Help With These Allergies! Puhleeze!

It’s that time of year again. Flowers, shrubs, trees, and grasses are working overtime to cause runny noses, teary eyes, sneezing, coughing, headaches, dry sore throats and a general feeling of malaise. Have you noticed the layer of yellow-green pollen covering your furniture and floors? Or, maybe, you’re like me with non-allergic rhinitis: all those same miserable symptoms but caused by extreme windy, hot, cold, damp, rainy weather; strong smells from cleaning products, strong perfumes, flowers; dust, dirt,  and grime.

Every year, natural disasters—hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes—introduce new toxins into the environment, many of them crossing the country to wreak havoc on those who have not built any natural immunities to these invaders from far away places.

Rest easy. Help is on its way.

Personally, I could not do without my NeilMed Saline Sinus Rinse and my Vicks VapoRub. Daily nasal rinsing with a saline packet mixed with warm water and a dab of Vicks under each nostril and on sinus pressure points twice daily have decreased the severity and discomfort of my symptoms. If you can find them, dried eucalyptus branches can be placed on your headboard or night stand to keep those nasal passages open. I tell anyone who will listen!

Need other ideas? How about allergy fighting superfoods, and household plants to clean the air inside our homes?

According to Emily Lockhart in her April 22, 2018 online article at, “Eat chocolate, citrus, garlic & onions, collard greens, broccoli, kale, pineapple, and red grapes.” (I’ll be skipping the garlic and onions)

Catherine Roberts September 8, 2018 online article at recommends “using house plants to clean and promote interior air quality—bamboo palm, peace lily, dracaena, aloe vera, garden mum, weeping fig, snake plant, and spider plant.”

The February/ March issue of AARP Magazine contains an article by Claire R. McIntosh where she suggests “using English Ivy to reduce mold spores, Lavender as a sleep inducer, Aloe Vera to combat unhealthy indoor chemicals, Boston Fern to remove formaldehyde from the air, and Snake Plant to clean the air.”

Did you notice that aloe vera and snake plant appear on two lists?

You might want to move that box of tissues over to make room for some natural air cleaners. Plants look beautiful in many places around  our homes, but also help in achieving a cleaner, more healthful interior environment.

Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020- Barnes & Noble, Massapequa, NY 12:00-4:00pm

May 2018
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