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12 good reasons to consider purifying your indoor air

Outdoor air pollution has been hitting the headlines very frequently. We're constantly hearing about the dangers of breathing in smoggy, congested air outside. Many of us living in cities find our homes to be a 'safe haven', where we can shut away the pollutants and allergens that lurk outside.   However, according to research, it seems that our homes are not a sanctuary from pollution at all. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency suggests that there may be 2-5 times more pollutants in indoor air than in outdoor air, ranking it one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.   Most of us carefully consider the quality of the food and water we put into our bodies, yet we rarely think about the quality of the air we breathe, of which the average adult takes over 20,000 breaths per day!   If any of the below apply to you, we recommend investing in an air purifier for your health. Here's why... … Read full post

Heatwave may be increasing little-known indoor allergy symptoms

The current hot, humid weather may be increasing the population of indoor house dust mites. Here we share some top tips on how to reduce the dust mite population in your home and to help relieve the symptoms if you’re allergic, which can include sneezing, wheezing and watery eyes.… Read full post

Relieving stubborn skin conditions – where to start?

Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other chronic skin conditions can be very stubborn and leave you feeling helpless. We chat to medical herbalist Lindsey Miller (BSc. (Hons) Health Sciences & Herbal Medicine) from Hope’s Relief, Australia’s #1 natural skincare range, to find out how to make your skin feel and look healthier. … Read full post

Coping with eczema during hot weather

Eczema is generally thought of as a winter skin condition, with biting winds and dry indoor air leading to parched, itchy skin. However, the weather conditions offered by the warmer months can be just as harsh on eczema-prone skin. With factors such as increased sweating, sunburn, chlorine from swimming pools and seasonal allergies, the summer can be as much of a minefield as the winter is for eczema sufferers. The following tips may help to relieve your symptoms so that you can enjoy a more comfortable summer...… Read full post

Global warming thought to dramatically increase ragweed pollen levels

Scientists are concerned that global warming will encourage ragweed, a powerful allergy trigger, to spread rapidly, increasing levels of hay fever.… Read full post

14 travel allergy tips – don’t take your symptoms with you!

The school holidays are on the horizon, the weather is heating up and many of us are looking forward to a relaxing summer break. On holiday we often find ourselves in very different environments to home, and this can cause symptoms to flare up.   Don’t let your allergies spoil your summer break – follow the tips below to help you stay safe and symptom-free on holiday. … Read full post

Research links city pollution to increased stroke risk

Researchers based at Edinburgh University have observed a link between the inhalation of polluted air and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.… Read full post

Study shows fumes from cleaning products can worsen asthma symptoms

A recent study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine has shown a link between exposure to strong cleaning products and worsened symptoms of existing asthma. … Read full post

Scientists appeal to U.N for protection against EMF radiation

190 international scientists have appealed to the UN and World Health Organisation (WHO) to update the safety guidelines for exposure to wireless technologies, in the light of an increasing amount of evidence showing that they could pose health risks. … Read full post

A sneak peek into our allergy-friendly office!

Many of us who work here at The Healthy House have our own personal experiences of allergies. The allergies and sensitivities experienced by members of our team range from asthma, dust mite allergy and hay fever to eczema and multiple chemical sensitivity. Everything we do is underpinned by this understanding and personal experience. At The Healthy House, we like to practice what we preach! You won't find any strong perfumes, air fresheners, office pets or mouldy air conditioning units here - we would never risk having any of these allergens reaching your order. Even our catalogues are printed on chlorine-free paper using vegetable based inks, to take into account the needs of our chemically sensitive customers. … Read full post

Teacher with electrical sensitivity removes Wi-Fi from her classroom

Anura Lawson, a teacher from California, has successfully campaigned to remove Wi-Fi from her classroom due to her electrical sensitivity, making her the first public school teacher in the U.S.A. to do so. … Read full post

5 surprising asthma triggers and what you can do about them

Asthma affects over 5 million people here in the UK, with symptoms including chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. Avoiding triggers is an important part of managing your asthma, alongside your doctor's treatment plan. Here are 5 surprising potential triggers that you may not have expected to flare up your asthma...… Read full post

5 ways to beat allergy symptoms during exam season

Hay fever and asthma are debilitating conditions, and can add to the already immense pressure that young people are under during exam season. … Read full post

Indoor air quality - a bigger problem than you may think

Outdoor air pollution has been hitting the headlines very frequently. We're constantly hearing about the dangers of breathing in smoggy, congested air outside. Many of us living in cities find our homes to be a 'safe haven', where we can shut away the pollutants and allergens that lurk outside. However, according to research, it seems that our homes are not a sanctuary from pollution at all. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency suggests that there may be 2-5 times more pollutants in indoor air than in outdoor air, ranking it one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.… Read full post

Manage your eczema symptoms WITHOUT steroids

With an estimated up to 10% of us experiencing eczema symptoms, it's a widespread problem that can cause uncomfortable and distressing symptoms.  It's tempting to reach straight for the steroids, but there are more natural methods that can be tried to treat the condition. The following suggestions are safe and gentle and, unlike steroids, do not carry the risk of lasting side-effects.… Read full post

Study shows prevalence of asthma among Olympic swimmers

A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has linked the combination of the swimming pool environment and endurance exercise to the development of asthma.… Read full post

Happy Easter! Stay symptom-free over the long weekend...

With the days getting longer and the main hay fever season looming, our focus is turning to staying symptom-free in the great outdoors.  If you've got allergies and you're going away for the Easter long weekend, then it’s wise to take a few precautions before you set off.… Read full post

Medical herbalist Lindsey Miller on dealing with atopic eczema and sensitive skin

Medical herbalist Lindsey Miller from Hope’s Relief, Australia’s #1 natural skincare range for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis is educated to degree level BSc. (Hons) Health Sciences & (Herbal Medicine) and has had over 6 years of practitioner experience and 6 years’ experience within the natural products industry. Lindsey has a wealth of healthcare knowledge and first-hand experience of what really works. Lindsey has been a featured health expert for various publications, online and on radio, her success stories using herbal medicine have also been featured on BBC News Website. Hope's Relief has been formulated over 35 years of research and originally created by a Naturopath for her own daughter. Suitable for new-born babies to adults, Hopes Relief is now an award winning brand, Australia’s No1 natural eczema cream and renowned by mothers and trusted by families’ worldwide. … Read full post

It's National Puppy Day! Tips on managing dog allergy

Today is National Puppy Day! We’ll be celebrating our furry friends and doubtless our Facebook and Twitter feeds will be filled with cute pictures. For this reason, we thought that today would be an appropriate day to raise awareness of pet allergy, and offer a few tips for those struggling with the condition.… Read full post

New study links hand-washing dishes to fewer allergies

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics seems to support the 'hygiene hypothesis'; the idea that being exposed to bacteria early on in life can help develop children's immunity, leading to fewer allergies. … Read full post