It is only February and I can't believe my nose is already running and my throat is itching! The other evening while leaving a grocery store, the faint smell of mimosa swirled past me and I had the premonition of spring... already! While Spring officially isn't until March 21st, the effects of early blooms are upon us and our watery eyes.
I read recently that the early effects of Spring can be activated by a mild fall and cold snaps during winter, which is an accurate description of our roller coaster type weather in Arizona! So, plants are blooming and are releasing pollens, pollens are tiny grains, typically about six microns in diameter. When airborne, they can enter a person’s respiratory system, where the body treats them as invaders and releases antibodies for protection. The antibodies attack the inhaled pollens and release chemicals called histamines. These histamines trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. That not so wonderful scratchy throat, burning watery eyes and yes ...post-nasal drip, the constant blowing of the nose and clearing of the throat.
So, what can you do to alleviate the suffering of respiratory discomfort now and all year long? We have several suggestions that are healthy non-toxic alternatives.
Schedule outdoor activities for early or late in the day. Pollen counts are usually highest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so experts recommend scheduling outdoor activities – such as errands and workouts – early in the morning or later in the day.
- Keep shoes outside, and brush off pets that have been outdoors. Pets, kids and shoes can bring pollen inside the house.
- Keep your windows closed whenever possible and run the air conditioning.
- Use an air purifier to remove allergens from the air indoors. IQAir recommends the New Edition HealthPro Series room air purifiers for allergen removal. IQAir HyperHEPA filtration in the HealthPro Plus is proven and certified to filter particles of all sizes down to .003 microns, with a minimum efficiency of 99.5%. No other air purifier can match this performance.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Ordinary vacuums stir up allergens and recirculate small particles instead of capturing them. We recommend (and carry) Miele vacuums, the best filtered vacuum in the industry.
- Don’t hang laundry outdoors on the line to dry in the fresh spring air. Especially during allergy season, dry clothes indoor in a dryer.
- Cut back on the use of carpeting and drapes in your home. Tile and hardwood floors are preferable to carpeting, which harbors allergens in your home. Shutters and blinds are preferable to drapes for the same reason.
Use natural organic remedies from Veriditas' essential oil line, such as Clary Sage that when massaged over the chest and back help relieve asthma symptoms, the Sinus Congestion formula that will open up blocked sinuses, heals infected and inflamed mucus membranes, and run your IQ air purifier "non-stop" to create a comfortable pollen free environment in your home!
Keep in mind that most store cleaning products have chemicals that can irritate mucous membranes of the nose and lungs, increasing the possibility of an asthma attack. Using Non-toxic organic cleaning products, like the products sold at Organic Living is a healthy way of keeping allergy and asthma symptoms in check.
Visit Organic Living anytime during store hours and Gerard would love to share his extensive knowledge of air purification with you, to help you create your own healthy allergen-free , indoor sanctuary.