20 Natural Ways To Purify Your Indoor Air that Work

Is toxic indoor air choking your airways and making your respiratory system vulnerable?

Considering buying an air purifier to combat this invisible “air pollution”?

If you are looking to ‘Purify indoor air naturally’, you are in the right place.  In this blog, you will get 20 easy tips to make your indoor air toxin-free.

20 Natural Ways to Purify Your Indoor Air

Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp

Himalayan pink salt works as a natural air purifier by drawing from the indoor air and neutralizing them.

Most of the salt crystal products squeeze water vapor out of the indoor air and reduce airborne bacteria, pathogens, and allergens in the process.

You should keep a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp in your room, at your work desk to breathe toxin-free air. It adds a beautiful countryside effect to your home interiors.

The Himalayan salt lamp can naturally glow without disrupting your sleep quality. The lamps remain effective even when turned off because of their built-in salt crystal.

Beeswax Candles

All candles have a soothing fragrance, right?

Wrong!

Only candles made from beeswax are natural and help purify your indoor air too!

If the aroma of scented candles mesmerizes you, select one with zero paraffin and contains no petroleum and VOCs.

Paraffin wax candles releases toxic chemicals like toluene, benzene, and soot into the indoor air. It is best to stay away from them.

Instead of these artificially fragranced candles, light beeswax candles daily and keep air pollution at bay.

Beeswax candles work as great ionizers to neutralize airborne contaminants and toxic elements.

Apart from improving indoor air quality, they burn slowly, so they need fewer replacements. High-quality and pure beeswax candles are scent or smoke-free.

Houseplants

Houseplants are the smartest solution to indoor air pollution challenges.

Even NASA recommends them!

People having respiratory conditions are most benefitted by keeping indoor plants. You have to take care of different lighting and water requirements of the houseplant varieties.

NASA’s findings suggest that houseplants can purify and revitalize the air within our home and office by eliminating potent VOCs like formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene.

You should ideally keep a houseplant at 100 SqFt of your home to receive the maximum air-purifying effect.

The most effective toxin-removal houseplants are Broad-Leaf Palm and Lady Palm, which thrives in bright and filtered light. Peace Lily comes a close second, which prefers moderate lighting conditions.

The Golden Cane Palm, Bamboo Palm, or the Butterfly Palm, grow well in filtered, indirect light and can be kept anywhere your house. You should ideally place them in the recently painted or carpeted rooms.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal, popularly known as activated carbon, is a powerful indoor air purifying tool.

It’s loaded with high absorptive properties and has no odor.

Activated charcoal helps remove toxins from indoor air by absorbing it and helps you breathe fresh air.

Proper Ventilation

Having proper ventilation in your house is crucial in keeping the air pollution at bay.

Instead of keeping your windows open for hours, we recommend you to install trickle vents to recycle and purify the stale indoor air.

Install exhaust fans in the kitchen and restrooms to remove bad smells and push airborne contaminants out of your home.

Most of us like a hot shower in winter, make sure you vent the excess moisture out as it can trigger mildew and mold growth.

You should make sure the kitchen is adequately ventilated with chimney or exhaust fan in place. Your cooking stove emits enough Nitrogen Dioxide to elevate indoor air pollution level multifold.

Essential Oils

Looking for natural air fresheners?

Essentials oils can help.

You can diffuse essential oils or topically use it as suggested by doctors to eliminate fungi, bacteria, mold, and viruses. The ones popular with strong air-purifying properties are cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, grapefruit, clove, thyme, lemon, and tea-tree.

Recent studies from Webster State University have revealed that Thieves oil, a perfect antiseptic blend of raw essential oils like cinnamon, pine needle, eucalyptus, thyme, grapefruit, and lemon, has over 99.96% kill rate of airborne viruses and bacteria.

You can add a few drops of it to detergents and soaps to make it chemical-free and natural.

Want to your rooms to be germ-free? Put a few drops of Thieves oil to a large bowl with lukewarm water and let it sit for hours to treat indoor air naturally.

Keep Shoes Outside

Develop the practice of taking your shoes off while entering your home. The dirt carried by your shoe sole can have fungi, pesticides, pollen, feces, and harmful bacteria.

When you walk inside the house with your shoes on, you supposedly carry a host of deadly diseases.

