Sinusitis Remedies From the Present and the Past

People have been looking for better sinusitis remedies for centuries to treat their sinus problems. In the old days people would treat their sinuses with ingredients that they had around their house. Today, we have the luxury of science and modern medicine to treat our sinusitis, but don’t give up on grandma’s remedies quite so fast. A lot of the old remedies are just as effective as many of today’s medicines.

Cayenne pepper was a key ingredient to one of these old fashioned treatments. All they would do is take a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and mix it with a cup of steaming hot water. They would drink around three cups a day of this mixture. Another favorite ingredient the old timers used was eucalyptus. They would mix a few drops of eucalyptus with boiling hot water then inhale the steam for about ten minutes. To make this remedy more effective, they would also put a towel over their head to form a tent over the pot which helped keep the steam from escaping. The herb thyme was also a popular ingredient used in home remedies. Since this herb has strong antiseptic properties, it was used to treat respiratory infections. What they would do with it was steep a couple teaspoons of it in a cup of boiling hot water and drink around three cups a day. The only problem with the home remedies is they can’t treat an infection that’s caused by bacteria in the sinus cavities.

When an infection is present that is a result of bacteria, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat you illness. Antibiotics work real well for treating sinus infections, but they are of no help when it comes to treating sinus problems caused by allergies or viruses. Your health care provider will usually recommend a decongestant to help reduce the amount of mucus in your sinuses for this situation. The majority of these decongestants can be bought over the counter, and they will be in the form of a pill or nasal spray. As an additional benefit, you should also get some pain relief.

If you’re looking for a quick and simple treatment that you can use right now, all you have to do is perform a facial massage on yourself. This is performed by pressing your thumbs on each side of your nose for around thirty seconds. You can perform this procedure as often as necessary.

A vaporizer is another useful tool you should have to fight your sinusitis. Nighttime is when your sinuses act up the most, so this is when you want to whip out the vaporizer. Dry air reeks havoc on your sinuses at night, but when you use a vaporizer, the discomfort will be reduced or even eliminated.

The most important thing to remember is don’t let your sinusitis go untreated. It doesn’t matter what treatment you prefer; just make sure to use something. If left untreated, your little stuffy nose problem can lead to chronic sinusitis which is a much more serious problem that can linger around for years.

Negotiation Skills — The Salami Technique

Some negotiators just love to play tactical games. In this article we will look at one their favourite negotiation tactics – the Salami technique – and think about how to rebuff it.

Salami sausages are big things (often spicy) that are eaten a slice at a time. They would be indigestible if taken in a single large piece. This aspect has led negotiators to use the name for a negotiation technique that tries to do just that: to win concessions in small doses (slices) when the other party would probably reject them if they were put on the table all at once. The technique is often used against a party that is mainly concerned with damage limitation.

Consider a tough union negotiating with management. Management would really just like to keep the status quo (damage limitation) but the union negotiators would like a whole host of goodies to take back for their members. These could include a pay rise, more holidays, flexible working hours, private health membership, better pension arrangements, improved canteen, increased allowances and so on. It is not difficult for the union to make a case for each of these and they can probably add to the list.

If the union negotiators use the salami tactic they will present just one of their demands for discussion and push hard to reach agreement. Let’s say they focus on a 6% pay rise and after a long discussion and some haggling they agree on 4%. Deal done, except there is more to come. That’s just the first slice of the salami and there is a whole sausage in the cupboard.

The next slice might be the holiday arrangements. The current 23 days is from a bygone age. ‘Other employers’ have agreed to 25 days plus public holidays. Let’s say they eventually reach agreement at 24 days this year and 25 days next year. Good! The managers might by now be congratulating themselves on their rusty negotiation skills and their damage limitation but the union representatives have been busy polishing their negotiation skills.

‘We would now like to discuss something that is very dear to the hearts of our members, the need for flexible working hours.’ The slicing of the salami sausage continues: private health, pension, canteen, allowances, and so on. By the end of the negotiations, when the management team add it all up they are staggered at what they have conceded, slice by slice. None of the individual items seemed all that great at the time but – add them all together and the cumulative effect is astonishing.

