Our youngest son is allergic to dog dander. When he was born, he struggled with Trachea Malaysia so we never supected it for a few years. He always seemed to be catching colds that none of the family would get and because of his Trachea Malaysia we just assumed it was because of that all together. We were wrong and he was suffering without us understanding that he had an allergy to dog dander.
When someone has allergies to dog dander they experience swelling, redness, and itching around the eyes and nose. They develope a cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
Allergic to Dog Dander? A Natural Remedy to Keeping Your Pets
While our son was struggling with these symptoms of being allergic to dog dander, we were thinking things like our air vents needing to be clean or air conditioning was causing it. It took us some time to look at our beloved pet of thirteen years and point the finger to our son's best friend.
It was true, though. Our dog was causing our little boy to feel horrible but they were always together.
Time after time, our son would be feeling horrible and there was Shadow, by his side to comfort him and our little guy was always happiest to have his pal near him. Yet, it his symptoms would get worse and it was his best friend causing it all along.
We were loss to what we were going to do. Our son was devastated when we talked about one day Shadow wouldn't be with us because he was getting older and showing it. Our son would cry horribly and we started to look for a natural remedy to our family situation.
Then one day, I had the opportunity to review the Venta, a air purifier and humidifier all in one.
The Venta changed my son's life.
Within a few hours of it working in our home, we noticed that his symptoms improved. First his red, swollen eyes began to look better. His wheezing and coughing was improving as well.
We were quietly praying that this would be our solution and we could keep our dog until his life came to an end naturally.
Next thing we knew, our son was looking and sounding amazing! He was all over the dog more than ever and NOTHING was happening to him.
Little by little, we were growing relaxed with the Venta and allowing a few days to go without replacing the water. I would look at our son and see the redness, swollen eyes coming back and hearing some wheezing in his chest or even a couch. Immediately the Venta would get filled and it all disappeared.
Before I realized it, our son was connecting how he much better he felt with the Venta running continually. If he coughed, he would say “Mommy, the Venta needs to be filled.” He became our reminder on his own.
After our sweet Shadow passed away, our son was lost without a dog. He desperately missed his best friend and requested a new dog daily. Our hearts finally gave in and we purchased two Miniture Australian Shephards!
These three are always together and thanks to the natural remedy of the Venta, we don't have to worry about the allergy of dog dander at home.
This past Thanksgiving, we traveled to visit family. While our family celebrated, I was keeping an eye on our son because in addition to our two dogs, there was another 4 dogs that he just couldn't leave along and we didn't have our Venta with us.
It hurts my heart to see the joy of my son diminish when his allergy of dog dander hits me and we are 400 miles away from the natural remedy that we all have appreciated so much. Befor we returned home, our son was struggling horribly. His cough was out of control and his eyes looked horrible.
The first thing we did when we entered our home was filled up our Venta.
This summer when we packed up our vehicle to head back to visit family, our son grabbed his two best friends and ran for the truck yelling, “Don't forget the Venta!”
Life shouldn't require you to pick your health over your best friend. Thankfully, the Venta has given our family the freedom to have both – health and our best friends!
The Venta does more than just clean your air of pet dander. Venta says it best when they say:
“You don't know how bad your air is until you know how good it can be.”
Cold Season is always lurking, but there are ways to help keep it at bay, and to fight it before it gets out of control. For our family, we like to use essentials oils to combat the common cold, while building our immune system. Our favorite essential oils brand is Rocky Mountain Oils that provide many ready to use oils that include carrier oils and a new safe for kid’s line. (My adult daughter LOVES this line and uses them all of the time.)
You even get free shipping, and can buy one oil at a time.
Essential Oils for the Cold Season
We love the simplicity and ease of essential oils for the care of our family. When I first started using essential oils, it was in the early 2000s. I started with just two or three oils that we used all the time. As I learned more about different ones, and how they worked, I was adding them into our home ‘medicine bag’ that goes on trips with us.
I would love to share some of my favorites with you, but I would like to pass along some important information that took me years to learn and understand.
Essential oils need to have a carrier oil mixed with them to allow your skin to absorb them properly.
In times past, I would just rub the oils into my skin. I actually loved the feeling of some of the oils without the carrier. However, I learned that the carrier oil serves the purpose of helping your skin to absorb them prior to the air absorbing them.
In addition to this fact, it helps the oils to go deeper and last longer, while using less oils which saves you a lot of money over time. Now, I can’t add oils without a carrier!
I currently use fractioned coconut oil, and love it, but I will be trying some of the new carries that Rocky Mountain oils launched.
Here is a list of oils to use for the common cold.
