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More Haymax for Hayfever Sufferers

HayMax Organic Pollen Barrier Balm for Hayfever
Now also available in Lavender and Aloe Vera Options

Here is the latest update on Haymax – I was glad, just recently, to see a box of this product on the counter of a local, independent health food store in Haslemere, Surrey, too!

Now Three Out of Top Four Supermarkets Stock HayMax

HayMax, the organic pollen barrier balm for hayfever sufferers, is now available in over 200 Morrisons stores nationwide. Morrisons joins Tesco and Asda of the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets stocking this drug-free balm.

Morrisons Buyer, Stephanie Brown comments: “We’re pleased to be stocking HayMax as it is has a good track record. It will help extend our range and give customers more choice and value when looking for ways to help with their hayfever, dust and pet allergies.”

Since it is drug-free, HayMax is suitable for pregnant and breast feeding women, and is great for children. There are no drowsy side-effects, so it’s ideal when driving and for people taking exams. The balm comes in a handy pot, so fits easily into a hand bag, school bag, sports bag, briefcase or pocket.

HayMax is applied around the base of the nostrils. It works by trapping pollen before it enters the nasal passages. Hayfever is a reaction to too much pollen in the body. Each person has a ‘trigger’ level, above which they suffer from symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and watering eyes, but below which they have no reaction. By trapping pollen, HayMax helps keep the sufferer below their trigger level, helping keep them symptom free.

Invented in his own kitchen by company founder and MD, Max Wiseberg, HayMax has gone from strength to strength in a little over 8 years. It has won no less than 18 awards, including the Janey Loves Platinum Award for 2012 for the second year in a row, and highly commended from Natural Lifestyle for 2012. It is regularly positively reviewed by doctors in the media, including Dr Chris Steele MBE on ITV1 no less than 4 times!

Last year the balm was proven to trap over one third of the pollen grains in the air [1], and the same study found that it also traps cat dander and dust mite droppings, two of the most common indoor airborne allergens.

HayMax™ retails at £6.99 for a 5ml pot and is available from selected branches of Morrisons nationwide. More information is available from HayMax™ at or on 01525 406600.

[1] Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.

Original Article, published on GoldenCup 26 June 2011 @ 15.32:

Having had to deal with allergies for many years, it’s always refreshing to see some alternative way of coping with them. Hence I was pleased to see this little plastic pot of Hay Max appear on the market in the Spring of 2009. The producers have now expanded the range to three options: Pure, Lavender and Aloe Vera.

Hay Max is an organic, drug-free balm intended to help stop sneezing and allergy reactions to pollen, through trapping the pollen before it gets into the delicate membranes of the nose.

The idea is you just apply a small amount around the base of the nostrils. It’s easy to use and the pot is small enough to carry around in a handbag or purse. An added bonus is that the balm does not have a strong fragrance and, even in its pure form, contains aloe vera or aloe barbadensis, helpful for the reduction of inflammation.

Another ingredient is sunflower oil, both of which can help to moisturise a nose that has become sore through too much wiping with tissues! Nonetheless the balm does not have a greasy feel.

Any drawbacks? It is not clear whether it is intended to also help with itchy eye allergy problems which are often a problem with hayfever and rhinitis (household dust allergy). However, as it works with the point of entry of irritants to the nose, it may also help with eye irritation – worth a try!

All in all, HayMaxTM looks like a fairly straightforward product with simple ingredients; it is nice to use and it won’t make you drowsy. Well worth giving it a go, I think, when pollen season strikes. Price on launch was £6.80 for a 5ml pot but look around for variations. Available in good chemists, pharmacies and health food stores.

Article Text Copyright: Diana McMahon Collis 2011 – to reproduce this article please credit the author and let us know where you have published it – with thanks!

First review published at: Qassia April 2009 with permission


Oxytocin – for good relationships

This post could also have been be entitled “Oxytocin – for feeling good generally”. Because this is a brain chemical – a neuropeptide – which creates a great feel-good response in the mind/body; it also does so in relation to other humans – you could say it’s sort of socially contagious, in a good way. Some researchers are even dubbing it as “Social Viagra”! Oxytocin is isolated and captured as an actual substance, which is prescribed in nasal spray form, for individuals struggling with social phobia. But it is also naturally produced in the body in any case, under various conditions. In an automatic, practical way, it is produced during the physical processes of sexual climax, childbirth and expression of breast milk. In a more everyday, going-about-your-business kind of way, release of this hormone can be triggered through simply being nice to someone else. This behaviour makes you feel good and may also elicit a pleasant response from the other person which, in turn, adds to your own feel-good factor, through the feedback loop of the positive social interaction. In other words, it’s a lot like the knock on effect of tuning into certain states of mind (moods or modes of feeling and being) which then generate more of themselves through the law of attraction – as shown in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know.

There are some good reports around on Oxytocin. You can also get the lowdown in a really straightforward way from author Dr David Hamilton, who has thoroughly researched this area, in his book Why Kindness Is Good For You. Bringing the feel-good factor into your relationship sphere means working more on simple acts and attitudes of kindness and tolerance. It takes practice, of course – and it does not include placing yourself in danger or turning a blind eye to unreasonable behaviour. But it can have a knock on effect so that you are happier, your relationship is on a more even keel, there is less anxiety and less chance of depression striking – you see the potential positive pattern here, no doubt. So, if you want to raise your happiness level and encourage relationship harmony, think kindly and let the Oxytocin peptide flow!

Review of The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer

One of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.  It’s quite a fat read (just under 600 pages) but I managed to whizz through it in half of a week-long holiday in Mykonos.  A gripping tale and it doesn’t take too much imagination to pinpoint who the hero and anti-hero are based on!  Or maybe antagonist and protagonist would be more accurate terms for describing the two newspaper barons depicted in The Fourth Estate.  If you want a real insight into how the media operates and how the news is created – er recorded – you could do worse than read this book.  I had no idea how gifted a storyteller Jeffrey Archer is until I read it.  His time in politics was clearly not wasted, even if it only meant that he observed a great deal about the media machine!  I wonder if his other books are as enthralling; I particularly liked the subject matter in this one.  And if you’ve come across The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho you might even find a few echoes of that in here (no, really!). Archer manages to evoke sympathy for deeply flawed characters and never fails to shock in style.

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