Monday, April 11, 2011
Allergy and Hayfever Season: Alternatives for healing
The crocus' are up, shoots of green grass are appearing, and the robins are back. It's spring! But if all this new growth and revitalization is making your eyes itchy, your nose run, and your head feel like a bowling ball minus the holes, you might be suffering from allergies. Judging by the media advertisements for over the counter allergy medications, apparently this is a very common condition. I find a lot of people are pretty devoted to their allergy medications. Once they find something that works for them, they stick to it. I also find a lot of people looking for alternatives to soothe their symptoms.
For seasonal allergy symptoms, the folks at Perelandra recommend you take three MBP Balancing Solutions: Immune, Lymphatic and Respiratory for strengthening the body systems most affected. They recommend you take them as soon as it's pollen season if you have seasonal allergies, before the symptoms kick in. It is recommended you take each of these remedies TWICE daily (first thing in the morning and last thing at night before going to bed) throughout the entire allergy season. This is different than the usual recommendation of once per day for any of the combo remedies you're taking. For each of the combinations, the number of drops is clearly marked on the bottle.
For those with chronic allergies, Perelandra recommends these three MBP Solutions be taken year-round. When the Solutions are taken consistently over time, you will have more resistance in future allergy seasons. Immune, Lymphatic and Respiratory Solutions are also recommended for anyone with a compromised respiratory system such as,smokers, living with a smoker, or asthmatics.
The Bach Flower essence Beech, may be helpful for those that suffer from allergies. Beech is recommended for intolerance or irritation- a description of the allergic condition. Beech may be particularly helpful if your allergies are related to the behaviors of others around you, such as smoking, or sensitivities to scents and perfumes worn by others. Beech may help you balance the emotional component of your allergy symptoms.
There are a number of homeopathic remedies that match the allergic condition as well. Homeopathics are rarely "one size fits all". The same remedy won't work for everyone that experiences allergies. You have to find the one that best suits you. Allium Cepa is a homeopathic preparation derived from the red onion. It can be particularly helpful for the signs and symptoms of hayfever that may appear in the spring. If your symptoms match with the way most people feel when peeling and cutting an onion (eyes running, and nose streaming), and your nose is burning but the eye discharge doesn't hurt, Allium is likely the remedy for you.
If your symptoms are similar to those of allium and onion peeling, except that the eye discharge is burning and the running nose doesn't hurt, than Euphrasia may be a remedy for you.
Aconitum Napellus, commonly known as Aconite is another remedy to consider. This plant, particularly the root, is highly poisonous. The homeopathic preparation is made by grinding the whole plant (without the root) to a pulp and mixing it with alcohol. This solution is then successed (a shaking motion) and diluted to a safe and effective remedy. Aconite generally works if taken as soon as the symptoms appear. People that respond to aconite are often worse at night, have a barking dry cough and croup like symptoms. The person that responds to aconite often feels better in fresh air.
If your symptoms are typically accompanied by the appearance of a cold sore, Natrum muriaticum would be a great remedy for you to try. Most people that respond to Natrum muriaticum describe their eyes as feeling gritting and being sensitive to light as well as watering.
As bee, wasp and bug season draws nearer, stock your first aid kit with Apis Mellifica. It can be extremely helpful for the severe allergic reaction that can occur from stings or certain foods. It can be a very good idea to give Apis while waiting for emergency help for the classic emergency symptoms. For more information on this one, and stocking a first aid kit, visit my website at www.pixiedusthealing.com. You can download a free homeopathic first aid guide from the site.
If you've been suffering from hayfever and allergies every year and want to try something different, it's worth researching the homeopathic alternatives. A good book to get you started is "The Complete Homeopathy Handbook", by Miranda Castro. Now is a good time to do some research, before you head becomes stuffed and your eyes start running!