Supporting Hayfever Naturally
An estimated 50 million people per year suffer from hay fever. Common symptoms include; watery, itchy eyes, post nasal drip, headache, congestion, excessive mucus production, asthma, sneezing and a runny nose.
Luckily, there are things you can put in place to manage the nasty hay fever symptoms.
Food To Include
- Local honey
- Apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons mixed with a large glass of water first thing in the morning)
- Dark berries (blueberries, blackberries); contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids
- Apples; contain quercetin which inhibits the release of histamine
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids; anti-inflammatory and support optimal functioning of the immune system. Sources include salmon, flax seeds.
Herbs and Teas
- Nettle Tea (two cups per day)
- Peppermint Tea
- Turmeric and Ginger; use in cooking as well as daily in teas.
Foods To Avoid
Certain foods can increase the release of histamine which can aggravate hayfever symptoms.
High histamine foods include;
- Red wine and alcohol in general
- Cured meats; ham, salami, sausage
- Dairy products; cheese, milk, yogurt
- Highly processed foods with preservatives and additives
Dairy, which promotes mucus formation can aggravate hayfever symptoms such as excessive mucus production, post nasal drip and congestion.
Should I Be Eating Gluten?
It feels as though we are constantly being bombarded with differing opinions about how/when/what we should be eating and in most cases, the information is coming from biased (i.e. someone is trying to sell you something) or from unqualified sources. Sure, freedom of speech is great and putting out your opinions is what the internet is for. But, when it comes to your health, that starts to get dangerous.
How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen
The skin is the largest organ in the body and the substances we put on our skin make their way into our system. Think about how a nicotine patch works; it is simply a patch on the skin but it’s contents get absorbed into the bloodstream. In our modern environments, we are exposed to some toxins which we can’t do anything about; things like air pollution. Fortunately, there are some things we can control like what beauty products we use.
Natural Options for Cleaning & Cleansing
A flannel with warm water and a natural soap or coconut oil is a relaxing and gentle way to remove makeup and wash your face.
Natural Options for Moisturising & Fragrance
Natural Oils; Coconut Oil, Olive Oil mixed with a few drops of your favourite essential oil; I love grapefruit, lavender and vetiver.
Natural/Low Additive Brands
Ingredients to avoid where possible:
Phytates – Sometimes called dibutyl phthalate in nail products. Particularly to be avoided in pregnancy
Fragrance – A loose term with no bound legal description meaning it can be hard to know what has been used to create it in the product.
Heavy Metals – Mostly found in hair dyes. Opt for organic or natural hair dyes
Words ending with ‘-thiazolinone’ – a preservative which is an irritant to skin and potentially neurotoxic
Have you tried lowering your toxic load and detoxing your beauty regimen? Let me know in the comments!
Check out my other lifestyle posts:
How to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene
Helpful Guides for Mental Health Support
How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen
And I’m not talking about how often you change your sheets.
This is a super easy chicken bone broth recipe, or as I call it: liquid gold.
The benefits of bone broth are vast. It is excellent for your skin, thanks to all that lovely collagen (yes, the very same stuff people pay hundreds to have pumped into their faces), fantastic for your gut health which in turn supports your immune system.
When you’re battling with a chronic health illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome often the last thing you feel like doing is preparing and cooking a meal. However, enjoying homemade food is so important, especially when your body could do with the helping hand that nutrient dense wholefoods have to offer.
Before I developed fibromyalgia, I really enjoyed cooking and baking. I had been baking cookies and cakes since I was a teenager and had developed a love for cooking in my early 20s. I didn’t want to stop being able to cook, not only for the nutrients, but for the joy and relaxation that cooking brought me.
Unfortunately, my energy levels don’t always see eye to eye with my intentions!
Over time, I figured out ways to make my time in the kitchen easier and how to maximise a good day when I have extra energy to spend on cooking. Here are my tips for cooking with a chronic illness
These refined sugar free brownies are a real treat – super gooey in the middle and hard on top, just as a brownie should be!
Instead of caster sugar, I used unrefined coconut sugar to sweeten them. Still a treat but a great alternative to a more ‘mainstream brownie’ recipe.
For as long as I can remember, my mum has been trying to get me to eat fish. At the ripe age of 25, I still hate it! But as I learnt more about the incredible benefits of salmon and the omega-3 it contains, I knew I wanted to get it into my diet somehow.
All I had to do was figure out how to make this piece of fish not taste at all like, well, fish!
This sweet potato soup is vegan, sugar free, gluten free and low fat.
This gluten free pancakes recipe is also refined sugar-free, dairy free and flour-less.
Growing up across North America, there were a couple of breakfast staples I loved as a kid. High on the list are fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Unfortunately, most buttermilk pancake recipes have milk (hence the ‘milk’ in ‘buttermilk’) and loads of sugar – two things which are problematic in my kitchen!
After much experimenting, I have worked out the best gluten-free pancake recipe that still has that fluffiness I love and the texture of a ‘normal’ buttermilk pancake.