Hay fever is caused when the body believes it is being attacked by a harmful invader. Sensitivity to pollens or airborne mold spores can trigger a reaction causing histamine to be produced. The symptoms are inflammation and swelling of nasal passages, sneezing, itching, watery eyes and a runny nose.
An onion a day can keep hay fever away. Onions contain the flavanoid quercetin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-histamine. Red onions can be eaten raw in a salad or sandwiches. Other sources of quercetin are apples, berries, cherries and red grapes.
Turmeric contains curcumin which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. It also inhibits the release of histamine. You can grate turmeric to add to rice dishes, curries and soups but a curcumin extract in supplement form is more effective and usually contains piperine that helps with absorption.
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help with hay fever symptoms such as nasal inflammation. It loosens phlegm and also acts as a natural antihistamine, strengthening the immune system as well. Fresh ginger can be added to curries and makes a delicious hot or iced tea. A slice of fresh ginger can also be added to a fresh veggie juice.
Horseradish is a peppery root vegetable which works well as a decongestant, clearing nasal passages. It becomes very pungent when cut and helps the body to drain the sinuses. Prepared horseradish has to be used straight away or it discolors and loses its strength. Combining vitamin C, garlic and horseradish work well.