Breathe

For too many people winter equals chesty coughs, runny noses and congestion. Mucus seems to build up and no matter how hard you cough or blow your nose it just won’t clear or come up!  Chest congestion can be caused by any number of ailments, chief among them the common cold and the flu. Fortunately, chest congestion relief also comes in many forms, from home remedies like hot steam, to different kinds of medications and therapies like salt therapy. Hopefully one of these ways to break up chest congestion and relieve the build up of mucus works for you. Vicks is your friend:  Vicks can provide great relief when...

Thunderstorm asthma: After the horrific events of the 2016 thunderstorm asthma attack in Melbourne, it is more important then ever for asthma and allergy suffers to be vigilant about preventing an attack in the future. Here are some things you should know about a thunderstorm asthma and some quick tips about what you can do to make sure you are always prepared: What is and what causes a thunderstorm asthma? Thunderstorm asthma itself is the perfect storm. Research suggests that thunderstorm asthma is mostly triggered by an exceptional type of thunderstorm that causes grass pollen grains to be swept up into...

Brrrrrr. Gather the blankets. Prepare the fire. Boil the kettle. Winter is coming. For Asthma sufferers, this presents a problem. Why? Two big reasons. First, a lot more time is spent indoors, where there is dust, dustmites, pet hair, mould, and other triggers. Secondly, it's cold outside'. So how can you fight the winter wheezies? Here's a few tips: Keep your house clean. Don't worry, we're not going to come over and judge you. But do be careful of mould in the damp season of winter. Keep the exhaust fan on when you're having a shower or cooking or using the dishwasher, because mould...

There's whispering on the streets of Australia. Excited whispering. Two words, being passed along like a well-kept secret. Salt therapy. You might have seen it online, or caught a glimpse on one of the morning shows. Perhaps you've had a friend with newly-glowing skin telling you about its' benefits. Or perhaps you haven't heard the word at all. You better catch up, then. Everyone is talking about Salts of the Earth, the salt therapy centres popping up in metropolitan areas around Australia. From Megan Gale to Luke Hodge, Australia's finest are hooked. Before we show you just what people are saying about salt...

There's one thing about hay fever sufferers; they are desperate for some relief. Whether it's a particular concoction of tablets, or avoiding the outdoors altogether, the sneeziest people are almost superstitious about their routines. And why wouldn't they be? Spring season brings a wealth of new allergens with it, which for some, means months of sniffly, sneezy, sinus torture. But perhaps there's something they haven't tried. Salt lamps. That's right, salt lamps aren't just for hippies anymore. In fact, the popularity of salt lamps is exploding. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing in the right décor (think 'scandinavian simplicity' rather than 'new-age witchcraft...

Are you feeling a little bit stressed at work? Have you forgotten to finish that report? Did you just realise you have a deadline this afternoon? Are you getting a bit behind in your filing? Do you have an inbox full of emails? Should you be working harder right now? Sorry. That probably didn't help. But if you're feeling stressed, here's a few breathing exercises that WILL help. Relax, spend a minute or two on your breathing, and your focus will be razor sharp. 1. One nostril. This will sound crazy, but it works. Close your eyes (when you've finished reading this entire article,...

Work stress. Relationship stress. Family stress. New parent stress. Money stress. Feeling stressed, much? Stress is a big problem amongst us all in 2016. Anxiety and depression sufferers have increased dramatically over the past decade, often leading back to the amount of stress in our daily lives. So, what can we do to try and minimise our stress levels, before we reach boiling point? Importantly, if you feel like you can't cope with your current levels of stress, you should seek some help from your doctor or a counsellor. But if your stress levels feel manageable most of the time, here are...

Good news, you can still eat salt. Just make it GOOD salt. Salt and vinegar chips. Salted caramel. Salt and pepper calamari. There are so many delicious foods that involve salt, and yet we have been taught to avoid it, with health-nuts striving to cut sodium out of their diet altogether. In some ways, this is a good idea; table salt (which is 97% chemically produced Sodium Chloride, and 3% tables. Just kidding. But not about the chemically produced 97%…) is definitely not good for the ol' body. It's bleached, devoid of all nutrients, and the scary truth is; if you put...