Try Local Honey
How it works: Honey isn't only good for making your porridge sweeter. It also contains pollen which helps your body acclimatise (the tolerance concept again we were talking about earlier). Plus, "honey straight from the hive contains enzymes that reduce inflammation and antibiotic properties that stimulate your immune system," says Dr John Heinerman, a medical anthropologist.
Our Recommendation: Sweeten your morning cup of tea with locally grown honey or add it to your smoothies and salad dressings.
Try Using An Air Purifier
How it works: Did you know that hay fever is often triggered by the presence of pollen spores in the air? But don't be fooled into thinking that staying inside will safeguard your sinuses, as these pesky spores aren't only found in the great outdoors.
In fact, pollution can sometimes be up to five times worse inside your home, and often you can't even see it. Think everyday odours, domestic fumes and pet dander. No thanks!
The good news? Air purifiers can be an effective way to remove indoor pollution including pollen, bacteria and mould from the air.
Our Recommendation: The Dyson purifier range which captures 99.95% of fine particles such as allergens and pollutants.
How it works: Acupuncture is another great alternative method for treating your hayfever symptoms. Applying needles to the body strengthens your immune system, says Dr Kathy Bishop, an anesthesiologist and acupuncturist in the US. A study by the World Health Organization, found that about a dozen half-hour acupuncture sessions relieved allergy symptoms for more than 60% of patients.
Our Recommendation: One or two sessions per week for 6 to 8 weeks during allergy season. Cost: $50 to $150 per session. To find an acupuncturist near you see AACMA: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.