Managing Hay Fever Through Ayurveda

It’s that time of the year and before we know the sun will be out and days will get longer. But however a few of us may be experiencing those usual allergies that come around this time of the year.

Therefore in this newsletter we are going to take a look at allergies from the point of view of Ayurveda and natural ways of managing them. Many people tend to suffer from Hay Fever that starts just about now.

blossom-kitten-ayurveda-pura-april-2018Hay fever which is also called as allergic rhinitis shows symptoms of runny nose, sneezing, itching eyes, scratchy throat, and itching, swelling, or hives on the skin. Often, people seem to have a cold. It is due to allergies to pollen or other substances during specific times of the year. Ayurveda looks at Hay fever as a Pitta-Kapha imbalance along with presence of toxins or Ama in the body.

Foods:

  • Avoid cold and heavy foods like dairy, yoghurt, cheese early in the mornings or later in the evenings.
  • Avoid faulty food combinations like fruit and dairy.
  • Favour more general spices like turmeric, black pepper in foods.
  • Try and consume more hot soups and liquids. This helps to liquefy/melt the congested mucus.
  • Ayurveda Pura’s Re- Vitalise Herbal Tea that contains Tulsi, is one of the best herbal drinks to relieve all allergic symptoms.
  • Consume plenty of steamed green vegetables or salads garnished with herbs and spices. You could try Ayurveda Pura’s Daily Detox Mix.
  • Ayurveda Pura’s Daily Detox Mix which contains herbs like ginger, cinnamon and Triphala can be added to foods like warm steamed salads, stir fry vegetables or warm vegetable juices.

Herbs:

  • Chyawanprash, the Ayurvedic Jam is one of the best remedies for hay fever like allergies. Completely vegan and containing natural Vitamin C and other minerals and vitamins, it helps to strengthen the immune system hence helping the body to fight back allergens
  • Pippali which is also known as long pepper is one of the best herbs to strengthen the immune system.
  • Turmeric when taken regularly will help to prevent onset of Hayfever. This can either be taken three times daily in warm water or mixed with honey
  • Tulsi which is also known as Holy Basil is known as one of the best respiratory system rejuvenators. People with more congestion, runny nose will find this herb helpful.

If you are looking to buy any of the herbs, please e-mail info@ayurvedapura.com or call +44(0)20 8312 8383.

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Daily Routine:

  • Jala Neti - nasal cleanse with a mild salt solution with warm water along with small amounts of oil using a Neti pot. One could use a Steel Neti Pot if they have tendencies towards allergies, hay fever or intolerances.
  • Shadbindu Nasya Oil - 2 drops in each nostril every morning.

Massages:

  • Nasya, the Ayurveda Nasal treatments is very good for Hay Fever. Medicated Ayurvedic herbal oils are administered into the nostril after an energising massage and steaming to the face. This once again helps to cleanse and clear out any mucus congestion from the sinuses.
  • Ayurvedic Abdominal Massages are also good if they have Ama or toxins in the body.
  • Udvartana – exfoliating massage using finely ground Ayurvedic herbs, including exotic sandalwood with precious herb-infused oils, to make the skin soft and give it a lustrous glow. Helps to stimulate the digestive fire which may become weak and hence the condition leads to allergies.
  • Ayurvedic Foot Massages are very helpful for people suffering from redness, burning, itching and watering of eyes.

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  • Energising breathing exercises like the cleansing breath exercise is the exercise of choice for Hay Fever. This not only helps to cleanse and clarify the sinuses but also helps to strengthen the immune system.
  • Likewise the Breath of Fire also called Bhastrika breathing is very good.
  • Sun Salutation is the sequence of choice for this imbalance.
  • Neti or Nasal wash with a mild salt water solution with a few drops of sesame seed oil can be done regularly every morning.

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