• Kim Bresseleers

Hay Fever (Allergic rhinitis)

Snot noses, sneezes, a dry cough: pollen in the air is no laughing matter. Below you can find an overview of natural remedies and tips of things you can do to relieve your allergy!

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis) is an allergy to pollen from certain grasses, plants and trees that are in bloom. The pollen float in the air and can cause a hypersensitive reaction of the mouth, eyes, nose and airways if you come in contact with it.

The period that you can suffer from hay fever depends entirely on the flowering period of the grasses, trees and plants that you are allergic to. Most of them bloom between February and October. During this period you therefore have a chance of symptoms of hay fever. Check out the pollen calendar to find out when the grasses, plants or trees are blooming that cause hay fever symptoms.


The symptoms of hay fever are similar to those of a cold. They often express themselves around the mouth, eyes and nose. You can then suffer from:

  • a running nose

  • sneezing

  • itchy eyes

  • stuffiness

  • itching

  • a sore throat

  • fatigue

Hay fever remedies

If you suffer from hay fever, you probably go to the pharmacy for a nasal spray, eye drops or tablets. However, if you don't feel like grabbing the medicines this time - which can make you feel drowsy as well - then you could try the following natural hay fever remedies.


Bees are looking for nectar all day long. During their search, they come into contact with the pollen that people with hay fever are allergic to. The pollen that the bees pick up on the way end up in the honey. Exactly that honey is a good way to build up resistance to these pollen. Stirring a spoonful of honey into your tea every day works as a kind of 'vaccination' against your allergy. This honey must be local, so that you can be sure that you get the pollen that occur in your area.


It is not for nothing that the annual plant has been used as a medicine for years. It is considered one of the best natural hay fever remedies. You can make tea with it, but also flavor a soup. Don't like the taste that much? Then choose chamomile oil that you can massage into your skin or inhale. Or you can also make compresses of the tea bags to reduce the itching and burning sensation in your eyes.

Vitamin C:

The body's own substance, histamine, sends signals to your brain and immune system. It is also the substance that causes your body to react allergically to, for example, a grass or tree pol. Vitamin C appears to inhibit histamine production in your body, making it less likely to cause hay fever symptoms such as tear eyes and sneezing.


Quercetin is also a histamine-inhibiting substance. This substance is naturally found in onion and garlic. Fortunately, the combination of garlic and onion is a delicious basis for practically any dish, so you can easily put it on the daily menu.

Chili peppers:

The red and hot peppers contain capsaicin, a substance that not only provides a burning sensation, but also opens up your nasal passages. This makes you less likely to suffer from a clogged feeling.

Steaming with herbs:

By steaming you do not prevent an allergic reaction, but you can reduce your complaints. The hot steam reduces the swelling of the mucous membrane in your nose and allows you to breathe freely again. It also prevents itching in the eyes. Sprinkle a handful of dried herbs such as eucalyptus or mint in the water and enjoy the wonderful scent.

Cleaning to relieve your allergy

Clean up:

The less stuff lying around, the less dust or pollen they can hold. Before you start cleaning, make sure that everything is neatly stored.

Dust off:

Dust the following with a wet microfiber cloth: cabinets, racks, pots, decoration and frames.

Vacuum and mop:

Try vacuuming at least twice a week, but if you are really bothered by your allergies, it is best to do this daily. It is best to wait 30 minutes after dusting before extracting the vacuum cleaner. After all, on average it takes half an hour before dust swirling around.

Vacuum gently, so that the vacuum cleaner has time to collect all the dust. Also consider the hard-to-reach places such as the space behind the sofa, under a cupboard or behind the television. A lot of dust often accumulates there without it being visible.

Is it time to buy a new vacuum cleaner? Then consider a special anti-allergy vacuum cleaner with Hepa filter. These filters retain more and smaller particles. Do not forget to clean or replace the filter regularly.

After vacuuming, it is important to mop the floor.

Wash bed linen:

It is important to wash your bed linen at 60 degrees once a week. During the pollen season, dry your sheets (and the rest of your laundry) preferably in the dryer or indoors.

Make curtains and grids dust-free:

A task that you do not have to do weekly, but that many people dare to lose sight of: washing your curtains and cleaning your blinds and all kinds of grills and filters (such as ventilation grilles and the hood grille).

Of course there are also other ways to avoid pollen. Here are some tips:

  • Keep windows and doors closed

  • Put on sunglasses

  • Do not hang laundry outside

  • Avoid places with pollen

  • Wash your face before going to bed

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