All-Natural Allergy Remedies

1. Saline Nasal Rinse


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

DeLonghi EC155 and DeLonghi Bar 32 Compared

I was looking for a good espresso maker to fuel my coffee addiction and I searched the web high and low to find the best you can get for about one hundred dollars. Delonghi espresso makers looked like the deal.

The DeLonghi EC155 sets the standard for real at-home espresso and is a very good espresso maker.

It’s got a real metal lug locking portafilter and is a true 15 bar pumped espresso maker not a steam machine like you are going to find in most cases. It makes a real thick crema foam on top and tastes great. It has an attached tamper but you might want to get a metal tamper like Terry’s Tamper which fits almost perfectly.
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It has a pretty short heat-up time and can pull a lot of shots of espresso before needing to have the large water tank refilled.
It is simple to operate and there are a lot of mods which can be done to it including de-pressurizing the portafilter. This gives you less foam but makes it more controllable and I think it improves the taste.

It comes with inserts to do single or double shots. Who are we kidding – double shots only!

This is such a good espresso maker it really sets the standard for home machines in this price range. It was so popular that Delonghi also made the De Longhi Model Bar 32. It’s basically the same thing but it has a low water level indicator. It’s really up to your personal preference as far as the style goes for which one you should pick. The Bar 32 is modern and sleek black plastic and the EC155 has stainless steel accenting that I really like.

Warning: Having a good espresso machine at home really takes your coffee drinking to the next level! You’ll want to get better coffee and a new grinder!

The next upgrade model for a good home espresso machine is about $300-$500. If this doesn’t scare you off check out the Rancilio Silvia!

Warm, crunchy, lovely golden brown toast


No matter how quickly ready to eat snack culture is replacing granny’s wholesome grub, I just don’t find an alternative to my simple toast for breakfast. Warm, crunchy, lovely golden brown toast and a variety of spreads to choose from, that’s my definition of a delightfully fulfilling breakfast. I can always go for a range of spreads, homemade or readymade but no substitute to my crispy delight. Life is so hectic that as such I never included a regular breakfast time in my schedule but with due respect to my toaster, it’s a record that I never left without having my fill. By the time I gather everyday essentials for my portfolio, my toaster readies my breakfast and I don’t even have to get into the hassles of a tedious after clean.

So, when we choose our toaster we want it to brown our toast evenly. With the clock ticking, it’s always a rush time, so our toaster should not scorch our fingers, safety is important. If the crumb tray is in the front, the after cleaning is simple and saves your effort and time. A strategic placement for such breakfast essential appliance should just not suffer due to a short power cord. Extra features always welcome. So now when you have selected your pick, do browse reviews at Gradys Line Camp for sincere first hand reviews.

KitchenAid Auto-Lift 2-Slice Toaster
The glossy, stainless steel finish toaster is available in a number of colors that can complement your kitchen decor. The digital age toaster has a one touch control feature. The automatic lift and lower feature with a 7 level shade dial browns your bread to a desired shade. The LCD digital display progress bar counts down till your toast is fully done. The easy to use toaster keeps your toast warm for 1 minute if you don’t pick it within 45 seconds when it’s done. Evenly browning is a feature with this toaster which bagels, reheats and defrosts. After cleaning is so easy as you just have to remove the slide out crumb tray and dish wash it. When not in use, the cord gets stored in the bottom and you get a neat and tidy look. Continue reading reviews on KitchenAid toasters in this post.

