Similasan Review + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Spring is on its way!

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I totally love this time of year for two reasons:

1 – I love LOVE when the weather starts to warm up. This is my first Spring living in New England – well, actually it’s my first Spring living anywhere other than the deserts of Utah – and I’m so excited for the explosion of green that I can hardly stand it!

2 – I get to clean and organize my house again. Oh, how I love to organize! I love to look around at my house and see that everything has its place (whether it’s actually in that place or not) and know that there is order in the chaos. Since I just moved a little over a week ago it made the spring cleaning process that much easier. I had a blank slate to work with and I love it. (I finally got to put a bunch of my pins on Pinterest to good use – more on that coming in the next few weeks!)

But these two reasons also contribute to the one major reason I curse this time of year at least once a day – Seasonal Allergies.  Budding plants and disrupted dust are the bane of my existence.  I do not remember a day in my entire life that I haven’t had allergies or taken some sort of medicine for them.  Everyone in my family growing up had allergies too so it wasn’t too big a deal until I got married. My husband, Brad, has never experienced allergies himself or had to live with anyone that had them. He just doesn’t get it!

I have tried everything and very few medications work to my satisfaction, so when I was contacted about reviewing the homeopathic Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief I was excited to put it to the test. I’ve recently decided to try using natural remedies as much as possible for myself and my family to keep rebound effects and reliance to a minimum. I’d rather stimulate my body’s natural abilities to relieve symptoms – especially those associated with my allergies and chronic rhinitis. So the fact that Similasan’s nasal mist is all natural and chemical and preservative free (in fact it’s one of the only available nasal decongestant sprays that is preservative free) really appealed to me.

Want to know another bonus? You can get it at Walgreens or through any major online retailer too. No more lugging that little one to the doctor to get my prescription refilled. I was sent some Similisan Nasal Allergy Relief to review and I gave it a try for a few days and you know what? I loved it! It worked just as well as any of the prescription nasal sprays I have used, and I felt so much better about using it.

Now I can get back to my plant-loving, cleaning & organizing Spring ways in peace.

How about you?  Do you have allergies?  How do you prepare for the Spring season? Tell me about it in the comments for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

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  1. says

    I live in Arizona so it’s like Spring all winter long! I usually prepare for spring by trying to do something to fight the weeds in my yard. It makes it look nicer and it helps with the allergies.

  2. says

    I love to get out all the spring decorations for my home and do lots of spring cleaning to lighten and brighten up my house.

  3. Mami2jcn says

    My son has allergies and we have to make sure that he doesn’t get into his bed with the clothes he was wearing outside. The allergist told us that we need to make sure his sleeping area stays free of allergens.

  4. says

    Spring Season. I just love Spring Season.
    I finally get to get outside and play in the dirt. I prepare my many raised beds and plant my early vegetables like onion, radish, and peas. Yum!

  5. courtney b says

    we get rid of all old clothes that dont fit anymore and go on a major shopping spree!

  6. Kelly D says

    I have dust allergies and minor seasonal allergies. I make sure to keep the house clean and dusted and when the spring comes I keep lots of tissues on hand for my family, and during the high pollen counts we close the windows and keep the A/C on.

  7. Kari M. says

    I am preparing for spring by trying to get caught up on all of my classes so that I’m not doing that at the same time that I study for finals.

  8. Suzy says

    I go through all our closets and our pantry and try to get rid of a bag of stuff from each. A BIG bag. It’s intense.

  9. twelve30 says

    Spring cleaning thru out the house is my way of preparing for spring. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  10. anash says

    I declutter and get rid of broken , old things to prepare for a new start! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  11. Sharon says

    Restock the fridge with healthy choices and really start committing myself to my exercise program. Be healthy, stay healthy…

  12. Kit S. says

    I live in S. Florida, so it’s more like summer here all the time, but I get ready for Spring by doing a complete purge of my house: cleaning out the closets and storage spaces, opening windows instead of running the A/C, walking as much as I can instead of driving, and little things like keeping fresh flowers in the house.

  13. says

    I usually don’t get allergy symptoms….until this year. Maybe I’m getting old? Maybe my body changed and I started to get all these allergy symptoms that I’m so not used to! I’m getting prepare for Spring season with a major clean up of my home and in serve for an allergy relief. Similasan sounds wonderful to try. Thank you for the information.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  14. says

    As of yet, I don’t have allergy issues,but I have a lot of family members that do. My husband and I try to eat local honey to keep us at having higher chances of getting allergies.

  15. Heather says

    I am fortunate not to have spring allergies. Mostly my preparations for spring include getting ready to wrap up the school year! By the beginning of spring, I have to have summer planned out!

