Happy Wednesday, folks!
I know this topic isn’t nearly as useful to many cigar enthusiasts as winter smoking tips, but I know I’m not the only one that suffers from allergies. I’m curious if you’re also affected, and if you have anything that you do to try and keep on top of your game now that it’s officially spring.
What are your springtime smoking tips?
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Until a few years ago, allergies were a word that I really didn’t understand. I mean, I knew what it meant… but I couldn’t empathize too well because it wasn’t something that impacted my daily cigar life.
Now, it seems that I’m constantly having to protect my ability to smell and taste. Here’s some of my staples to make the most out of a beautiful spring:
- Nasal Spray
- Neti Pot
- Humidifier at night
I’ll admit, the Neti Pot and I need to get acquainted again! It really is an amazing device that, when used a couple times a week, improve my ability to taste in a wide variety of environments. Definitely try to use it earlier in the day, however, as nighttime use isn’t my cup of tea.
The use of an allergy treatment will vary person-to-person, but I’m a big believer in using a nasal spray and/or humidifier in both the winter and summer months. Colder air is dryer in general, and it seems that my house is always dryer due to the heater running in the winter months or copious amounts of air conditioning the rest of the year.
This dry air ends up irritating our nasal passages and can cause them to become inflamed thereby reducing our sense of smell. At least, that’s my anecdotal experience in recent years. A little bit of moisturizing nasal spray goes a long way, making that oh-so-sweet sense of smell heightened again.
That’s it from me. Would love to hear if this is something that affects you as well, what you do about it, or if you’ve never experienced it before!
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