The snowdrops and crocuses are flowering in my garden, and the first tiny shoots are appearing on the clematis. In the park the daffodils are beginning to bloom. Here are the signs of warmer weather, of Spring, of hope.
If you suffer from hay fever, however, the warmer weather and the fresh growth mean may mean discomfort and irritation. The first hay fever, for those allergic to tree pollens, can start as early as the end of February; sensitivities to grass pollens usually begin around the end of May; and flower pollen reactions (including oilseed rape) can start at the end of April continuing through to the middle of August. That’s a long time every year to struggle with something that can be debilitating and exhausting. Many people turn to anti-histamines, but for some, resistance can build up. For others, they just aren’t enough.
Homeopathy can be incredibly beneficial for hay fever sufferers, and there are studies that show its benefits. A study from 1986 in the Lancet tested a homeopathic remedy made from mixed grass pollens. It found that, “The homoeopathically treated patients showed a significant reduction in patient and doctor assessed symptom scores.” A more recent study (from 2016) concluded that, “Individualized homeopathic treatment was associated with significant alleviation of hay fever symptoms, enabling the reduction in use of conventional treatment.”
Homeopathy uses a combination of treatment approaches to tackle hay fever effectively. Remedies made from grass, tree or flower pollens can be used to prevent or minimise attacks. Homeopathic remedies can also be given for individualized treatment of symptoms once they have begun.
Useful remedies for hay fever
Allium Cepa is made from the red onion. Imagine the effects of cutting up an onion – streaming eyes, red and runny nose – these are the kinds of hay fever symptoms this remedy can be used for. There may also be intense sneezing and sensitivity to sunlight.
Natrum Muriaticum (from common salt) may be used for hay fever with watering (gritty) eyes, post-nasal drip, frequent sneezing and a general sensitivity to sunlight. People needing this remedy may also be irritable but feel much better by the sea.
Wyethia (from the plant Poison Weed – but not poisonous as a homeopathic remedy!) has slightly different symptoms. These include an itchy tickling in the nose, itching of the roof of the mouth and throat, and a dry, irritated cough. The sufferer may by quarrelsome, irritable and not want to be in company.
These, and other remedies, can be useful when hay fever hits, but the most effective homeopathic treatment occurs when a homeopath also addresses a person’s underlying tendency to hay fever and allergies. These may be inherited tendencies or an over-active immune system due to lifestyle factors constitution. Emotional issues can also play a part and be addressed. Starting treatment in winter is the best way to prevent hay fever the following spring, but even a few months of homeopathic treatment prior to the season can make a big difference.
If you are a hay fever sufferer do get in touch. I offer a free 20 minute discovery call so you can find out if homeopathy is right for you.
REMEDY OF THE MONTH: LYCOPODIUM
As children in England prepare to go back to school, there will be mixed emotions. Many will feel excited, eager to see their friends again and longing for a change of scene. But there may also be trepidation, uncertainty, shyness and a lack of self-confidence. Lycopodium (a homeopathic remedy from the plant ‘club moss’) can help with all these feelings.
Those needing this remedy find their greatest fears are in anticipation of an event and they dread new things. However, they are usually ok once they actually get there. Bossy behaviour can often hide their shy and sensitive nature. (See also my blog Homeopathy in Anticipation.)
Action for Happiness is an organisation helping people “take action for a kinder and happier world.” They produce a monthly calendar with actions for happiness, run a free “10 days of happiness” coaching programme, and even started Happiness Cafes in pre-Covid times.
I am currently reading Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman, and it is a fascinating read. It argues for “a new view of human nature” and states “that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good.” Isn’t that a liberating discovery to make?!
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Wishing you all safe and well.
P.S. For a no-nonsense Introduction to Homeopathy, have a look here.