Herbs for Hay Fever with Jan De Vries
Monday, 26 April 2010
Spring is here, and although we love the mild weather and long evenings, it can be uncomfortable for the thousands that suffer because of the high pollen count. Jan De Vries gives his tips on how to survive the pollen season!
Hay fever affects up to 20% of the population, and is the most common allergic condition.
The number of hay fever sufferers is set to increase further this year due to global warming, and is reported to triple in the next twenty years!
Jan De Vries - Naturopath
What is Hay Fever?
Hay fever is the name given to an unpleasant condition in which there is an allergic reaction to airborne substances which attack the nose, sinus, throat and eyes. It is also known as allergic perennial rhinitis or pollen allergy.
Hay fever tends to begin in childhood and gradually eases with age. It is the most common of all the allergic diseases affecting up to 20% of the population at any given time.
What causes it?
Hay fever is due to an allergy to pollen and its peak incidence occurs when pollen levels are high. This typically happens in May and June. Various forms of plant life produce pollen including grasses, trees, flowering shrubs and heathers.
Hay fever symptoms:-
. Frequent sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose.
. Eye irritation - the eyes may be very itchy and inflamed. This may be the main complaint for some sufferers and is also called allergic conjunctivitis.
. In some cases, a burning or wheezing sensation may be felt in the throat
Harpagophytum (Devil's Claw) may stabilise the immune system which gives it a role in the treatment of allergies such as hayfever.
Luffa Complex has a desensitising action, and helps to tackle most of the wide range of symptoms such as sneezing, itching nose, throat and eyes, running nose and eyes, blocked nose
What are common summer allergies?
Allergies are often the cause of a lowered Immune System. A Blood test and Allergy Test can be done for this.
The most common summer allergies are Hayfever and Sun Allergies.
What herbs are good for boosting immune system during the summer?
Wheatgerm, Vitamin C, Quick Immune Response.
What viruses are common this time of year?
The most common virus at this time of year is the flu virus, but there can also be many others.
What herbs will help?
Echinaforce, Detox programme from Dr Vogel
Other Remedies mentioned on the show:
For Mosquito Bites: Taking 10-15 drops of Devil's Claw in water will help to prevent being bitten. If bitten, Molkosan can be dabbed directly on sores to relieve the itch. If skin becomes very irritated, use Neem Cream.
Itchy eyes: Use Eufrasia. It helps eyes to mend. Take 12-15 drops.
Conjunctivitis: Eufrasia again is very good, and also Luffa.
Itchy skin: 7 Herb Cream.
Heat rash: Urtica drops are good once the rash starts to form. Vitamin C is a good preventative measure.
High Cholesterol: Eat porridge in the mornings, eat grape seeds. Use Milk Thistle (which clears the Liver) and Hawthorn Garlic at night.
Mouth Ulcers: Cut down on sugar intake. Use Molkasan as a mouthwash.
Warts: Pollen Creams.
Chest Infections: Echinaforce is good for this, and be sure to cut down on dairy products such as milk and cheese.
Herbal remedies are available at all good health food stores, and selected pharmacies nationwide.