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Natural Remedies for Hay Fever

Natural remedies for Hay Fever

Hay fever is a very common condition found in one in five people and it usually become a problem between late March and early September when pollen count tends to be at its highest. Hay fever is caused by a fine powder found in plants that is used for their reproduction cycle, it can cause the eyes, nose, throat and sinuses to be irritated.

Symptoms of Hay Fever

Hay Fever symptoms may sometimes resemble that of a cold which includes; a runny nose, and sneezing. Beyond that, symptoms include: itchy eyes, nose ears and mouth, headaches, loss of smell. But unlike cold symptoms tend to last for weeks. Here are some natural remedies we can recommend for battling Hay fever:

Acupuncture

Dr. Benno Brinkhaus conducted a study with three groups included a control group. The group that undertook 12 sessions of acupuncture reported having less symptoms of hay fever and depended less on antihistamines.

Vaseline

Rubbing Vaseline around the nose and eye are can prevent symptoms of hay fever by trapping the pollen released by plants before it reaches the eyes and nose.

Essential oils

Adding essential oils to a cream or lotion of your choice and massaging it on the side of the nose, temples and forehead. For every 30ml of carrier base use 5 drops of essential oil. The essential oils that can be used to battle hay fever include Basil, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme Sweet.

Herbal tea

Incorporating herbal tea into your diet is easy and low cost. Certain teas that can be used against hay fever are green tea, chamomile, elderflower, ginger, peppermint and anise to improve symptoms.

Spirituality Series: Meditation

Introduction to the Series

At Maple Leaf we believe in holistic medicine which is the idea that in order to achieve optimal well-being we must we must assess the whole person: the mind, body and spirit. In this blog series we are going to focus on one of the five aspects of holistic medicine, Spirituality. We will cover the things that improve and maintain spiritual well-being to help you connect with you could and the great world around you.

Meditation

This section of the series is about meditation. Meditation is the practice of engaging your mind to focus on a certain thought, activity or object to increase your mindfulness and mental clarity. This often requires one to create a state of calm in a silent environment for a period of time to concentrate on what you want as deeply as possible. Meditation often forces us to gain a certain awareness and perspective that can ultimately help us to mange life better whether it be mental health, emotions, stress or focus. All in all, meditation allows you to understand yourself better which will inevitably help you grow into a better person.

How to Meditate?

Meditation is free and requires no additional equipment, anyone can do it. Before beginning it is ideal to find a quiet safe place where you won’t be interrupted, allocate a time period for your meditation, if you are just starting out it would best to keep it between 5 to 10 minutes. When getting into position it is best to chose a position you can hold for a while such as sitting in a comfortable chair, crossed legged on the floor or lying down. Once you are settled start to focus on your breath going in and out in order to calm your mind, if you feel your thoughts start to wander do not worry just acknowledge the thought and bring your attention back to your breathing. Once you feel relaxed and focused start to think about anything you feel you need to confront or bring awareness to. When you decide to wrap up slowly transition your awareness to your surroundings and take note of the emotions and thoughts that have arisen. If you feel like you need a bit more guidance you can find plenty of guided meditation videos online to follow.

Benefits of Mediation

Meditation can help to tackle stress to bring inner peace. In the long run meditation can remove the negative emotions that consume your everyday life, it permits you to focus on the present which eliminates anxiety. In addition, research suggests that meditation can be used to battle symptoms of certain medical conditions including anxiety, asthma, chronic pain, sleep problems, high blood pressure and more. Aside from this meditation promotes positivity and a positive mindset will always make everyday life easier. If you are having a tough time at the moment or you simply just want to better yourself have a go at it to see if it helps.

Maple Leaf Clinic Easter Opening Times

Our Easter Opening Hours for 2021 are as follows:

Thursday 1st April: Closed
Good Friday 2nd April: – Closed
Saturday 3rd April : 9am – 5.30pm
Sunday 4th April: Closed
Bank Holiday Monday 5th April : Closed
Normal clinic hours will resume on Tuesday 6th April.

Maple Leaf Clinic Christmas Hours

Our Christmas Hours for 2020 are as followed.

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Christmas Eve Thursday 24th Dec : 9am – 3pm
Christmas Day Friday 25th Dec : CLOSED
Boxing Day Saturday 26th Dec : CLOSED
Monday 28th Dec : 9am – 9pm
Tuesday 29th Dec : 9am – 9pm
Wednesday 30th Dec : 9am – 9pm
New Year’s Eve Thursday 31st Dec : 9am – 3pm
New Year’s Day Friday 1st Jan : CLOSED
Saturday 2nd Jan : CLOSED

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Normal clinic hours of 9am – 9pm, will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.