Taking them off when you come inside will not only keep your floors clean and germ-free but indoor air toxin-free as well.

Keep Your Pets Well-Groomed

Pet dander – the microscopic skin flecks can leave its mark everywhere in a house with pets.

It can be the precursor of different chronic diseases like asthma and other acute respiratory syndromes.

Frequent exposure to it can worsen your already existing asthma.

Regular cleaning of your pets and brushing off their dead skin cells outdoors can make your home dander-free. You should also clean your furnishings or floors at regular intervals with a HEPA-based vacuum cleaner.

Keep the AC On

If your home is centrally air-conditioned, a whole-house air filtration process is already functioning to control the pollutants.

A powerful AC sucks air with extra moisture out of the indoor environment, cools, and pumps it back in. You need to change its filter regularly to ensure it keeps on trapping and filtering airborne particles effectively.

The more you replace it, its lifespan increases.

Before buying an AC, thoroughly research on the brand, compare with other brands with similar features, and read filter-change guidelines.

Go for Organic or Natural DIY Cleaners

Did you know that a majority of the store-bought floor and tile cleaners carry VOCs and other toxic chemicals?

Regular exposure to such toxicity can irritate your lung, windpipe, throat, eye, and nose.

It’s safer to make your own DIY home cleaners using natural ingredients like baking soda, citrus juice, essential oils, and vinegar. If you want to buy them – check the SAFE Label ones here.

Get a HEPA Air Purifier

These can effectively trap toxic airborne particles, purify the air, and release in the home environment.

If your child has a chronic cough, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, you should definitely install one. Check EPA’s guide to find out the right one for your home. Here are 7 tips to buy an air purifier.

Want an air purifier for smoke? Check out how you can choose the right one for cigarette smoke, wildfire or secondhand smoke here.

Bust Mold

Check for mold in the damp areas of your home.

This deadly fungus releases a specific microorganism, known as mold spore, that can cause chronic allergies.

Mold thrives in wet and dark places with excess moisture like your laundry room, bathroom, or basement.

Instead of bleaching them away, take these 5 steps to eliminate mold with zero chemicals.

Air Your New Furniture

Air out your brand-new furniture.

Newly purchased furniture contain VOCs or volatile organic compound which can stay airborne for a long time.

Chemicals such as benzene and toluene are commonly found in paints, glues, fabrics, building and construction materials, and many more.

Be aware of this fact while buying an armchair or sofa, safeguard yourself from possible VOC exposure. It will taper off after getting released heavily for a few days.

Use your garage to store newly bought furniture at-least a week till its VOC effect dies down. When you bring the furniture inside, keep the windows open for a few months for better air circulation.

Use Cooking Oils with Higher Smoke Points

Cooking oils with higher smoke points are preferred to avoid the concentration of airborne contaminants.

Cooking oils generating fume in lower temperatures can fill your kitchen with smoke and lasting smell of burnt oil.

The smell floats through your house and triggers persistent cough, headaches, and other respiratory syndromes.

So which ones should you choose?

Extra virgin olive oil generates lower smoke compared to peanut, safflower, avocado, corn, sunflower, and canola oil.

If you like the olive oil taste, you can use the refined or lighter version of it. It has a smoke point of 486 degrees Fahrenheit higher than 410 degrees for extra virgin olive oil.

Get Bamboo Charcoal

Charcoal is gaining popularity for its increased use of purifying water and making beauty products for skin nourishment.

Charcoal has also been used for cleaning indoor air by removing toxins. Moso air purifying bags are linen made and filled with bamboo charcoal with high density.

Charcoals can absorb excess moisture from indoor air and prevent mildews or mold from spreading in your home.

Its porous structure helps it to trap viruses, bacteria, and other airborne particles and make your indoor air clean.

Energize your bamboo charcoal by putting the bag under direct sunlight once in every month. You can find different varieties of Moso bags in Amazon.

Ditch your Carpet

Do you want to give a touch of grandeur in your interior by placing a wall-to-wall carpet?

Reconsider your decision as it may release VOCs and toxins in the indoor air without your knowledge.

Chemicals used to manufacture carpets may emit volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde in its off-gassing process.

VOCs are released in high percentage at the time of fitting the carpet on the floor. It will keep on releasing low levels of VOCs for many years.

