Its Spring Carnival time, but for many it has become hayfever time! Seasonal allergies: if you haven’t had them before, then move to Melbourne! From itchy eyes and a sneezy drippy nose to asthma thunderstorms, we have it all in Melbourne. The changing weather patterns makes it perfect for grasses with lots of pollen.
This wreaks havoc on our immune system. How our bodies react and whether or not it’s due to being exposed as children or not is debateable. If it is due to genetic factors, then is it out of our control? The real question to ask is what can we do?
We always start with removing the triggers, which in this case where do we start removing pollen? Well, we start with limiting exposure by getting a good air purifier in the home, especially if you want to get some sleep at night! While you are at it, make sure you remove any foods which trigger any type of reaction, and any possible sources like body creams, soaps, or laundry powder. This lessens the load on our system so we can better deal with the matter at hand: seasonal allergy.
Clearing the nasal passages is so important because mouth breathing leads to other health problems. Get that nose cleared with saline solution: Using a spray or a neti pot to clear the nasal passages. If its too congested, then steaming with a couple of drops of Eucalyptus in hot water helps to break up the mucus.
Everyone is different, whether it is dry or wet or runny or blocked, so different measures are warranted, but being able to get sleep and rest is important. A 2016 study found that a combination of Ravensara, Sandalwood, and Frankincense over 6 weeks alleviated symptoms and improved life. When reading this study I did wonder if after 6 weeks the allergy season was over, but either way it is a good combination with proven results, so there you go.
Unfortunately, I went the pharmaceutical nasal spray route many years ago which worked fantastically, but left me with ongoing nasal dryness and infections. This is why restoring the mucus membranes in the nose is important, to improve the integrity of the nasal membranes. This can be done with herbal medicine, like Plantago lanceolata, and I will do a blog on this, my favourite herb soon!