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Chef Hooked With Knife

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The most important thing that any Chef will look for when he enters kitchen, is class of kitchen knives, even some carry their own as they are comfortable working with them. Knives are really needed to be choose very carefully. they should go with the requirement. They should not be bought just anyway. These days we have different types of knives for different types of material. We can use wavy edged knife for hard skin as that of tomatoes, straight edge for meat, and can be used for chopping vegetables, peelers can be used for peeling off the outer cover and pointed ones for removing say potato pits. So, this way kitchen knives play their different roles. These are a Chef’s real weapon without which he is incomplete. Some are very particular about the type and quality of knives to be used. Some important points to be kept in mind while buying kitchen knives are their sharpness, durability, corrosion resistance, ease to hold, etc. (Click here for the best kitchen knives set reviews)

Anyone can use a knife but the proper technique is only with the professionals. Its more of art to use a knife skillfully. We have often seen road side sellers playing with the knife with such a speed though they don’t have any professional training but they have a nice practice. Professionals take very less time and they are perfect at their job, and the every single piece they cut is of same size, that’s looks pretty good and shows their professionalism.It is very important to have proper knives kit as how can you lead the battle without having proper weapons. So, knives play a core role in cooking good food and also in giving it a nice look. Kitchen knives have to be used very carefully and should not be given to children as they can prove dangerous. You can find out much more about the world of culinary blades here.

Why I prefer using induction cookware

As a chef, I only use the best cookware sets even when I’m cooking in my kitchen. An induction cooktop has been installed in my kitchen, and this technology is popular with serious chefs. It’s a new technology that has now been adopted across the globe and is now available for restaurants and home kitchens. Since I have an induction cooktop, I also require induction cookware for the technology to work. Induction cooking works by transferring electronic power through a coil to produce magnetic frequency, which will then heat up my induction cookware. An electric current is then sent through my cookware, and it heats up and transfers the heat generated to the food I’m cooking. You can find out the best induction cookware available in the market at

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There are many benefits of induction cooking, which includes quick temperature adjustment. This is one of the chief reasons why I love induction cooking. When I’m preparing meals in the kitchen, the cooking heat will increase and decrease extremely fast, and with greater accuracy. I also like the fact that there is zero heat loss because my induction cookware sets absorb energy directly. This means that any surface that’s not touching my induction stovetop doesn’t get any heat transfer.

Helpful information: Top things to know before buying cookware

Safety is another major reason why I use induction cooking. My induction cooktop remains cool, which means that I don’t get burned if I touch it. Since I have young children, this has been quite a blessing to me. Health is also an important factor for using induction cookware sets because the technology uses electromagnetic energy to cook food. This means that I don’t have to use gas, charcoal or any other fuel that may be harmful to my health. However, one of my biggest regrets is that I cannot char my steaks because there is no open flame. I also need to look for induction ready cookware because aluminum, copper or glass cookware won’t work on my induction cooktop.

Selection For My Bread Maker

When it comes to making bread, I don’t have to own a bakery for that is expensive, and I am not also making bread for sale. There a lot of bread machines on the market and all I need to do is to undertake a proper market research so as to get the best bread maker. A bread machine is an appliance used in most homes to make bread and sometimes also called bread maker.

The amount that I have to use to purchase the bread machine will depend on some factors. One of the factors is the type of machine I am going to buy; there are so many machines in the market, and they come with different prices. So how to choose the best bread maker? I always do a market survey and shop around so as to get the best bread machine at the lowest price. However, I never compromise on the quality of service as I consider the price. The cost of the bread maker will also depend on whether I am buying a new bread machine or a used one. When I have to purchase a used machine, I always have to consider its length of use so as to know whether it’s going to offer me some more years of service.


I always love the taste, smell and texture that comes with bread made at home and the best news is that I don’t have to spend many hours in the kitchen preparing the bread. With around o hundred and two hundred dollars, I can make a purchase of a good bread maker that will always do all the work for me. It will do the mixing of the ingredients, kneading, proofing and even the baking of the bread.

With the bread maker at home, I am guaranteed of making fresh bread that goes with my taste and one that doesn’t have additives and other fillers. Lastly, I won’t have to keep worrying about the price of bread going up. Having a bread machine at home is a good investment as I will have the opportunity to make a variety of items apart from the bread.

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Best Air Mattresses for This Season


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 go through review on the best brands before making a purchase. 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

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.