May 13th, 2017

How to Naturally Relieve Allergy Symptoms

The seasonal battle against sneezing fits, sinus problems, hay fever, and eyes that itch (so much they feel like they’re on fire) has begun. With so many foes, how can we properly equip ourselves against this onslaught of symptoms? 

While there may not be a secret weapon to vanquish every allergy symptom, there are a number of natural tools and tricks you can keep in your arsenal to help fight your seasonal allergies.

Schedule Any Outdoor Exercise for the Evenings

If you love taking spring time strolls, waiting to do so until after midday may help to lessen your allergy symptoms. Because most trees release their pollen early in the morning, waiting until the proverbial dust settles (and isn’t swirling around in the air you breathe) can make your time outdoors more bearable.

Change Your Clothes When You Come Home

When you come home from work, school, or errands, change into other clothing when you return to your house. Pollen likes to hitchhike on your clothing and stick to it like tiny sea urchins, so toss your outside clothes into the wash to prevent pollen from infiltrating the stronghold of your home.

Use a Neti Pot

If you’ve never used a Neti Pot before, you may be a little bit intimidated by the thought of pouring water up your nose. It’s actually not that uncomfortable (really!). It takes a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of it it’s quite effective, and will become a staple in your allergy-fighting regimen. Rinsing with a saline solution up to twice a day for short periods of time can help to clear out your nasal passages and help to lessen the effects of allergies on your sinuses.

Eat Local Honey

Many an allergy-sufferer claims that eating local honey helps them battle seasonal symptoms. It needs to be local because it will contain a wide sampling of different pollen carried on the bees who made it. By gradually exposing themselves to small amounts of local pollen, many people report it noticeably helping them build up a pollen tolerance and overall decreasing their allergy symptoms.

Purify the Air in Your Home

HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in your appliances (like vacuum cleaners) can help ensure that allergens are taken out of the air in your home, instead of being stirred up and dispersed when you clean. There are also free-standing HEPA towers that you can put in high-traffic areas that will work to keep the air in your home as clear as possible.

Use Essential Oils

There are many essential oils that can help to support your immune system while it battles allergies. Add them to a homemade all-purpose cleaner, mix with water in a diffuser, or dilute and apply directly to your pulse points. Especially effective against hay fever, some favourites are lavender, eucalyptus, rose, and peppermint.

Put Turmeric on Everything

This vibrant spice, belonging to the ginger family, is about to become your new best friend. Turmeric contains curcumin, which acts as a decongestant and is a natural antihistamine. If you’re not sure what kinds of dishes you can add this superhero of a spice to, try making this golden turmeric tea recipe in under five minutes. It’s also perfect for curries and stir-fry.

Eat Allergy-Fighting Foods

Mother Nature provides many kinds of foods that contain antihistamines, and incorporating as many as you can into your diet can help naturally ward off allergy symptoms. Naturopaths often recommend eating a lot of cruciferous vegetables, onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne, and deep yellow and orange vegetables as often as possible.

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So there you have it: your arsenal of weapons against allergy symptoms. Even though it can feel like a hopeless battle, any of these remedies can help make a difference.



July 4th, 2011

Fresh Air Photo Contest – 2011

The Fresh Air Photo Contest is back!

The theme is “Fresh Air”, but we are looking for a fresh take, something a little different. Think about healthy living and what’s in your life that re-energizes and restores your mind and body.

Entries will be judged on originality and overall photographic quality in conveying the theme “Fresh Air”, with one overall Grand Prize for the photo judged best overall.

Grand Prize is a Nikon D-5100 DSLR camera with 18-55 VR zoom lens (value up to $899)

All winners will also receive an Energizer Battery pack (courtesy of Energizer).

Photo entries are welcome until the deadline of August 15, 2011. Entries will be judged on originality and overall photographic quality. Contest winners will be notified by mail by September 15, 2011.

Click here to enter



September 30th, 2010

Winners for Fresh Air Photo Contest 2010


Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner of this year’s Fresh Air Photo Contest, sponsored by the BC Lung Association and London Drugs.

Erin Thommeny of Comox BC has won the Grand Prize of a Canon T1-iS DSLR camera with 18-55 and 55-250 zoom lens and 270EX Speedlite with her photo “Gabriola”.

The 2nd Place Winner is Rex Yau of Richmond, BC with ‘Peggy’s Cove After the Rain’

The 3rd Place Winner is Marija Pavlovic of Vancouver BC with “Catching Air”

The 4th Place Winner is Conrad Gair of Calgary, Alta with ‘Golden Snowboarder’

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all photographers who participated in this year’s contest.



July 20th, 2010

26th Annual Fresh Air Photo Contest

Calling all photographers – London Drugs and the Lung Association is holding it’s 26th Annual Fresh Air Photo Contest. The contest challenges photographers from across Western Canada to send in their best fresh air photo to win fabulous prizes.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded. Entries will be judged on originality and overall photographic quality in conveying the theme ‘Fresh Air’. One overall Grand Prize will be awarded for the photo judged best overall.

Start shooting those great pics and enter today!

Click Here for the Fresh Air Photo Contest



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