Spring time isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

Here at Billie Goat we're always on the lookout for natural alternatives to incorporate into our lifestyle. With hay fever at its peak, we thought we'd share some of our tips on how to find relief naturally.

Did you know that people with eczema, especially those with atopic dermatitis are more likely to suffer from hay fever too? When suffering from atopic dermatitis the body produces a particular type of antibody as a reaction to harmless allergens & environmental exposures such as pollen and dust. This immune system response is what links eczema, hay fever and even asthma.

Whether it’s hay fever clogging up your nose or allergens sparking up your eczema, the months of August to November can be a battlefield for those with allergy sensitivity. Experts have warned that this hay fever season could be one of the worst Australia has seen and is set to peak during October and November as plants begin to bloom.

According to Telfast Australia, 1 in 3 Australians will be affected by an allergy, with 7.7 million of us expected to suffer from an allergy by 2050. While it's pollen that gets the majority of the blame from hay fever sufferers, allergens can come in the form of dust mites, pet dander and even certain foods!

Hay fever symptoms can last as long as someone is exposed to the allergen they’re body is reacting to, so sneeze your way over to our tips below on how to combat the effects of hay fever:

Avoid the A-A-CHOO:

Rubbing a little vaseline around the inside of your nostrils will protect the membrane of your nose from allergens and reduce the need to sneeze.

Wear Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses won’t only protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays, but it’ll help keep pollen from irritating your eyes and prevent the incessant waterworks.

Shower Often

If you find that you can’t shake hay fever symptoms even when you’re in the safety of your home, you might find that pollen is sticking to your hair and skin after a day of activities. Showering when you get home will rid you from the atmosphere’s allergens, so your senses can relax and recover. If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, make sure to keep your skin extra moisturised when showering more often.

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Stress Less

Just like stress can play a role in triggering eczema, it’ll also make you more susceptible to symptoms of hay fever. Read our tips on how to manage stress here to help yourself relax and reduce the effects of hay fever.

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Add Local Honey To Your Diet

Eating a tablespoon of honey each day may act as a type of immunisation against hay fever symptoms because honey itself contains pollen. While this is more of an old tale than fact, this delicious tip doesn't hurt to try!

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