Natural Health: My nose is dripping like a tap; Teenage son is finding it difficult to go to sleep

Natural Health: My nose is dripping like a tap; Teenage son is finding it difficult to go to sleep

My nose has been dripping like a tap for more than a week. I constantly have a tissue in my hand. Could this be an allergic reaction?

I am unable to determine whether or not this is an allergy type response in a question-and-answer format such as this, however, there are ways in which you can support your body if you are having a hayfever/rhinitis reaction.

The most common hay fever trigger in Ireland is thought to be grass rather than pollen from trees or herbs, with around 90% of cases being linked to grasses.

Quercetin, bromelain, and vitamin C are my top three supplements for treating inflammatory responses, particularly when your nasal passages are working overtime.

Quercetin is a compound that naturally occurs in garlic and onions, which is why these are considered to be immune supportive foods, and great for coughs and colds in particular.

Viridian’s Quercetin B5 Plus Complex includes vitamin B5, which is important in the production of antibodies and adrenal support, along with valuable allergy busting herbs chamomile, nettle, and pine bark.

Nettle, vitamin C, and quercetin all have natural antihistamine properties; chamomile works to soothe the mucous membranes; bromelain helps the body to manage excess mucous production, and vitamin C and pine bark are powerful antioxidants and immune-supportive ingredients.

Viridian’s formulation is available from health shops and online, where 60 vegecaps cost €26.90. Take as directed.

Dr Wilhelm Henrich Schussler, a German 19th century physician, was the first to develop tissue salts.

He believed that each cell of the human body contained 12 minerals — hence the alternate names of ‘Biochemic salts’ and ‘Cell salts’.

These salts are prepared homeopathically at very low potencies — usually 6x.

They can be found as individual remedies or in specific combinations to address certain symptoms and/or conditions.

Combination H has been developed to treat hayfever and allergic rhinitis, and is made up of salts number 8 (Mag Phos), 9 (Nat Mur), and 12 (Silica):

  • No. 8 MAG PHOS — anti-spasmodic; pain, cramps, flatulence, soft-tissue disorders

  • No. 9 NAT MUR — water distributor; watery colds, salt craving, dryness, digestive upset

  • No. 12 SILICA — conditioner, cleanser, eliminator; brittle nails, falling hair, pimples, pus.

    Natural Health: My nose is dripping like a tap; Teenage son is finding it difficult to go to sleep

    My teenage son is finding it difficult to get to sleep at night. It doesn’t help that he spends a lot of his free time computer gaming. I’ve heard that magnesium might help. What do you think?

    Speaking as a mother with three teenagers in the house, I appreciate the hold that computer gaming can have over our kids and also understand the struggle when it comes to the allure of technology.

    These screens are disturbing the sleep/wake cycle, and not just for our kids.

    We are all spending more time working on computers, tablets, phones, and relaxing in front of the television.

    Not only is insomnia on the rise, but we also have more issues with anxiety and poor posture.

    Besides coming to an agreement around regulations around screen time, you could also utilise built-in features or apps that reduce the blue light exposure and set time limitations and breaks.

    Limiting screen time for at least an hour before bedtime is important.

    We rely more on our computers and televisions to help us unwind but it often has the opposite effect.

    Magnesium does indeed help when it comes to sleep, and is also beneficial for fast-growing teens (particularly if they are sporty types).

    While it can be taken as a supplement, magnesium is most effectively absorbed when applied topically as a spray, gel, or cream.

    Getting regular quality sleep is essential for brain health, digestion, and immune function.

    Long-term sleep problems can lead to issues with mood, behaviour, and physical co-ordination.

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