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Sneezing, coughing and wheezing? Can’t get over scratching your back or leg? Welcome to the season of allergies! A common occurrence particularly during change of seasons, allergies poses uncomfortable and distressing symptoms that can affect the whole family in one easy swoop. Runny nose, watery eyes, itchiness, asthma, fever, and all sorts of allergic reaction can be worst during pollen season. Aside from pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, insect bites and certain foods can also trigger allergic reactions. As these diminutive airborne items penetrate your system releasing harmful histamines, your immune system will be put on double time in combating these threats. As this substance penetrates your system, immune cells that combats unwelcome invaders usually rush to the exposed area bringing with them excess fluid thereby causing inflammation. This further sets you into sneezing, wheezing, swelling or coughing and, in some cases, accompanied by eczema or asthma. To remedy this problem, here are natural remedies that you can put into practice to ensure a healthy allergy-free living year-round.

Consuming Foods Rich in Antihistamine

Allergies can either be seasonal or year-round. Though there are known medical treatments available nowadays, there are also foods rich in antihistamine. Its inclusion on your diet does not only fight off symptoms but put them away as well.

  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Bulk up on antioxidants and Vitamin C rich foods. Fruits like oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, papaya, kale, kiwi, blueberries, lemon, watermelon, and cantaloupe are great options. So are vegetables like spinach, lettuce, asparagus, cucumbers, corn, squash, parsley, broccoli and cauliflower. These foods do not just strengthen your immune system but also have natural antihistamine content.

  • Probiotics. Take spoonfuls of yogurt and kefir. These foods are rich in probiotics or good bacteria that reduce risks of infections. Check packaging though for the label “live active cultures”.

  • Fatty Fish. Omega-3, the body’s essential fatty acids do not just deliver a healthy heart and neurons, these also aid in the reduction of inflammation usually associated with the big “A” – allergies. Substitute red meat with salmon, trout, halibut, tuna, sardines or flounder for best results.

  • Whole Grains. Steer clear of processed sweets, breads and pasta dishes. Begin your day with a bowl of cereal or oatmeal during allergy seasons. Whole grains have great dietary benefits and are excellent helpers in addressing nutritional deficiencies.

Honey: the sweetest cure for hayfeve

Honey: the sweetest cure for hayfeve

Regular Aromatherapy to Prevent Recurring Allergies

Aside from a healthy diet, it is also important to infuse the use of aromatherapy in your home. Aromatherapy makes use of essential oils duly extracted from therapeutic plants. This helps to build-up one’s immune system. Some use these essential oils for massage or cold compress. There are also others who inhale them through perfectly concocted steam or a few drops on bath water or handkerchief. Eucalyptus, basil, lavender, chamomile, peppermint and blue tansy are just some of the commonly used naturally extracted essential oils which you can synthesize your home and strengthen everyone’s immune system on a long-term basis.

Sometimes All It Takes Is a Simple De-Cluttering

Hygiene does count when it comes to preventing allergies. Routine clean-up using HEPA filters on air purifiers, HVAC system and vacuum cleaners can be a great help in removing indoor allergens. Asthmatic families better steer clear of carpets and rugs as these easily accumulate dust, dust mites, pet dander and pollen. Check also for mold infestation every now and then. Mold spores easily accumulate causing havoc on your indoor air quality.



Indeed, there are quick fixes for allergies that your physician can easily prescribe. But you need to remember that synthetic medications have adverse complications which can do more harm than good in the long run. By simply taking a responsible stand in preparing healthy and immune system boosting meals, regular clean-up of your home and frequent aromatherapy, you can decrease the likelihood of allergens from penetrating your home and raising turmoil to all household members.

Raising kids to be money smart and savings savvy can help you save better and ensure a better future for your kids. When teaching them money management to your kids, make sure you drive the lesson home by examples and live scenarios. Also, exposure and real life crisis management can help them get hands on experience regarding finance and money matters.

Set an example yourself by going for things that you need

When you give your kids their allowance, you have also the right to supervise how they spend it. Within their limited resources, teach them how to save for special occasions like birthdays and how to utilize the rest to the best. Kids learn most of their skills from their parents. So, it is of utmost importance that your kids should not see you overspending. If you do buy something, explain to your kids all about the importance and need of the item bought. The use of the item should precede the luxury or aesthetic pleasure offered.