Apart from that, carpets trap dirt, dander, and dust mites as well.

If carpets stimulate your aesthetic sense, go for plastic-lined carpets instead of linen ones as they make it harder of pollutants or strains to penetrate.

Prefer Low-VOC Paints

Paints keep emitting toxic gases for months after its application. It may appear to be completely dry and smell-free, yet the toxicity doesn’t fully go away.

These are volatile organic compounds or VOCs containing harmful chemicals like acetaldehyde or formaldehyde.

Go for “low-VOC” paints, waxes, varnishes, and other less-toxic chemicals.

Keep windows open to shunt out the smell and use exhaust fans to get rid of toxic gases.

Never leave the paint containers open as its strong smell may irritate your respiratory system.

Fix Leaks ASAP

Fix leaky pipes or water outlets to stop mold from spreading.

Rainy session with humidity can add excess moisture in the indoor air, which may trigger mildew and mold.

Dampness without mold is also harmful to your health as it increases the risk of coughing, wheezing, and aggravate asthma symptoms.

Get your building foundation, basement, backyard, bathroom, kitchen, and basement thoroughly inspected to catch leaky points and excess moisture.

If you find water logging or dripping in any of these areas, fix it immediately.

Kick Dust Mites Away

The accumulation of dust mites triggers dust allergies.

These tiny pests survive and thrive in excess moisture. They live in pillows, mattresses, bedding, stuffed toys, carpets, and upholstery and feed on our skin.

Try the below steps to fight and thwart dust mites:

  • Use a dehumidifier to control humidity levels and keep it less than 50%
  • Steam clean and vacuum your furniture.
  • Replace linen carpets or padded rugs with plastic-lined ones or colorful straw mats.
  • Use dust-mite-proof bed covers and wash them in hot water regularly.

Slay Second-hand Smoke

Smoke from tobacco products such as Cigar, Cigarette and others are one of the biggest contributors in making air impure in a home. Second-hand smoke is the amount of smoke inhaled by non-smokers.

You are affected by it, even if you don’t smoke.

The moment you come in contact with a smoker, you are affected.

Just have a dedicated place for smoking in your home. It could be the porch or the sit out area. Basically any area that’s well-ventilated.

Key Takeaways

“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu.

You should follow the same principle in cleaning your home air.

Start slow, take baby steps to make your home clean and fresh.

SO, which one tip did you try? Let me know in the comments below.

DIY Goat Milk Soap Recipes to Revitalize Your Skin

Quick and Easy Do it Yourself Goat Milk Soap Recipes

Milk and honey always worked wonder in different types of recipes, starting from food to soap. When it comes to goat milk and honey soap, it has always remained one of my hot favorites.

Its divine smell and fantastic healing properties make it stand apart from other soaps. Loads of natural moisturizer, healing benefits and antibacterial properties make it even more healthy.

Once you make this, you wouldn’t want to touch a store brought soap or face wash again!

The soap brightens your skin tone, treats and heals acne and comes with anti-aging ingredients. The best part is these soaps come with a sweet fragrance and rejuvenate your skin naturally.

Spend less than 10 minutes to whip up an entire batch of these natural soaps. The preparation time can be a bit more but the “the actual soap making” part takes not more than 10 minutes.

Honey & Goat Milk Soap:

 

Soap Supplies You Need:

  • Goat’s Milk Soap Base
  • Silicone Honeycomb Mold
  • Organic Raw Honey
  • 4-Cup or a similar quantity of Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup
  • Red & Yellow Soap Colorant (Optional, If you want to make it colorful)

This recipe makes about 9 honeycomb soaps or four large 4-ounce soaps with 1 lb of soap base.

Step 1 – Take goat milk soap base and cut small cubes out of it. Now, put them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Step 2 – Keep stirring it and then microwave again for 20-30 seconds. Continue till all the soap melts. You may do this 30 second microwaving three times before the entire 1lb batch is completely melted.

Step 3 – Add 3 tablespoons of honey and a few drops of yellow soap colorant to the melted soap. You can add a dash of red color if you prefer a more golden hue.

Step 4 – Mix it all well and pour it into the silicone honeycomb mold. Let it cool down for about 2-3 hours or even more. Higher room temperature or higher humidity levels can increase the time take  to set the soap.