Strengthen Immune System
Oils to use for the immune system
Oils that encourage good sleep patterns, and other things that contribute to good health.
Learn more about how to use essential oils.
When we moved into our new home several years ago, I was surprised by the ladybug invasion that happened in the fall. It was during that time that I learned that these ladybugs were actually lady beetles, looking for a place to hibernate, and our light colored home was the perfect location. Within just a few days, we have hundreds of these insects flying around our home and taking to our high ceilings in our entry way.
I was done, and on a mission!
How to Keep Ladybugs Out of Your Home
All the research was showing how to provide alternative housing for these ladybugs or lady beetles, but honestly, I wasn’t willing to even be that hospitable to bugs.
I just wanted them gone, and out of my house for good!
We had no choice but to vacuum up as many as we could our first two years, but by the third year I was prepared for war!
I grabbed my Peppermint Oil bottle at the first signs of them flying in my home.
I was surprised to see how many of them had congregated on our front porch in just a matter of a day! Just stepping on the porch proved enough to allow several to fly right in, and to land on all parts of my body.
Prepared for battle, I began to apply straight Peppermint Oil to the edges of the front door, where the frame meets it. This was the exact place of entry for these ladybugs or lady beetles.
I knew most insect do not prefer the fragrance of this oil, but I wasn’t prepared for what I saw!
These lady beetles completely turned around before reaching the actual place where I put the oil. Again and again, I watched one after another try to find entry into our home, as the others did before them, but atlas I had stopped them.
The next year, I was prepared.
I was looking for them every day with my Peppermint Oil in hand, but I didn’t want to apply it too soon, in case it lost its potency before the invasion.
They beat me to it, but only with about 50 of them getting in before I applied straight Peppermint Oil to the edges of our front door for the second year in a row.
It stopped them again!
We only had a few to deal with and I felt as though I was winning.
This year, I had ran out of Peppermint Oil and the day of their arrival was quickly approaching (yes, I knew when they normally came to our front door), so I got it ordered and waited for them.
They next came!
Week after week, I scratched my head wondering where my opponents were, but they never showed up.
I was so shocked by the victory, but excited to know that this was such an easy way to keep ladybugs out of my house for good, without having to have the extra concern about setting up another alternative for them to hibernate for the winter.
Seasonal allergies haven't been a big thing in our home. That is until the last few years. I have been getting more sensitive to seasonal and indoor allergens. While attending a blogging conference, I came across a sponsor table for Venta-Airwasher, mostly because I immediately noticed a difference in the air around their space.
Clean Air Naturally to Combat Seasonal Allergies
I have always loved the first signs of spring, and will open my windows at the first possible weather to air my house out and give that fresh smell going through my entire house.
The problem with doing this will be that I'm also opening my home to pollen. In the past, it just meant that I needed to dust more. However, that has changed in the last few years. I realized that I would start getting more headaches near my sinuses, along with scratching in my throat and eyes.
I was shocked when someone told me that what I continued to experience were allergies. Thankfully they are still mild, and I'm able to continue with life without too many issues.
When Venta-Airwasher gave me the opportunity to review their home unit, I was quick to say, “Yes!” (This is my honest review of their product, and how it has helped our family with more than just seasonal allergies)
We have been using it in our home for just over 2 months at the time of this writing and I'm so excited to share just how amazing this one unit has done for our big house.
Winters are hard in our home, as we experience really dry air. The dry air leaves our skin scratchy and chapped, even though we drink water all day long. Our daughter always gets so bad that her hands bleed, and she needs to use products to keep moisture in her skin. This was the first year in a very long time that this didn't happen.
In addition to our skin staying healthy through the winter months, our hardwood floors seemed to enjoy the added moisture this humidifier has provided.
However, the best experience of all of this has to be our youngest child's benefits from using Venta-Airwasher. He deals with dog dander allergies, which causes him to cough and sniff, ALL.DAY.LONG. Within the first day of having clean air in our home, his symptoms were completely gone.
We were sold!
There has been few days that we overlooked our new habit of just adding water to this humidifier and purifier in one, and his symptoms were back. We quickly would get it filled back up, and he would stop his sniffling and coughing. He loves it so much that he tries to help us keep it running all the time.
Having these experience, along with enjoying the windows open this week with gorgeous weather and not having the issues with the seasonal allergies that have been plaguing me over the last few years has been a huge joy in our home.
With the help of clean air in our home, I know that I now have a natural way to combat the seasonal allergies before they start invading my home and causing the havoc on my sinus.
Although this has been a sponsored post by Venta-Airwasher, my comments and experience have been shared without bias and exceeded my expectations. I'm certain that your family would find joy in having clean air in your own home, as well.
