Ever since I can remember I have suffered from hayfever. Some summers it is bearable and others summers it’s like torture. So far this summer I’m happy to report that my symptoms have been quite mild, mainly due to the lack of sunshine.
Recently I have explored the ideas of more natural and gentle remedies to help ease my symptoms, one of which is introducing local honey into my diet. The idea being that by eating local honey means that the local bees pollen is already in your system, which eventually prevents an immune response.
I’ve tested this theory out for a couple of months now and I’ve noticed no difference in my symptoms, even on days when I’ve forgotten to take my medication.
Another natural remedy for hayfever, which I have yet to try, is applying a balm or Vaseline to the inside of your nostrils to trap the pollen before it enters your nose.
Apparently, onions are also good as they contain high levels of quercetin, which can help ward off the symptoms of hayfever.
I’m willing to try anything reduce the impact of pollen on my sinuses and eyes, but this got me thinking…
Do natural and homeopathic remedies actually work?
The use of natural remedies has been implemented for centuries, way before any advances in medical science and can be traced back to the Egyptian era. There are a lot of medications available on prescription based on many inexpensive vitamins, herbs, fish oils and minerals.
Many ingredients and natural occurring products have been shown to remedy a whole range of ailments:
Vinegar – regulates your appetite
Green tea – full of antioxidants that are associated with the prevention of cancer
Fish oil – improvement in the appearance of the skin and improves the joints and heart
Ginseng – increases blood flow
Turmeric- anti-inflammatory properties
Lemons – full of vitamin C which forms collagen
Rather than taking potentially toxic medications, natural remedies are viewed as a less harmful way to treat illnesses. This also means that only one type of treatment is required to treat both adults and children as opposed to two which is typical of prescription medications.
Of course, natural remedies are not for everyone. Some people will not even consider them as a form of medicine. There are many that believe that the ability of natural remedies is all down to having faith in the method. If you really believe that something is working then it usually does. Is it really all in the mind like most cynics would like to believe?
I for one are in two minds about whether natural remedies work or not. Since I work in a lab that is potentially looking at treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy the scientific side of me is often drawn to the use of medicines. Everyday I pay witness to the effects that certain drugs can have in acute and isolated situations in the lab.
On the other hand, I would rather not pump my body full of drugs and have them not to be my first point of call when I am ill. I very much believe that nature is bursting with healthy vitamins and minerals that can aid us to be less predisposed to certain diseases. Eating a healthy and balanced diet always makes me feel great!
Can nature and medicine function together? In my mind, yes I think they can go together hand in hand, one perhaps could help the other. Nature can equip us with everything that is good, but sometimes it may need a helping hand, something more powerful that only medicine can offer.
*Natural remedies should not be used as a replacement for your doctor’s care. If you do have a medical enquiry then please your doctor.*
I would love to hear all of your thoughts on this topic!
What are your opinions on natural remedies?
Have you had any success with natural and homeopathic remedies before?
Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