  16. Emilia says

    What all of you allergy sufferers need to try is nettles extract. Not the pills, the drops. EVERYONE I know who has tried this says it works. Go to a natural food store, here in California they are about $10. The taste isn’t amazing but how it works is!

  17. Janice Cooper says

    Donating clothes and getting rid of things we no longer use. I also start cleaning the flower beds.

  18. Amanda Sakovitz says

    to prepare for spring I go through the house and clean and get rid of winter clothes. I also do suffer from allergies.

  19. Windie D says

    to get ready for spring, i switch out my large tote of boots to the one with sandles and flip flops!

  20. says

    We prepare by doing a bit of spring cleaning as in sweeping and dusting all over, changing the air filters, if needed, and arrange some SILK flower “blooms” for our Spring décor.

  21. Christie W says

    We are lucky that we don’t have any allergies in our house! But I always feel the need to clean everything from head to toe starting in the spring. Then we can relax and have fun during the summer.

  22. cw says

    I recently planted some daffodils and tulips……They make me smile and see that spring/better weather is ahead. I also get on a walking kick because I am usually lacking the much needed vitamin D after the winter months

  23. NellyKelly says

    Somehow Spring just makes me want to clean and organize… I guess that’s what spring cleaning is all about? I’m already starting on the closets and drawers, and I’ve got the garage in my sights! (last year it was the attic, that was one big job!)

  24. Nancy's Couture says

    My son has Asthma and Allergies. Spring is the worst time for him. I prepare by making sure his inhaler and steroids are in date and call in new RX if needed. I also make sure to start him on his allergy medicines.

  25. Debbie B says

    i have a deep spring cleaning done inside and I also start working on my flower beds outside!

  26. Jessica F says

    I’m doing a lot of yardwork and cleaning inside the house. A lot of trying to get rid of things/clothes we don’t use and donating them!

  27. Jessie C. says

    Hubby suffers from seasonal allergies, so we do the house cleaning- wash rugs, change curtains, dust every corner to get ready for spring.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  28. Elena says

    My son has allergy to certain foods, but not seasonal allergies. I clean out the closet and donate stuff every spring.

  29. says

    Spring cleaning is essential for fighting spring allergies. And I relish the opportunity to clean up the house and clear out some clutter!

  30. Ryana says

    I dont suffer from allergies but I always Spring clean my home, ridding of clutter and washing curtains and windows.

  31. Tiffany Salvia says

    We do a deep clean of the house to prepare. We also break out the allergy and sinus meds! lol The pollen always gets the best of us.

  32. Gina M Maddox says

    We have been cleaning out our closets and donating old clothes. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  34. Susan Smith says

    I prepare for Spring by cleaning, de cluttering putting our winter clothes away and donating the clothes that don’t fit to a local charity.

  35. says

    I have allergies. Lately my symptoms have been shifting to sneezing often. I’m preparing for spring by spring cleaning to try to reduce the amount of dust in the air.

  36. Mary S says

    I do have allergies, but my favorite part of Spring is still preparing for my garden!

  37. Amy L says

    I have Spring allergies, and with the early warm weather here in Ohio, they’re already making me feel awful. To prepare for Spring allergies, I stock up on my allergy meds, and I recently bought some Similisan allergy eye drops, which have helped with my burning, itchy eyes.

  38. Denise L says

    I don’t have allergies, though do have some sinus issues, so I go out and garden as soon as I can!

  39. Margaret Smith says

    I have minor allergies but my teen son has them much worse.
    We try to take over the counter meds.
    We prepare for the spring season but doing a spring clean up outside and raking out our garden and placing mulch around.
    Thanks so much.

  40. christina says

    Spring cleaning! Getting rid of clutter makes me feel a lot better! And getting to exercise out side in the fresh air with my dogs instead of a stuffy gym. :)

  41. sy says

    I don’t have allergies or any other health problems for the spring. I do get started on routines I only do in warm seasons, like exercising and yard work. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  42. Charlotte says

    I have allergies and it’s really bad! I get it so bad that my eyes, nose, and lips swell up. My lips get the size of a golf ball. It’s so awful especially during Spring! I usually take 2 Benadryl’s and the swelling goes down the next day if I’m lucky! It seems like this only happens when I have a special ocassion and I have to walk around with people asking me, “Who hit you?” or “Oh my what happened to your face?”

  43. Judy B. says

    I do have allergies. I used to take something over the counter that was all natural but can’t find it anymore. I do a spring cleaning, use an air purifier, and try to avoid heavy pollen days.

  44. says

    Excellent review. I prepare for spring by packing my bags and flying back to the northeast from a warmer climate. I’m not too bothered with allergies, however, I am very pleased to see an all natural product on the market at long last. Thanks for sharing with this great review!