We all dread the horrible stomach bug, because we know that when one of your family members get it, it will make its way through the whole family. It doesn't have to be that way. I would love to share how to get rid of the stomach bug at the first sign, and even help others not get it themselves.
How To Get Rid of the Stomach Bug
We all dread the stomach bug the most out of any sickness that can be past from one person to the next. It can leave a family so exhausted, and overflowing with laundry for weeks.
For over 10 years, I have been using the same natural remedy to get rid of the stomach bug, and often times we used it as a preventative to just keep it away when we know that we have been around someone that came down with it.
The natural remedy is as simple as chamomile tea and raw honey.
Let me share why it works, and almost immediately…
Chamomile is an herb that has been referred to as the ‘gardener's physician'. It earned this nickname because when planted in a garden that has been producing ill results, the chamomile plant seems to heal the problem and allows for a healthy garden to grow. It does the same to the gut.
Chamomile has been known to calm an upset stomach, and aid in relaxation.
Next, you also need raw honey that hasn't been processed. My favorite brand that I have used for these 10 years is Really Raw Honey.
Here is how raw honey works…
Raw honey is an antibiotic, and is full of good bacteria.
When taken without processing, the good bacteria in raw honey works to overtake the bad bacteria that is causing the upset stomach, and leads to the stomach bug with either vomiting or diarrhea. The more good bacteria a gut has the better. The good bacteria will literally kill off the bad bacteria.
Explaining the good bacteria as soldiers or a super hero and bad bacteria as a bad guy or villain will help younger children be willing to drink this tea, even if they haven't been willing before.
No wonder these two working together can make such an impact on a stomach bug and bring back health before it goes through the whole house hold.
Here is how to make this natural remedy for your own family…
Bring water to a boil. Then steep a chamomile tea bag in a cup of the boiling water for 5-10 minutes with a cover over the cup for the best results. I use this brand with success.
Once the tea has cooled down to room temperature, add the raw honey. Stir it and drink it quickly.
Note: Adding raw honey when the tea is too hot will destroy the medicinal properties in honey, causing it to be sweetened tea without any power for the gut.
If the stomach bug has already caused someone to vomit or have diarrhea, I will always boil a whole pot of water, steep it with chamomile tea (1 tea bag for every cup of tea the water will provide, usually 8-10) and pour it in this coffee thermos so I can easily and quickly serve my family a cup of this natural remedy. This has been such a stress relieve when it hits us all at the same time or in the middle of the night, because I can take it with me to where I need to serve it.
In our home, once someone has vomited or had diarrhea, and we know that something is going around, I will have each of us take a cup and it is the last we see of it.
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There has been some seasons in our life that the best plan of sick-proofing our kids during the winter is literally staying at home, and isolating ourselves from others. We did this a lot when our last child struggled with so many issues due to his immune system being attacked all the time, and knowing that all he needed was time to gain his health, and strengthen his immune system. It didn't take long that I realized that I needed to teach my son how not to spread germs.
How to Teach Kids to Not Spread Germs
Children are perfect carriers of all types of germs. Teaching children, even at a very young age, key things that will keep them from be intentional to not spread germs.
This is taking the conversation about GERMS one more step.
My sweet baby boy has been sick so many times in his little life and even has suffered THREE febrile seizures during his first few years that his immune system was being hit all the time.
Here are things I had to teach him that has helped a lot, but still needing to be reinforced often because boys need the reminders.
- Wash your hands OFTEN. Before you eat or touch food that others will be eating as well. Especially after using the bathroom. When in public, avoid touching things that many people touch, especially if children are touching them before your kids.
- Keep your hands OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. This is a hard one to teach, but so important, especially if you go out of the house often. I have even had to teach this same child to NOT lick the handles of carts at stores. Each time I have caught him with his mouth on the cart, he got sick.
- Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm. We tend to use our hands to cover our mouth, but the best way to do it is into the bend, because most people will never touch us there, and we don't use that area of our arm to touch other things. This alone will help minimize the spreading of germs.
- Don't share drinks. Sharing drinks is one of the fastest ways of having germs spread. Use color coded cups to make it easier for younger children to know which cup is theirs and which isn't. Assigning a color to a child to always be their cup, makes it even easier to remove the sharing cups concern.
- Sterilize tooth brushes often. Buying tooth brushes isn't always in the budget, but it is very easy to sterilize tooth brushes when germs are in the house, and especially after a child has been showing signs of becoming sick. All you do is bring a pot of water to boil, and drop the tooth brush in the water for 30-60 minutes. Remove the brush and let cool before using.
The more we educate our children, and demonstrate the same healthy behaviors to not spreading germs the better they will emulate these habits as their own.
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