Honey Cures Ragweed Allergy – Is it Too Tasty to be True?

Honey Cures Ragweed Allergy – Is it Too Tasty to be True?

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In 2014, many allergy sufferers will try and meet the longer ragweed season with a new arsenal of products to relieve their sneezing, itching and coughing. And one of these wonder products won’t come from the pharmacy but the farmers market, as people turn to locally produced honey for a cure.

However, according to Web MD, the theory that a spoonful of honey this summer will keep allergies at bay in the fall is mostly a myth. The notion of vaccinating against allergies by ingesting small amounts of pollen deposited in honey by bees has some scientific backing – but studies have shown little or no correlation to reduced allergy symptoms. The most obvious reason for honey’s lack of effectiveness is that it doesn’t possess the quantities or types of pollen required to immunize against common allergies.

What’s the Buzz About This Year’s Ragweed Season?

With or without a sweet tooth for honey, those with allergies will be looking for relief as summer 2014 draws to a close and hay fever symptoms begin. Known medically as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is primarily caused by an allergic reaction to ragweed plants. The plant is found in great quantities across the U.S. and experiences significant growth in the month of August, which is why many Americans find their symptoms at their worst this time of year.

Unfortunately for victims of ragweed allergies, 2014 could continue a trend of increasingly agonizing symptoms. According to U.S. News and World Reports, some asthma and allergy experts say that global climate change could be increasing the ragweed season, meaning the plant will have more time to release pollen grains, which carry for hundreds of miles in the wind. The small pollen also easily makes its way into homes through open windows, on clothes and on family pets.

For those suffering from hay fever, reports that their allergy symptoms could be lasting longer is certainly unwelcome news. It could mean more medicine – some of which has undesired side effects – or continued discomfort inside and outside of the house

Top 3 Natural Ways to Fight Back Against Ragweed Allergies

While the cure for ragweed allergy may not be sitting in the pantry, there are other remedies that can at least reduce the severity of symptoms this August without a trip to the pharmacy.

  1. Essential Oils in the Shower: One relaxing way to feel better is a hot shower with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the bottom of the tub. The water will wash off pollen that has collected on the body during the day while the steam and eucalyptus open up sinuses and moisturize dry nasal passages.
  1. Stinging Nettle: While scientific evidence is inconclusive, Web MD reports that taking supplements of stinging nettle at the start of ragweed season appears to help ease the severity of symptoms with fewer side effects than antihistamine drugs.
  1. A Whole-Home Air Purifier: An excellent addition to allergy and asthma relief, an air purifier installed in an existing HVAC system reduces the amount of allergens that are in the air. Because allergies are a direct reaction to pollen and other particulates, purifying the air should improve comfort in the house.

For more information on whole-home air purification, total control of IAQ and available options for removing ragweed allergens form the home, visit Aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

You Can Feel It in the Air

You may not realize it, but your body is pretty good at measuring humidity, according to The Weather Channel. When you’re outside, humidity levels can create a sticky, sweaty feeling. Inside, a poor balance of moisture in the air leads to coughing, sneezing or itching. In the basements of the Northern United States, increased humidity also creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Your nose will let you know about increased basement humidity when you’re hit with that musty smell.
Read the entire article to learn more about how the relative humidity of your indoor air impacts your comfort and health.
http://www.weather.com/activities/health/allergies/indoorhumidity.html

There are many different causes for a wet basement, but they all have the same result – costly repairs and damage.

There are many different causes for a wet basement, but they all have the same result – costly repairs and damage. While snow melt and rain storms are two culprits, another big contributor to a wet basement is humidity. Read this article from This Old House to learn more about leaky foundations. Visit Aprilaire.com to learn more about humidity control. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,220912,00.html

Can Ohio Couple Save Basement With Dehumidifier After Flood?

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Without the proper humidity control, basements become susceptible to mold, mildew and the odors that accompany them. The excess moisture also damages tools, furniture, electronics and the other investments that make a basement a family's unique territory. It takes a short time for moisture buildup in a basement to noticeably impact air quality throughout the house, creating that "basement smell" and aggravating health conditions.  The recent severe weather in the Midwest flooded the basement of Bill and Marilyn Johnson, a couple living in Ohio. With so much moisture left in their basement, they weren't sure how to dry it out. 

Following Flood, Johnsons Give Dehumidifier a Try

The Johnsons discovered the benefits of a dehumidifier after their local HVAC dealer installed one to help mitigate the flood damage.

"A serviceman came out the next day and we discussed the storm," Marilyn said. "He suggested that we might look at an Aprilaire dehumidifier. In a short period of time we noticed a big difference in the air quality and it dried out the basement."

The Johnsons have continued to notice an improvement in their indoor-air quality as a result of using of a high-capacity dehumidifier. Marilyn said that controlling their basement humidity has reduced her asthma symptoms and visitors to their home are impressed by how fresh the air is.

"Also, the air conditioner is not running much at all," she said. "Our home is at 75 degrees with no humidity."

Couple is Proud to Own an American-Made Dehumidifier That's Built to Last

As the Johnsons discovered, a high-capacity dehumidifier is an investment that pays for itself as homeowners reap the rewards of improved efficiency, capacity and protection.

  • Low-cost operation – High-capacity units are able to run much more efficiently, and that saves money on the utility bill! In testing, it cost as little as $.27 per day to run an Aprilaire dehumidifier versus retail models that were tested, which cost from $.85 to $1.27 per day to operate.  This lead to a seasonal savings of $177.60! 
  • Improved comfort – With proper humidification, homeowners are less likely to over-cool their homes and can set the thermostat at a higher and more comfortable temperature.
  • Energy efficiency – High-capacity units are more efficient than the leading portable units.

"The best thing about Aprilaire dehumidifiers is that they are built in the U.S.A.!" said Marilyn.

For more information on a whole-home dehumidifier and how you can control basement humidity like the Johnsons did, visit http://www.aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

About Aprilaire: We have been a brand leader in indoor air quality for more than 60 years, delivering a wide range of whole-home systems that improve comfort, health and energy efficiency .Our brand products are sold through and installed by HVAC contractors across the United States and Canada. Visit Aprilaire.com to learn more about whole-home air cleaners and total comfort solutions to air purity, humidity, freshness and temperature.

Megan Leick
608-310-6167

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Summers is a great time for upgrades around the house, but remember to think green when remodeling.

Summers is a great time for upgrades around the house, but remember to think green when remodeling. Here is a quick article about green remodeling, how it is good for you, the environment and your pocket book. http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/think-green-when-remodeling/article_61edd437-0e29-54c1-9d66-38de9418e407.html

While the mercury is rising across the country, it’s often the humidity levels that make the summer months tough to handle.

While the mercury is rising across the country, it’s often the humidity levels that make the summer months tough to handle. Learn more about how humidity impacts the comfort level in the home and how Aprilaire can help you control it.
http://www.aprilaire.com/whole-house-products/whole-house-products/dehumidifiers