Honey, Natural Allergy Relief

Oh, spring! How beautiful the blossoms that bloom in the warm sunshine are! How sweet is the smell of fresh green grass! Of course, with those most welcome sights comes a terrible price to pay! Every allergy sufferer knows what I’m talking about: pollen. Pollen is the unseen terror that causes most of us to stumble with itchy watery eyes to the nearest corner store and buy an ungodly amount of antihistamine so that we can hopefully get through our day without sneezing, coughing, and staring bleary-eyed into the distance.

Most of us who try to dodge taking medication as often as we can seek out natural remedies. Allergy sufferers are no different, but one of the natural remedies is so much sweeter: locally made honey. Honey made from local bees contains pollen from local bees contain pollen from trees and flowers nearby. If a person ingests a teaspoon of honey every morning, it is believed that they will become less sensitive to the pollen in the air. Overtime, they will be bothered little to none by the seasonal changes. It is in no way meant to replace allergy shots or prescribed medication. Always consult a physician before making any changes with those, but it is certainly a sweet and tasty alternative for those of us who run for the hills every spring, trying to escape the sneezy season.

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh AirThe air we breathe is arguably the most overlooked necessity in our daily lives. We don’t even think about it until it becomes polluted in some way. To battle that, we spend tons of money on spray products that clutter cabinets and not much else. To clean our air inside, we need to take a look outside.

Plants absorb some of the negative particles in the air along with the carbon dioxide they need. The carbon dioxide is converted to oxygen and released while the negative particles are broken down. The most natural and decorative way to clean the air inside our homes would be to bring that same cycle indoors.

Now, a houseplant can seem like a no-go if a person has allergies, pets, or even a dreaded “black thumb”. Never fear! While all of those things are certainly reasons for concern, there are plenty of common household plants that cost very little and can be adjusted to fit your household. A perfect example of one such plant would the aloe plant. With the added benefit of being able to soothe slight burns and skin irritations, aloe plants are very good at cleaning the air and are very hard to kill. They dont require much maintenance and are not known to be toxic to pets.

With a little online research and a quick trip to the local supermarket, you can fill that empty spot on the end table, save money money on product, and purify the air you breathe.

Nosey Neti

Nosey Neti Tis the season for sinus pressure, disgusting drainage, coughing, sneezing, and nights full of tossing and turning. Dry irritated sinus membranes and germs of all sorts floating about make it very difficult to keep a clear nostril. Once those pathways are clogged, it becomes a battle to clear them. For the most part, we take sinus medication and hope it works within a reasonable amount of time. We try to ignore the sife effects as best we can. The Neti pot offers an alternative.

Shaped to resemble a small one cup teapot made of either ceramic or glass, the Neti pot makes good use of nasal irrigation. Filled with saline, it is poured in one nostril with the head tilted forward. Saline should wash through the clogged cavities, breaking up the mucuous and flushing it out the opposite nostril. While a bit messy, it does provide instant relief.

While easy to use and with no foggy headed drowsiness to accompany it, it is very very important to clean and dry the Neti pot after each use and not to fill it with anything other than the saline solution when using it. All in all, a very natural and simple way to get through the cold and flu season.

Yoga, Finding Your Center

As a mother of three with a full time job, I can easily attest to the fact that life can get out of hand. School, work, bath time, diapers, bedtime, and household chores all combine to form a hair-pulling, eye-twitching, stress fueled melt-down. I needed a bit of help unwinding, and after a little research, I found the perfect all natural solution that calls for nothing but an open mind and a small section of floor: yoga.

Yoga means union and is a mind and body practice that hinges on harmonizing the two. It has an expansive history that covers centuries as well as a multitude of countries. There were many different schools of thought under the large umbrella of “yoga”. Modernized yoga, however, gained popularity in the 1980’s and completely exploded in 2001 when its many physical and mental health benefits were made more widely known. It’s poses call for quiet and gentle movement, an awareness of the body that helps to still the mind and drain away the stress of daily life as well as helping to keep the body fit. The different movements and poses build the core, refine balance, and help with posture.

