How to Achieve an Allergy Safe Spring

While the spring season brings with it beautiful flowers and warmer temperatures, you may need to brace for seasonal allergies. Your allergies shouldn’t keep you from being able to enjoy the spring. Here are a few tips you can use to have an allergy safe spring.

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Watch the Weather for Windy Days

Pollen travels on the wind. Plants rely on the wind to scatter their seeds and pollinate them across the area. For those who suffer from allergies, that means windy days are going to be terrible.

You should start your day by checking the weather forecast. Most weather organizations will include some form of pollen report. This is useful information in determining just how badly your allergies may be affected on a normal, non-windy, day.

It’s windy days that you need to pay special attention to, however. Pollen without wind doesn’t travel far. It has less of a chance of sticking to your clothes, car, or entering your home as a result. Windy days give pollen the momentum it needs to stick to your car, clothes, and find ways within your home.

On those days, you should prepare appropriately in order to have an allergy safe spring. That might mean taking your allergy medication or carrying it with you. It might mean staying home completely. It may just mean that you need to wash your clothes or hair a few extra times.  By knowing when it’s going to be windy, you can take the necessary precautions.

Close Windows and Doors

While it may be tempting to keep your windows and doors open to allow warm temperatures into your home, this also invites pollen. You should keep the windows and doors of your home closed. This is the case whether it’s windy or not.

The same goes for your car when you’re traveling. It may feel nice to roll down the car window and feel the breeze in your hair. However, you’re also inviting pollen into your car. It can stick to your face and hair. You then bring it home with you.

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Avoid Using Fans

Electrical fans can circulate pollen. If your fan is designed to remove hot hair from the home and push it outside, then this is problematic as well. Even though it’s sucking the air out of the house, there’s still some blowback. It will pull pollen into the home, then circulate it through the air.

To enjoy an allergy safe spring, use your AC instead of a fan. However, your AC should also be equipped with a fresh filter. It doesn’t hurt to invest in a good filter either. This can keep pollen from passing through the filter and entering your home. The only air that should enter your home is clean, purified, air.

Wash Your Clothes and Yourself

Whether it’s a windy day or not, if there’s heavy pollen in the air, then you need to wash more frequently. Any time you come in from outside, you should immediately place your clothes inside of the washer and wash them. Try not to jostle your clothes too much when removing them. This can push the pollen from the fibers and wind up floating through your home.

Washing your clothes isn’t enough. You also need to jump in the shower to remove any pollen sticking in your hair or against your skin.

Visit Your Allergy Doctor

Visiting your allergy doctor in Hudson Valley is always vital to be prepared for allergy season. They can help you find the right allergy medication you need for the upcoming season. With the right medication in hand, you may find that you have nothing to fear from the spring season.

They can also offer other tips on how to safely deal with your allergies. In the event that you need to stay home, they may even be able to provide you with a doctor’s note for work.

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Clean the Home’s Interior

Spring cleaning can lead to an allergy safe spring! It’s just as important to clean the interior of your home as it is to clean your clothes. Pollen can enter your home through the door, ventilation system, and windows. Even if you wash the pollen from your body, it may still linger in your carpet and on other surfaces.

Cleaning your home with disinfectant can kill pollen and remove them. Sometimes it’s better to have someone else do the cleaning for you. Exposing yourself to pollen can cause a lot of problems. Relying on your partner, a friend, or even a cleaning crew can keep your home pollen-free without risking your own health and comfort.

Avoid Collecting Old Leaves and Branches

Spring is the time when most of the magic of gardening occurs. Seeds must be planted and yards must be cleared of old leaves and twigs. Unfortunately, old leaves and twigs may be harboring mold spores that can seriously impact your allergies. Even handling them with gloves and a mask may prove futile.

The best solution is to have someone else clear up the old leaves and branches in your yard. With those items removed, you won’t have lingering mold spores triggering your allergies or asthma.

