If you are a hayfever sufferer like me, you’ll know that the arrival of summer can indeed come with mixed blessings.
On one hand it’s wonderful to be able to enjoy long summer evenings in the garden, whereas on the other hand tossing and turning in bed all night with itching eyes and a sneezy nose is no fun for anyone.
In the past I’ve tried allsorts of treatments to try and alleviate the symptoms, ranging from applying petroleum jelly inside of my nose (not nice), keeping my windows shut, pillows covered and washing my hair each night before I go to bed (great if you’re super-organized, and I’m not , always!), eyebaths (not compatible with my contact lenses), nasal sprays (okay, but had limited effect on my itchy eyes) and herbal hayfever tablets which barely had any effect at all.
After trying all of these I have reluctantly moved onto Antihistamine tablets, but as I am conscious of what I’m putting into my body, looking for a more natural alternative is always on my agenda.
Now if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you would have seen that a week or so ago I was lucky enough to be invited to one of Weleda’s, natural, biodynamic cosmetic and pharmaceutical company, Insight Days – #WeledaInsightDays.
The day, which took place at Weleda’s headquarters and gardens in Derbyshire, gave me an opportunity to have a tour of their famous medicinal gardens, chat with head gardeners and learn how Weleda make their natural tinctures which form the basis of their 100% certified natural beauty and wellbeing products.
Meeting the team and learning about their NaTrue certified natural and organic facial skincare, bodycare, juices and elixirs, Weleda also announced what was new for 2014. New arrivals include the divine smelling, therapeutic Wild Rose Cream Bath Milk (you may have heard the ever-so sweet smelling Simon Cowell extol the virtues of Weleda’s Citrus Refreshing Bath Milk – here he is),
nourishing and refreshing Citrus Hand Cream, made with fairtrade lemons sourced from biodynamic lemon farms across Sicily and their new range of homeopathic oral sprays, including Dry Skin and Eczema Relief spray and their new Hayfever Relief oral spray.
Containing 6 x potencies of Euphrasia (Eyebright – traditionally prescribed to soothe stingy, red, watering eyes associated with allergic rhinitis), Allium cepa (Red onion – a homeopathic remedy for relief of streaming eyes and nose) and Gelsemium (Yellow jasmine – favoured by homeopaths to relieve ‘heavy head’ symptoms and itching at the back of the throat), Weleda’s new Hayfever Relief spray provides symptomatic relief of hayfever and other forms of allergic rhinitis.
Just one or two squirts on the tongue, three times a day, the spray is virtually taste-less, except for a faint hint of alcohol, which is from the ethanol (made from organic grain alcohol).
So does it work – well, I’ve been using this for a week now and can confirm that yes, for me, it works really well? Spraying first thing in the morning, then again in the afternoon, the spray has kept my symptoms at bay, despite walks through the woods (my usual hayfever ‘flash point’), cutting grass, enjoying a late summer evening social and working with my office door wide open with the wind blowing directly at me.
As well as working efficiently, unlike my usual antihistamine tablets that dry my mouth, nose and eyes, Weleda’s natural homeopathic hayfever relief spray leaves my eyes and nose feeling naturally hydrated.
Of course, I still sneeze a little, especially when there is a high pollen count, but if this does become a problem, I simply have another spray (ensuring, of course, I don’t exceed the recommended 3 doses a day).
Suitable for children over 12 years old, Weleda Hayfever Relief natural homeopathic spray comes in a handy little pocket sized bottle and can quickly and effectively be used whenever you are hit with the sneezes.
At only £9.95 for a 20ml body, I really like it and will certainly be using and recommending this natural hayfever remedy alternative to fellow suffers for summers to come.
To find out more about Weleda and their 100% natural, health and wellbeing products head over to www.weleda.co.uk