Herbs for Hayfever



Any help to calm or reduce the excessive histamine production will be important for hayfever sufferers. The unpleasant inflammatory responses of constricted breathing, itchy eyes, runny nose and all the rest are exhausting.

These histamines are released when the airborne plant proteins (pollen etc) irritate the lining membranes of the nose.

What herbs may help?

  • Dandelion root supports detoxification to move on the allergen
  • Nettle contains histamine and will block the body’s own histamine productionand slowly desensitizes the pollen effects; equally it is an anti-inflammatory, plus it is able to increase urine production and thus speedily remove the collected toxins
  • Burdock and chicory root will help to remove and neutralize the pollen via the the liver and bloodstream Extra immune support:
  • Echinacea will help ‘neutralize’ toxins and will effectively remove them via the kidneys
  • Echinacea moderates the immune system’s over-production of the anti-body immunoglobulin and will help dry up the spongy and irritated mucous membranes

Quercetin and rutin rich foods will also help by reducing excessive histamine release. Onion (red), apple (keep skin on), citrus fruits, broccoli, berries are all quercetin rich. Search out local honey and use it year round but most importantly for 1-2 months before your normal hay fever onset time frame. The idea behind this is to introduce local pollens into your system and gently de-sensitize your immune reaction to them.

Why not make fresh herbal teas from wild herbs like fresh  nettle? Use a handful  (use gloves if nettle of course!) per mug of boiling water. Leave for 15-20 minutes to brew before drinking.

These can also help you :

  • Oily Fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, kippers, sardines)
  • Chia, flax and pumpkin seeds
  • Red onions
  • Fresh fruit, especially berries
  • Vegetables, especially broc 
  • Ginger (anti-inflammatory)
  • Turmeric (anti-inflammatory)

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