Step 5 – Once you see that the soaps is firm, gently remove them from the silicon mold.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap recipe:

Soap Supplies You Need:

  • Goats Milk Pour Soap Base & Glycerine Melt – 2 lb block (sufficient for 12 bars)
  • Silicone Mold
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Liquid Soap Colors – (combine blue and red color to make soft lavender color)
  • Empty Eye Dropper Bottles having lids – used to mix soap colors
  • Dried Lavender Flowers (optional)
  • Microwave Proof Measuring Cup w/ Spout
  • Spatula
  • Decorative tape, ribbon, burlap, and raffia (for decoration)

Using the above supplies will give you about 12 bars. Since many of the items in the soap making process are reusable, you will save quite some dollars once you start making them regularly.

Step 1 – The soap base will be large but soft and can be easily sliced with a simple kitchen knife. Slice it into small cubes and place them into the microwave safe measuring cup.

Step 2 – Melt the soap cubes in the microwave in 30-sec increments. Stir well in the gaps to make sure the soap gets completely melted. It may take 1 minute and 30 seconds for individual batches of soap cubes to melt 100%. I did the entire process with my pyrex measuring cup. It could only melt half of the soap at once, and I ended up 2 batches of soap cubes out of 2 lbs of the base.

Step 3 – Mix the red and blue colors to make purple color and add it into the pyrex cup.

Step 4 – Add 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well. Add dried lavender leaves for a better flavour.

Step 5 – Pout the soap mix into the silicone molds and let it stay for about 1-2 hours.

Step 6 – Gently take out the soap from the molds once firm.

Now I used pretty ribbons, burlap and raffia to wrap it up. It looked so pretty and completely giftable!!

Try Out Handmade Goat Milk Soap Today

Whenever you make one, I would love to hear about your experience and see some amazing photos. You can customize your ingredients and give it a your personal touch. So why wait, get on to make your first DIY goat milk soap bar and share with the world.

Say bye bye to skin irritations and acne! Discover goat milk soap to make your skin baby soft, healthy and oh-so-soft to the touch today!

17 Tips to Live Healthy You Can Start Now

Step by Step Guide to Live Healthy

Do you want your best health and be able to maintain it?

I am going to show you simple detox tips that are quick and easy to do.

Let’s get started on the journey to live healthy.

I discovered that ancient medicine systems knew the importance of regular cleansing practices.

Today, we have incidences of high toxicity in body due to environmental pollutants.

With the changing world, we need to adopt simple and effective lifestyle practices.

Once I understood this simple but life-changing principle, I went to put it to work. And guess what?

I found that small diet and lifestyle changes can make a phenomenal difference.

Keeping it simple works.

Here, I am sharing with you the choices you can make for better health.

Pick one from any of the 17 tips to get started today.

Detoxification is a natural process that your body performs every single day. To keep the detox system working at an optimal level, you need to make it a habit.

Detoxification should be a part of your lifestyle and not a one-time activity.

 

Hydrate Well

The easiest thing to do, but we rarely pay attention to it.

Water is one element that is essential to flushing out toxins from the body. So, make sure you have at least 8-10 glasses of pure, filtered water each day.

Coconut water, sparkling water, and infused waters count as well.

But only if they don’t contain added sugars or additives.

Go Organic

Organic is a food product grown without any fertilizers or pesticides. Though it’s expensive, the benefits more than makeup for it.

When you have a choice, pick organically grown produce.

Make sure the product has an organic tag or label.

Your body will thank you for making this healthy choice!

Soak it Up

We are all guilty of this.

How many times did you eat strawberries from their packaging, without washing them?

Well, yes the produce comes in a box.

But good packaging doesn’t mean its contents are clean.

Spend five minutes soaking your fruits and veggies in an apple cider vinegar bath.

It is an easy and quick way to cleanse your veggies and fruits of all surface contaminants.

Fill your sink with water and add 2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar in it. Now soak your veggies and fruits for about ten minutes and rinse them off.

Do it once and see the dirty residue filled water that’s left over.

It will help you to make it a regular practice. Do remember to scrub and rinse the produce when you are rinsing it.

Eat Fresh

Eat fresh food to live healthy. This is a quick way of getting rid of chemicals in your food.

