All-Natural Allergy Remedies

1. Saline Nasal Rinse

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This is one remedy that both Eastern and Western docs (like your allergist) will likely agree on. Basically all you’re doing is flushing out your sinuses with a saltwater solution, which can help wash away allergens and irritants. To do it, grab a Neti Pot or a large squeeze bottle, like the one made by NeilMed, and fill it with a premixed packet of saline solution (available at drugstores) or make your own solution. To mix it yourself, combine 1 quart of distilled or boiled (then cooled) water; 2 to 3 tsp non-iodized salt (kosher, pickling, canning or sea salt); and 1 tsp baking soda. Put about 8 oz at a time in the Neti Pot or squeeze bottle and tilt your head forward over the sink while you pour/squeeze the solution in one nostril and let it drain out the other. “I tell patients to pant like a puppy, which lifts the palate and closes off the back of the nose so you don’t get that drowning sensation,” says Sezelle Gereau Haddon, MD, an attending otolaryngologist at the Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Integrative Medicine in New York City.

2. Cool-Mist Humidifier

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You might be tempted to pack up the humidifier now that spring is here, but hold off, recommends John Salerno, DO, a family practitioner at Patients Medical holistic wellness center in New York City. “When it’s still a little cool at night and indoor humidity is low, using a cool-mist humidifier can help get allergens out of the air,” he explains. “Water droplets bind to the allergens, and they get heavy and fall to the floor so you don’t inhale them.”

3. Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter

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Using a HEPA filter—especially in the bedroom—is the best way to remove spores and pollen from the air, says Dr. Salerno. Not sure which brand to buy? He likes Austin Air, but also suggests checking out the latest air purifier reviews from Consumer Reports.

4. Steam Inhalation

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Congested? Dr. Haddon suggests inhaling the steam of essential oils (available at health food stores). She shared this “recipe,” which was given to her by Dale Bellisfeld, RN, AHG: Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, take the pan off the stovetop and add 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 3 drops rosemary essential oil, 2 drops myrtle essential oil and 2 drops tea tree essential oil. Tent a bath towel over the saucepan (keep your face just far enough away from the steam to avoid burns) and inhale deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat 1 to 3 times a day.

5. Probiotics

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You probably associate probiotics—a.k.a. “good” bacteria, like that found in plain yogurt—with digestion, but they also play a role in keeping your immune system well balanced. Since not all strains of probiotics are beneficial for the same thing, Dr. Haddon recommends choosing brands that contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Bifidobacterium lactis and Acidophilus. She likes Pro-5 by Klaire Labs.

6. Honey

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Dr. Haddon admits there isn’t as much science behind this one, but there are no side effects, either. Many of her patients swear that eating local honey (produced near where they live) really works. “The bees eat the pollen that’s in your region of the country, then they produce the honey and you consume that, so it’s kind of like a mini allergy shot,” she says.

7. Quercetin

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This substance, which is found in the skin of onions and apples, is a natural antihistamine, says Lynne David, ND, a naturopathic doctor and Chinese medicine practitioner at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC. You can take it by itself (300 mg 3 times a day during peak allergy season without food), or in a combination product like NOW, which also includes bromelain (from pineapple; also beneficial for allergies). Dr. Salerno recommends a similar combo product, Aller-C, which contains quercetin, bromelain and vitamin C. And Dr. Haddon likes Natural D-Hist, which contains quercetin, stinging nettle leaf, bromelain and N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (an amino acid that helps thin mucus). All these supplements are relatively safe, but check with your doctor first to make sure they don’t interact with other medications you’re taking (antidepressants and thyroid meds in particular may cause a problem).

8. Stinging Nettle Leaf

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This herb, found in many of the combo allergy products noted above, can also be taken by itself in tea form, says Dr. Haddon. To make sure you get enough of the medicinal oils, pour boiling water over the tea bag and cover the cup for 15 minutes to let the oils seep in before drinking.

9. Homeopathic Treatments

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Homeopathy uses very diluted amounts of herb and flower essences. Dr. David recommends two homeopathic remedies (taken orally; you let the tiny tablets dissolve under your tongue) for allergies: Euphrasia, which is especially good for burning, itchy eyes; and Allium cepa, which is good for a drippy nose. She suggests trying one at a time (rather than together) to see which one might work for you.

