In order for allergy sufferers to survive Hay-Fever season, it’s important for them to take a wider, holistic view of their health” says Ms. Paula Curtiss, Founding Director and Instructor for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH). “While seasonal changes can make one more prone to respiratory infections and Catarrh (irritation of nose & throat membranes), there are also many internal factors that impact our ability to resist infection. These include diet, exercise, stress & anxiety levels, poor posture, poor general health and even a lack of fresh air! The more we pay attention to these internal factors, the healthier we will be. That said, there is still much one can do to prevent or clear respiratory problems more quickly. With Spring just around the corner, I’ll dedicate this blog to holistic approaches for addressing a respiratory issue that affects millions annually; Hay Fever,” she added.
Hay-Fever is an allergic reaction that can be triggered by grass, flower or tree pollens and often co-exists with other allergic reactions such as Asthma or Eczema. Hay-Fever symptoms include: irritation of the membranes lining the nose causing a runny nose or congestion, and is often accompanied by sneezing that does not relieve the irritation. It is also common for the eyes and throat to become inflamed as well. Below are several “self-help” approaches one can take to minimize these symptoms.
Herbal remedies include: the use of an infusion of Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita), and Eyebright (Euphrasia), Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) which reduce excess mucus and dry out the secretions, and Ribwort (Plantago Ianceolata) to help heal the membranes. This can be done by placing the herbs in a teapot with a close fitting lid. Pour in the boiling water and leave to infuse for up to 10 minutes. Pour the herbal mixture through a strainer and refrigerate. The mixture can then be used in two ways. First, you may drink the infusion as a tea – 2 to 3 times daily. This will greatly reduce the inflammation and excess mucus. Second, you may soak a couple of cotton pads in the cooled infusion and place them on eye-lids to soothe sore, irritated eyes.
Aromatherapy remedies for Hay-Fever include creating steam ‘inhalations’ of powerful essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Chamomile, Melissa, and Pine. To create an aromatherapy ‘inhalation’ simply fill a large bowl with boiling water and add 2-3 drops of essential oil. As the oil vaporizes, inhale the steam as deeply as possible. You may hold a towel over your head to delay the effects of evaporation. You may need to vary the oils used as they can become less effective if used for too long.
Homeopathic remedies include mixing pollens to make a homeopathic dilution before symptoms start. One of the common scales for measuring the dilution is centesimal scale – a ratio of 1 to 100. For a liquid this means one part of the remedy is mixed with 99 parts of a diluent such as alcohol or water. If symptoms are already active you can choose from the following: Euphrasia -to counter a profusely runny nose, sore eyes with burning tears; Allium Cepa – for a burning nasal discharge, and; Arsen Alb if your eyes are tearing and feel hot and sneezing gives no relief to the nasal irritation you are experiencing.
HHSHH has been serving residents in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 23 years. With more than 80 Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs to offer, HHSHH is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California. To date, we’ve prepared more than 6,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists or Holistic Health Practitioners. To learn more about Herbal Studies, Aromatherapy, or Homeopathic classes offered at HHSHH please visit us on-line at www.healinghandsschool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722/Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364/Escondido.