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Natural Advice for Rhinitis

I had the following article published when I was practicing in the UK. I just came across it in my files and thought well hay fever season shall soon be upon us!

Nosey Problems!

Rhinitis is defined as an inflammatory condition of the lining of the nose. It is characterised by nasal obstruction, nasal discharge, sneezing and itching.

Rhinitis may be perennial (all year), seasonal (hay fever) or infective (acute or chronic).

Both perennial and seasonal rhinitis can be caused by allergens. Seasonal rhinitis may be due to grass pollen or certain trees. Perennial allergens could be cats or house dust mites. Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances may also aggravate, or even promote, an allergic response. Acute infections with the common cold or chronic sinusitis are other triggers.

There are other non-allergic and non-infective reasons for rhinitis. In some instances the cause may be emotional or hormonal although there are others.

Herbal treatment begins by considering the cause or trigger. Treatment is tailored to each individual. No two people would present with exactly the same symptoms or trigger(s) and so no two people can be treated with the same herbs.

Symptoms may be dry nose and dry eyes while others may complain of constant nasal discharge. Remedies with moistening or toning actions would be selected accordingly. Other patients may describe congestion as hot or burning requiring cooling and soothing remedies.

Boost the Lymphatic System…

Often, with rhinitis, the lymphatic system requires a boost. This can be achieved by using herbs or alternatively with a course of manual lymph drainage.

Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a specialised therapy which is designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system.


BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine /
Diploma in Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Science

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