10. Acupuncture

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Although it’s not exactly clear why, acupuncture may help alleviate allergy symptoms—especially if you start treatment about a month before peak season. Dr. Salerno says it’s possible that stimulating some of the meridians (channels through which energy flows) may help to temper an overactive immune system that can lead to bad allergy symptoms.

Air Mattresses for This Season

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The best air mattress is all what you need to be assured of getting quality sleep during the night. But regardless of how urgently you need the mattress, getting a good mattress is not that simple as you may think. You need to look at the best air mattresses review. Here are some of the top rated air mattresses on the market.

Coleman Single High Twin
This high quality Coleman air mattress is revered for providing excellent support and comfort, thanks to its soft plush top. It features an air valve system that is suitable for keeping the air within its coils. That is why this mattress boasts of unequaled ability to hold air well for many nights. You can also inflate and deflate it with ease, thanks to the fact that it comes equipped with a highly powered electric pump.

Intex Classic Downy
This full-size inflatable air mattress comes with a waterproof flocked top that is perfect for keeping water and moisture from penetrating it easily. It boasts of a flocked surface that is comfortable, soft and firm enough to prevent beddings from sliding off during the night. Its sturdy construction makes it highly durable and prefect for both indoor and outdoor use. It comes with a three years warranty.

Smart Airbed B9122GTMF
Talk of support and comfort and you are talking of this great air mattress. It boasts of providing comfort and support than cannot be compromised by humidity, temperature and location. Its electric-powered pump can inflate and deflate it within 3 minutes.

Coleman Premium Quickbed
This mattress offers an extra height that is suitable for keeping you comfortable off the floor. It features a soft sueded top that will guarantee you luxurious comfort during the night. It comes with a zipped carry bag that is designed to make it easier for you to carry and store this mattress easily. Its electric pump is manufactured for convenience since it can deflate and inflate this mattress within less than 3 minutes.

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Why I Love Hong Kong

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As you are about to read the contents of this article, I should warn you that it’s not about my splendid nights at Victoria Harbour or my stay at Star Ferry Pier. I am sorry to disappoint you but this article has nothing to do with tourism and amusement. In fact, I have not even been to anyone of these places. So what is this article all about, you ask! You’ll find out in just a bit.

You see, as someone that works from home, I’m always looking for different ways to capture leads and make more sales, meet people and make more connections. But while working from home sounds fun, people prefer to do business at the office – not at home. It’s pretty much understandable; sometimes, people need the assurance an office provides for them to know you’re the real deal and not some other fraud.

So, I’ve thought of getting an office, but the burden of renting one in the middle of Hong Kong is huge. There are lots of other side of my business (like marketing and branding) such money can be used for.

But my prayers got answered while conducting a simple search here. I found out that there are lots of firms that provide virtual space, right here in Hong Kong. You’ll be surprised that with less than $200, I got a physical office address, a phone number, a fax number, full-day access to my voice mail and – wait for it – a personal receptionist that handles all my business communications. I’m even surprised to know my virtual receptionist answers calls in English.

I realized that having a virtual office in Hong Kong is one of the easiest ways to own a business address and for me, its fun to have the features of a standard office – without owning one.

The secret of my neighbor’s very cool apartment

I live in an apartment building that doesn’t allow for window air conditioners and the heat is unbearable. So when my next door neighbour invited me and a few other friends to his apartment for a small celebration, I was surprised to find that his apartment had very cool air. Even though there were many people in the living room, the atmosphere was very pleasant and no one was sweating. Being the nosy neighbour that I am, I decided to poke around in a bid to find out the secret to my neighbour’s cool apartment.

I did not have to look very far because tucked away in the corner of the living room and next to the window, there was this white box that looked like an air conditioner. It had a fresh, innovative design and a surprisingly silent operation. It seemed to refresh, dehumidify and purify the air in the apartment and it proved very useful at controlling the temperature. I was even more surprised when I noticed my neighbour using a remote control to operate the machine. So when I asked him about it, he told me that this was a Delonghi portable air conditioner.

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Being portable, the beauty of the machine is that my neighbour can roll it into a room that he wants to cool. The set up is simple and all he needs to do is to plug in the machine, slide in its window bracket and attach its hose before turning on the power. I noticed that the machine operates with three different fan speeds. I came to find out that the machine has an “Auto Fan” function, which allows the unit to automatically choose the most ideal fan speed for a particular room.

