Today we are in Wexford and I’m going to be talking to you today about hayfever and hayfever symptoms. At the beach we can enjoy the wonderful salt air. Salt air can be very therapeutic against hayfever. It helps to open up the airways and helps to fight any infectious microbes in the airways. It also acts as a decongestant and it helps to stop the effects of hayfever; water eyes, coughing and sneezing. Hayfever typically occurs between March and Oct. If you experience allergy attacks during the winter, then you are probably experiencing other allergy responses from things like animal fur or dust mites.
In addition to the salt air you can also use aromatherapy and essential oils as a natural remedy to help fight against the symptoms of hayfever. Get a half cup of coconut oil, a quarter cup of beeswax and a quarter cup of almond oil. Into that you can add essential oils. Some good essential oils to use are peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil.
Half cup of coconut oil
quarter cup of beeswax
quarter cup of almond oil
20 drops eucalyptus
10 drops peppermint
10 drops of lavender oil
Mix all the ingredients together and make them into a balm. Apply the balm around the nose. This catches all the pollen in the air and stops it from going into the respiratory system. It therefore stops the allergy symptoms.
Peppermint oil is known for it’s anti-inflammatory effects. It’s highly effective and has a lot more properties but in relation to the hayfever the anti-inflammatory properties are probably the most effective in this case.
Eucalyptus oil helps with opening up the airways and acts as a decongestant and is very power in helping you to breath.
The lavender oil is very calming and helps to calm down the histamine. It is a de-stressor also aswell. It has a very calming effect.
The essential oils are very effective; they are natural and come from the plant. It is highly unlikely for anyone to experience reactions to essential oils because their molecular makeup is similar to our own. They are extremely natural and powerful plant remedies. You can also use this balm when you have colds and flus. Apply to the nose when you are blowing your nose. You can use it as a lip balm, a chest balm, lots of different things.
What happens when we get hayfever?
It’s an over-reaction in our immune system to a response to pollen in the case of hayfever. Our immune system produces immunoglobulin e which causes a production of histamine which in turn causes inflammation effects all over the body. This is what causes all the coughing, watery eyes and sneezing.