Hawaii has been covered in vog for the past few days.
Vog is a form of air pollution that results when sulfur dioxide and other gases and particles emitted by an erupting volcano react with oxygen and moisture in the presence of sunlight. The word is a portmanteau of the words "volcanic" and "smog". The term is in common use in the Hawaiian islands, where the Kīlauea volcano, has been erupting continuously since 1983. Based on June 2008 measurements, Kīlauea emits 2,000 - 4,000 tons of sulfur dioxide every day. (Taken from Wikipedia)
Health Risks from Vog:
Vog contains chemicals that can damage the environment, and the health of plants, humans and other animals. Most of the aerosols are acidic and of a size where they can remain in the lungs to damage the lungs and impair function. Headaches, watery eyes, sore throat, breathing difficulties (including inducing asthma attacks), flu-like symptoms, and general lethargy are commonly-reported. These effects are especially pronounced in people with respiratory conditions and children.
The long-term health effects of vog are unknown.(Taken from Wikipedia)
Natural Remedy for Vog or Smog:
What I do:
1. Close up my house and run the A/C
2. Drink Vog Tea. The tea is delicious inexpensive and I can feel the relief after 1 cup. You can purchase at Whole Foods and Down to Earth.