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Desperate for allergy relief!

 
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I have a question, and please don't act on it without looking into it because I may be wrong.  I am rarely wrong, but it has happened once or twice.

I theorize that part of our exploding allergies problem is simply because our immune systems are designed to work under a parasite load and for many, the immune system gets overreactive in the absence of that load.  I don't claim this is the entire story, but I think maybe it is a large part.

Through all of human history except the last couple of generations, most people carried intestinal parasites (mostly worms of various types) from early childhood on.  The first thing any parasite has to do is calm down your immune system so your body doesn't attack it.  I've read several articles about small studies (no one will fund a large study because you can't patent a parasite), where the researchers have given people with multiple schlerosis intestinal parasites (tape worms in many, although at least one other was mentioned, but I don't remember it's name).  In all cases I've seen, the patients MS completely stopped progressing over the course of years (damage already done was not repaired).   In at least one study I read, at the end the patients were given the option of keeping the parasites or taking meds to kill them.  100% of the patients opted to keep the worms.

Much of the apparent increase in allergies may be due to increased recognition.  (I had a dr. who grew up on a farm tell me that at certain seasons they were all sneezing, hacking, red eyed and plugged up sinuses, but his folks didn't know to call it hayfever.  I don't think that recognition is all of it though.  

I wonder if maybe part of our 'permaculture' should include our own gut biota (that's actually a pretty fashionable idea now), including worms (which is a decidedly unfashionable idea).
 
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I am an allergy sufferer, too, and have had great success using local bee pollen. I mix it into a little applesauce each morning. If you're just starting out, ease into it in very small increments. Start with a couple granules each day, then add a few granules more after about a week. Gradually (like over the next couple of months) build up to a teaspoon of be pollen daily. I hope this helps.
 
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from what I understand allergy is the action or more precisely mis action of immune system. If this is correct then it would be logical to start from the immune system. Perhaps this is the reason why honey works. Honey is a natural immune booster. So perhaps take other immune system  fixer/booster such as ganoderma mushroom.
 
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I just read about goldenrod being used for seasonal allergies.
I react horribly to grass pollen and I'm going to give this a try.
Dry the whole stalk when flowering begins, use in teas.
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:

Don't waste a penny on homeopathy. A treatment should have at least some plausible means by which it could work. The idea that vaccines cause your allergies is also unsubstantiated. Allergies existed long before there were vaccines. It's your body reacting to the pollen and chemicals that plants naturally produce.



I had similar opinion too, but then I got stung by a bee. I was visiting my friend a day after, and sting area was getting worse, not better - it was super itchy, swollen and redness started developing around the area. My friend brought me Apis homeopathic remedy and also homeopathic sting ointment. No kidding, in 5 minutes I had zero itching, and in 1-2 hours no more swelling or redness. And that is despite me not believing in the stuff. Apis is actually made from the bee sting material, so remedy was very well matched.  I started testing homeopathics for other things, and noticed, that lower potencies (30 and less) do not do anything for me. But 200C and higher work very well. But remedy has to be matched quite well. And to do that -read homeopathic Materia Medica and homeopathic repertories, not popular homeopathy books. Popular books now approach homeopathy as current medical system does - specific remedy or drug for specific disease, and that is like a shot in the dark. Remedy has to match personality and specific symptoms, not the disease. Healing a person, not the disease. First aid homeopathics are generally okay to use, that most people use, since one doesn't have an hour or two to read during emergency. but other stuff is individual.
 
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My husband has had allergies, chemical sensitivities (neighbor's clothes dryer and hot tub chemical smells) and sinus congestion for the last 14 years.  It would hurt me to see him come back from a walk, all stuffed up with a sinus headache that would linger for days.  He would netty pot and press his head and wait for it to let up.  Then, he fell and bruised a rib and was in pain from lung congestion, so after addressing the rib injury, I suggested he take a fenugreek/thyme tincture I had made for him.  It was amazing.  Within two days his congestion was cleared and then he found over the next few weeks that he was not reacting to the usual smells and his sinuses were clear.  He missed a day and it came back, but was stopped when he resumed taking the tincture.  My understanding is that a person's constitution...his is wet and cold/mine is hot and dry...is important when taking herbs.  Both fenugreek and thyme are warming and drying so they wouldn't do me that much good, but for him they connected the right dots.  He even finds he doesn't get chilled as easily and his nose isn't running all the time.  Everyone is different, but this was such a game changer for him (and me too) that I wanted to pass it along.
 
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Bee Dee, how much of the tincture your husband is taking a day?
 
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He takes 5 drops twice a day now.  The first week he took it 4 or 5 times a day. The tincture is a glycerite, but an alcohol tincture might work as well. It is half fenugreek and half thyme. Lemon thyme, to be exact, from our garden, but regular thyme should work.  I posted a video showing how to make a glycerite at https://permies.com/t/99351/kitchen/Elderberry-toxicity-tinctures#1047725  about 2/3 down the page.  
 
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