In parts 1 and 2 of the Super Pollen Attack series, herbs and aromatherapy, respectively, were examined for their anti-“super pollen” properties. In the final part of the series, we’ll be taking a look at healing crystals which can positively impact hayfever symptoms.
A Few More Super Pollen Busting Tips
Before we get into super pollen busting crystals, here are a few more low-tech tips to help protect yourself during hayfever season:
Eat curry: Curry made with plenty of garlic, ginger and chili will open up nasal passages; turmeric is anti-inflammatory in nature and may reduce inflammation related to the enzyme A2 in the body, which is stimulated by pollen.
Eat honey: Honey contains pollen and some people find that eating honey from their local area seems to reduce sensitivity
Keep track of time: Avoid being outdoors in the morning and evening, when plants are most likely to produce pollen.
Eat Your Fruit & Veg: Onions, apples and pineapples all contain quercetin, which is believed to prevent the inflammation associated with hayfever.
Super Pollen Busting Crystals to the Rescue
You may never have thought of using crystals to help reduce hayfever symptoms – believe me, I’m proof that they work! Some years ago I discovered this when I was suffering with hayfever/asthma while making essences in Africa. I simply touched a photo of an apophyllite crystal and almost immediately coughed up a lot of phlegm! I admit I may be more sensitive than the average person, but crystals work with everyone — as long as you have an open mind and remember that crystals generally work slowly and over time!
Below are some crystals which address underlying emotional factors which may trigger hayfever and other autoimmune problems:
In part 2 of my Super Pollen Attack series, we will take a look at aromatherapy oils that can be used to either reduce symptoms or strengthen the immune system so it’s less reactive to pollen and other allergens. Before we turn our attention to oils, however, here’s a few more tips for you to try:
Pollen Busting Tricks
There are various things you can do to alleviate or eliminate hayfever symptoms that cost very little and are drug-free; here are a few suggestions:
Kiss somebody: Believe it or not, a Japanese study indicated that 30 minutes of kissing reduces the body’s allergic reactions to pollen. It sounds like a nice way to reduce your symptoms….providing you don’t sneeze all over your kissing partner while you do it!
Relax: Another study indicates that 71% of sufferers with the worst symptoms had higher than average stress levels, so it’s worth sitting or lying down for a while to relax.
Laugh: Laughter truly is the best medicine – the American College of Cardiology found that 15 minutes of laughter could lessons symptoms by stimulating chemicals that block histamine production.
Your Nose Knows: Aromatherapy Oils for Pollen Busting
Below are a few suggested essential oils to strengthen your immune system (BEFORE hayfever season begins) and to help reduce symptoms:
Part 3: Crystal Clear Healing
In the final part of my Super Pollen Attack series, healing crystals will be the focus.
If you suffer during the summer (like me) because of hayfever – you have my sympathies!
The combination of lack of rain, pollution and a bumper crop of pollen means that this summer is the year of “super pollen” causing misery to thousands — even for those who don’t normally suffer with hayfever!
In this series, we will look at what causes hayfever and what natural means can be used to reduce or even eliminate super pollen attacks.
What Causes Hayfever?
There are many reasons given as to what causes hayfever – as an autoimmune condition (i.e. the immune system attacks itself), along with asthma and eczema (all of which can manifest singly or together), the body overreacts to allergens (pet fur, dust, pollen, etc) and overproduces histamines in response – thus causing sneezing, itchy and watery eyes and other allergic reactions. Both of my parents had hayfever and I have it as well (though the asthma only developed when I moved to the UK!), so it was more than likely that I would suffer too!
Simple Steps to Stop Allergic Reactions
While remedies cannot change your immune system, there are simple actions we can take to reduce or even eliminate our response to allergens. Below are a few tips:
Avoid allergens – remove the allergens or remove yourself from the allergen source, if at all possible; for example, I avoid Central London whenever possible because the combination of heat, pollution and pollen makes me wheeze!
Avoid dairy – dairy creates mucous in the system, which is a breeding ground for pollen and other irritants to lodge in your respiratory system
Take preventative measures – prepare your system for the allergy season by strengthening your immune system (more on this later)
Herbs and Hayfever
Below are some suggested herbs that can ease hayfever symptoms:
Part 2: Your Nose Knows
In part 2 of the Super Pollen Attack series, a look at aromatherapy will reveal how essential oils can be used both symptomatically and prophyllatically.
Despite the growing number of older people in society – around the world – it struck me that how we treat our elders may directly impact upon their health.
Family Ties that Bind – and Keep Us Healthy
A recent study conducted over 10 years looked at the social relationships and health of some 10,000 people over the age of 50, in order to understand the impact of family on the development of dementia.
What they found was quite interesting – people with close bonds with their children were 17% LESS LIKELY to develop dementia, while those with unreliable or annoying(!) relatives had a 31% GREATER CHANCE of falling ill.
Treat Our Elders Well and They Will be Well
As I consider different cultures in different parts of the world, it strikes me that in places where elders are still held in high regard and treated with respect for their wisdom and knowledge, the incidence of dementia and physically debilitating disease is much lower — perhaps the Western model of always seeking the new and fresh has diminished our capacity for respecting that which (and those whom) have gone before. A pity – such a wealth of knowledge being lost because few people have the time or inclination to tap into it! To say nothing of future generations who will re-invent the wheel simply because they do not listen to what others who have gone before have to say.
Helping Our Elders to Help Themselves
Studies have also found that walking in parks in towns and cities can also protect pensioners against mental decline by encouraging brain activity. It was found that the change from urban to park enviroinments sparked excitement and positive brain activity. Fast or slow, we are meant to MOVE — we either use it or lose it, as the saying goes!
But there’s much that seniors can do to help themselves as well – studies indicate that the gentle movement of tai chi can help combat depression in the elderly — as well as maintain flexibility lost with age. I’ll never forget watching an elderly Chinese man doing tai chi in the mornings at the South Street Seaport in New York on my way to work; the young man going through the exercises with him was not nearly as graceful or even flexible as the old man!
It doesn’t have to be tai chi – encourage your elders to garden, go dancing, join a choir – whatever it is, help them to find an activity they enjoy which will get them moving and interacting with others – the entire family will be better off for it!