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Some helpful tips for the allergy season:

It's that time again when everyone is sneezing, tearing or just can't breathe.  So far it has been a nice cool spring with not too bad of high pollen count but boy are we in for some full blown blossoms soon especially all at once.

  • Just some tidbits... pollen count is low mid morning and at its worst in the early evenings. So keep windows closed in evenings.
  • Wearing sunglasses will help keep the pollen out of your eyes.
  • Cut out all dairy and wheat for the duration of the hay fever season as these food allergens may aggravate your symptoms.
  • Blow your nose gently to avoid bursting grains of pollen and increasing the irritant effect.
  • Ensure you replace lost fluids from sneezing and tears by drinking water and raw vegetable juices.
  • Combine a few drops of fresh lemon juice with one half teaspoon of prepared horseradish. Eat at both breakfast and supper.

HONEYHoney

Speaking of Honey - I had the pleasure of meeting Andriana Marandino of  Cape May Honey Farm.  They have just opened in West Cape May, NJ and I am so excited since I can literally buy local beeswax for my own products in my own backyard not just from Jersey- will say more about that later.  Andriana has an incredible wealth of knowledge of honey and honeybees and all that greatness of eating pure, natural and simple.

All Beekeepers Honey Combworldwide recommend eating honeycomb for at least a month prior to the allergy season to desensitize people to pollen.  But it is never too late to start!  Check out Cape May Honey Farm's own honeycomb made locally.  You can't get better then eating local raw honey from your own backyard.

Bee Pollen

Don't forget the benefits of Bee Pollen - that also helps with all kinds of allergies and it can be taken at anytime.  The usual dose is about 2 tablespoons a day.

Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and honey to a cup of water. Drink several glasses a day for two to four weeks prior to any allergy season. It helps protect the individual from many allergic reactions.

All of these wonderful honey products can be found at Cape May Honey Farm located at 135 Sunset Blvd. West Cape May, New Jersey 08204.

JUST SKIN FOOD

I am so excited that I was able to buy - actually buy all of it - Cape May Honey Farm's Beeswaxbeeswax so that I can use it in my current Organic Herbal Skin Salve products - Therapeutic Skin Salve, Vein Relief Salve, and Joint Relief Salve. There are 2 more products being formulated that will have our very local beeswax as one of the ingredients.  Can't wait to make it. Speaking of beeswax from your own backyard... when talking with Andriana about where they locate their beehives - beehives are usually located in various spots - one of their beehives is not too far away from my home and gardens and I am sure that her bees have visited me many times last year.  I had such an abundance of honey bees all over my fruit trees, flowers, bushes that I did not see a shortage of bees by me - at least not in my garden. Everything I grow is organic and I think the bees know it and like stopping over to my house to pollinate.  "Bees you are always welcomed in my home!!!"  I have also learned that they are Italian honey bees and of course - being Italian - they know they can always eat at my house.

HOMEOPATHY

The ideal way to treat allergies homeopathically is to find the right constitutional remedy, which can totally eliminate the disease. However, allergies can also be treated acutely for symptom relief.

These are the chief complaints or common symptoms that usually come up and how to tell them apart with their distinguishing characteristics.

  • Sneezing
  • Burning discharge
  • Both burning discharge and nasal obstruction
  • Obstruction
  • Itching
  • Eye involvement (Allergic conjunctivitis)

Sneezing

• Sabadilla (Cevadilla seed) This is the most prominent remedy for sneezing. Symptoms include: sudden violent sneezing where the mucus flies across the room; copious watery discharge; formication as if ants were crawling on the nose; accompanying asthma; worse from odor, especially flowers; fixed erroneous idea about oneself; chilly; better for warmth and warm drinks; yawning and fatigue associated with the allergy; itching on the top of the palate; dry mouth and thirstlessness; strong craving for onions; better for onions.

• Nux vomica (Poison nut) Allergy worse in the morning; sneezing worse on waking; nasal discharge during the day but obstructed at night; irritation and redness of eyes; itching in the eustachian tubes; snuffles, especially in newborns; irritable and impatient; chilly; better for heat and warm drinks; sensitive to noise, light, odors.

• Euphrasia (Eyebright) Discharge from eyes is acrid while discharge from nose is bland; violent sneezing with profuse eye discharge; sneezing worse in the morning; accompanying asthma; feels better lying down (unusual symptom, opposite of the norm); violent itching in eyes; burning tears; coughing, better lying down; accompanying asthma.

• Dulcamara (Bitter-sweet) Worse in cold and damp; allergies only in the fall, monsoon, damp weather; allergies from alternating between air conditioning and hot sunlight or at ocean alternating between cold nights and hot days; hay fever; worse in open air; sinusitis when discharge stops; discharge is thick and yellow; allergic to cats; sneezing is constant and incessant; chilly; better warmth.

Burning Discharge

• Allium cepa (Red onion) Acrid nasal discharge and bland eye discharge; accompanied by a headache; redness and soreness under nose; worse warmth, better cold; nasal polyps; violent sneezing; moves from left to right, then bronchitis; headache, worse when eyes are closed; tickling, hacking cough.

