As it is a common time to start to experience hay fever, I thought I'd pick up on a homeopath-friend's push for treating this condition in its early stages - IE: spring, rather than full-blown summer, when you are more likely to succumb to short-term pharmaceutical relief.
Hope it's useful.
While hay fever may seem to be about surface symptoms only, it is really a deep-seated immune system issue. In the case of hay fever, the immune system starts to over-react to harmless substances instead of dealing with the bacteria, viruses and toxins that constantly enter our body.
This can be a symptom of an immune system that is generally overloaded and stressed.
Much of the foods that we eat, especially cooked and combined in ways that nature never foresaw, lead the body into stress, acidity and toxicity. Lightening this load is the first step towards any healing.
That is why we run detox retreats; the best, fastest, safest, and most effective method for resting all the systems, approved by thousands of years of practitioners.
Next is to look at the diet itself - how can we provide greater nutrition with less toxic-load.
Dao is available for consultation on this area of life, and it is amazing how much can be revealed in a short time.
Commonly prescribed spray and tablets that suppress hay fever symptoms may bring temporary relief but they never get to the root of the problem.
While useful in the short term, they are also associated with many long-term side effects, and do nothing for long term improvement.
Simple Steps for Managing Hay Fever Naturally
There are several self help measures that cost very little which you can do yourself to help with hay fever. They are:
- Drink plenty of water. When you’re well hydrated the mucous membranes of your nose remain moist to expel allergens more easily.
- Consider using a neti pot. These small pots can be filled with a warm sea salt solution and used to flush your nasal passages and expel irritants.
- Coat your nostrils. Lightly smear a non-absorbent ointment, such as paw-paw ointment, onto the inner surface of your nostrils to provide a protective barrier that traps allergens.
- Know your triggers. Most hay fever sufferers are affected by the wind but some are worse indoors while others itch and sneeze when outside. Avoid your triggers when pollen counts are high.
Use Food as your Medicine.
Healthy fats and oils such as olive oil, fish oil and even moderate amounts of animal fats are important for a healthy immune system.
Studies show that those who eat mostly polyunsaturated and trans-fats, as found in many margarines and processed foods, are more likely to suffer allergies.
Onions & Garlic
The symptoms they cause, they can also treat. Both contain natural compounds that reduce the inflammation of hay fever.
Add them liberally to your meals or, if you are up to it, eat them by themselves to reduce nasal irritation and streaming eyes.
Local, raw honey can be used as a crude form of homoeopathy to de-sensitise yourself to local pollens from which the honey was produced.
Start by taking a small amount each day before the start of hay fever season, gradually increasing to a teaspoon or more. Continue right through the season for best results.
Spices such as horseradish, mustard, chillies and fenugreek also help through a crude homoeopathic effect – they can relieve the very hay fever-like symptoms they produce, probably by irritating the mucus membranes themselves, stimulating them to shed greater irritants, like pollen.
Add them liberally to meals or take them alone to thin mucus and expel irritants.
Safe and Risky Ways to Treat Hay Fever
Conventional medicine depends on the allopathic effect for most of its treatments. It relieves symptoms by palliating or suppressing them for short periods of time. The drawback is that side effects are common and continual suppression leads to worsening health.
Homeopathy seeks to stimulate a self-healing response from the person’s own vitality. The goal of treatment is to strengthen rather than weaken this vitality so that full healing is more likely. Homeopathy does this through potentised remedies that closely match the symptoms of the person’s disease, and are free of toxic side-effects.
Kate has had great success treating people for such things, but her first line will always be to test people for food intolerances, as she knows more than most homeopaths, how important nutrition is in such cases.