For me, a quiet living room and an instructional video that is only a search engine away combine to create the perfect scenario. I’m comfortable, content, and able to focus on what I’m doing. There’s no need for a baby sitter, and I can feel refreshed, relaxed, and recharged. For many others, a classroom environment with a knowledgeable instructor is preferred. Many gyms and fitness centers offer yoga classes at convenient times and affordable rates. Whichever environment helps you to rejuvenate, yoga is a wonderful way to relax. Namaste.

Send Me Gluten Free Subscription Box – October

Send Me Gluten FreeWhat would you save every month you could have healthy food delivered to your doorstep? Well that is exactly what Send Me Gluten Free does. Some things that I know for sure when I open a box from Send Me Gluten Free is that the food will be fresh, healthy, and taste amazing. This month was no exception!

This months box included pasta, soy goodies, and a variety of delicious sugary treats. It is always fun to guess what will be in this month’s box. The variety that is included in this particular monthly subscription box surpasses that of most of its competitors. There are very few companies, much less subscription box services, that offer this level of quality and dependability.

If you were looking for a subscription box, or a way to try new healthy gluten-free foods, then do not hesitate to try this company’s product. Every month they consistently deliver a variety of hand-picked food and snacks that you can count on being good for you and tasting good. My favorite thing out of the box this month was the different assorted candy choices. You never really know what is going to be in your box, just that it will be good for you. For me that is something that I think we all should support and demand of other businesses and companies that take healthy food lYou never really know what is going to be in your box, just that it will be good for you. For me that is something that I think we all should support and demand of other businesses and companies that take healthy food lightly.

Send Me Gluten Free is not just a contender in the subscription box market, but they are a standard that all companies should strive to achieve. For more information or to subscribe, check out their website at www.SendMeGlutenFree.com.

Send Me Gluten Free Subscription Box

Send Me Gluten FreeIt’s hard to find healthy food subscription boxes, and almost impossible to find any that taste good. Send Me Gluten Free is one company that is out to change that! When the box arrived I was greeted by a bright orange package which put me in a good mood. Sure, they could’ve sent it in a plain brown box, but they took the time to make this subscription special for each person.

When I opened the box I was surprised at the sheer number of items. With subscription boxes you will normally get 4-5 samples, but this box was filled with really unique and healthy food options. I found some familiar and loved names like Justin’s, but there were also some really unique snacks in the box such as chocolate rocks!

The next step was to try the food and see if it actually tasted good. I am pleased to say that every item in the box passed the taste test with flying colors. The food not only looks good, but it taste good too. For some shoppers finding foods that are gluten free is a real task. This company does all of the hard work for you, and in fact they take things a step further and send along coupons and relevant information about the products in the box so that you can continue to enjoy them even after you’ve finished off the food in your subscription.

For more information or to subscribe, check out www.SendMeGlutenFree.com.

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The Good Bean

The Good BeanDo you ever get tired of the same old snacks that all start to taste the same after a while? We do, that’s why we decided to give The Good Bean a try! Potato chips, candy, cookies, etc. are the foods that fill the pantry of most households, but none of those are healthy for you. We were looking for a snack food that is healthy, vegan, organic, that taste good, and is inexpensive. It sounds like we were asking for the world with a wish-list like that, but chickpeas by The Good Bean have all of those qualities and more!

Here’s a fun fact, chickpeas are as good for the environment as they are for your body. That’s right, by eating chickpeas, you help replenish nitrogen and nutrients back into the soils that the chickpeas were grown in. Talk about a win-win situation. There are two different tasty snacks that they offer: Their all natural roasted chickpea snacks, and the Fruit and No Nut Bar. It’s great to be able to snack on delicious foods while keeping your conscious clean.

The flavors of the chickpeas vary based on the type you choose, there are sweet choices as well as more hearty options. They offer everything from chocolate flavored chickpeas, to mesquite bbq! Talk about variety! This is a snack that you can easily put in your backpack or briefcase and carry around with you throughout the day. It’s healthy, helps the planet, and an all around wise choice to make when looking for snacks. For more information or to order a bag for yourself, visit them online at www.TheGoodBean.com.