• Arum triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit) This is frequently a remedy used for children. Excoriating discharge, especially from the nose; tingling all over the nose and lips; finger in the nose (in children); raw, red, soreness over lower half of face; sneezing at night; hoarseness; laryngitis; worse on left side.

• Bromium (Bromine) Acrid nasal discharge; upper lip is raw and itching; copious sneezing with flying mucus; nasal obstruction leading to snoring; worse from heat; better with cold; swelling of glands in the neck; worse on the left side; hoarse, tickling cough.

Both Burning Discharge and Nasal Obstruction

• Kali iodatum (Potassium iodide) Obstructed at root of nose; yellow-green discharge (generally means infection is present); sinusitis; heat and burning in the nose; aggravation at 5 a.m.; possible asthma.

• Kali bichromicum (Bichromate of Potash) Cracked tongue; sweet metallic taste in the mouth; sinusitis; maxillary sinusitis (will be the correct remedy 60% of the time if this symptom is present); thick rope-like discharge from the nose; strong postnasal drip; profuse, watery, irritating discharge; violent sneezing; loss of sense of smell; irritable; snuffles; pain and burning at root of nose; chilly; better for warmth; worse from cold and damp; nasal voice (main remedy for this); polyps.

• Arsenicum album (Arsenic Trioxide) Right side complaints; watery, dripping discharge; fullness and obstruction at the top of the nose; chilly; better heat; violent sneezing; moves from nose to chest and develops bronchitis; aggravation 12 to 2 a.m.; discharge is putrid, foul; swelling of eyelids and below the eye; restless.

Arsenicum iodatum (Iodide of Arsenic) Warmer than Arsenicum album but similar picture; redness and swelling of the nostrils; formication; thick yellow honey-like discharge from the nose (keynote symptom); better in open air.

Obstruction

• Sticta pulmonaria (Lungwort) Obstruction is complete, mucus is dry and encased in the nose; crusts in the nose; stuffy headaches; headaches above the nose; tingling; worse at night; dry sneezing; frontal sinusitis; dry throat; hacking cough, worse at night.

• Sinapis nigra (Black Mustard) Similar to Sticta but with more burning; nose feels hot; even more obstructed nasal discharge; more eye involvement; burning, itching smarting eyes; asthma or bronchitis; sneezing worse in the morning; strong postnasal drip.

• Psorinum (Scabies) Glue-like discharge; dryness and crusts; offensive, putrid smelling discharge; hayfever; asthma; most chilly of all remedies.

Itching

• Arundo moratanica (Reed) Itchy nose and palate; sneezing; blue discharge; loss of smell; drooling with discharge.

• Wyethia (Poison-weed) Itching in the soft palate; clucking sounds as if trying to scratch mouth; dry mouth and swelling; acrid and excoriating discharge; irritable throat, especially for singers and speakers; worse in the afternoon.

• Ranunculus (Buttercup) Itching of the soft palate; burning in eyes; eyes better for rubbing; chilly; worse from change in the weather, especially if storm is coming; worse evening, especially in a warm room; obstruction with thick mucus; copper taste in the mouth; irritable.

• Silica (Flint) Itching in the eustachian tubes; tries to swallow to itch the palate and inside the nose; sneezing is sudden, violent, persistent and all day long; chronic sinusitis; children get one allergy after the other; recurring nasal polyps; dryness and obstruction; little discharge; ineffectual efforts to sneeze.

• Agaricus (Toadstool) Itching of the entire body; redness of mouth, nose and especially eye; violent cough that ends in sneezing; worse in the morning; neurological twitching of the eye.

Eye Involvement (allergic conjunctivitis)

• Pulsatilla (Windflower) Warm; feels better from the cold; itching and burning of the eyes; chronic nasal obstruction, worse in a warm room, better in open air; thick green-yellow bland discharge; postnasal drip; worse at twilight; profuse lachrymation in open air.

• Sulphur Feels like sand or grit in the eye; conjunctivitis; redness and burning; bright cherry red lips; polyps; sensitive to odors, especially flowers; worse for taking a bath.

• Apis (Honey bee) Swelling of the eye; looks like water bags under the eyes; stinging-like pains; worse heat; better cold.

• Argentum nitricum (Nitrate of Silver) Eye looks like raw meat, red and swollen; hoarseness; better, cold.

If all else fails, the remedy Histaminum might help.

For acute prescribing,  the 30C potency or lower. At 30C, give once or twice a day; at 12C, give 3 times a day; at 6C, give 4 times a day.

You can buy some books to help you guide you through the process most of the time but if you can't get to the correct remedy you might need an expert.

To learn when and how to use these remedies as well as more detailed information about, consult a homeopathic guidebook, such as either  Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines or Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants or Dr. M. Panos and Jane Heimlich's Homeopathic Medicine at Home.

As always, visit your local health food stores for homeopathic remedies, and if you are not local to West Cape May, NJ, your local health food stores carry local raw honey.  

 

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