According to the British Allergy Foundation, one in four of the UK population will suffer from an allergy at some point in their lives, and the number of people becoming affected is increasing by 5% each year. With more and more hayfever suffers suffering from different and more symptoms year on year.
Hayfever is also known as allergic rhinitis and is one of the causes of seasonal allergies in people around the world. It is most commonly triggered in the form of hay fever in the summer, but can also be present in the spring and autumn with people reacting to dust mites and also airborne allergens such as Pet hair occurring at any time.
Most Hay fever suffers know that their symptoms appear or increase with pollen. This allergen triggers a hypersensitive reaction in the chest, eyes, nose and throat. When you come into contact with the allergen it then sets off the release of histamine that causes inflammation, streaming and congestion that are common symptoms of troublesome hay fever reaction. The potential range of symptoms can vary massively from a mild sensation of irritation to great distress and discomfort.
At Angelic Mamas, especially over the last week or so I have been contacted daily by hay fever sufferers wanting my help using homeopathy. These are calls from regular hayfever sufferers I treat year in year out. Each year the symptoms change depending on what is going on around us. So environmental changes, nature changes and global warming are all affecting the way the hay fever symptoms are presenting. This is very annoying for my patients who expect their hay fever remedies to work year on year and sometimes this does happen but for others, it changes seasonally.
I find people that follow my winter hay fever protocol tend to have changing symptoms and this is down to us dampening down the symptoms in the winter and preparing the body ready for the onslaught of pollen in the spring and summer. By using the winter protocol the symptoms appear less and less as the years go on with them ending up with very mild symptoms. Both my children are at this stage now. Only really having to take homeopathy when the pollen count is very high.
Boost Your immune system
I also find that people with a low immune system also suffer from increased symptoms of hay fever. So it is important to keep your immune system as strong as possible. There are a few ways you can do this.
Get plenty of rest and sleep
Reduce sugar intake as this reduces the immune system
A combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 & Zinc helps to reduce Histamine which causes an inflammatory response to your hayfever symptoms.
Use the Archangel Metatron Spray Jade to help boost the immune system by spraying it around you.
How can homeopathy help and support your hay fever symptoms?
Homeopathy is a form of complementary healthcare that works with our natural healing process and has been successfully used for over 200 years. The word comes from the Greek and means similar suffering. This refers to the central philosophy that a substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure those symptoms in a sick person. For example, a person suffering from hay fever might be given the remedy Allium Cepa (prepared from an onion), because a healthy person chopping an onion usually experiences watering eyes and irritation. However, the substances are given in minute doses prepared in a special way to avoid unwanted side effects, making them safe to use where conventional drugs would be dangerous or inadvisable (eg during pregnancy or when treating children)
Hay Fever Combination
A combination remedy for typical hay fever symptoms of irritated eyes and nose, sneezing etc, contains the homeopathic remedies Allium Cepa, Sabadilla and Euphrasia. This is a general combination that I prescribe most to my hay fever patients but not before I have taken a full consultation and medical history of your health and wellbeing.
Mixed Pollens and Grasses
This is a combination made using a variety of pollens from plants, trees and various grasses which is often used together with the Hay Fever Combination, on its own, or with any other indicated remedy.
There are many homeopathic hay fever remedies to consider and I share a couple here for you to experience how I chose the relevant remedy for your specific symptoms as a homeopath.
This remedy’s symptoms are characterized by a strong burning sensation from the nose and eyes accompanied by a watery discharge. The eyes are sensitive to light, often red and irritated, while the nose can become red and sore from the burning, corrosive mucus. There can be violent sneezing, the voice can be hoarse and there can be a hacking cough. The kind of hay fever which can benefit from Allium Cepa often comes on worse in spring or August, is worse for being in a warm room and better off for cool air. One peculiarity of this remedy is that it particularly affects the left eye or nostril or may start off on the left side and spread to the right.
This is a common hay fever remedy, which is most often indicated during the early spring or at harvest time. There can be persistent sneezing, transparent mucus and an itchy, stuffed up nose. The eyes can water in the open air, from sunlight or whilst sneezing. Symptoms are also worse for cold air and there is usually improvement from eating warm food and warm drinks or from keeping warm.
This has a long history of use in herbalism for eye conditions so it is no surprise that the main homeopathic use is for conditions that seem to centre on the eyes. It is useful for very watery eyes, when the person may feel the need to wipe or rub them constantly. The eyelids (particularly lower) can swell up and there can be a thick, infected discharge from the eye itself. There can be the sensation of a foreign body (such as a grain of sand) in the eyes and they can become very gummed up and sore. The nasal and throat symptoms are less marked but include watery mucus, which is easily discharged. With Euphrasia the symptoms are worse for sunlight, at night-time, for windy weather and indoors, and better for the cool, open air. Euphrasia tincture can also be used as a local eyewash by diluting one drop in an eyebath of cooled sterile water. It is very soothing for sore eyes at any time – even if using a different remedy internally.
Some other top tips to try
Try applying petroleum jelly around your nose to stop the pollen entering your nostrils causing sneezing, runny nose or blocked up sensation caused by pollen entering your nostrils.
Keep sunglasses on your eyes as much as possible to keep the pollen from entering them.
Place cucumber or cold tea bags on to your eyes to reduce the swelling and to ease itchy eyes.
I hope the above is of some relief and if you would like further help in a 1:1 session with me please visit my website www.angelicmamas.co.uk for my information on how to book an appointment.