Belinda and I studied Naturopathy together at Southern School of Natural Therapies, and I'm proud to have her feature on my blog as a regular guest poster. She has loads of interesting articles and insights to offer, and today she has written an article about hayfever for you guys. As we are just heading into spring and pollen season it couldn't be more timely.
Seasonal hay fever or allergic rhinitis is a common chronic respiratory conditions effecting approx three million
Australians. Hay fever occurs when allergens such as pollens, grasses etc stimulate the immune system into believing that the pollen etc is a dangerous invader. This triggers the production of antibodies such as immunoglobulin
E and the release of histamine.
Histamine causes inflammation, swelling and excessive mucus, sneezing, itching nose and throat, watery
eyes and a clear runny nose. All of your typical hayfever symptoms.
Natural remedies can aid in the reduction of these symptoms.
helps stabilize mast cells that release Histamine, reducing the severity and
duration of the above symptoms. Foods high in vitamin C include Kiwi fruit,
strawberries, red capsicums, broccoli, papaya, guava and mango.
Bromelain is a powerful enzyme that helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal
congestion. Enzymes help thin the mucous allowing for easier elimination.
Herbs and Spices
Culinary herbs and spices can aid in reducing inflammation, histamine response and
strengthening the immune system. These include parsley, horseradish, turmeric, ginger,
garlic, chilli, Rosemary, Thyme, and sage.
Adequate hydration will help lubricate dry and irritated throat and nasal mucosa. Warm
water with lemon and manuka honey will help coat and sooth, as well as
increasing your vitamin c content and antimicrobial content.
Approximately 70% of our immune system is located in out
digestive system. Certain vitamins and minerals aid in optimal function reducing
the likelihood of dysbiosis (an imbalance of good/bad bacteria) and atopic
reactions such as Hay fever. These may include Glutamine, Zinc, Probiotics,
Quercetin, Vitamin A & C and Slippery Elm.
Nature provides us with some powerful herbs to aid in the
reduction of hay fever symptoms. These may include Albizia lebek, Euphrasia
officinalis, Vaccinium myrtilus, Echinacea, and Baical skullcap.
Uncontrolled Hay fever can lead to some serious health conditions, such as
respiratory infections, otitis media, sinusitis, laryngitis, asthma, excema and
dermatitis. Therefore if you experience hayfever its definitely worth getting it
sorted out with your naturopath today!
Belinda is a passionate naturopath who believes that working together with clients allows us to achieve
the highest level of health and wellbeing for the individual. Her aim is to discover the cause of disease or dysfunction and recorrect it with diet and lifestyle adjustments and nutritional/herbal medicine to allow the individual to achieve optimum health. She can be found at the North East Natural Health Centre in Wangaratta.