It is beautiful outside! Almost everything is now in bloom, and the trees are showing off their brand-new, delicate leaves. It's the season of renewal, and most of us breathe in deeply, relieved that winter is behind us. However, not everyone shares this enthusiasm. Spring can also mean the beginning of allergy season. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of the adult population suffers from seasonal allergies, and the incidence in children is rising.
With warm weather expected, the pollen forecast for Palisades, NY, where our office is located, is predicted to be very high. Already we've had a large number of inquiries about homeopathic treatments for allergy symptoms. One way to avoid allergy symptoms is to limit exposure to the cause, but it’s difficult to steer clear of pollen. Who wants to stay cooped up inside all spring? Nonetheless, I do recommend vacuuming and dusting regularly and opening the windows in your home only briefly. Our customers tell us that commonly employed antihistamines and decongestants can be helpful, but in the long run, they’d rather avoid the drowsiness and nervousness these medicines can cause.
Unlike conventional treatments, natural remedies like homeopathy not only provide symptomatic relief but work to strengthen the body's own defenses. The central tenet of homeopathy is “like cures like.” This means that substances that in large concentrations would cause symptoms of allergies can, when given in extremely small quantities, stimulate the body’s inherent healing forces.
Homeopathic ingredients and restorative plants known to help ease flare-ups include European elder, barberry, yellow phosphorus and wood sage. All of these are found in our over the counter Allergy Sinus Formula. It should be given at the very onset of symptoms to lessen their severity. I am also a fan of Neti Pots, which rinse the dust and pollen from sinuses. For red and irritated eyes, our Euphrasia 3X Eye Drops are very helpful. They are preservative-free and even suitable for contact lens wearers.
So if you're allergies start to bother you, consider using a mix of therapeutic and holsitic options to help bring your body back into balance. In no time, you’ll be ready to head outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and flowers!
For more on liberating yourself from seasonal allergies, check out the latest issue of we—the Weleda lifestyle magazine. And if you have any tips for dealing with seasonal allergies, please share them with us and our community here!