The Season of Sniffles

The Season of Sniffles

Erin Burt

allergiesIt’s coming ladies, I don’t know about where you live, but here at the bottom of Illinois, we’re entering the dreaded allergy season. Our pollen count is going to go through the roof, and all the allergy-laden people will be spending our spring season indoors.

Do you have a difficult allergy season in your area? If you’re like me, you’re not looking forward to the spring with a toddler, who doesn’t realize what an allergen is.  I’m amassing my arsenal to help handle the sniffles in advance this year, here’s what I’m gathering.  

Snot Sucker
The tried-and-true Nose Frida. I’ve had this thing since my girl was born. No, the snot gets nowhere near your mouth! It’s a little difficult to use the straw, but it works so well! My husband was skeptical, but now he’s a believer too. This tool is so much more effective than our mother’s bulb syringe. If you can’t handle the idea of the Nose Frida, you can always give Zoli’s nasal aspirator a try.  My sources tell me it’s excellent and similarly effective.  


Skip the Kleenex
This year I’m thinking of skipping the Kleenex.  After we all got a nasty cold around Christmas and went through three boxes of Kleenex in about 2 weeks, I’m dreading the quantity of Kleenex that we’ll just use for a second and throw away.  I’m thinking of grabbing some cloth wipes to use instead. I love the idea of some cute cloth that I can just blow noses in for a while and toss them in the wet bag to go in the laundry when I get home. I love using reusable products whenever it’s effective, and I think this is a great way to save some trees! 

If you’ve got a diffuser, try diffusing a couple drops of these kid safe essential oils for 30 minutes a couple of times a day to help you combat the spring sniffles: tea tree, lavender, geranium, fir needle, or check out this list to see some other options.

Hopefully, we’ll all have mild allergy seasons, and we won’t need these tools, but just in case, I’ve decided to be safe rather than snotty!

Jenny Ditch is a professional allergy sufferer, and lives with her snotty little girl at the bottom of Illinois, where all the allergens live too.  


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