After a summer away, I stepped off the plane, happy to be home. I took a deep breath of the damp Virginia air. Within minutes, I recognized a familiar dull headache and congested nose. Allergies! I had forgotten about them in the dry heat of another country. I was back to the Richmond norm, dependent on folk remedies and over-the-counter relief. After all these years, allergies still surprise me at the end of a pleasant trip or with the turn of seasons. Since so many of us suffer from them, I took a look around Etsy to find items that we all could appreciate.
We live in a swirl of substances — some beneficial, others ready to harm. Keeping a balanced mind and body is always a challenge, even when I remember that moderation in all things is a path to health. Some days, I just have to let myself pick up the cat!