23 Mar

Officially spring

Peach Blossom

Round and round the earth is turning
Turning always toward the morning
And from morning round to night

Upon hearing that song years ago, it made me think of how we’re always changing.  We see it each and every day – sunrise and sunset; we see it in the seasons – spring/fall equinox and summer/winter solstice; we see it in the trees and the foliage.


For me, living in San Diego there isn’t a drastic change in the season that one might see living in the northeast, but there are subtle changes.  I took a few photos of mother nature’s spring time gift to Southern California.  You may recognize the plant that I took a picture of – Nettles; it’s one of my favorites and one of the reasons why Lucidia is so helpful with allergies.

19 Mar

Mother Nature has a good sense of humor

For example, the herb, stinging nettle.

Stinging nettles can cause and cure allergies. How does something both cause and cure allergies? Good question. Well, let’s see how this fast growing weed works. First, we’ll start of by describing how stinging nettles causes an allergic reaction. If you’ve ever brushed up against nettles with your bare skin, you’ll know it immediately. Your skin will feel like it has little thorns or needles sticking in it and will most likely start to itch and burn. So this is how stinging nettles causes allergies, now let’s see how they can cure allergies.

The leaves of stinging nettles contain quercetin, a bioflavonoid that inhibits histamine release in the body. Stinging nettle also contains compounds that may have pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory analgesic, numbing, antiviral, and antibacterial effects. And because stinging nettles contain many different active components, it’s likely that benefits of the herb are due to a combination of several of the different components.

To learn more about stinging nettles and how they benefit the body during allergy season, visit www.lucidialife.com