Quit the plastic packaging and pick up produce when it’s fresh. Plastic is guilty of having a whole lot of chemicals and BPAs (bisphenol A).

It is synthetic chemicals used in different kinds of food packaging. BPA can be harmful to your health.

You can avoid BPA in water too. Prefer glass bottles or BPA free plastic bottles for storing or carrying it around.

Pick Local Fish

If you like to have fish, pick the local and coastal variety.

Skip the canned tuna or deep sea fish that has added preservatives and salt.

Tuna is also high in mercury that is harmful to your body. If you want to have it, keep a limit of once a fortnight.

Go Traditional

Did you know that nonstick cookware has a chemical coating that covers the food?

Each time you use it, a small non-stick coating wears off and attaches itself to your food.

The same is true for aluminum.

I recently discovered this and switched to using good quality stainless steel cookware. I also prefer cast iron skillet for all the pasta and stir-fried dishes.

Skip Fast foods

Okay, you probably know this one quite well. Anything that comes out of a box or packet should be eaten sparingly.

Conventional restaurant foods such as KFC or McDonald’s should not be on your meal plan for the week.

They have trans-fats, high salt and sugar content that your body doesn’t need at all.

If you want to live healthy, pick healthier options like salads, smoothies, whole wheat breads.

Eco-friendly cleaners

We all use cleaning products in our homes, without knowing their ingredients.

Many cleaning products have dirty chemicals that you can do without. If you have pets or little children at home, rethink on their use.

Those dirty chemicals can be allergic to your loved ones or may even cause infections.

Buy natural cleaning products in bulk.

You can even make them yourself on the weekends or whenever you have a bit of time.

Make them ahead of time and store them in BPA free plastic spray bottles.

Ditch Chemicals

Did you know that your face wash or shampoo can have up to 12 chemicals each?

Personal care products use many petrochemicals that can be harmful to you. They are also used every day.

Make a habit of reading labels when you pick products. Prefer the ones with the lowest number of chemicals.

Pick natural products that don’t have parabens, sulfates, fragrances, and phthalates. Spare your body the agony of the chemical overload.

Increase Movement

Being active is different from exercising. Try to do both every day.

Walking to the supermarket or taking the stairs at work are examples of being active.

Exercising is when you keep aside time to walk, run, jog or workout in the gym.

Pursuing any other intense activity or sports also counts as exercise.

Make sure the exercise lasts at least 30 minutes a day.

It is a great factor in flushing out toxins from the body. Another positive result is your enhanced metabolic rate that keeps your body healthy.

Heal Your Gut

Want to live healthy?

Then eat your way to a healthy gut.

Pick up at least one digestion-friendly food.

Choose from fruit-flavored yogurt, kefir, miso soup, tempeh, kim chi or kombucha tea.

You can also pick fiber infused foods.

Oats, apples, whole grain breakfast cereals, broccoli, sweetcorn, beans, pulses, nuts, and seeds.

Brush it Off

Toxins also accumulate in our tongue.

Each time you eat, a whole lot of food sticks to your tongue.

When you wash your mouth, these food specks and remains won’t go away.

Try softly brushing or scraping your tongue to scrub these food remains away.

Boost Breathing

Everyone breathes, but how many of us know the right way to breathe?

Lungs are one of the most important tools in eliminating toxins from the body.

When you learn to breathe well, the process of flushing out toxins happens every day.

Detoxifying Foods

Include onions, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables in your diet.

So, you can have collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.

These food items have good sulfur content that helps the body to perform detoxification naturally.

Say bye to White Foods

White foods include white bread and sugar.

Croissants, buns, cake, waffles and everything made from white flour is empty calories. It doesn’t help you be healthy and just adds to the weight.

Try to make healthier choices by picking whole wheat or whole grains.

Keep cakes for occasions where you can have them without guilt!

Clean Up

Cleaning up is essential to live healthy.

Empty your bowel once a day.

It is vital to give your body an exit route for all the toxins. Make sure that you do your daily ablutions at the same time each day.

Any bowel irregularities should be taken seriously. Report it to your doctor if you feel anything is amiss.

Meditate

Relaxing your mind is also detoxification. Relieving your mind from all the stress is vital. To detoxify completely, both the body and mind should be completely at ease.