What went wrong?

The management negotiators were beguiled by one of the standard tactics used by skilled negotiators. Of course, presented like this, the salami technique looks so obvious that you might think that no management team could be so stupid as to be caught by it. However, just as a simple magic trick can seem incredible when performed by a skilled magician, so even simple negotiation skills like the salami technique can produce amazing results when used by skilled and experienced negotiators.

The salami is not restricted to management-union negotiations. Any negotiator who has a list of things on which they want to gain agreement can use it. Try it when you next buy a car. Are you buying just one item, the car? Or are you gaining agreement on several things: buying the car, filling the petrol tank, replacing worn tyres if it’s a used car, a free service next year, alloy wheels… and whatever else you can think of. Will they lose the sale over a tank of petrol or one new tyre?

So, what do you do if you are on the receiving end and the other party tries to salami you?

Of course, your first line of defence is to recognise what they are doing and your second is to put a stop to it. You will need to be assertive about this but the response is quite straightforward. The salami tactic works because the person being sliced does not recognise what is happening. Once you do, you can fight it.

How? Simply refuse agreement on any one slice until you have everything out on the table. ‘Is there anything else you want to discuss as part of these negotiations?’ Do not discuss details until you have formally agreed that everything is out in the open. Then put forward a proposal on a collective agreement — bundle the lot together.

The discussion can now begin in earnest and you can use your negotiation skills. You might trade one slice of salami off against another by offering some flexibility on, say, item one provided that they drop, say, items two and three. Continue like that until you are happy with the deal, then close.

Good luck! And watch out for that spicy sausage!

Author: Tony Atherton
© Tony Atherton 2005)

Ideal 50th Birthday Present for Your Mom

Mothers are considered as the image of God on earth. Hence, the occasion of her turning to fifty calls for a great celebration. Isn’t it? Now if the occasion is great, the gifts must also be great. This article would give some of the gift ideas that might help you in deciding a proper one to be given to your mother. Reaching the age of fifty does not mean that your mother is getting old so you should give some serious type of gifts to her. In fact, the 50th birthday present can even be some of the exciting and adventurous options. But one thing that you must essentially look for is that the gifts for mum must reflect your emotions and feeling along with the respect that you have for her in your heart.

Most of the children feel that with the gradual ageing, their mothers would hardly take interest in outdoor adventures. But for the kind information of the children, if you give something that could be adventurous and exciting as 50th birthday present for her, she will even be happier. Even if she doesn’t seem excited, take her for it forcefully because she would definitely enjoy it. Most of the mothers like adventure, but for a peaceful upbringing of their children, they forget about their sporty aptitude and continue with their routine life. So can’t you help her retain her own self once more. Gifts for mum do not have any limitations, hence you are free to select anything as per the nature and desire of your mom irrespective of her age.

The adventure outside will be the most unique experience that she might not have been gone through before. This will, however, become one of the memorable birthdays that you can make immensely special for her. The second alternative that you can take into consideration as the 50th birthday present for your mother is a holiday trip. If you have a large budget, you can arrange a tour for her to the places that she always wished to visit. The children quite often listen their mother say that such and such place she wants to visit and you too are not an exception. Try to remind the names and plan a holiday trip for one of the perfect gifts for mum.

The third on the list is a pretty emotional type of 50th birthday present idea, that is the albums. You can easily collect some of the memorable pictures that you often observe your mom looking at. Arrange all of them in a sequence from her unmarried phase of life to her marriage to your birth to the present phase. Put all of them in an album and present it. It will prove your love and care towards your mom. Even if you do nay buy gifts for mum, she knows you love her, but why not utilize a chance and a special moment to exhibit and express your love and care for her.

Some of the other 50th birthday present ideas for mum include some gag presents, surprise dinner or party arrangement, health spa session, etc. So, what are waiting for? The ideas of gifts for mum are right here in front of you, gift her and show how important she is for you.