TOP Allergy Tips for around the Home:
 
 
  • Vacuum your floors / carpet as often as you can, but at least twice a week.
 
  • Keep the humidity inside of your home between 30 and 50% to prevent Dust Mites. They thrive in humid conditions, and they can be your worst enemy if you suffer from allergies or skin conditions. Many people are actually allergic to dust mites, and can get very itchy or irritated if dust mites are present in the home. The typical places you would find dust mites is in your carpet, rugs or bed so be sure to vacuum and clean those areas.
    If you suspect dust mites may be present in your bedlinen or in your mattress; wash your sheets with a rinse such as 'Bosistos Dust Mite Wash' or for a natural treatment add 1/2 cup of either vinegar or eucalyptus to the wash. If you don't have any of these items available you can just have your machine on a Hot Water cycle. These methods will help to kill the mites and any germs.
     
    While your sheets are in the washing machine you can vacuum your mattress or have it professionally cleaned to kill the mites there also. This may sound like a daunting task but the results will be well worth the effort for a good nights rest!
    On that note; any doonas, blankets or pillows you're not using at the time can be stored in vacuum sealed bags to keep them clean and free from mould. Then when you do need to get them out (with the changing of the seasons, or if you have extra guests) they will be ready to use straight away!

 

  • Wipe down shelves, tables, fans, vents, etc inside of your home where dust or pollen could collect. We say 'wipe' because if you dust them with a feather duster you will potentially just spread the dust elsewhere around the house. Whereas if you wipe it you are collecting All of the dust or pollen in one task.

 

  • If you suffer from Hayfever you should try to keep your doors and windows closed whenever possible to keep pollens / allergens out. Pollen counts usually peak in the mornings, so if you like to garden or go for a walk afternoons are the best time to go outside. You may also like to invest in an Air Purifier for your home, to keep the air as clean as possible. And don't forget, pollens can collect in your hair and on your clothes, so it might be a good idea to wash off after being outside for an extended period of time.

 

  • Here's a little age-old tip for people suffering from skin conditions - try to get 10-15 minutes of sunshine on your body every day to help absorb your daily dose of Vitamin D. Your skin will love it, and if you have weepy, or slightly infected areas on your skin the sun will actually help to kill some of the bacteria too.

Hundreds of studies now link vitamin D deficiency with significantly higher rates of some forms of cancer‚ as well as heart disease‚ osteoporosis‚ multiple sclerosis and other diseases. If you don't have time to get your sunshine every day the other alternative is to take Vitamin D supplements. There is a range of supplements on the market now, Another reliable source of Vitamin D is Salmon. 'Wild' Salmon is best as it has the highest levels of Vitamin D in it.

Sunlight is still the best and most easily accessible source of vitamin D. Unlike dietary or supplementary vitamin D, when you get your ‘D’ from sunshine your body takes what it needs, and de-metabolizes any extra. Because too much ‘D’ from dietary supplements can cause the body to over-process calcium. 

Health Experts recommend that sun exposure to the arms and legs should be for 10-15 minutes each day. The amount of vitamin D produced depends on the intensity of the UVB in the sun and other factors. Darker-skinned individuals may need more exposure than a fair-skinned person to make the same amount of vitamin D.

 

All the best in health,

x the Organic Eczema team