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Relief to the Max
Haymax Organic Pollen Balm
Member Name: cha97mw
Haymax Organic Pollen Balm
Advantages: convenient to use, works well to ease irritation and trap pollen reducing symptoms
Disadvantages: cost is very variable at different places.
I have suffered terribly with hayfever for the last 15 years for a lot of the hayfever season. The only time I have ever found myself not to be suffering as badly is when I was pregnant, but it is a bit drastic to be pregnant every summer, so I look into remedies I can purchase over the counter to help me suffer less.
I have worked out over the years that the best thing for me is to try and prevent the symptoms even starting, as once your body is fighting against the pollen, it is harder to stop the immune reaction than to prevent it starting.
One of the things I have regularly done is applied vaseline to the inside of my nostrils to try and trap some of the pollen. I have been happy doing this, so I can't really explain why I picked up a pot of HayMax this year. I did almost put it back, thinking to myself it was probably a more expensive way of doing something I already do, but I was swayed in the end by it being on sale at £3 for a 5ml pot. I picked this up in my local supermarket. The shelf edge told me the normal price is £4, and when I looked on amazon, I can see it on sale there between £6 and £10.
So what did my £3 buy me?
At first it looked not a lot. This is an organic drug free pollen barrier. It is contained in a small white pot with a screw top lid, which came in a little cardboard box. The pot is so small there is not a lot of room for information, but there is a description of how to use this, and a web address and phone number for the company. The cardboard outer box tells me slightly more, such as this is made from a mix of sunflower oil and beeswax, and though it doesn't contain nuts, it is not guaranteed to be nut free.
There are then various endorsements on the box, such as it being recommended by Dr Chris Steele who is the Dr on This Morning, The Times, The Daily Mail, and it also carries the logos of the organic soil association and the vegetarian society. There are also 5 logos showing places where this has been voted the best organic product.
I don't normally care what other people think too much in terms of health products, preferring to try things myself and see if I get on with them.
With this, there is not a lot to try. Opening the pot, I found a pot of what I have to say just looked like grease. It reminded me of the cork grease I used to use on my clarinet as a kid. The smell was not offensive and pretty non-existent, which is a good thing in this case as my sensitive nose can't stand strong smells when I am in the middle of an allergic reaction. This balm is very thick, and it is possible to get a small amount of this onto your clean finger by rubbing your finger gently across the surface of it. I found it was just as easy to then transfer this to my nostril by rubbing my finger round my nostril.
When using vaseline, I probably tend to put on too much. I find my nose looks quite shiny, and I often have to wipe some of the vaseline off before leaving the house. With this, such a small amount of product was on my skin that I couldn't see any shine.
It worried me I was not using enough for it to be effective, but I found that not only did my skin feel less sore and irritated, if I got in quick with this and kept it topped up then it was really effective at reducing my symptoms. I only really suffered this year if someone was cutting the grass nearby. Of course, it has also been a pretty miserable summer, so this has also meant lower pollen count this year, so perhaps not the fairest test.
When I think about it, it is not overly expensive as I barely scraped the surface of my 5ml pot this summer, so I should have plenty to last a few years. It also was more convenient to use and also transport in a pocket or my handbag. It was also a lot less faff to use as I didn't need to be in front of a mirror or give my hands more than a wipe with a tissue if I was out and about.
I might have initially thought to myself just keep using vaseline, but I am so glad I went with this impulse purchase as my summer was a lot more enjoyable as a result of it. I sat out in the garden with the kids more, and could enjoy our day trips out, and my husband even noticed that I was suffering less than usual. I can't think of any negative to using this product, so it will have to be 5 stars from me.
Summary: A soothing balm that stopped my hayfever before it got chance to start.