purify your air naturally:
Would it surprise you knowing the air you are breathing in your home is worse than the air outside? Poor air quality is not a surprise when it comes to being indoors. Although it was to me when I first found out. After all, many home heating systems recycle the air that is already inside the home. The air in our homes can result in allergies, asthma, and constant headaches. However, that is not all! Poor air quality can even affect your digestive system.
When I first found this out, I was pretty taken aback. All I could think was that I needed to find ways on how to purify the air in my home.
what should you leave behind?
- Harsh, and common, chemical-laden household cleaners. Many cleaners most commonly used in households contain VOC (volatile organic compound) ingredients. This includes ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde. Chemicals such as those may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, nausea, and more.
- Scented candles and incense. The scent of many candles are neuro-toxic. This means that the chemicals used are harmful to our brains, lungs, and nervous systems. Plus, they can cause developmental difficulties in children.
- Dusty curtains, fans, filters, and surfaces. Keeping your home free of dust can really reduce potential allergens! Routinely clean your filters and wipe down surfaces.
what to use instead:
- Organic or homemade household cleaners. One of my favorite, and most simple, cleaning recipes uses lemon essential oil, warm water, and vinegar.
- Candles made from beeswax, coconut wax, hemp, or soy. Not only are these candles made from natural ingredients, they often are scented with essential oils. Essential oils contain many beneficial and healing properties!
- Air-purifying plants. At the top of the list: English Ivy, Golden Pothos, Boston Fern, Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, and Peace Lily.
- Himalayan salt rock lamps. The crystallized salt, when heated by the bulb inside, releases negative ions which are known to neutralize pollutants.
what would you add to this list?
Along with a career change and total blog upheaval, I have been turning to more natural home remedies. My favorite term so far is that I am becoming a crunchy mom. There are so many different definitions, but I am sharing my favorite below.
crunchy mom: a mom on a quest for more information who is environmentally, health, and socially conscious
Essential oils have taken over my life and I’m not mad about it. Just in the past month I’ve purchased almost twenty oils! Also, in just a couple of days I should be receiving more in the mail. If you are curious, DoTerra is my go to.
This past weekend Carson, our youngest, came down with a high fever. He had a slight headache but no other symptoms other than his forehead burning up and being overly warm. Because of this, I began researching which essential oils would work best for reducing his temperature.
essential oils for fever:
- Eucalyptus and Lavender. Eucalyptus oil, also known as “fever oil” is commonly used in treating fevers and reducing body temperature. It also is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems such as congestion and sore throats. Lavender oil has calming properties and works well with Eucalyptus. A great way to use this two oils is by adding one drop of Eucalyptus and three drops of Lavender to one cup of ice cold water. Take a wash cloth and dip it in the water to put over your child’s forehead.
- Peppermint. Known to relieve respiratory problems and reduce fever, peppermint oil clears congestion. Simply add two to three drops of the oil to a carrier oil and massage on your child’s chest. This works as a great substitute to Vick’s!
- Lemongrass. This essential oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce joint and muscle pains. Blend two drops with a carrier oil and massage on your child’s feet or temples.
You may also diffuse any of the above oils for similar effects.
* Please note: the information shared in this blog post is a compilation of suggestions made by those who use essential oils regularly. This information has not been medically tested or verified, so please do not treat it as such. *