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What home remedies and natural treatments can I try for hayfever?

There are people who believe that honey and other alternative treatments help relieve hayfever symptoms. This is what the research says.

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Have you heard that changing your diet or eating local honey will reduce your hayfever symptoms? We look at what the researchers have found out about six popular remedies.

Saline nasal washes or sprays

Saline nasal rinses can wash hayfever triggers from your nostrils and make you feel more comfortable by removing excess mucous. But they are not a replacement for medicines recommended by your pharmacist or GP. Large volume (more than 60 ml) and high-pressure devices appear to be more effective than simple sprays.1


It is widely believed that eating local honey can reduce your hayfever symptoms. But there is mixed evidence for this. One scientific study did find benefit, but only at very high daily doses of honey.2


There is limited evidence in favour of acupuncture for reducing hayfever symptoms. However, even if it works, you may need multiple treatments to achieve benefits, and this could be costly.3

Herbal remedies

Herbal remedies have been used for hayfever for thousands of years. However, further research is needed before scientists can make evidence-based recommendations.2

Dietary changes

Some people believe that cutting dairy products or wheat from their diet has helped their hayfever symptoms. But hayfever is not triggered by food and there is no convincing evidence that removing dairy or wheat from your diet will help.1


There is evidence of some benefit of using probiotics alone or together with other treatments. But researchers have not been able to agree which probiotic strain is helpful and at what dose.2

Visit the ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) website for more information.


  1. 1. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Allergic Rhinitis Clinical Update [Internet]. Brookvale (NSW); 2017 [cited 2019 Aug 5].
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  3. 3. Lee MS, Pittler MH, Shin BC. Acupuncture for allergic rhinitis: a systematic review [Internet]. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 2009 Mar [cited 2019 Aug 5];102(216-22.
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