Putting an end to seasonal allergies

Putting an end to seasonal allergies

I am fortunate to live on the edge of Pacific Spirit Park, and on my daily walks through the forest with my dogs, I have been noticing the unmistakable signs that spring is on its way. Not just the crocuses, snowdrops and burgeoning cherry blossoms in my neighborhood, but taking advantage of the open forest canopy of late winter, the leaf buds of bushes such as elderberry and salmonberry are just starting to open. With climate change being exacerbated by El Nino, the early arrival of spring in much of North America and Europe is welcome respite from a long cold winter, but at the same time, brings with it the dread of seasonal hay fever sufferers. Beginning around now, trees including alder, birch, aspen and poplar begin to pollinate, followed later in spring as it warms up by grass, weeds and mould spores. As a (former) long time allergy sufferer myself I have a lot of compassion for those of you that suffer from seasonal hay fever. But at the same, I experience considerable … [Read more...]