The evergreen garlands and Christmas firs are coming down about now, but for some of us, one troubling thing is going up. Across many southwestern states, tree pollen counts are on the rise, and so is the sense of inevitable, impending dread among allergy sufferers.
Here in Central Texas the culprit is the annual winter flowering of millions of Juniperus ashei, or ashe juniper, a species commonly known as mountain cedar. This otherwise unaccomplished tree excels in one lamentable skill: when the urge to procreate overtakes it, the male of the species can produce a volume of pollen so prodigious that even an anemic gust of wind has been known to cause groves to suddenly explode in ochre-colored clouds.
When the diaspora begins in earnest, the air becomes thick with spiky yellow grains. Those new to the sight frequently mistake the resulting haze for the smoke from rampant brush fires, and for people who feel the full force of cedar allergies, fires may be preferable. The worst sufferers get what's known as “cedar fever”—headaches, sneezing, and itchy eyes and ears more intense than anything caused by ragweed and hay fever. The scourge is made more potent by its resistance to the usual treatments.
We‘re not immune to cedar fever here at Herbalogic. In fact, it was because we suffer like everyone else that we first searched the annals of Chinese herbal medicine to find a way to support our bodies when under attack. The result is Easy Breather, a version of the classic formula Yu Ping Feng San, a blend originally created to shore up the immune system and stave off colds and flu naturally. If you or someone you know suffers when the tree pollen starts flying, give this formula a try. We have customers who refuse to face cedar season without it.
For the best results, Easy Breather should be taken daily starting two weeks before pollen counts spike. (That usually means mid to late December.) This will build up your body's ability to resist the effects of the cedar, promoting healthy nasal sinuses, clear eyes and ears, and sharper thinking. Unlike over-the-counter anti-histamines, Easy Breather also contains herbs to moisturize the sinuses, so you shouldn't experience excessive dryness. One caution: if you are experiencing symptoms associated with sinus or respiratory infection, see a healthcare professional before taking Easy Breather.