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Avoid Fertilizers and Pesticides

Certain fertilizers and pesticides may also trigger your allergies. If you can, then you should always choose organic fertilizers and deterrents for pests. Mulching with your clipped grass can be a great way to stimulate plant growth and nourish the soil.  Certain plants, or even a fence, may keep pests from entering your garden. Avoiding chemical fertilizers and pesticides can reduce your allergies.

Install an Air Purifier

There are a ton of air purifiers on the market, but not all of them are that effective at removing pollen and other allergens from the air. You’ll want to look for an air purifier that has a high-quality HEPA filter. These filters trap small particles from passing through its membrane. Some even kill the particles on contact.

With an efficient air purifier in your home, allergens can be reduced. Some can even be attached to your AC to further purify the air coming into your home.


Author Bio

Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is the founder of the Hudson Valley Sinus Center. Dr. Rubinstein is one of the leading ENT and facial plastic surgeons in New York. Throughout his career as a facial surgeon and ENT sinus specialist, Dr. Rubinstein has performed thousands of ENT surgeries and has become an expert on diagnosing and treating nasal and sinus problems.

Top 10 Amazon Products for Houseplant Owners

Growing indoor houseplants can be a rewarding and enjoyable form of self care.  With more people spending time alone inside their homes due the COVID-19 pandemic, houseplants have become very popular.  While caring for plants is quite easy and low maintenance, there are a few extra products for houseplant owners that can enhance the experience.  One of the most convenient places to get some of these extra products for a houseplant is via Amazon.  Here are some of my favorites.

Top 10 Amazon Products for Houseplant Owners
*This post contains affiliate and/or paid links which means that if you click on one of these links and buy a product, I may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Rest assured that I only recommend products that I love from companies that I trust. Furthermore, I am not a medical professional and nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice. I am simply a mother who has been there and lived to tell the tale.
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Planters + Pots

8 Pack Plastic Plant Pots with Drainage Holes
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Planters and pots are one of the most important products for houseplant owners.  Not only do they set the tone for the aesthetic of your home decor, but they can also make a difference in the overall health of your plant.  I’m talking about drainage!  This 8 pack of plastic pots with drainage holes  is not only a great deal, but it’s the perfect minimalist look that will allow your houseplant’s foliage to be the star of the show.  These tiny planters are another way to showcase your collection of small succulents with shallow roots. 

Plant Baskets

Seagrass Belly Basket with Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
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If you’re not ready to splurge on a new pot, or prefer to keep your plants in their nursery pots, then baskets are a great way to hide them, especially for bigger plants. Seagrass belly baskets add a boho flair to any home decor.  Woven rope baskets are also popular and come in different sizes. Baskets with handles can easily be hung for trailing plants. Whatever type of baskets you choose for your houseplants, make sure that you can easily take them in and out for watering, or look for baskets that have a plastic liner to keep them dry. 

Plant Stands

2 Pack Mid-century Modern Plant Stands
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Of course plant stands aren’t a necessity, but they do have several benefits. Lifting plants up off the ground can help get them closer to the sunlight.  If you have any toxic houseplants, then this also keeps them out of reach of curious kids and pets . Minimalist, mid-century modern plant stands are really trendy right now and can be used a variety of ways (this one’s a two pack!) If you have the space, you can also invest in a larger plant stand that’s 5 tiers or more.

Plant Hangers

Macrame Plant Hanger
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Hanging plants will never go out of style.  If you own a few trailing or vining plants, like the ever-popular string of hearts or a variety of pothos, then you know that they need lots of room to hang down. Macrame plant hangers are a product for houseplant owners that have recently made a huge comeback from the 70’s. It’s an easy DIY project, or you can purchase this set of 5 with all the hardware included

Propagation Station

Test Tube Propagation Station
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If you love to propagate your plants, then this is a product for houseplant owners that you definitely need!  Little test tube sized bottles are the perfect size for individual cuttings and allow lots of room for new roots to grow downwards.   You can get tabletop propagation stations or ones that hang in front of a window or mount to the wall.  It’s a great way to display your cuttings around your home while patiently waiting for those roots to start growing!

