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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

Spring- Allergy Season Again!

April 18, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Allergy Remedies for Pollen Season

While the snow may be behind us, spring pollen is now at our doors and can often look like a fine dusting of snow. Sometimes it’s white but often pollen is yellow and can...Read More

Believe it or Not, Mold Can Cause Sinusitis

April 11, 2013

Mold and Your Sinuses

It’s time to talk about airborne allergies again. Instead of focusing on the usual culprits of trees, flowers and grasses, this blog will focus on mold, a form of fungi. While mold grows year round, spring is just the start of its proliferation; especially in a year such as this with a mild winter and wet spring.

What is mold exactly? Like most fungi, it likes moist, warm places. Mildew, which is the stuff along your shower, is the early stages of mold. Mold is an essential...Read More

Iodine in Salt

March 26, 2013

 

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Salt Ponds, Sacred Valley, Peru

Iodine or Not?

Recently we had a customer share with...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

Can Nasal Sprays Make You Prone To Sinus Infections?

February 26, 2013

 

sinus infectionQuick Fixes: Too Good to be True.

While traveling in South America, I landed in Lima, Peru where I picked up the worst sinus infection I’ve had in a decade. Initially, it...Read More

Probiotics for the Nose!?

February 19, 2013

Sinus Health and Probiotics

Probiotics are a common topic of discussion as of late, mostly related to intestinal health.  Now there is research suggesting the use of probiotics can alleviate sinus infections.  According to Susan Lynch, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, chronic sinus sufferers have less biodiversity in their noses than healthy individuals. The nasal cavities, like our intestines, need a variety of bacteria to maintain a healthy environment. If these bacteria are compromised...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

Truth About Plastic Neti Pots

April 25, 2012

Green Nose!

With so many neti pots on the market these days I can’t help but write about the plastic ones and their impact on the environment. In 1996 when we began producing our Baraka neti pot, there were only a handful of companies making them, and like ours, most were ceramic. However, in April 2007 Dr. Oz introduced nasal rinsing to the general public, and it went from being in a niche market to the mainstream. Suddenly neti pots could be found everywhere and most of them were made of plastic.

While...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


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