fever Treatments

BBC Health advises that the most useful treatments for hay fever are:

  • Antihistamine tablets and nasal sprays, which if taken regularly help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, an itchy throat and itchy, watery eyes
  • Anti-inflammatory nasal sprays and nose drops (usually containing steroids), which reduce inflammation in the delicate lining of the nose. These should be taken daily for the best results
  • Anti-allergy nasal sprays and eye drops, such as cromoglycate, which act on the linings of the nose and eyes to stop the allergen triggering a reaction
  • Decongestant tablets and sprays can help if the nose is blocked and stuffy, but can lead to rebound blocking

Does Nature Have a Solution?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were foods provided by natured that acted as a natural antihistamine, a natural anti-inflammatory, a natural anti-allergic and a natural decongestant instead of relying on man made pharmaceuticals? Well the good news is nature has provided all of these things in one single plant based food: ginger!

The Power of Ginger

Ginger has been used for its health benefits for over 5,000 years and is a favorite medicinal as well as culinary herb. Unlike most spices, the part that has the most medicinal value grows under ground. Often mistakenly called “ginger root” this is actually the rhizome of the plant which is more of a subterranean stem than a root.

Liquid Medication – The Wonder of Juicing

What is one of the easiest ways to get your daily dose of ginger? Introducing the Ginger Shot: simply juice half an apple and a good sized chunk of ginger root to provide a liquid dose of natures finest. This should fill a standard shot glass. The ginger can have a strong, warming effect so my advice would be to down the shot in one, think of it as a ginger ‘slammer’!

Me and this morning's 'Ginger Slammer'

Natures Finest Juices: Me and this morning’s ‘Ginger Slammer’

Need a juicer? Click here to get a 5% discount at Juice Master!
Note: discount is applied at check out.

For everyday juicing I use the Phillips HR1861

Medical Advice

Unless for some strange reason you are allergic to ginger or apples, ginger shots / ginger slammers should be completely safe for you to add to your diet, however if you are currently under medical supervision for your hay fever you should consult with doctor before stopping any existing treatments.

Year Without Beer

If you want to show some love them please donate to my year without beer and give your support to one of these fantastic causes:

  • To donate to Cancer Research UK please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB66 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB66 £5″ will donate £5.
  • To donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB55 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB55 £5″ will donate £5.