rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Natural beauty products may feel beautiful on the skin, enhanced by the delicious aroma of organic essential oils and gentle ingredients to soothe and nurture. However the plants from which we derive actives that treat our skin so well are not always so kind to our eyes and noses at this time of year.

That’s because we are just about to enter the first major hayfever season: spring. With as many as 16 million people in the UK suffering from hayfever, this increasingly common condition brings sniffly, itchy misery for weeks and sometimes months for those who suffer the most.

The bright, sunny weather experienced today in mid-March has brought a flurry of telephone calls from those who have just started to go through the tell-tale signs of hayfever: itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches and a blocked nose.

Although there is nothing that we offer that can help with any of these symptoms, hayfever is often suffered by those who also have allergic skin conditions such as eczema. There appears to be a hereditary link that makes certain individuals more susceptible to allergies and hypersensitive to all sorts of things, a condition which is known as atopy.

Here is a calendar produced by the Met Office that provides a handy guide to what types of pollen are floating around during each month of the pollen season:

pollen calendar

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For as long as I can remember I have held a passion for nature and the countryside. I like to see the things I love being taken care of – from the bees to trees – so I try to live ethically and organically wherever possible. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the organic skin care company Green People (, amazingly based a mere few miles from me in rural Sussex, where I write about products that are produced with the environment and ethics in mind at every step. Since joining, I’ve learnt so much about the effects of commonplace chemicals on the skin and body and every day I am reminded by our fabulous customers how much difference using ‘no nasties’ products can make to those with sensitive skin. I am now on a mission to spread the word about the beauty of going natural and organic!

4 Responses to Plants, Pollen & Allergies

  1. Really intersting indeed – AND this chart seems to prove my theory. I’ve long since believed my hay fever is triggered by the pollenation of pine trees due to the build up to my hay fever symptoms and the intensity of the symptoms during late April and early May. And, the Met Office chart has clarified this for me! I feel liberated as I can now categorically say, with evidence to back it up, that I am allergic to pine trees!!! Thank you for this.

  2. Meant to say, we are also running an online clinc on hay fever from 27 April – 3 May 2012 – so anyone who has question about hay fever can ask our panel of medical experts now –

  3. Ah how interesting Deborah, it’s good to get to the bottom of the allergy triggers if only so you know what to avoid planting in your garden!

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