Natural ways to handle your hay fever

Natural approaches

If you find you can’t tolerate antihistamines, you need a little extra help or you just prefer a more natural drug-free approach, there are other products and things you can try which may help.

Essential oils

Some essential oils have natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Breaze Vapour Oil is a blend of 10 essential oils with therapeutic properties. It provides fast, convenient comfort while you’re on the go. At night, the Breaze Motion Activated Pillowcase provides continual release of soothing vapours while you sleep. In trials users found it helped them to breathe easy, sleep better and wake with less puffy eyes.

Barrier nasal sprays

Natural cellulose based powder sprays are available without prescription. When sprayed into the nose, these remedies form a protective gel layer, which acts as a barrier to allergens.


Rub the base of your nose with a nasal balm to help trap pollen before it enters your body. We like Haymax, it reduces the amount of pollen entering the nose by up to 30% and is great to use alongside Breaze products.

Have a spoonful of honey

Honey is thought to desensitise your body to pollen and reduce hay fever symptoms. 

Drink herbal tea

Chamomile tea is known to relieve inflammation in your airways and also has an antihistamine effect.

Shower and wash your hair at night

This will get rid of any pollen that’s found its way into your hair during the day. Try this together with Breaze Motion Activated Pillowcase to help with easy breathing and puffy morning eyes.

Tumble dry or line dry inside

Don’t hang washing outside on high pollen count days. The pollen will collect on your clothes and bedding and could trigger symptoms.

Watch the pollen forecast

If possible, try to stay indoors when the count is high (generally on warmer, dry days). Rain washes pollen from the air so counts should be lower on cooler, wet days

On high pollen days, shower and wash your hair after arriving home and change your clothes.

Further information

It’s always a good idea to talk to your pharmacist or GP if you need advice on ways to tackle your hay fever or allergic rhinitis.

Allergy UK also has lots of helpful information and advice