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🌼What is it?
Hayfever is an allergy to inhaled particles from indoor or outdoor allergens, such as dust, pollen or pet dander. It can last for weeks or months and begins during the Spring time, usually from mid March. The weather tends to be warmer, humid and windy and the pollen count is at its highest.
The charity Allergy UK estimates that 18 million people have hayfever in the UK.

🌼What causes Hayfever?
Pollen. Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. It causes irritations on contact with the cell linings in the nose, mouth, eyes and throat. If the body is allergic it releases immunoglobulin E (antibodies) to attack the pollen, which triggers histamine and causes the reaction.

🌼You can have an allergy to:
Tree Pollen - Spring time
Grass Pollen - Late spring, early Summer
Weed Pollen - late Autumn

Major hayfever symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, watering eyes, blocked sinuses, all due to the histamine reaction in our body. Other symptoms include itchy throat, loss of smell, pain around the temples, headache, earache and feeling tired.

Did you know, Hayfever is often linked with IBS? If you suffer with an irritable bowel, you are likely to display more hayfever symptoms.

🌼How can Hayfever affect your treatments with us:
- If your eyes are feeling itchy, gritty or sensitive, we would not want to add a potential irritation to them, so we advise to avoid a lash lift or eyelash tint until this symptom eases.
- If your eyes are watery, we will not be able to perform a lash lift treatment
- If you feel congested around the sinuses, you may find laying face down for a back massage leaves you feeling a little stuffy-nosed immediately afterwards.

🌼What can help relieve Hayfever symptoms:
- Our ear candle treatments can help clear the head and relieve hayfever symptoms
- When applied as a weekly course of four ear candle treatments just before hayfever season, clients have noted less intense symptoms than previous years. They have reported a clearer head, breathing more freely and less itchy eyes.
- Reflexology can be tailored to specifically relieve symptoms of hayfever and help the body rebalance itself
- A steam treatment within a facial can help relieve congestion
- A pressure point eye massage as a standalone eye treatment or within a facial can assist with drainage and puffiness around the eye area
- We can perform treatments in a semi reclined position if you are too congested to comfortably lay flat
- We can ensure the mitts are cooler during a facial treatment

There are plenty of over the counter medicines to help relieve symptoms of Hayfever, including antihistamines loratadine, cetrizine or fexofenadine. Speak to your pharmacist to find the best option for you.

A daily saline solution for the nose (or a nasal spray) can help to thin mucus and enable ‘freer breathing’. Many believe a tablespoon of local honey each day can also help alleviate hayfever symptoms.

Keeping your window shut at night and first thing in the morning is also thought to reduce symptoms throughout the day.

🌼Aromatherapy for Hayfever Symptoms
For fragrance around your home or to request as part of your treatment with us. Please make any requests at the time of booking so we can prepare in advance for you.
- Rosemary - has mucolyptic properties (which is why it features in certain cough medicines)
- Lavender - is a natural antihistamine
- Lemon - anti-inflammatory
- Chamomile - contains high levels of azulene, a natural antihistamine. Cooled chamomile tea bags can also be used as a cold compress for itchy eyes
- Peppermint - stops itching, helps the body eliminate mucus for freer breathing
- Tea Tree - anti-allergy properties and helps to build immunity

🌼If you are looking to add an oil fragrance at home, there are a few things to be aware of:
- No pure essential oils besides Lavender and Tea Tree should ever be applied to the skin in the pure form. It must always be diluted by what we call a carrier oil.
- Do not attempt to mix all of these oils together. It could become overpowering and produce an undesirable fragrance plus undesirable effects, for example a nausea or headache from too much exposure.
- Apply a couple of drops into an oil burner or small dish and leave to fragrance the room, a little goes a long way.

Have you had trouble sleeping lately?
If you regularly have problems sleeping, the common term is Insomnia. Most people experience some form of sleep problem throughout their life, but there are many causes which can contribute.

What Causes Insomnia?
Most commonly psychological causes, such as stress, anxiety, depression
Environmental factors such as noise, temperature
Physical pain
Uncomfortable bed or mattress
Alcohol, caffeine, sugar, rich foods
Eating too late at night
Jet lag
Shift work
Over exposure to blue light from TV, laptops, tablets
Certain medicines or conditions, such as restless leg syndrome or menopause

Massage May Help 💆‍♀️💆‍♂️
- Massage improves blood circulation around the body
- Soothes aches and pains
- Relieves underlying stress
- Soothes nerve endings
- Lowers the heart rate
- Helps quieten the mind
- Raises seratonin levels (the happy hormone)
Just thirty minutes of massage factored in to your hectic schedule can help you relax and achieve a better night's sleep

How a Good Night Sleep Makes You Feel
A good night's sleep can boost your immune system, increase productivity, improve energy levels, improve memory, lift your mood and help prepare you for the day ahead.
A good night's sleep can also help you make better choices towards diet and exercise, encouraging you to make more movement throughout the day and leaving you less inclined to reach for sugary snacks.

Other tips for a better night's sleep:
- Get plenty of natural sunlight in the daytime
- Reduce caffeine consumption and limit after 3pm
- Aim to sleep and wake at consistent times
- Open a window. It is easier to get to sleep in a cooler room.
- Aim to sit and relax for at least thirty minutes before bed (avoid driving, cleaning, exercise), for example read a book, meditate, listen to music, journalling
- Reduce blue light exposure an hour before bedtime (turn off tablets or install an app to block blue light)
- Avoid eating late at night
Wishing you a good night's sleep tonight 💤💤

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Self Heating Eye Treatment Mask
Available in Lavender, Rose or Jasmine, £4 each
Reserve yours via email or WhatsApp today

We love this warming treatment to soothe eye strain, relieve pressure headaches, calm an overactive mind and release tension from tired eyes.
1. Find a tranquil place to relax
2.Open the pouch and unfold the eye mask
3.Gently place over your eyes and fit the loops comfortably over your ears
4.Within a couple of minutes you will begin to feel a gentle warmth
5.Drift away and enjoy for a minimum of 15 minutes for best results
👁️Promotes relaxation and calm with gentle lavender
👁️Instantly soothes the eye area
👁️Helps calm an overactive mind
👁️The heat helps to reduce dry eyes because it encourages a secretion of lipids into the tear film of the eye
👁️Use at home before sleep, during meditation, to accompany yoga or even on a plane

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