  45. ANGEL JACKLYN says

    I PICK UP ANY NEW GARDEN TOOLS I NEED FOR THE SPRING & TULL THE DIRT. THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

  46. Deb Anderson says

    Since spring only lasts about five minutes in the South, there’s not much to get ready for. But I can tell the extreme shifts in temperature really do a number on my sinuses! I have been using a saline inhaler to see if that will help. Too early to tell, but I like “natural” remedies instead of …er… “unnatural” ones. So I’d definitely be willing to give Similasan a try!

  47. Michelle H. says

    My husband has bad allergies and this is “snot-season”. I prepare by washing out the filter in our bedroom window air conditioner since it’s been in the attic all winter and vacuuming under the bed in our room. I also take down the blinds and valances and wash them. I think it really helps keep his allergies in check at night when our room is clean and as dust-free as I can get it. It’s also time to change out our drawers to and put away sweaters and bring out the shorts (there’s not enough drawer space for each season, so we have to rotate).

  48. heather hal says

    I love Spring too, puts me in the mind for picnics. I have seasonal allergies all year-round due to the different blooming cycles here in California. I’m taking 3 different antihistamines, a prescription nasal spray and a nasal saline irrigation spray (like a nedi pot but using saline). My tips for managing spring and allergies is to be dedicated in taking your medications, wash your hands and face regularly after being outside, change your clothes when you come inside and get a HEPA filter for your vacuum cleaner. My biggest tip though for the spring is to not let your allergies get you down and interfere with your fun. One allergist told me to stay indoor when it’s windy, do you know how many windy days we have in SF? about 365! So some of their advice, while well-meaning, can really cause you to question why you bother to live outside of a bubble. Just go out and have fun and be careful driving while taking your allergy stuff. Happy Spring!

  49. Brandy says

    I get ready for spring by stocking up on tissue and cleaning my house of dust.

    –Brandy
    fosterbrandy(at)msn(dot)com

  50. Kerry says

    We get the air purifier out of storage for the spring allergy season – it really helps!

  51. Tabathia B says

    we have prescriptions for our allergies since their severe and renew each spring
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  52. tuesday says

    I start by doing whole house clean starting with the vents and the air purifier!

    tuesdayef at aol dot com

  53. Sarah L says

    I prepare for Spring by walking around the lake every day to watch the changes. I love Spring.
    Thanks for the contest.

  54. Cheryl Stoy says

    I take an allergy pill and hope for the best. I’m in Colorado and the wind blows constantly and my skin is hard to keep hydrated.

  55. says

    I prepare for spring by being sure that I have plenty of “tears” eye drops. I don’t usually get nasal allergy symptoms, but my eyes make me NUTS! On a fun note, I also start shopping for veggie seeds and flower seeds for the spring/summer growing season!

  56. Debra F says

    My favorite thing – What I get so excited to do all winter – to prepare for spring is to start my seeds for plants for my garden. I have a great set up in my basement and I’ve got a quite a green thumb and can start almost anything from seed to plant. I start upwards of 250 plants from seed each spring and I love to watch them sprout and grow. They are like my babies.

  57. Gina M Maddox says

    We get ready for spring by stocking up on our allergy meds!
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  58. Gina M Maddox says

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  59. Mari says

    We get ready for spring by cleaning our house from top to bottom.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  60. Debbie C says

    I plan and plant my veggie garden in Spring. I have to take some kind of allergy med year round but in Spring and most of the Summer I have to take a higher dose.

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  61. Debbie C says

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  62. Betty Curran says

    I have allergies but they don’t seem to recognize a season. I sneeze throughout the year but they aren’t so bad that I can’t handle them with just a small amount of OTC medication. Keeping the dust down and the animals clean certainly helps too.

  63. Julie says

    To get ready for spring,I start cleaning out the garage-too much stuff gets stored in there.Plus we prepare the ground for our garden thanks

  64. Ellie W says

    I am also doing a lot of Spring cleaning/decluttering. Stowing away all of our cold weather clothing that takes up so much room. Cleaning all the windows and mini-blinds so the sun shines in.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  65. Jill L says

    My allergies are very minimal. Don’t really need to use anything for them. That certainly allows me to work outside in my gardens getting ready for planting season.

  66. Jammie says

    We prepare by going through everything and having a big sale. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  67. Carmen says

    We make sure the house gets cleaned thoroughly – and get all the dust out of the house.

  68. ACMommy3 says

    Yeah, I have allergies :-P Didn’t know what allergies were until I moved! One thing I do to prepare for Spring is to make sure I have plenty of water bottles for our household to encourage more water, which helps with our allergies!