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True to the name 'Shivam' - consciousness, mindfulness, - we strive to make our items by re-using our existing resources, and natural, organic materials.

Our yoga mat bags are handmade using upcycled, vintage fabrics, while the aromatherapy eye pillows are filled with the healing goodness of organic lavender buds and organic flax seeds. 

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Welcome to my blog at Shivam Creations.

Shivam means mindfulness in Sanskrit; this space is about trying to lead a mindful life and the elements that go with it: yoga, healthy living, nature, and the creative forces within each of us.

The Best Home Remedy for Spring Allergies..When Spring Finally Shows Up!

Shivangi Parikh

Hello folks! Sorry for the silence on my end. I feel like I've been hibernating from my blogging duties this year. Life is far from idle though, as little Divya turned 20 months and has been keeping us on our toes! There are also some changes in my professional life, which is taking up more of my time and energy. More on that in another post!

For now, I want to talk about tackling spring allergies. Although, in the US we are far from any sort of Spring season..its been hiding somewhere! In fact, I had written this post in early March and kept waiting for the season to show up so I can post about it. Lol. But let's hope that sunny days are around the corner. In Tennessee where we live, there are some positive signs as trees are filling up and birds are chirping away.

Which brings me back to spring allergies. Years ago, I started developing sinus headaches and stuffiness during this season, and I had no clue why since I didn't have them while growing up in Mumbai. The doctors handed me a nasal spray and allergy relief meds, but those did little to help. My yoga teacher at that time suggested a simple home remedy of using a 'neti pot' for nasal cleansing and that has worked wonders! Nasal cleansing sounds gross and weird but it has been practiced in ancient India for centuries and is an important part of a yogic lifestyle. The idea is to use warm, saline solution to clean your nasal cavities in a natural way, without any chemicals or allergy medicines. Any drainage or sinus blockage will be gone, and your nasal passages will stay clear and open.

This is what a neti pot looks like.

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Some of you may have seen or heard of it, and some of you may look at the contraption and think "What in the world is that and how do you use it". Well, its actually very easy to use once you get the hang of it. The best part is how cost-effective it is...the neti pot usually costs around $10 and you can use regular table salt or sea salt from your kitchen. For a few more bucks, you can purchase special neti salt online or from a natural health food store.

Here is a great video by Ashley from Ashley's Green Life. She explains the process very clearly and effectively. You can also take note of the neti salt she uses.

Isn't it super easy?? I really do hope you will give it a try and not get put off by how it looks. The important thing to remember is to use filtered water that is warm and not hot.

I am not very regular with it either and can go weeks without using it. This post is a good reminder for me too :)

Hope we get to clear skies and happy weather soon!

xoxo, Shiv

Shivangi Parikh