Once you find the substance that you think most matches your symptoms, start taking the selected medicine at the onset of the season; 5 pellets in the morning, 5 pellets in the evening.
If it's needed, you can take more. A person can take 5 pellets 3 or 4 times a day.
Advice for the novice?
It can be difficult for a beginner to figure out which homeopathic medicine is best for their particular collection symptoms.
There are what we call "combination products" or "specialties products" that make is easier for beginners.
Combination products have been developed based on hundreds of years of use in homeopathy and by experts who know the most common allergy medicines in homeopathy.
What is happening in the body when we have "seasonal allergies?"
Allergy is an over-reaction of the immune system to a substance that should otherwise be benign.
Allergic response involves activation of several immune cells as well as the release of histamine from mast cells. Histamine causes the classic symptoms that we think of as allergies: watery itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing or itchy skin. This is why most allergy medications act as "anti-histamines
Allergic reaction also creates inflammation in the body and can aggravate conditions like asthma or eczema
Herbs for allergies?
Stinging Nettles. The leaf of this plant has anti-inflammatory action and helps to stabilize mast cells (prevent histamine release).
It is a very nutritive herb that can be used either in the short term to minimize allergic symptoms of over the long term to help prevent recurrent allergies.
It's important to use high quality herbs - use either freeze-dried nettles in capsule, or liquid herbs in tincture form.
What about other supplements?
Vitamin C + Quercetin together at pretty high dose.
Quercetin is found in foods such as garlic and onions, but in order to get an effective dose, you really need to take it in supplement form.
Bromelain is an enzyme with powerful anti-inflammatory effect that is often found in combinations with quercetin.
Why are natural approaches to treating allergies more helpful in the long run than some conventional approaches?
In the long run, natural therapies can help to balance the immune system, minimize inflammation and prevent recurrence year after year. So that we don't have to continually just treat the symptoms as they come up season after season.
Is it true that allergies can develop later in life, and is there something we can do to try to prevent it from happening?
Allergies can absolutely develop later in life. The best way to prevent this from happening is what we call "optimize your barrier function.
Barriers are boundaries to the outside world like skin and all the mucous membranes that line our nose and respiratory tract
Stay well hydrated and keep your mucous membranes moist. This may mean using a humidifier in the winter.
Make sure you have good digestion and you are eliminating well; avoid the more allergenic foods such as wheat and dairy.
Keep your skin moist by staying hydrated and eating healthy fats such as fish oils.
Also helpful to keep your environment clean which means changing the filters in your heating and cooling systems, minimizing dust mites in the home, and considering air purification systems.