Take them shopping and teach them how to choose items

This is yet another important aspect of making your kids money smart. Take your kids shopping and show them why you are buying the stuff you are buying and not the other options available. Tell them all about larger packs, offers and discounts, etc. Show them how you can shop on a budget and still buy all the items you need. Tell them how to stay away from buying too much and being duped by misleading deals. You can also allow them to shop for some items by themselves. Offer proper advice regarding what they have chosen.

How to Raise Money-Smart Kids

How to Raise Money-Smart Kids

Tell your kids stories that have morals regarding saving and thought out investment plans

Stories with morals regarding saving for emergencies and other such lessons can help your kids have that ingrained spirit of spending wisely. The lessons learned in childhood can also determine their future earning and spending tendencies. Always, teach them to earn more than they want or have to spend. Show them how money saved can help in times of need.

Make your kids realize that the money they spend is theirs

This is yet another important step that will make your kids responsible and help them take proper decisions regarding spending. Deposit their allowance in a bank account and making them withdraw it can also make your kids aware regarding the functioning of a bank and the implications of saving money in their account. Also, if they earn the money by doing chores or something on those lines, they will definitely want to spend it in a proper way.

How to raise money-smart kids

How to raise money-smart kids

With proper awareness, guidance and support, you can teach your kids how to survive on limited resources and how to make the best of what they have. The key to doing this properly is to start out pretty early and entrusting more responsibilities in your kids. Also, better awareness will lead to lesser tantrums and demands. Be strict in certain matters if you have to.

A formal statement of business goals, why they are attainable, and how they are attained constitutes a business plan. It is usually a necessity for new business ventures covering at least a three-year plan but may be used for major developments in an existing business as well. This looks simpler than what a strategic business plan takes.

5 Basic Principles of an Excellent Business Plan

Form follows function. Obviously, a business plan must solve the purpose of the business. It pays to be carefully presented but do not waste much effort making it look or sound good. The written plan must happen and that is what matters.

The plan yields good results. Results are indicators of a good or bad business plan. It is by far the end of every plan more than ideas, details, strategies, analysis, or research, much less the write-up and its formatting.

Detailed accountability. Good plan includes actual performance and expected results in numbers.

Planning survives change. When things change constantly, there must be a plan to suit them rather than see no point in planning. A good review analyzes results as well as altered expectations. It includes corrections and alternative measures up to the smallest course in a detailed process.

Planning is not detailing. The wide margin for uncertainty makes it impossible to plan in details. The number reports in a business plan are aggregate educated guesses in months and years. It should include the following projections:

Business Plans: Exit Strategy

Business Plans: Exit Strategy

  • Sales

  • Costs

  • Expenses

  • Profits

  • Salaries

  • Assets

  • Liabilities

  • Capital

  • Cash flow

Planning vs. Accounting Distinguished

A business plan and an accounting report both include numbers and words which may be presented in the same format. In fact, you may not be able to distinguish one from the other if you will not read through and brush around other pages. In truth, there lies a big difference and the least similarity.

From a starting point, accounting goes backward in an increasing detail and specifics. The task is to trace and track discrepancies and irregularities in the transactions. The job of checking is upheld up to a single centavo and even a diminutive difference in the balance would spell trouble.

Inversely, business planning goes forward from a starting point in increasing aggregates. There is no sense in a detailed projection due to the deep level of uncertainty faced by business planning. In effect, an annual projection is made in terms of months and succeeding annual projections are on a yearly basis.

This makes business planning a lot easier than accounting contrary to the thoughts of majority. In planning a business with an accountant, make him understand that the plan is all about educated guess and no accountant is accountable for wrong figures, if any.

Business Growth Strategies

Business Growth Strategies

Pointers for Every Business Entrepreneur

  • A drained bank account is a bad indicator sign.

  • Money is not the only satisfying goal.

  • Business culture counts.

  • Apply a compassionate system.

  • Character is the best gauge in hiring.

  • Trust and delegation work towards growth.

  • Plan for contingencies.

  • It is difficult to work with partners.

  • Record maintenance is not an easy task.

  • Work privileges inspire employees.

  • Customer service is a must.

  • Competitive sales persons survive rejection.

  • Client control is an art.

  • Failures render lessons.

  • Relaxation offers time for business review.

A good entrepreneur possesses the quality warranted by a successful business as a good business plan possesses all fundamental principles essential to business forecast. Each contributes to easy planning in terms of importance, practice, and management. Missing on one is skipping a major business preparation that can pull down all efforts invested in the business.