Seven Homeopathic Remedies to Treat Hay Fever
Homoeopathic medicines are used for a number of acute and chronic conditions such as; arthritis, asthma, and allergies. But, what actually is it...
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that has been used for over 200 years. Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own healing powers to bring about health and well being. Homeopathically prepared remedies, are gentle, subtle, powerful, non-toxic, non-addictive, and free from symptoms such as drowsiness.
How does homeopathy work?
Homeopathic remedies use a very small amount of natural substances, usually derived from plants and mineral, which if consumed in higher amounts might cause disease or symptoms. The theory behind homeopathic medicine is that “like cures like”. The same theory is used in a lot of modern-day medicine. The exposure of a small about of inactivated microbe can result in protection against developing the disease.
When it comes to hayfever, homeopathic remedies can give quick, effective relief without any side effects. For the most effective long term relief, homeopathic desensitisation taken alongside the remedy will achieve the best results. Desensitisation involves taking a homeopathic remedy made from whatever you are allergic to, for example, tree’s, grass, flowers, weed pollen, or rapeseed in the run-up to the ‘season’.
Which homeopathic remedies can you use to treat hay fever...
Common name: onion, red onion
Symptoms: you know that feeling you get when you’re chopping an onion? The burning sensation in the nose and eyes, watery discharge, red irritated eyes that you want to keep on rubbing. You may also feel worse indoors, particularly if the room is warm, and better outside in the fresh air. Allium cepa also often corresponds to hay fevers that come on in spring or late summer.
Common name: ragweed
Symptoms: your sinuses feel congested. Sneezing a lot, to the point where it can even cause nosebleeds. You might also experience headaches and swelling of the sinuses. You feel like you can’t step outside without getting congested. It relieves the itchiness of the mucous membranes which causes a runny nose and frequent sneezing with mild fever and headache. It is also indicated in congestion of the chest accompanied by breathing difficulties
Common name: Arsenicum album
Symptoms: you’re experiencing a burning, watery, runny nose with a stuffy, tickling feeling during allergy attacks. Swelling below the eyes and a wheezy cough are common. You might feel chilly, restless, anxious, and tired. The symptoms feel worse when outdoors, and ease when indoors and from warmth (hot drinks or hot bath).
Common name: Arsenicum Iodatum
Symptoms: Excessive sneezing. Irritation of the nasal passage and upper lip. Watery nasal discharge which over time can develop into a thick yellowish-green discharge. Because you’re overproducing mucus, it can go down your throat causing coarseness to the voice. You might also feel quite cold.
Common name: giant cane, elephant grass
Symptoms: begins with burning and itching of the palate and eyes. There is an annoying itching in the nostrils and roof of the mouth. You might feel pain at the root of the nose, excessive sneezing and clear mucus. Allergies of this type tend to appear in early spring and/or summer.
Common name: eyebright
Symptoms: swollen, irritated eyes with acrid tears or pus. The nose also runs, but with a blander discharge. Symptoms are often worse in the daytime and worse from warmth. Your eyes may hurt from too much light. You can also have a cough in the daytime, which improves at night. Euphrasia is a great all-rounder for any eye problems, from hayfever to eye strain to conjunctivitis.
Common name: feathershank
Symptoms: long, noisy, violent attacks of sneezing. Itching in the back of the throat. Itching in the nose with irritating runny discharge. Feeling like there is a lump in your throat. Watery eyes. You might feel nervous during this kind of allergy attack, and trying to concentrate can bring on drowsiness or headache. Symptoms will feel better indoors in the warm and worse in the open air. Strong smells of flowers or garlic may make you worse.
Treating hay fever with homeopathic remedies...
The remedies we’ve covered in this blog are all easily accessible from homeopathic pharmacies, online, or your local natural health store. You can find them in a range of potencies. We would recommend either 12c, 15c, or 30c (maximum for symptoms of hay fever).
If your symptoms are acute, you can take up to three doses (granules) within a 24hr period. If your symptoms improve, keep reducing the dosage accordingly. If your symptoms don’t improve, there’s a good chance the remedy is not the correct remedy for you.
Whilst these remedies won’t cure your hay fever, they can help you manage the symptoms. If you want to get the root cause of your hay fever, Jadwega from the Wellbeing Anywhere team is a licensed homeopath and can assist you with treatment. Click here to get in touch.