Scents that Suffocate
And a great tip to open that stuffy nose
Have you ever woken up with a stuffy nose and there isn’t anything in there blocking it? My sister gave me an amazing trick to help with that.
Pinch your nose closed and keeping your mouth closed too,
Exhale down your nostrils with gentle force against the resistance for a few seconds.
Release and breath normally.
WOW! Immediate relief.
I have a dream way of life! I travel around the South West of UK largely living in beautiful homes in gorgeous locations looking after four-legged family members while the two legged ones have a break somewhere lovely in the world.
In between assignments, I live in Hwyl (aka Ol’ Blue Eyes) my 2004 Toyota Hiace camper conversion. (Taking my stuff with me wherever I go gives me a sense of home).
The downside to my way of life is having to deal with the smells in other people’s homes. I’m not talking about dirty, unpleasant ones per se. I’m talking about the scents for which people pay good money!
Have you ever accepted a ride with a friend and the smell of the car valet or scent thingy ma bob hanging on the mirror takes your breath away? Or you offer to lift someone and as they climb aboard, the scent of laundry compounds in their clothing assaults your nostrils?
Perhaps I am hyper-sensitive to chemical scents. My personal hell is walking into a client’s home filled with scented diffusers. I take photos of where they belong and lock them all away in one room during my occupation.
Now, I use my own pillow wherever I go as I don’t want to slip into an unhealthy situation where I start mouth breathing during the night.
Science behind the simple breathing exercise to clear a stuffy nose.
Nitric Oxide (NO) is the key player here. This is how it works:
Cells lining the nasal passages naturally produce NO.
As air flows over these cells they are stimulated to produce NO.
NO interacts with capillaries causing them to dilate.
Dilation of the blood vessels increases blood flow helping to reduce congestion.
Increased blood flow also aids in more oxygen delivery to the cells in the nasal cavity thus improving their overall healthy functioning.
NO also has anti-inflammatory properties, which further helps to reduce swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages.
Reduction in inflammation leads to improved air flow and reduced congestion.
"The production of nitric oxide in the nasal sinuses can be increased by simply humming." - Patrick McKeown
Breathing, our most basic function.
Live well and find the happy,
Merryl @ GreenSmoothie.com
P.S. My sister has struggled with allergies all her life. The book, The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown has helped her tremendously and is where she learned the breathing trick she shared with me.
How efficiently we breathe impacts our performance on every level.
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