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Autumn is Hay Fever Season...Again

Posted by Tracii H.

Hay fever is a form of allergy affecting the lining of the nose, eyes and throat. As many of us know, it can be miserable. Although most people think of spring time when they hear the term hay fever, fall can also bring about symptoms in many people. This is due to an allergic response to plants like trees, grasses, and weeds, many of which pollinate in the fall. Fungi and molds are often abundant at this time as well, due to high humidity and decaying foliage. If you’re looking for a more natural way to combat fall allergies, there are some options out there. Herbal preparations made with anti-inflammatories, anti-microbials, bitters, and decongestant herbs can be very helpful for some people. Some commonly used herbs include chamomile, cayenne, Siberian ginseng, and ephedra (used in its man-made form, pseudoephedrine, in medicines like Claritin D).

Various essential oils can also help with the symptoms, but the particulars vary from person to person. Oils that have been recommended by aromatherapists include all of the above, but especially

Blue Camomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender

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