Dealing with Hayfever

reading time: ca. 3 min

As much as i love summer - i hate hayfever!

Are any of you suffering from hayfever like me?!

Hallo an alle Sonnenanbeter,
heute bin ich den ganzen Tag draußen rumgerannt, also buchstäblich durch die Wildnis gerannt. Wir haben Capture the Flag im Wald gespielt mit einer Gruppe von Freunden (übrigens, wer dieses Spiel kennt und oder es schon mal gespielt hat, ist unfassbar großartig). Mein momentaner Zustand: zerstochen, zerkratzt, zerbissen, und verdammt glücklich.

Davon abgesehen, hat das ganze Draußensein einen ziemlichen Nachteil, wenn man Heuschnupfen hat. Die Nase kribbelt, die Augen tränen und dann ist da noch das ganze Rumgerotze. Ich weiß nicht warum, aber aaargh, ich hasse das Geräusch von Niesen!


Hello to you sun lovers,
today I've been running around outside all day long. Like, seriously, running through the woods. We played a game called Capture the Flag with a group of friends (if you know that game and/or have played it, you are incredibly awesome), and my current condition could be summarized as: scratched up, bitten by mosquitoes, half-eaten by ticks, and bloody thrilled.

Apart from that, there's a big downside to all this being-out-and-about: hayfever. It sucks, alright. Runny nose, itchy eyes, and a whole lot of sniffling and sneezing. No idea why, but aaargh I really can't stand the sound of sneezing!

The sun's out, the temperature’s up, but unfortunately: so is the pollen count. After a very cold spring and delayed blossoming, this years's summer is especially high in various tree and grass pollen and all these beautiful flowers turn to visions of horror for those of us who suffer from hayfever. Yep.

So how to deal with hayfever?
#1 First of all, you need to know which pollen triggers your allergy. Keep a journal about when and where exactly your symptoms occur, then match it against a pollen calendar to see what's in the air.

#2 Another easy one: Avoid pollen rush-hour time. For instance, on those dry warm days in July and August, pollen counts are highest early in the morning and late-afternoon, so try to stay indoors at that time.

#3 A weird one: Smear petroleum jelly along your nostrils to trap those nasty pollen. Yeah. If you don't like the smell or the greasy stickiness, try using beeswax based balm instead.

#4 Pollen can stick to your hair and to your clothing, so make sure to wash your hair and face regularly and best shake out your outdoor clothes before coming indoors. Even better, change clothes when coming home. 
Also, don't forget about your pet! If you have a little hairy friend at home who strolls around outside, give his fur a good brushing-through with a pet brush or rub him down with a damp towel before letting your cat or dog or racoon or squirrel or whatever inside.

#5 On hot, dry days like those in July keep your windows closed. That also applies to your car - by the way, check if your car's air conditioning is fitted with a pollen filter. Also, while a convertible might look way cool and all that, it isn't the best choice for hayfever sufferers.

#6 Since pollen will be wafting in through open doors and windows and will settle on any available surface, keep beds and pillows covered all day long.
found at:
#8 Get outcha sunglasses. It's always a good idea to invest in a good pair of sunglasses, not only do they protect your eyes from harmful UV-rays, but also from the pollen wafting around. Ideally get a pair of wraparound glasses. Some of them are actually quite stylish ;)

#9 Avoid drying clothes outdoors on high pollen days since the fabrics collect all the pollen like a big filter. If you still want to air- and sun-dry your washing, at least try not to hang it out at dusk and dawn since that's the pollen rush-hour time, as you know. 

#10 Lastly, something people tend to forget about when it comes to hayfever (and illnesses in general): the aspect of nutrition. For example, you should eat plenty of foods that are rich in magnesium and methionine to reduce histamine levels. Good sources are sunflower seeds, nuts, oats and leafy greens. 
Another easy way to ease hayfever symptoms is to drink peppermint tea. Peppermint contains a substance called rosmarinic acid, a powerful antioxidant that blocks production of allergy-producing leukotrienes. Tea in summer? Yes. Sweeten it with honey or agave syrup, let it cool off a bit and then put the tea pot into the fridge for an hour or so. It's delicious.


Also: Here's a sneaky little sneak peek at my current project: garden gnomes. Yeah. Don't ask.

On that note: Have a happy, hayfever-free day!


( - -)
((') (')