Humidifiers

Mini Plant Humidifier
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Indoor tropical plants thrive with humidity, as it re-creates their natural environment.  In the dry winter months, you may want to supplement with a humidifier to avoid crispy leaves.  There are several natural ways to increase the humidity in your home, but you can also use a cool-mist humidifier or essential oil diffuser around your plants.  These mini humidifiers are popular products among houseplant owners.  An eco friendly solution is this in-vent humidifier that replaces your standard heat register with one that you fill with water. 

Grow Lights

Full Spectrum Grow Lights on Stand
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Grow lights are a new product that houseplant owners have been adding to their arsenal.  The depressing dark, winter months often lead to houseplants going into a state of dormancy.  But with the use of full spectrum grow lights, houseplant owners can enjoy new growth and even flowers year round. If you’re not a fan of the bright pink of full spectrum lights, then you can get white grow lights that clip onto your plant stand or shelf, or some that have their own stand. The simplest option, of course, would be to replace a standard light bulb with a grow light bulb in a lamp near your plants. 

Support Poles + Trellises

Moss Pole
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Moss poles are a popular product for houseplant owners, especially for plants like Monsteras that like to climb. Unfortunately, you can’t get true sphagnum moss poles on Amazon (but if you want to DIY your own moss pole, you can buy packages of dry sphagnum moss). But these ones made of coco coir  work just as great. Multipacks that connect together are great for long term growth.  Using a trellis for your smaller climbing plants is another great option and they come in different shapes such as a circle, ladder or leaf style

Pruning Tools

4 Pack Pruning Tools for Indoor Houseplants
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For the longest time, a pair of old kitchen scissors was all I used to prune my houseplants.  And yes, it worked.  But then I discovered what a difference having the right tools makes.  A pointy pair of snippers makes it so much easier to get into hard to reach places.  And a strong set of clippers that makes a clean cut is less traumatic for the plant and speeds up both recovery and rooting.  Plus, it’s easier to keep them clean and bacteria free.

Sticky Traps

 

Sticky Fungus Gnat Traps
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Fungus gnats, am I right?  Who knew such a tiny bug could be so annoying? While they don’t do much harm to the plants, they are a pain in the butt, always flitting around, laying their eggs and swarming up from the wet soil. Yellow sticky traps are one product that houseplant owners swear by. Yes, there are other ways to get rid of them but it’s always a good practice to have a few sticky traps in your plant’s pot to catch the odd one before it multiplies. 


Remember, the most important products that houseplant owners need for their plants to thrive is warm sunlight and fresh water, and these are things that only Mother Nature herself can provide.  Don’t stress out about having all the right products, either.  One of the best things about houseplants is that they’ll still grow well even with a little bit of neglect.

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This is Why Houseplants Have Become Popular During the Pandemic

I have been a crazy plant lady for many years now, but it runs in my family.  Both my mother and grandmother have homes filled with tropical plants, and it is from them that I inherited my first houseplants.  But in 2020, the year of the Covid-19 pandemic, houseplants were all anyone could seem to talk about. So why this sudden surge that’s quickly become an addiction for so many?  Here are a few reasons why houseplants have suddenly become so popular during this pandemic.

This is Why Houseplants Have Become Some Popular During the Pandemic
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They Keep Us Company

Houseplants, similar to pets, are alive, but they cannot talk back to us. This makes them excellent listeners.  While self-isolation and social distancing have left us all alone and locked up in our houses, we have our houseplants to keep us company.  Despite the fact that they cannot actually speak, they DO communicate with us.  They tell us if they are happy by sprouting a new leaf or flower.  They droop when they are thirsty.  Their leaves fall off when they are sick or uncomfortable.  Because of these things, simply being alone in a room full of houseplants makes us feel a little less lonely.

They Make Us Focus On The Future

Even houseplants that go dormant in the winter still grow, no matter how slowly. Houseplants remind us to never stop growing, never stop living.  While the pandemic might have turned our world upside down, our green friends continue to thrive and grow and change with the seasons.  They may lose a leaf or get cut down, but they will grow again. Houseplants are an example of persistence and steadfastness, of never losing hope that we will come back from whatever problems we face. 

