Spring is coming; “All nature seems at work,” as the English poet Coleridge so aptly put it. Along with its beauty and the promise of warmer weather looms the spectre of allergies for many. It’s a seasonal transition that can be frustrating for families and children ready to break the grip of cabin fever and enjoy “together time” outdoors after the cold and confinement of winter.
The anatomy of immune response
Compromised immunity lies at the root of a wide range of health problems, and allergies are no exception. Allergy can be explained from an immunological perspective, as the under-activity of specific subsets of immune cells known as T-regulatory (aka Treg) cells. These cells function as the immune system’s mall-cops, making sure, for example, that “self-reactive” T cells remain in check. Treg cells act to suppress excessive immune reactions to the environment, as in the case of allergies.
Upping the allergy ante
And it’s not just about weather. Many factors influence immune function, and our modern toxic world may be the primary one. We know, for example, that exposure to triclosan, a preservative found in cosmetics and toothpaste among other things, is significantly associated with compromised immunity and increasing hay fever prevalence. Exposure to particulate matter due to fossil fuel combustion is also associated with increasing prevalence of asthma and hay fever allergies. Meanwhile, pesticide exposure is “strongly associated” with rising rates of allergy and asthma, and various studies have shown an unfavourable shift in T-helper immunity, from TH1 to predominantly TH2, which produces an imbalance in the inflammatory response. Also, air pollution causes plants like ragweed to produce more pollen and to make the pollen more allergenic.
Finding relief through balance
St. Francis Herb Farm has created its Deep Immune® for Allergies formula specifically to help you and your children re-establish the equilibrium of your immune system, allowing the whole family to enjoy being in nature again.
This unique formula consists of a finely balanced combination of immune restorative traditional Chinese herbs like astragalus, reishi, and schisandra, as well as anti-allergy ingredients that include stinging nettle, prickly ash, and homeopathics. This makes for an ideal double-edged formula. On the one hand, it treats the underlying immune imbalance that causes allergy, while also providing fast relief of acute allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching, and watering eyes. It is recommended that allergy sufferers begin a program of using Deep Immune® for Allergies 4 to 6 weeks before their expected onset of symptoms and do so consistently in the seasons that follow. Best of seasonal health!
St. Francis Herb Farm began nearly 30 years ago with a young family, a small farm and a simple idea: to craft herbal medicines using traditional methods that have been used for hundreds of years, because that’s the way that yields the best results. The company was founded by Monique and Jeremy Rivett-Carnac, who built a business that is respected for its integrity, and for the care and intention it brings to every step of the process to create products that work really well. Today, their son and daughter-in-law Paul and Caitlin Rivett-Carnac are the new owners of St. Francis Herb Farm. They’re proud to continue building on that foundation—a young family, a small farm, and that same simple idea—for the next generation.