Beat Gardening Allergies

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When you see that yellow pollen on your car in the spring or summer and think, that’s what’s causing my allergies! It's not. Read on to find out what trees, plants and grasses are giving you the discomfort and how to relive those awful allergies.

When you see that yellow pollen on your car in the spring or summer and think, that’s what’s causing my allergies! This relatively large, visible pollen you see from trees and flowers really isn't the cause. The real culprit is the microscopic pollen you don't see that causes allergies.

If you’re like one in six Americans that suffer from allergies you should be careful whether you’re planting flowers or especially landscaping. The things you chose to plant may be the reason your allergies are so bad.

Only male plants produce pollen and it’s not always easy to identify a male plant from a female plant. The only way to know the sex of a given plant is to consult different available references but there are clues to look for.

Small flowers with little color tend to cause more allergies than large colorful flowers, go figure. Off white and greenish flowers are the worse flowers for pollen spread and allergies. Trumpet-shaped flowers seldom cause allergy problems because their pollen is held deep within the flower. Fragrant plants as a rule don’t produce as many pollen allergies but they may affect people who are sensitive to certain odors.

You don’t have to plant all female plants exclusively if you have pollen allergy problems, just mix it up a bit and stay away from the major culprits such as: Artemisia, buttercup, goldenrod and sedge. Also it would be a good idea to stay out of the flower bed on windy days.

Grasses can be the worst aggravator of allergies. Keep your lawn trimmed low, about 2 inches, which will prevent the grass from flowering and producing pollen. If your allergies are really bad have someone else mow your lawn.

The top 10 worse trees for pollen and allergies are as follows: Almond, Ash, Aspen, Bald Cypress, Black Acacia, Catalpa, Chinese Elm, Cottonwood, Elm, and Mountain Laurel. These results are from the American Academy of Allergy. Removing these trees from your property can help your problems.

Allergies can make you miserable but there is a new all natural nasal spray called Sinol that can help you move through these rough times while gardening. Most of the ingredients in Sinol could actually be grown in your garden. Aloe, eucalyptus, pepper and rosemary. The pepper plant has a substance called capsaicin which is the main ingredient in Sinol that helps block out allergens from your nasal passages. The Sinol Nasal Spray does not burn and it is a great product that can be used on an as needed basis. Carpenter created the Sinol Nasal Spray because his Grandfather use to put cayenne pepper on top of a shot of bourbon to ease his allergy and headache problems. The product took years to develop and is now being sold at drugstores nationally.

You can purchase Sinol at your local drug store or buy it direct on-line at If your local drugstore does not have Sinol ask them why?


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Paul Carpenter