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Supporting the Seasonal Allergen Response Naturally

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  • I love Kiwiherb! Finding something that worked so well, and was safe for my daughter when she was at an age where she couldn't have all other medicines, it was such a great help! And now I use nothing else
    – Alyssa Francis-King
  • I'm not often inspired enough to go seek out a brand's Facebook page just to give them my positive feedback - in fact this is the first time ever. I just wanted to express how much I love the children's cough syrup, it's always worked wonders on my kids - it's now taken to the next level with the inclusion of the syringe which is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle - hurray! It's always been the bane of my mum-life trying to reach the medicine when the bottles have run low with syringes that aren't long enough - thank you!
    – Melissa White
  • My wife and I have been using this product for years and they are amazing and work fantastic!!! We have the all the children's stuff including the echinature, chest syrup, throats syrup and the De-stuff!!! Absolutely amazing products We love them
    – Craig Hume
  • I brought a bottle of De-stuff for my 11 month old daughter yesterday who has had a runny nose for the last 5 days, I've been wiping her nose constantly but after 2 doses of De-stuff I've only had to wipe her nose twice today. I wish I'd known about this sooner. I will be using this straight away in the future
    – Melissa Bayne
  • Received a bottle of children's chest syrup to trial and what can I say it's magic in a bottle!! After a single dose they didn’t cough the whole night which meant a better sleep for everyone after two days they were so much better and they liked the taste which is great, can't wait to try more of your products
    – Daniella Bhagat
  • Absolutely love baby balm. My 6 week old had flakey, dry skin and nothing I had tried was helping until I tried baby balm. Her skin is so much better. I can't believe how fast it worked. Thank you Kiwiherb!!!
    – Alex Lazzaro
  • Brought a bottle of children's chest syrup and it works like magic no more coughing during the night. Also my son loves the taste
    – Philippa Quigley
  • On Sunday we bought De-Stuff for our 3 year old daughter who has struggled with a cold all week. After 2 doses of it, along with the Chesty formula, she slept so well that night and woke up looking and sounding so much better. Now almost 3 days later her cold is all but gone. I wish I had have found out about it sooner.
    – Bridgette Robinson

Supporting the Seasonal Allergen Response Naturally

Supporting the Seasonal Allergen Response Naturally

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Asti Renaut

Asti Renaut (BHSc. Comp Med, BA, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Herb Med, MNZAMH)

Asti Renaut is a degree-qualified medical herbalist and naturopath with over ten years clinical experience. Asti practices in Christchurch, New Zealand, treating a wide range of health issues. She especially enjoys working with infants and children, and finally has one of her own to practice on! One of the cornerstones of Asti's practice and philosophy is the importance of education and sharing information. She believes that empowering clients to understand their own bodies and health, and giving practical tips and tools to use from the garden and kitchen are just as important for wellness as qualified professional care. 

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Spring: while many people delight as daffodils and hyacinths bring the first daubs of colour back to the landscape, others inwardly sigh and brace themselves, knowing that itchy eyes and sneezing are just around the corner. For those who suffer from sensitivities due to the natural increase in pollens and airborne allergens at this time of year, the symptoms will be all too familiar; itchy watery eyes, sinus congestion, noses that are either stuffy or streaming (or both!), sneezing, itchy rashy skin, and a general sensation of irritability.

The sensation of irritability actually describes the body’s response perfectly. Allergenic material literally ‘irritates’ the tissues in the airways (nasal passages, sinuses, mouth, throat and lungs), or for some the skin (as in hives or dermatitis) or digestive tract. The irritation comes about due to a hyper-active immune response to the substance, whether it is pollen, dust or a food component. The body treats the substance as an unwanted invader (pathogen) and mobilises its best defences to attack. It is the immune response itself that creates the inflammation, swelling, redness and mucus production that we recognise as a hypersensitivity reaction. This response is actually a defence system, and relies on the production of chemical messengers such as histamine.

Seasonal sensitivities are all too common in New Zealand, and the degree of symptoms can vary from just plain annoying to completely debilitating. Providing symptomatic relief by calming down the irritation is of the utmost importance, yet many people end up wanting more than just a ‘band-aid’ to stop reactivity. The beauty of herbal medicine is in its ability to not only relieve symptoms, but to address also the underlying immune hyper-reactivity. 

A herbal approach to seasonal sensitivities prioritises the relief of symptoms while also working to rebalance the immune system, providing both short-term and long-term solutions. 

Herbs such as Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) , Elderflower (Sambuccus nigra) and Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) provide symptomatic relief by reducing the production of excess mucous, reducing inflammation and toning irritated tissues. While the name “Eyebright” speaks to the traditional uses for irritated and watery, gritty eyes, this herb also works just as well for treating these symptoms in the nose and sinuses. Elderflower and Ribwort are both renowned anti-inflammatory herbs for all catarrhal conditions of the ears, nose and sinuses. While these herbs, which can be found in our Kiwiherb De-Stuff and De-Stuff for Kids. tone tissues through their astringency, they also soothe and heal tissues, meaning that they are not overly ‘drying’ although they do indeed reduce mucus production.

One of the key herbs in the herbalists’ tool-kit for treating seasonal allergenic reactivity is Baical Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis). This powerful traditional Chinese herb has been shown in many scientific studies to be both anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory. Baical skullcap reduces the production of histamine and other chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation and reactivity to allergens. Herbalists employ this herb to reduce sensitivities wherever they manifest, whether it be hayfever, eczema, hives or rashes. Baical skullcap is also understood to be ‘cooling’, and for anyone who has suffered the hot itchy annoyance of an allergic reaction, this will be very welcome!

While many people think of Echinacea (E. purpurea, E. angustifolia) as purely for staving off winter colds, it is actually capable of so much more. Often those who have taken Echinacea through the winter for immune support will find they are surprised by fewer allergic symptoms come spring. This is because Echinacea does not simply stimulate the immune system, it balances it, therefore reducing sensitivities and hyper-reactivity.

Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa) is a key anti-inflammatory herb, used for all manner of inflammatory conditions including skin rashes, urticaria (itchy skin) and asthma. Rehmannia helps to rebalance an over-reactive immune response, while also supporting the body’s stress response. 

The ability of herbal remedies like Herbal Allergy Formula to address both the presenting symptoms and the underlying causes of seasonal sensitivities is what makes it a unique and valuable form of medicine. Herbs are only as good as their formulation, and when grown well, manufactured well and given in the right doses, can work incredibly quickly to provide relief. They also help to improve the body’s capacity to be less reactive in the medium and long-term, so everyone can enjoy all the colours of spring.