When I picked up the remote control, I was impressed to see that it has a display screen, which allows you to set the exact temperature you want. It also has a timer button, and it allows the user to set the particular period in which the machine is supposed to operate. For instance, my neighbour had set the machine to power on fifteen minutes before guests arrived, and then cool the room for two hours. Thanks to the On/Stand-by button, you can power on the machine with the remote control. The fan button allows you to select the fan speed. I was so impressed by the machine that I’m planning to buy one for my apartment.

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Crane Humidifier for the Winter

baby coughA crane humidifier is beneficial for home and for the people who live in the house, according to the good humidifier reviews. Typically, it can help soothe symptoms of the flu or common cold, such as chest congestion, nasal congestion, coughs, and dry nose. Many people have been using crane humidifiers to keep the air moist during dry months, so as to avoid peeling wallpapers and static electricity. You know, when it is dry season, the wallpapers peel and this does not look good.

There are several crane humidifiers out there, and due to the advent of the latest technology, many manufacturers create some adorable animal crane humidifiers. They are very attractive to the eyes and they do not look like humidifiers at all. Children love a cute crane humidifier, because it looks like a toy. Some of them replicate a frog, a monkey, a mouse, a hello kitty, a train, an egg, a tiger, a pig, and many more.

Pediatricians recommend using cool mist crane humidifiers if your child has flu or common cold. They are alternative treatments for medicines, as they can relieve symptoms effectively. They create breathing easier for a good night sleep. They can also prevent chapped lips, nose bleed, and dry skin. So, not only are they good for children, but they are also good for the whole family. The next time your child is not feeling well, especially during dry months, you can use a cute crane humidifier and place it in his/her room.

You are probably wondering whether these adorable crane humidifiers are expensive or not. Actually, they are not very expensive, and more, they do not consume much energy. They are worth buying. They are also very quiet when functioning, so they are good to place in a bedroom, as they do not disturb your child’s good sleep. Many of them can humidify spaces up to 250 or more square feet. So, when you are planning to buy one, make sure it has all the qualities mentioned – or even not mentioned — here.

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Rowenta DW2070 Steam Iron: What makes it special?

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All of us want to look good. This is basically why the cosmetic and fashion industry are booming these days. We often dig deeper into the details of our look and would frown upon even the slightest dent in our shirt. As we all know, hanging alone can’t totally remove fold marks left in our clothes after washing. This is where the magic of irons come to play. There are various types of irons sold in the market nowadays but I prefer those that use the latest technology over the traditional ones. Steam irons are cheaper, easier to find, and more efficient in clearing out wrinkles. I am also impressed by their durability. My Rowenta DW2070 has been with me for almost a year now without going through any kind of repair or maintenance. I can confidently say that this model can satisfy or even surpass anyone’s expectations. Still unconvinced? Read more and discover on the features which made this steam iron special which I enjoyed firsthand after using it almost every day.

Various steam iron reviews referring to this model are impressed about its anti-drip system. This feature makes ironing safer and easier regardless what type of fabric you are dealing with. Although this steam iron runs in 1600 watts of power, using it frequently still won’t affect your electric bill too much because it does the job fast. It has a 3-way auto off function making it a perfect partner for mothers who often get disturbed while ironing. The self-clean system it comes along with is also very handy as it totally eliminates the need to maintain the unit. It automatically flushes out loose material deposits to guarantee optimal performance in every use.

One of the most common problems about steam irons is durability. Majority of them will only last a couple of months especially if exaggeratedly used. The people behind the Rowenta DW2070 realized the issue and came up with a solution which is the model’s integrated anti-calc system. This innovative featured combined with a stainless steel soleplate and non-stick, scratch resistant properties gave the Rowenta DW2070 enough durability to last for several years.

The increasing fame of this steam iron is not just because of its helpful features. Freshmen college students who are new to ironing usually choose this model as it is very easy to handle. With its thumb-rest design, even a beginner can completely iron a shirt that is filled with tricky details in no time. This model as a 7 foot electrical cord with 360 degrees pivot so there is nothing to worry about reaching the power outlet or maneuvering the unit as you iron.

Despite housing awesome features and being made from highly durable materials, the Rowenta DW2070 is quite affordable. It sealed the deal for me. I was just like you back then, confused as to which of the many steam irons to choose while being choked by hundreds of choices. If the features I mentioned above caught your attention, give this iron a try. Since owning one will only cost you almost half the price compared if you choose other models from fancy brands, you clearly have nothing to lose.

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