Hayfever, toothache.

Date: Sat, 26 Mar 1994 00:13:29 GMT
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From: Christopher Hedley <christopher.GN.APC.ORG>
Subject: hayfever

> Is there an aid for the seasonal pollen deluge? I have a friend who's sinuses refuse to respond to the standard medications.

Eyebright (Euphrasia spp), especially for sore and runny eyes and itchy nose and lungs. Capsules work well and are easy to carry on trips to the countryside. Add Ephedra (E. sinica), Ma Huang, for bad cases, max dose 1:10 tinct. 2ml 3x day - less if weak heart or high BP. Add Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra) for runny nose. I find a tea of these three 2:1:2 is the best general recipe.

Vervain (Verbena Off.) is excellent for asthma with tightness across upper chest, also for Liver support - needed for any allergy. Elderflower, Yarrow (Achillea mill.) and Peppermint, equal parts, taken 3 cups a day for two months *before* the season is the most gentle solution. It strenghtens the mucus membranes, so they are no longer so sensitive.

Add local honey.

From: Christopher Hedley <christopher.GN.APC.ORG>

> Is that yarrow flowers or leaves?

Use Yarrow herb - all the green part, picked in full flower.

The root is used for different things, try chewing it for a clue - quite an experience!


From: Christopher Hedley <christopher.GN.APC.ORG>
Subject: yarrow

> Please advise its application. Also references.


most sources give 'chew the plant', but the plant will show you that its root is best. try it and see!

medicinal and other uses of n american plants, c erichsen-brown pub dover 1989 also gives 'chew the root and apply to sprains' and 'leaves and roots rubbed on body before fire dances' and 'the flowers may be used as a smudge'.

happy chewing, christopher

From: Christopher Hedley <christopher.GN.APC.ORG>
Subject: eyebright

> Would eyebright have antihistamines in it? I can't take them.

Eyebright does *not* contain any anti-histamines. The action is partly due to tannins, with a particular appropriation to the upper respiratory tract. They dry and tone the membrane. There is also a more general anti-allergic action.