The word pollen is derived from a Greek word meaning 'fine flour'

 

The role of the pollen grain is to fertilise the female flower to reproduce plant species.

Some plants produce small amounts of pollen, such as flowering plants, and the pollen is then distributed from one plant to another by birds & bees. Other plants rely on the wind to disperse their pollen, such as pasture grasses and weeds. This particular pollen is produced in large quantities, and can therefore spread long distances away, affecting people in surrounding areas.

The chemical makeup of each type of pollen determines whether it is likely to cause hay fever. For example, pine tree pollen is produced in large amounts by a common tree, which would make it a good candidate for causing allergy. The chemical composition of pine pollen, however, appears to make it less allergenic than other types. Because pine pollen is heavy, it tends to fall straight down and does not scatter. Therefore, it rarely reaches human noses.

It is common to hear people say that they are allergic to colorful or scented flowers like roses. In fact, only florists, gardeners, and others who have prolonged, close contact with flowers are likely to become sensitized to pollen from these plants. Most people have little contact with the large, heavy, waxy pollen grains of many flowering plants because this type of pollen is not carried by wind. It is carried by insects such as butterflies and bees.

The most troublesome pollen is produced by Northern Hemisphere grass, trees and weeds. Improved pasture type grasses tend to be more allergenic than Australian native grasses. And the pollen from exotic trees is more allergenic than pollen from Australian trees. There are a variety of weeds which have been introduced over time, that contain highly allergenic pollen. These weeds include; 

  • Pellitory weed (more commonly known as asthma weed) was accidentally introduced in a shipload of marble from Italy in the early 1900s. It is mainly found in Sydney.
  • Paterson's Curse (Echium plantagineum) is an attractive flowering plant that was deliberately brought from England in the late 1800's by Dr Paterson. This plant has taken over large tracts of pasture in rural Australia and produces highly allergenic pollen.
  • Ragweed and Parthenium weed were introduced in pasture seed imported from the United States. They have spread throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales.

 

When do plants make pollen?

One of the most obvious features of pollen allergy is its seasonal nature - people experience symptoms only when the pollen grains to which they are allergic to are in the air. Each plant has a pollinating period that is pretty much the same from year to year. Exactly when a plant starts to pollinate seems to depend on the relative length of night and day, and therefore on geographical location, rather than on the weather. (On the other hand, weather conditions during pollination can affect the amount of pollen produced and distributed in a specific year.) Thus, the farther north you go, the later the pollinating period and the later the allergy season.

A pollen count, which is familiar to many people from local weather reports, is a measure of how much pollen is in the air. This count represents the concentration of all the pollen (or of one particular type, like ragweed) in the air in a certain area at a specific time. It is expressed in grains of pollen per square meter of air collected over 24 hours. Pollen counts tend to be highest early in the morning on warm, dry, breezy days and lowest during chilly, wet periods. Although a pollen count is an approximate and fluctuating measure, it is useful as a general guide for when it is advisable to stay indoors and avoid contact with the pollen.

 

Pollen Allergy linked to Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

The correct name for hay fever is seasonal allergic rhinitis. (Early descriptions of sneezing, nasal congestion, and eye irritation while harvesting field hay back in the 1800's promoted this popular term). Allergic rhinitis symptoms are caused by the body's immune response to inhaled pollen, resulting in chronic inflammation of the eyes and nasal passages.

Symptoms include;

  • runny nose,
  • itching,
  • nasal congestion,
  • irritable and watery red eyes, and
  • itchy ears, throat and palate.

Allergic rhinitis can lead to other diseases such as sinusitis and asthma. Extreme fatigue may also occur and result in considerable impairment of the quality of life.

 

Weather Conditions -→ High Pollen Count

Pollen levels in the atmosphere will be highest on Hot Days, and on days where a Dry Wind is blowing. Additionally, light rain overnight or during the early morning will also cause high pollen levels. These are the days when you will experience the telltale symptoms of a runny nose, watery eyes, itchy skin and nasal congestion.

The Weatherzone Pollen Index measures the potential for pollen to trigger allergic reactions in susceptible people:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/pollen-index/

 

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tips to avoid allergies around the house:

  • Clean surfaces regularly, to avoid the accumulation of dust
  • Avoid feather and down pillows
  • Don't hang sheets or clothing outside on days of high pollen count
  • Avoid high pile carpets, as they offer places for dust and allergens to hide
  • Keep your pet away from bedrooms,and off all furniture
  • Wash your pet weekly
  • Try to stay indoors on days of high pollen count
  • Avoid mowing lawns or wear a mask if it is unavoidable

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  Have you considered purchasing a Salt Vaporiser / Air Purifier?

 

The Health Benefits for Babies & Children:

The 'Salin Plus' Air Purifier is ideal for young babies and children, by delivering a 100% natural, non-invasive and complementary treatment. Improve the quality of the air your child breathes in their bedroom at night, and provide symptomatic relief from their breathing problem. Its non-invasive and passive design makes it easy to use. The product has been proven to be particularly effective in young children.

As there is no steam there is none of the traditional issues with mold and dampness nor is there any hazards associated with steam. Their bedroom door can also remain closed, helping to purify the room air and fill it with sodium ions.

The salt intake is minuscule, at 0.2g per day, yet the tiny microscopic particles that are inhaled deep into the lungs may assist with clearing mucous (congestion) and reducing swelling and inflammation, associated with a wide range of breathing problems.

 

The Health Benefits for Adults:

Whether you are fit and healthy and wish to maintain your well-being or you suffer from a breathing condition, you should use Salin Plus all year long. You have heard the saying, “you are what you eat“, well it is also true to say ” you are what you breathe“.  By removing air borne pollutants and dispersing a therapeutic dry salt aerosol into your room, you are ensured of a better quality nights sleep, and symptomatic relief from an extensive range of breathing conditions, by the incredible healing properties of the sodium ion.

 

Salin Plus also sell an InSalin Salt Pipe, which is perfect to carry around in your pocket or handbag for daily use.

It uses an innovative process based on forcing the inhaled air through a layer of granular salt. InSalin is filled with halite salt crystals formed in the Middle Miocene era from the Transylvanian Praid salt mine, which is the same rock salt used in Salin Plus and Salin.

When the air produced by this device is inhaled,  salt micro-particles enter the upper and lower respiratory tract where they dissolve in the outer layer of  mucous covering the respiratory epithelium. The salt micro-particles interact with the covering layer of the respiratory tract,  modifying surface tension and viscosity. The mucous then becomes more fluid and is easily mobilized by the  cilia of the respiratory system, in order to be eliminated from the body by coughing or as nasal discharge.

 

By using the InSalin inhaler, therapeutic effects can be obtained for the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Respiratory Allergies

Insalin has a useful life of 1 year, after which it should be replaced with a new device. To ensure its continued effectiveness, the device should be stored in its protective casing, avoiding damp and  humid areas.

We recommend 10-15 inhalations for 60 to 90 seconds, 2-3 times per day. However, there is no upper limit of  number of uses per day. Based on the recommended use, the daily amount of salt inhaled is under 0.05 g.

 

Website for these products: www.salinplus.com

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Did you know . . .

The highest pollen count anywhere in the world was recorded in Austin, United States. In Winter season, the male Cedar Trees become covered with small brown cones which burst open on dry, windy days to release clouds of pollen. You can tell the pollen season is about to start when the trees turn orange/brown