The clues are in the budding flowers along your daily route to work. In their sweet scent, swept inside by the open windows as you go about doing housework. In the congestion of bikes, trikes and picnic tables manned by children exploring the great outdoors.
In the sneezing, itching, and twitching of over 67 million adults in the US who are rubbing their eyes, dabbing at their noses, clearing an incessantly scratchy throat.
Of sunshine, warmth, the countdown to summer camp… and the aggravating symptoms of hay fever.
What are Seasonal Allergies? // The Symptoms
As its name suggests, hay fever is a condition caused by an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollen, dust mites, or hay.
If you or your loved one suffers from seasonal allergies between Spring and Fall, you know what misery feels or looks like. Here are some of the common symptoms of seasonal allergies:
- Sore throat
- Swollen, watery eyes
- Sinus headaches
- Itchy, runny nose
These and other symptoms make the daily life of hay fever sufferers irritating at best, and severely painful at worst. For many people, this means shelving contact lenses for the season so as not to irritate their already swollen eyes, refraining from bending down to lift anything off the floor and have their eyes and nose water all over again, and avoiding public appearances in the fear of being shamed of swollen, teary eyes.
What causes Hay Fever? // Preventive Measures
As with any issue, understanding the cause is the first step toward relief. In the case of hay fever, which is caused by a variety of pollens, identifying the factor in your environment that is causing the allergy and steering clear of it can help prevent symptoms.
The Emotional Factor
As a first step in dealing with the physical congestion, take a good look at your emotional health to determine if there is any emotional congestion.
Here are some of the reasons your feelings and emotions may be suppressed:
- Guilt: regretting a decision or action.
- Fear of the calendar: Expecting this season to be one of allergies and discomfort.
- Belief of prosecution: living with the belief that there is something in the environment that is not safe or good for you.
To help remedy this, it is a great idea to develop a positive affirmation like “I am safe at all times.” or “My family, surroundings, and environment are good for me.”
Making sure that overall elimination is smooth and you are not constipated may help prevent hay fever.
Raw Local Honey or Pollen
It is a good idea to eat raw, local honey throughout the year, to get your body used to the plants and pollens growing in your area. This way, when the particles spread in the Spring and Fall, symptoms can be significantly milder.
How to Relieve Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies // Damage Control
Since hay fever is fairly common, many healing options exist, including medications, injections and natural remedies. When you want to help alleviate symptoms, working on strengthening the entire body by maintaining a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables - which are nature’s own gifts - is always a great place to begin.
Both Tahua LBF and Tahua Lympho A (3x its recommended dosage) are recommended to alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
Making sure that elimination is great and you are not constipated may help prevent hay fever.
The below have been very helpful for people suffering from coughing, sneezing, and congestion. Add these to diffusers, or rub on your body - preferably on your wrist - for great absorption.
Alternatively, you can create a cough compress by applying these oils to your chest area with castor oil. For better absorption, place a warm, natural cloth such as cotton or linen on top of the oil application.
- Combine 3 equal parts of Water, Rubbing Alcohol, and Olive oil.
Soak a natural cloth in the solution and apply to swollen, itchy areas for relief.
- Vitamins A, Bs, and C have proven to help alleviate symptoms, as well.
- A great way to get your Vitamin C naturally is by eating Citrus fruits and Camu Camu, which are Vitamin C rich.
Surviving the Season
If you or your loved one are hit with symptoms, a combination of practical precautions and natural ideas can help alleviate them.
By keeping the emotional needs in mind, understanding how optimal elimination is key, and appreciating our body’s natural ability to heal and overcome, you can take action against seasonal allergies.
This year, bid the itching, rubbing, and tearing farewell and welcome warmth, sunshine, and vitality.