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Archive Of The Category "Sinus Allergy"


Climate Change and Allergy Seasons

June 1, 2016

bee flower (800x533)Global Warming is Increasing Pollen

If you feel that Spring allergies have worsened in the last few years, you aren’t imagining...Read More

Take The Neti Pot Challenge!

April 20, 2016

neti salt & spoonRelieve Spring Allergies Early in the Season

For those of you who put away your neti pots, bring them out! It may be the end...Read More

Food and Sinus Congestion

October 27, 2015

Hearted EggplantFood Allergies and Food Sensitivities. What’s the difference?

Over the years, I’ve spoken with hundreds of people who have chronic...Read More

Bad Breath? How Your Sinuses May Contribute

August 12, 2015

goatBrush your Teeth & Flush your Sinuses

Have you ever been told you have bad breath? It’s not only embarrassing, but frustrating if you can’t discover the...Read More

Alcohol and Your Sinuses

February 5, 2015

sparklingIntolerance and Allergies

Does your face flush or your nose become congested after drinking a glass of wine or beer? If so, these could be signs...Read More

Stinging Nettles Sting, But Can They Be Beneficial?

March 12, 2013


Benefits of Stinging Nettles

Every once in a while I want to write about a remedy that has uses beyond the sinuses. There is no better reason to deviate from that than to discuss the benefits of stinging nettles (Urtica dioica).

My partner, who is an herbalist and midwife, brought a bunch of nettles into the house the one morning. The nettles were 4 feet in height and she’d gathered enough to make it look like a giant bouquet. I had just woken up and my heart started to pound. While I was thinking about taking a shower, she asked if I wanted to be flogged...Read More

The Nasal Cycle

May 4, 2012

Breathing Right or Left?

Unless you’re congested, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the volume of air you breathe into each nostril. Surprisingly, each nostril delivers a different amount of air to your lungs through a mysterious phenomenon called the nasal cycle.

What is the nasal cycle? If you close your mouth and inhale slowly through your nostrils, you’ll notice one nostril seems a bit more congested than the other. That’s the nasal...Read More

Earaches and Flying

April 18, 2012

Flying with Congestion

Recently I flew with a cold that I hadn’t given much thought to until take off. Suddenly it became a flight I’d never forget! My ears started to crackle and my head felt as if it were in a vice grip. For a moment, I thought I was going to rupture an ear drum. Medically this sensation is known as sinus barotrauma or aerosinusitis. I call it ‘pain beyond belief!’ Aerosinusitis is your...Read More

Rhinitis verses Sinusitis

March 20, 2012

Name that Congestion!

If you’re confused about the difference between rhinitis and sinusitis, you’re not alone. The symptoms can seem quite similar. Searching the internet, you’ll find that rhinitis and sinusitis are used interchangeably. However, distinct differences remain.

Both conditions refer to inflammation, rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal cavity (just inside your nose); while sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus cavities.  Both can...Read More

An Acidic Stomach and a Stuffy Nose

March 13, 2012


It’s hard to imagine that an acidic stomach and a stuffy nose could be related. After all, your stomach is the midway point of your body and digests food, while your nose is located in your head where it draws in oxygen and enhances the taste of that food. To make things more confusing, if you were to have a problem with either of these organs you’d most likely see a specialist, and often times these specialists don’t make the link between your stomach and your nose.

A stuffy...Read More

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