Hay fever sea­son

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Wellness -

If you’re one of the 18 per cent of Aus­tralians who ex­pe­ri­ence hay fever, you may have al­ready started feel­ing the symp­toms. “It starts with the fa­mil­iar itch at the back of the throat, and be­fore long it’s con­ges­tion, a runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, si­nus pres­sure, con­stant sneez­ing and a foggy, throb­bing headache,” says Oil Gar­den aro­mather­apy ed­u­ca­tor Pat Princi-Jones. If you’re look­ing for a nat­u­ral remedy, try es­sen­tial oils. “Ger­man chamomile re­duces in­flam­ma­tion and can ease itch­ing, an­tibac­te­rial laven­der and Ro­man chamomile help re­lax and reg­u­late air­ways, pep­per­mint works on blocked noses, and lemon and grape­fruit act as as­trin­gents on the bronchial tract,” says Princi-Jones (find some of th­ese in Oil Gar­den Hay Fever Ease, $29.99, oil­gar­den.com.au). Use in a va­por­iser, add to boil­ing wa­ter and do a steam in­hala­tion, mix with co­conut oil and rub over the chest and back, or dis­pense a few drops on a tis­sue and inhale through­out the day.

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