Britain is likely to enjoy warmer and drier than average conditions this summer, but the Met Office has cautioned against reports of a three-month heatwave.
Despite the positive prediction, there could still be daily and weekly changes throughout June, July and August, the forecasting service said.
The Met Office has released the long-range outlook as a kind of risk assessment to allow contingency planning for potential emergency weather conditions.
The change is good News for hay fever sufferers, as the wet and windy weather will help to lower pollen levels.
‘Pollen bombs’ are making life miserable for people with hayfever, reports The Cambridge News .
It seems there might be a cure on the horizon but it’s pretty extreme – rubbing yourself in nettles.
The man, Goran Pavlovic, claims he hasn’t been troubled by hayfever in three years after stinging himself.
He shared his experience on Facebook and said: “All my life I suffered from hay fever. I pretty much chocked to death every summer.
“Then, few years ago, an old man (crazy old man according to my wife) told me to try nettles.
“Basically, as soon as the spring starts, he told me, and the first nettles sprout out, pick a bunch and sting myself with them.
“Do that once a week until the end of autumn. Apparently this would make my immune system concentrate on nettles and forget about the pollen…To my wife’s horror and the amusement of the fellow walkers in parks and forests, I soon started the “therapy”.
“This is my hand in the nettles bush. And lo and behold it worked…I haven’t had any problems with pollen for 3 years now.”
“So there you have it. Just wanted to share with you my experience. Just in case someone is interested in use of herbs for medicinal purposes…
“And as the law requires, here is the disclaimer: don’t do this at home,” he added.
But how do nettles help?
There is actually some science behind why nettles prevent hayfever.
Stinging nettles are thought to be able to reduce the amount of histamine in the body caused by allergies.
Specifically, the ingestion of nettle could really help with horrid hay fever symptoms such as a stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes etc.
Nettles are full of iron, Vitamin C and calcium too so they’re a great ‘pick me up’ for when you’re feeling run down.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre , preliminary studies they carried out have shown that stinging nettle helped to reduce sneezing and itching in people suffering with hay fever.
Another study showed that 57 per cent of patients rated nettles as effective in relieving allergies, and 48 per cent said that nettles were more effective than allergy medications they had used previously.
You can buy nettle tea from your Local supermarket or health store along the herbal tea aisle, but making your own nettle tea is thought to be more effective.
How you can make your own:
- Wearing a pair of rubber gloves, pick a bunch of nettle leaves.
- Wash the leaves and steep them in boiling water for a few minutes – has to be boiling water!
- Then simply remove the leaves and enjoy.
If you want to add a bit of sweetness, you can put in a drop of honey which is also said to help hayfever.
Source : BirminghamMail