Hay Fever and Airborne Allergies

With the approach of some summer weather and the pollens are on the increase now is the time to prepare for Hay fever or allergies.

Listed below are the common Homoeopathic remedies with a few key symptoms to help you find one that can reduce or clear the problem.

Most remedies you will be able to buy from the local Health Store or Chemist will be either as 6C or 30C. The well indicated remedy is more important than the potency. 6Cs can be taken up to 4 times a day and 30C perhaps twice a day . When the symptoms change, stop taking the remedy but if there is no change then do consult your local Homoeopath as there may well be an underlying factor that reduces the effectiveness of a remedy.

It is also worth reducing all dairy products that clog up mucus membranes and sugary foods that seriously reduce the body’s healing capabilities in any illness!

To help you decide on a remedy, take note of the symptom picture.

Any discharge; what colour; any burning; what makes the symptoms worse or better. Any particular effect upon eyes or nose. Any effect upon the mouth and taste; on thirst; any variation on time of day; any change in the sun, rain or wind; or being in or out doors.

  • Allium cepa. Profuse watery, burning discharge from nose. Eyes red, itchy and wants to rub them; worse in a warm room and violent sneezing.
  • Apis. Worse heat; throat swollen; hives; puffy face; eyes itch; Worse at night and much worse for touch.
  • Arsenicum. Burning tears; Worse right side; Very restless, worse around midnight; Feel chilly; Very thirsty for sips of water; Worse light; better in a warm room.
  • Euphrasia. Profuse burning, watery tears; bland nasal discharge; smarting eyes, cheeks red; Eyes worse for open air; nose worse at night.
  • Natrum muriaticum. Spring and Autumn; Worse for any emotions; watery discharge, loss of smell; dry cracked lips and worse morning.
  • Nux vomica. Irritable; chilly; steady nasal discharge through day; Worse indoors; Better in open air; Worse for cold water.
  • Pulsatilla. Runny nose in day, congestion at night; Worse warm room Better fresh air; Roof of mouth itches; No thirst. Clingy emotionally.
  • Sulphur. Worse heat or sun; Stuffed up nose indoors, runny outside; Nose and eyes red. Discharge burns and smells. Can be asthmatic after exercise.

There are also several combination Homoeopathic and Herbal remedies available in the shops. By using a single remedy that reflects the symptoms you have the advantage of knowing which one works. As is the case with acute remedies, if it does not show any improvement after a day check the symptom picture again in case there is a better remedy.

Remember that the Bach Rescue Remedy is always a very useful first aid and panic reducer for any one who becomes greatly distressed in any condition


With the somewhat cold start to summer the sun worshipers amongst us will be anxious to get that natural tan or just be revitalised in the glare of the sun. All can lead to SUN BURN.

There are a few Homoeopathic remedies to have in the First Aid kit. Belladonna, Apis, Cantharis, Urtica urens. Each has its specific symptom picture.

Prevention is better than cure

Avoid dehydration by drinking WATER and take care not to spend too much time exposed to direct sunlight.

Alastair Yarrow & Diane Strauder, are members of the Irish Society of Homeopaths. They currently run Natural healing clinics in Arklow, Wicklow and in Gorey, Wexford..
They also hold special Children's clinic on the 3rd saturday of each month at the arklow Centre, from 10am - 2pm. It is there for children with acute ailments, coughs, colds, tummy problems etc. They also offer the opportunity for parents to ask about how Homeopathy can help with chronic ailments or emotional and or behavioural difficulties at home or school.
Ph: Arklow 0402- 33933
Ph: Gorey 055-22849