External environmental factors in our homes, offices, and areas alike contribute to the toxins we breathe in everyday that are potential triggers to stress and allergies. Health wise it could very well be detrimental or worsen symptoms of pre existing conditions.
I’ve suffered with asthmatic symptoms and mild asthma issues for years. When I was pregnant I caught the flu…no big deal. If it wasn’t for when, I normally get a cold/flu I have trouble breathing. So, as you can imagine while I was 29 weeks far along I felt smothered and I couldn’t breath comfortably for days. I couldn’t sleep either since I couldn’t breathe. I ended up in the ER for a breathing treatment, though I was released the same night it was no secret that that had been was a very troublesome moment in my life only to be made worse by my environmental stressors.
How does one steer clear or eliminate these environmental triggers?
Bare with me, because there are GREAT ways to purify the air that aren’t costly, and still effective.
Did you know: The air inside your home is actually 2 to 5 times more polluted and toxic than the air you breathe outdoors?
Let that sink in.
Breathing in clean air has to be priority, it isn’t difficult to limit asthma triggers and chemical exposures. However, we must be conscious I’m talking about pollutants from the mattresses we sleep on down to the glue in our carpets, they surely exist and contribute to our overall health–every day.
“Formaldehyde, a toxic gas, is found in insecticides, glues, shampoos, shaving creams, carpets and is actually a carcinogen….Also, chemicals from paint, woodwork in the house or office, hair and nail products, cleaning products and detergents – all contribute to air pollution inside our homes.” (Smart Cooky) So think about everything around your home, think twice on certain products; it’s okay to eliminate. The more “natural” lifestyle I find myself getting my claws into the more I’ve thrown out products and vowed to never buy again–because health is obsessive to me, or is it just my main priority?
Not only do I whole heartedly believe in you are what you eat, but what you USE matters too. What we’re exposed to, matters too. There are carcinogens in many products we use daily, and let’s not forget about the how our foods are grown and processed aswell as what’s in the vaccines that get injected into our population–but that’s a conversation for an entirely different post!
Natural ways to improve air quality are as follows:
- Make it a habit to clean your carpets often, they are a toxic sponge. You can potentially reduce toxins being tracked in from the outside by up to 60% with the use of doormats, and taking off your shoes.
- When we’re talking about household cleaner products, be especially on the lookout for natural alternatives in leu of chemical-laden items.
- Utilize essential oils, centuries old pratice for medicinal and health purposes. “Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments” (Dr.Axe) those great for homes are tea tree oil, lemon oil, cinnamon, lavender, eucalyptus, clove, orange, thyme, oregano, rosemary, need I go on?! May I also add, essential oils need to be bought with high quality no if ands or buts; I.e Edens Garden, Plant Therapy, Mountain Rose Herb
- Activated charcoal and/ or bamboo charcoal, work to eliminate and absorb toxins in the air
- Talk about absorbing–Shungite is something I’ve yet to get in this house but it’s on my list. Shungite is a Russian stone or technically a meteorite that holds healing properties. It’s most benefitial property is to protect against EMFs. “We are constantly surrounded by technology—cell phones, computers, televisions, Wifi and the list goes on and on. Each of these radiate man-made, EMFs.” (Energy Muse)
- Beeswax candles (great for asthmatics) these particular type of candles ionize the air and neutralize toxic compounds and other contaminants. I love candles but beware of those containing paraffin, these release toxins like benzene and toluene in the air, as well as soot which inevitably will do more harm than good. Beeswax candles also burn a lot slower, replacing them less often than petroleum driven candles.
- House plants, natures great way of air purifying. These following house plants filter toxins from the air: (Natural Living)
- Butterfly Palm (Dypsis lutescens
- Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
- Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)
- Cornstalk Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)