Trees That Cause Allergic Reactions

Willow Tree

Are trees making you crazy?

Whether you know this or not, there are a lot of trees that cause allergic reactions in people. The trees release pollen into the air and it can cause an allergic reaction in some sensitized individuals. Not everyone is allergic to a specific kind of tree, some are immune to the allergens that the trees release into the air.  Others, like me, have their allergies go wild and may not even know what is causing them to sneeze or have itchy teary eyes. There are so many trees that can make your body have adverse reactions.  I am going to take a look at just a few that really hit most people hard with allergy symptoms.

These trees release pollen naturally in order to be able to reproduce and bear fruit.  The pollen becomes airborne and is carried by the wind only to settle on EVERYTHING.  Sometimes it is visible on car windows, bit it lands on furniture and carpets as well.  That is why it is so important especially for allergy sufferers to regularly clean their carpets at least once a year.  Even though my carpet cleaner most manufacturers say you can space professional cleaning out 18 months, I get my carpets done every in the summer the trees have all stopped pollinating. …Continue reading

Welcome to Discover Protea

Colorful Protea flowers happen to be among my favorites.Protea bouquet

They come in many forms, from tiny dwarf Protea flowers to Protea shrubs, and even large Protea trees. The Protea blooms range in size from two to twelve inches in diameter. Proteaceae as a plant family is so varietal that it challenged classification until 1735 when the Swedish botanist, Linnaeus, assigned this family a name. Linnaeus called this family ‘Proteaceae’ after the ‘Proteus’, who was the sea shepherd subject to the Greek god Poseidon. The name is an appropriate moniker for this plant that presents a breathtaking assemblage of contour, sizes, colors and textures. There are over 1,500 different species of this diverse family classified so far, although only about 160 are raised for commercial use.

For all of you fellow Harry Potter fans,

By adding “magnus”, the Latin word for “wizard”, to the word “animal as J.K. Rowling did coining the term “animagnus”: which boils down to a wizard who can become an animal. One of the first wizards to display this talent the Greek mythological figure Proteus.  Proteus had the talent to know the past, present, and future. He was often asked to make predictions, so in order to dodge people he would convert into an animal or other creature.  You are probably wondering where I am going with this, but something that changes shape is said to be ‘protean’. This is the word origin of the families in a floral group called Proteaceae. …Continue reading

More About Tree Allergies& What Can I Do?

In this post, I would like to talk about a couple more trees that though they are among nature’s most splendid creations, they are known to cause allergies in a relatively large percentage of the population.

Oak Trees

The oak tree is a stately tree and can make a great tree to have a picnic under or build a treehouse. It can be a problem sending acorns down on your head on a windy.  The squirrels and chipmunks love to stuff their cheeks full of these tasty nuts from the Oak Tree.  However, it is another tree that can cause multiple problems for someone that has an allergy. They can also cause other problems in yards as their roots are invasive and can destroy things you may not want it to burst like water and sewer pipes. This tree causes a whole host of allergy problems ranging from itchy and burning eyes, runny nose, breathing issues, and other problems may occur. The oak trees are a great way to cool off during the summer and are best to have in a large area or yard not small, confined places. …Continue reading

What’s Good To Plant in Pots?

If you are new to gardening start off with things that grow easily. Small herbs like Basil and Oregano are always good because you’re growing some of your food spices naturally. Small vegetables like peas are also easy to pot and grow. Of course, you could just plant some flowers to decorate the area around your front lawn too. There’s a variety of small flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables that you can grow in pots of all sizes. It really depends on your tastes and desires but choose what you plant wisely. You don’t want to take care of something that you’re never going to appreciate or enjoy. Read the information on seed packages for advice concerning how when to plant and how large the plant will get.  Soil and water requirements are important also.  If you are planning on keeping your plants in pots and not transplanting them into the garden stick with things that do not get too large.


Well once you have selected what you want to plant you’ll need the appropriate size and amount of pots for what you want. Small plants obviously don’t need huge planting pots but a larger plant like a rose will need the biggest pot you can find within reason. You can probably find suitable potting soil in the yard if you have animals that provide manure for composting but otherwise just go the easy route and buy some at your local retailer. Put the seeds into the soil at the appropriate depth and soak the soil in a fair amount of water. Then all you’ll have left to do is provide the proper care through watering, pruning, and patience. Dead leaves and stems should always be removed to give the plant new room to grow. Water should be done once or twice a day depending on weather conditions and where you live. …Continue reading

The Small Green Thumb

Not all of us are going to be good at growing large gardens full of plants and trees that make us look small. However, if you have a knack for growing small plants in pots then you can still grow a pretty impressive garden. There is a wide variety of small plants that you can grow pretty much anywhere… Assuming you doesn’t live in Alaska or Antarctica. Let’s just say you don’t for the time being though. The truth is that everyone can grow things but it takes some patience and a lot of attention to detail. It’s a bit like owning a pet like a dog or a cat; you’re not just going to feed it once or twice a week, are you? Plants and trees require attention too.  #3

Before You Start Planting

It is very important to pick a good place for your new potted plants to grow. Plenty of sun and occasional rain water is something that it should be able to get. Another thing is animals and other small pests should not have easy access to them. Rabbits are cute and all but they sure can eat up your garden quickly. There are safe pesticides that you can use for bugs and other dangers to your plants. Sometimes you’ll have trash that needs to be removed from an area for the plants to grow properly, so you can always call a company to solve that problem. …Continue reading

More on Practical Uses for Flowers

The world is, no doubt, more beautiful because of the flowers that bloom all around us.  More impressive is the everyday value of these God-given gifts that paint our countrysides.  Check out the amazing holistic uses for these blooms.


FeverfewThis flower has a slew of names and is closely related to a chrysanthemum. Some of its names include Wild Chamomile, Featherfew, Mid­summer Daisy, Featherfoil, and Febrifuge plant. It is a very delicate flower that looks a lot like a daisy. These flowers are often found to grow in places with very little; however, they can be grown inside or in a garden. It often gets mistaken for a weed due to its appearance. They have also been known to become an intrusive flower.

This is a flower that has many medicinal uses, the most common being a treatment for migraines.  It has been used for this purpose for many, many years. Feverfew has also been used to relieve arthritis pain and inflammation.  It provides relief from asthma symptoms and helps hay fever by relieving allergy symptoms.  The flower has been used to regulate and promote healthy menstrual cycles flows.  Feverfew is used for helping to remove the placenta after birth  It removes worms in your intestines, eases nerve pain, and even works as an insect repellent. The leaves of this flower can be eaten by themselves, but this has been said to taste bitter or can be brewed into a tea. Make sure to take care of these flowers and they may take care of you!  …Continue reading