Have you recently felt stressed and unwell without apparent cause? Have you felt tired and unable to undertake even the simplest of routine tasks without extra effort? It may be that the weather is to blame.
Spring frequently comes along with a rather unpleasant weather phenomenon. It is a stimulating climate that may bring humidity, changeable winds, atmospheric air pressure fluctuations and swift rises and drops in temperature. Such inconsistency can impact our health and well-being.
Many people are feeling ‘under the weather’ and the number of people complaining of the symptoms associated with this phenomenon is on the rise.
Women and the elderly are affected to a higher extent, yet the symptoms may occur throughout all age groups and both sexes, from the young to the aged. This phenomenon is known as meteoropathy, and symptoms include headache, migraine, dizziness, cardiovascular symptoms, exhaustion, depressive moodiness, heavy limbs, irritability, and difficulty concentrating and sleeping.
For alleviation, sufferers should avoid strenuous activities or exercise outdoors. Light activities may, on the other hand, help the body assimilate. Heavy or convenience foods should be replaced by lighter fresh foods, such as vegetables and fruit, and the intake of sufficient, non-alcoholic fluids to keep hydrated is of paramount importance.
Hydrotherapy, such as kneippism, alternating cold/warm water baths and showers, or cold-water wading are considered as potentially helpful.
Herbal teas may assist the alleviation of meteoropathic symptoms. Two to three cups per day, hot or cold, of the following herbs can aid recuperation. One teaspoon of tea leaves should be left to steep for 5 minutes in 250ml of hot water.
■ In order to reduce nervous headaches and irritability, Lavender tea can be useful. It also relieves exhaustion and insomnia, and has the potential to reduce high blood pressure.
■ Hawthorn in the form of tea can reduce nervous palpitation, soothe the nervous system, and improve the circulation of the blood through the heart. It alleviates the sensation of pressure or tension in the chest.
■ Lemon balm tea may be used to soothe, calm and reduce stress. It is known to alleviate dizziness, migraine and nervous irritability.
■ Chamomile tea reduces nervousness, irritability and tension.
Schüssler salts may help invigorate the body, during and ahead of the season, and may make it more resistant to climatic variation.
It is recommended that you take one tablet daily of each of the following Schüssler salts, preferably in the morning:
■ Calcium phosphoricum: builds resistance and strength to atmospheric tension and the associated ups and downs.
■ Ferrum phosphoricum: is indicated where fatigue, exhaustion and lack of concentration are prevalent.
■ Kalium phosphoricum: is the Schüssler salt for cardiovascular symptoms, moodiness and irritability.
■ Magnesium phosphoricum: This is the neuro and muscular salt. It acts on heavy limbs and the common restlessness, and insomnia.
Similarly, the Bach flower ‘Rescue Remedy’ can help reduce symptoms. Rescue Remedy has been found to calm the organism. This can be taken as and when needed, in one or several repeated doses. In the acute state, two drops of this remedy can be added to a glass of water, from which a sip of water can be taken until symptoms subside.
Notice of caution: A qualified practitioner should be able to provide a more specific treatment for the individual patient. A medical doctor should be consulted if symptoms are severe, worsen or do not subside.