Marble Queen Pothos
Marble Queen Pothos

They Have So Many Health Benefits

The health benefits of houseplants are numerous.  They clean and detoxify the air inside of our homes. With the coronavirus pandemic being spread through the air, this makes owning a few air cleansing houseplants very appealing.  Many plants are grown for their medicinal benefits as well, such as Aloe Vera and Lavender.  A lot of herbs can also be grown indoors that are used to treat ailments all naturally.

They Reduce Anxiety and Depression

Just as houseplants benefit our physical health, they also offer respite for our mental health as well.  Having a living plant inside our homes can reduce levels of anxiety and irritability. Studies have shown that houseplants can improve heart rate and blood pressure.  They make us feel calmer and more at peace. Plants also make people happy.  Flowering houseplants can be a great mood booster, especially for those battling seasonal depression during the winter. 

Areca Palm
Areca Palm

They’re Collectable

Those on the hunt for a clipping of a rare houseplant will tell you there’s no better thrill in life.  Groups are popping up all over the country filled with houseplant collectors looking to buy, sell or trade a clipping or two.  With hundreds of varieties available, houseplants have become the latest treasure hunt prize.  Some find themselves trying to collect all the different varieties of a single species. Others want a wide array of succulents and cacti.  Some pride themselves in “rescuing” half dead houseplants from grocery store aisles.  Once you get a taste of the world of raising houseplants, it’s nearly impossible to stop.

They Give Us a Sense of Accomplishment

Is there a better feeling in the world than growing something from nothing? Or bringing a plant back from the edge of death?  The pride that comes along with growing lush, beautiful houseplants is unlike any other.  In fact, bringing an over or underwatered plant back to it’s former glory is one of my favorite pastimes. There are so many things in life we can be proud of (raising three kids included) but none give us quite the satisfaction of seeing our hard work “grow.”

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They Make Our Space Beautiful

Interior decorating using houseplants is one style that works for everyone, no matter your taste. This new outlet for creativity has opened the door for makers of plant stands, plant hangers, woven baskets, moss poles, trellises and more!  A simple space filled with plants has now become the most desirable room in the house. With more people spending so much time in their homes due to the pandemic, it’s no wonder they want to make it the most beautiful space possible. 

They Are So Easy to Care For

Unlike adopting a pet, which has been another popular pandemic craze, houseplants are easy to care for.  They don’t require daily maintenance and some even thrive on neglect.  A little bit of water and sunshine is all you need.  While many are investing in grow lights and humidifiers, it’s definitely not a necessity. There is such a large range of plants from low to high maintenance that anyone can find one (or a few) that suit their schedule.

Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig

They Offer Us a Challenge

While the majority of houseplants are low maintenance, there are those few that no one can seem to keep alive.  These infamous plants offer up a challenge to those houseplant gardeners who want to prove their worth.  Cultivating the most beautiful and healthy Calathea or growing a tall Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in your home gives you some bragging rights.  Perhaps propagating is the challenge you seek?  Growing new plants from cuttings or succulent leaves can be so rewarding… if you succeed.

They Don’t Break the Bank

While many addictions end up costing a fortune to maintain, raising houseplants doesn’t have to cost you anything at all.  Grow an entire tree from a discarded avocado or fruit seed.  In fact, you can grow almost anything from leftover vegetable scraps that would normally end up in the trash. Take a clipping from a friend’s plant, it costs them nothing to give it to you.  If you have your own little collection of plants, look into propagating them and then trade them for new plants.  While the houseplant accessory industry might be taking off, the truth is, you don’t need anything fancy to simply grow a plant. 


These are just a few of the reasons why houseplants have become the latest pandemic craze.  If you have another reason, please leave it in the comments! I firmly believe that anyone can grow houseplants, even the self-proclaimed “black thumbs.” And with all the all physical and mental health benefits of owning houseplants, why wouldn’t you? They are often easy to propagate, so you can get more from nothing.    And when this pandemic is over and everyone goes back to their normal lives, you will have an urban jungle to enjoy for years to come.