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Tag: hayfever

Natural Solution for Seasonal Allergies

It’s all over the news that spring allergy season has kicked off early across the country.

Honestly, I hadn’t noticed.

The hay fever that plagued me every spring and fall since childhood – the constantly dripping nose, itchy eyes and palate, and foggy brain– didn’t come this year. Or last year, or for several years now, come to think of it. I know I’m happily symptom-free right now because I found what I fondly call my miracle homeopathic hay fever remedy.

While it was obvious from the very first dose that this remedy would alleviate my symptoms within ten minutes after placing a few drops underneath my tongue, what I didn’t realize would happen would be the eventual eradication of my allergies to airborne pollen. But after using the remedy a few times a season for a few seasons, that seems to be what has happened.

Who’d have thought it would be possible to be free from seasonal allergies without pharmaceutical help?

This morning I noticed that one of my trees was budding. Flowering trees season used to be the worst time for me. Now, I can look at the buds on my trees and look forward to their beauty.

If you suffer from hay fever and are open to trying something new that doesn’t have undesired side effects, order a hay fever remedy for yourself and see if it works for you. What have you got to lose?

Non-drowsy remedy for seasonal allergies

For more than two decades I depended on allergy medications to see me through the late summer until the first frost. That was only until I discovered a homeopathic seasonal allergy remedy that works significantly better without all of the yucky side effects.

Every year during hay fever season the roof of my mouth would start to itch. My eyes would be red and watery. My nose would gush clear liquid almost non-stop, so that my nostrils would become red and irritated from constant wiping. And, let’s not forget the unrelenting sneezing fits. I remember carrying my own box of tissues to classes at the beginning of every school year so that I could have a wipe handy at all times. I would often feel as if I were disconnected and distant from my surroundings, my swollen head and fuzzy brain making reality seem far away.

chamisa blooming
Chamisa blooming

It wasn’t until I was 19 and driving across the country to college in Maine that my cousin’s wife prescribed an allergy medication for me during an overnight at their apartment in Chicago. I couldn’t believe how life-changing this became, and every autumn I took the pills faithfully until the first frost allowed me not to.

But then I started developing mid-winter allergies to the winter-blooming chamisa when I lived in Santa Fe. Out came the allergy meds. When I moved back to Colorado, I began to suffer when the  flowering trees bloomed in the spring as well. Soon, I was on allergy medication just to make it through every single day, all year round.

The side effects were frequent and varied: drowsiness or hyperactivity, dry eyes and nose, dry mouth, digestive disturbances from constipation to nausea. And the minute the drug would wear off, the allergies would come rushing back. The medications were simply a Band-Aid; they were not curing the underlying issues of intolerance to pollens.

Then I discovered this homeopathic remedy for hay fever and seasonal allergies, and my life changed again! Nowadays, I might take a few drops of the homoepathic hay fever remedy at the beginning of a season, but then I won’t need another dose for six months to a year. In fact, if I didn’t run into sniffling people when I was out and about, like I did today, then I might completely forget it should be hay fever season and I should be suffering. Because I’m not.

I’m not suffering. Not at all. And here we are in mid-September, prime time for hay fever in this part of the world. My head is clear, my nose is clear, my mouth is not itchy… After a few years of needing the remedy less and less, and not needing it at all this season, it might be safe to say that I no longer have hay fever!

Who would have thought this could be possible? You can get this remedy, too, and be amazed.

Homeopathic remedies are safe for infants and children and can be used along with medicines or other treatments. It is not the right remedy for viral or bacterial infections. You are always welcome to contact me to discuss homeopathic remedies or other questions of natural healing.

Food triggers for pollen allergies

Bryce Wylde, Canada’s most popular alternative medicine expert, says that sufferers of allergies to airborne pollens may also be affected by eating certain foods. We know there is a cross-over of pollen within botanical families, and that sometimes being sensitive to one member of the family also means loss of tolerance to other members of the same plant family. If you know you are sensitive to these pollens, it may be helpful to avoid the related foods as well. Here’s the list:

Alder pollen: almonds, apples, celery, cherries, hazel nuts, peaches, pears, parsley, strawberry, raspberry

Birch pollen: almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, carrots, celery, cherries, chicory, coriander, fennel, fig, hazel nuts, kiwifruit, nectarines, parsley, parsnips, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, prunes, soy, strawberries, wheat; Potential: walnuts

Grass pollen: fig, melons, tomatoes, oranges

Mugwort pollen: carrots, celery, coriander, fennel, parsley, peppers, sunflower

Ragweed pollen: banana, cantaloupe, cucumber, green pepper, paprika, sunflower seeds/oil, honeydew, watermelon, zucchini, echinacea, artichoke, dandelions, honey (if bees pollinate from wild flowers), hibiscus or chamomile tea

If the flowering trees and grasses have been making you miserable this spring, you might want to try a homeopathic hayfever remedy. It’s safe for all ages, won’t interact with any medicines, and doesn’t have side effects. Usually one to three doses per season are all that’s required for relief from itchy eyes, foggy head, sneezing and constant runny nose.

Natural Remedies for Hay fever

It’s spring and that means hay fever season.

I used to only suffer from pollen-related allergies in the fall, when the weeds and grasses are at their peak. But, in my early twenties I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a time, and when the yellow chamisa bloomed in the spring, my nose would turn into a faucett.

Runny nose, frequent and unstoppable sneezing fits, red and itchy eyes… those are just the most obvious symptoms that I’m suffering. The most annoying ones include the irritating itching on the roof of my mouth, right on the palate, and how the skin on my face constantly tickles, begging to be scratched at a deeper level at risk of permanent scarring or at least visible damage. With my body in histamine overdrive it’s no wonder hay fever makes me feel like I’m interacting with the world through a thick pillow and leaves me wiped out by mid-afternoon.

For years I seasonally took prescription anti-histamines like Zyrtec and Claritin. They took away the itching, sure, but left me dehydrated, wired, and chemically-dependent. Now, I try to manage the hayfever with natural remedies instead of drugs.

Locally-collected bee pollen
Locally-collected bee pollen

My first line of offense is the locally collected bee pollen I find in the refrigerated section of my local Vitamin Cottage. (Check with your local health food store, or look for bee pollen collected in your area online.) An 8-oz. baggie runs me about $3.20 and may last me almost the entire season. I start each season slowly, with just about 1/8 teaspoon of pollen dissolved into a few ounces of juice or lemonade. Since bee pollen is like concentrated honey, it makes a sweet drink and I start to breathe easier quickly.

Once I’m sure I tolerate the pollen again this year, I gradually increase the dosage up to an entire teaspoon, if needed, as frequently as required. True confession: I don’t always wait for the pollen beads to fully dissolve before drinking them down. What can I say, allergies make me desperate!

This year, my homeopath also recommended a homeopathic remedy for hay fever that seems to be effective as well: Sabadilla. With homeopathy, you take a dose in an empty mouth and see what happens. If it works and the symptos abate for a while then return, take another dose. Discontinue when symptoms disappear or are not affected at all (which indicates you’re using the wrong remedy). While you can get a good selection of homeopathic remedies at a good health store, this one is hard to find and may be best ordered online.

Another homeopathic remedy for histamine reactions that may not necessarily be from hay fever is Histaminum. This was the only thing that worked to end my two-year old’s lifelong runny nose problem.