Hay Fever in the garden

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Hay fever in the garden good plants to haveIs this a British in the garden thing? – The UK has 15 million hay fever sufferers!

I did suffer in the past but not any more. My miraculous cure, from not only Hay Fever but Asthma as well (according to my UK doctor and my symptoms) came when I moved out of the UK.

Drastic I know but most certainly effective. OK, the move away was not brought on by the ailments but the move away did make my ailments disappear.
This is why I ask, is this a British in the garden thing?

I was told, at the age of 50 that I did have asthma and was prescribed the various inhalers that I needed to use regularly. I already knew that Hay Fever was an issue for me as working in Horticulture it had become apparent, early on. If I did not start taking the tablets in early April I knew that runny nose, itchy eyes and that horrible wretched feeling that goes with Hay Fever would follow and would continue for most of the Summer months. Not good for someone making a living from growing plants.

Birch trees, wind pollinated plants, ornamental grasses, ferns, lavender and lilies are the plants to avoid in the garden if you have hay fever and pollens, mould, spores, dust and strong scents will not help if you suffer from asthma according to the article below by David Wilkes in the Daily Mail.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, I went to China – The land of dust, strong scents and plenty of wind pollinated plants.
From the day I arrived and still now nearly 7 years on I have never needed a Hay fever tablet or asthma inhaler – Leaving the UK cured me, overnight – It’s a funny old gardeners world…

And one other thing, my hay fever suffering and asthma got far worse when I lived in East Anglia, UK, the land of oil seed rape and mustard…

Rapeseed pollen contains known allergens. Whether rape pollen causes hay fever has not been well established, because rape is an insect-pollinated (entomophilous) crop, whereas hay fever is usually caused by wind-pollinated plants. The inhalation of oilseed rape dust may cause asthma in agricultural workers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapeseed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustard_plant

The fields of the UK seem to have a lot of oilseed rape in them this year (2012). Why?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18249840

By David Wilkes PUBLISHED: 17:22 EST, 22 May 2012 | UPDATED: 04:17 EST, 23 May 2012 Both of these gardens look trendy and lush, but there is one important difference. One is a hotbed for hay fever while the other will leave allergy sufferers pleasingly sneeze-free. The trick is […]


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