Many people suffer with Hay fever, an allergic reaction to airborne pollens, starting as early as February when the tree blossoms emerge. Hay fever can continue right through to the end of summer when the grass pollens finally subside.
Symptoms include blocked, stuffy and/or runny nose, sneezing, and watery, itchy eyes. Homeopathy remedies can be very effective in alleviating most of these symptoms enabling us to cope better with day to day life.
Anti-histamines and decongestants suppress the symptoms, which may return with a vengeance once the medicine wears off. Often the side effects found on the package inserts of such medications cause the very symptoms you are taking them to help with.
However, it is possible to get rid of hay fever, if it is addressed homeopathically during the winter months. To begin with symptoms will lessen in severity each spring and over time possibly resolve altogether. It would be necessary to see your homeopath in the Autumn to discuss and set up hay ever support over the winter before the season starts in February.
Please contact one of us if you want your Hay fever gone for good!
For an acute situation, especially if you can’t get to see your homeopath, one of the following homeopathic remedies (available from homeopathic pharmacies) may help:
Allium cepa*: similar irritation experienced to when peeling onions; burning sensations in nose and eyes; watery discharge; eyes red, irritated and sensitive to light. The nose can become red and sore from burning, corrosive mucus. Violent sneezing, croakiness and a hacking cough may be present.
Arsenicum album: affects the right side more than the left, with blocked nose alternating with watery discharge and frequent sneezing; potential eye inflammation with burning and swelling, relieved by a warm eye wash/compress; worse at night, especially for lying down, outdoors and cold; better for indoors and warmth.
Arundo: burning and itching of roof of mouth and nostrils, accompanied by pain at root of nose; clear mucus that can turn green with lots of sneezing.
Euphrasia*: swollen, watery eyes – must constantly wipe or rub; thick, infected eye discharge; gummy, sore, gritty eyes, worse for sunlight, night-time, windy weather, indoors; better for cool, open air; thin, watery mucus. In addition to the homeopathic remedy, diluted Euphrasia tincture can be used as a soothing eye bath.
Natrum muriaticum: raw, egg-white-like discharges; watery eyes, dry, sore throat; white or clear, copious, watery nasal mucus and itching with spasmodic, violent sneezing – especially in the mornings – with loss of smell/taste; violent hammering headaches worse for sun, heat, or emotional upset.
Nux vomica: irritable, cross, oversensitive to the slightest aggravation; nostrils alternately blocked; intense itching of ears, nose and eyes; ineffectual urge to sneeze; throat rough and dry. Left untreated, the person can experience nausea. Symptoms are worse in the morning, for coffee, alcohol, strong smells, anger. Rest, sleep, warm food and drink provide relief.
Sabadilla*: indicated in early spring or at harvest time; stubborn sneezing, thin watery mucus, blocked, itchy nose; watery eyes, worse for open air, sunlight and sneezing. Symptoms are worse for cold air and improve with warm food and drink or from keeping warm.
Wyethia: unbearable itching on roof of mouth, ears, throat and root of nose; irritable, dry cough. Everything feels dry and irritated, but nose may still be runny.