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Homeopathy to calm Hay Fever

It’s that time of year again for some individuals. As the weather warms a little and flowers bloom, many eagerly anticipate spring days. However, for those who suffer from hay fever, the arrival of spring can bring discomfort and frustration.
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Hay fever and allergy relief from Jane Bence Homeopathy

It’s that time of year again for some people. As the weather warms a little and flowers bloom, many individuals eagerly anticipate the longer days of spring and spending more time outside. However, for those who suffer from hay fever, the arrival of spring can bring discomfort and frustration. Characterized by sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, hay fever can significantly impact one’s quality of life. While conventional treatments often involve antihistamines and decongestants, homeopathy offers a natural and holistic approach to managing hay fever symptoms. In this blog, we’ll explore how homeopathy can provide effective relief for spring hay fever.

What is Hay fever?

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is caused by an over-active immune system over reacting to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. Plants release pollen containing proteins. When pollen particles enter the body, the immune system perceives them as threats and releases histamine, triggering inflammation to the mucous membranes and allergy symptoms. Common symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, coughing, and fatigue.

I started experiencing hay fever symptoms at 15, whilst trying to take my ‘O’ Levels. It was difficult to focus and concentrate on solving algebra equations with hay fever symptoms and I tried antihistamines but they didn’t help and I also didn’t want to take medication as it made me feel unwell.

I battled out a few summers like this, resigning myself to suffering until I saw a homeopath. I talked to her in great detail about my hay fever and how it affected me, what aggravated or improved my hay fever symptoms, what time of year it began, did anyone in my family have it as well. She gave me some homeopathic pills and my symptoms were steadily relieved.

It effects up to 1 in 5 people at some point in their life. Anti-histamines mask the issue and are ok if you are happy to take them and if they work, but they don’t alter the underlying condition, (homeopathic treatment the winter before your hay fever starts can reduce this). As I experience hay fever I have tried and tested various products myself, so below are some homeopathic and natural solutions to get you started on relieving your sneezing or itchy eyes and are worth giving a go:

Practical tips for easing discomfort

1. The hay fever season starts in February through to September. It can help to find out what particular pollens are triggering your hay fever and when. A pollen calendar can inform you. Take a look at:

https://www.asthma.org.uk/6e35b63b/globalassets/health-advice/asthma-triggers/pollencalendarfsv6.jpg

February – June is tree pollen. May – July is grass pollen. June – September is weed pollen.

2. Avoid pollen. Keep an eye on the pollen forecast so if it is high you can avoid going outside if possible. Unfortunately hay fever is higher in cities due to high pollution levels and hot weather makes pollution worse.

3. Reduce how much pollen comes into the home by washing hands and face after being outdoors, have a shower before bed. Avoid drying laundry outside. Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes.

4. Manage stress as it can aggravate hay fever.

5. Keep and eye on your diet, before and during the season, increase raw fruit and veg and anti-inflammatory omega-3. Caffeine, alcohol and sugary snacks can trigger histamine release, dairy can be mucous forming. (N.B Alcohol usually contains histamine).

Homeopathy and natural products to try

1. Herbs – Nettle, eyebright, elderflower infusion – antihistamine, soothing and calming to inflamed and itchy mucous membranes. Rooibos is caffeine free and can alleviate a runny nose. Peppermint tea can relieve nasal congestion. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory.

2. Supplements – Quercetin has antioxidant, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C and D support healthy immunity. Garlic and onions contain Vit C.

3. Switch to plant milks instead of dairy. But, live yogurt and kefir can support gut health/ immunity.

4. Homeopathy products: Helios Hayfever (Euphrasia/Allium cepa/Sabadilla) homeopathic remedy and Dr Schuessler tissue salts combination H. A.Vogel Pollinosan homeopathic tablets. Also soothing Weleda Rhinodoron nasal spray and A.Vogel Euphrasia Eye drops.

A good health food shop or chemist should supply most of these except the Helios remedy available from https://www.helios.co.uk/en/shop/helios-hay-fever

Specific homeopathic remedies

If your allergy is more severe there are many other remedies to use for hay fever. Here are some suggestions to begin with below. Try 30c 3 times a day. If you try them and they don’t work or they don’t fit your symptoms it is best to seek professional support.

Allium Cepa 30c- Onion

Effects the nose with much sneezing. Watery discharges burn the nose and upper lip which is red and irritated. Itchy nose and back of the mouth. Eyes are red and sensitive to light. Feeling worse in a warm room and better for open air.

Arsenicum Album 30c

Very burning eyes and nose as nose runs constantly, nostrils are sore and chapped, with burning sensation and redness. Cant lie down as wheezing and coughing, worse midnight and midsummer. Worse outdoors, better indoors. Has thirst for sips of warm water. Restless.

Euphrasia 30c- Eyebright

Profuse constant watery burning tears which stream down the face. Feels like sand in the eyes which feel better in open air and worse wind and sunlight. Nasal discharge is bland (opposite to Allium Cepa) but tears acrid. Nasal dripping during the day but blocked at night. Pressing pain across forehead, feeling it could burst.

Nux Vomica 30c

Stuffed up feeling at night being worse at night and worse outdoors. Much sneezing with a runny nose or blocked nose on one side. Better from discharges. May have wheezing from fullness in stomach. Is irritable, impatient and short tempered. Stressed out workaholics! Feel worse after over indulgence.

Natrum Muriaticum 30c

Hay fever with much violent sneezing. Nose has runny discharge like egg white. Eyes water easily, are itchy, burn, photophobia. Loss of smell and taste. Desire salt.

Mixed Pollens 30c

A combination of various pollens which can be used prior to your hay fever season to lessen sensitivity. Can be combined with other remedies,

If you want to reduce the tendency to hay fever then you will require deeper acting treatment in the autumn/winter and spring before the allergy season begins. I can also support you with homeopathy when you are in the throes of hay fever.

If you have tried different medicines and are unsure if anything is helping, do get in touch for a free 20 minute chat to ask me any questions and to find out more about how I work.

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