Mind is one of the most neglected parts of our body. Practicing meditation can be a great boost to help relieve stress.

I have listed 17 steps here that you can take to help your body to detoxify. Pick the ones you find easy to do. Or maybe the one that catches your fancy!

You will notice that your body pays attention and will start getting back on track. Doing these simple yet powerful acts will bring about positive changes soon.

When you find yourself sluggish and full of toxins, don’t despair.

You can adopt these quick but effective lifestyle changes to get yourself back on track.

Drinking more water, having more veggies and junking salt and sugar can go a long way in keeping you healthy.

Get ahead on the path to flush out toxins from the body. Let yourself evolve to a better and healthier self. Getting started is key.

Avoid processed foods and try to exercise daily to stay active.

Say “YES” to a healthier and toxin-free you!!

13 Ways to Identify if You Have Toxins In Body

How to Identify Toxins in Body

Are you experiencing low energy levels, irritability, and headaches for no reason?

Do you wonder why you are unable to sleep even after a hectic day of work?

I was in the exact same situation some months back.

Depressed, sad and not knowing what was happening.

I ended up bingeing on tons of processed food to isolate myself from it.

‘Toxins in body’ – was the diagnosis from the doc.

He ended up prescribing a whole bunch of drugs for me to get back in shape.

The final diagnosis – lifestyle stress, environmental contaminants, and unhealthy eating habits.

One day I finally pulled myself together.  

I had to do something to get my health back on track.

I chose all the simple and natural ways to get back on my feet. The first thing on my agenda was a simple and powerful technique of detoxification. Flushing out all toxins was essential to cleaning the body from inside out.

I make a resolve to focus on my health above everything else. Study, work, fun time everything can happen only when you are in the pink of your health.

I don’t want you to be in the same situation. I want to help you to get better by sharing my knowledge and journey. You can do this! Reclaim your life and quit making food your drug in the quest to get better.

Let me share simple step by step detoxification processes that will lead the way. In this journey, you only need yourself and your will to get things done. No drugs or expensive therapies are required. You can do this, my friend!

How are Toxins in Body Generated

Let me start with sharing what are toxins in the body and where they come from.

Toxins are a combination of environmental contaminants and synthetic chemicals. We come into contact with them by using many products such as:

  • Personal care products
  • Household cleaning products
  • Makeup, perfumes
  • Contaminants in the air
  • Allergens in the air

Our kidneys and liver clean up the toxins in the body by way of urine, feces, and sweat.

Well, you may even wonder why do we need to detox, when our body is doing it for us?

Actually, today’s time and age is very different from before. Today, we are exposed to high levels of industrial pollution and harmful chemicals. All this did not exist hundreds of years ago. The levels of air pollution in cities and towns is at alarming levels.

They enter the body and become a burden on it. It prevents the organs from doing their job. Toxins damage the liver and kidneys, impacting their ability to clean out toxins.

In this situation, some toxins don’t get flushed out but start accumulating in the body. They create free radicals in the body that can cause huge damage to cells.

If the natural body detoxification system fails to work, higher toxin accumulation happens. The toxin overload then manifests itself with different kinds of illnesses.

Any illness weakens the body and its natural defense mechanism even further. It is best that you learn how to stay healthy that such toxic overload does not happen.

Before we delve deeper into how to detox, let’s understand the different kinds of toxins. Knowing this is vital so we use lesser chemicals in our daily lives.

What are the Different Kinds of Toxins?

Many chemicals contribute to overloading the body with toxins. I am sharing some of the prominent culprits:

  • Exposure to harmful metals such as petrochemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, lead, and mercury
  • Environmental contaminants such as molds, allergens, toxins, food allergens
  • Poor or irregular eating habits, excess of processed foods
  • Emotional and mental toxins – isolation, anger, hostility, jealousy, stress
  • Medication and drugs can turn toxic
  • Hormonal and metabolic toxins present in the body such as fungus, bacteria or yeast

Whew, that a lot, isn’t it?

You may think that with such a huge toxic load, everyone should be sick. Not really.

Each person is unique. Each person has a different gene structure, immunity, environment exposure, and body composition. So, while it may be easy for some people to get rid of toxins from the body, others may not do it well.

Now, let’s see what happens to us if the toxic overload situation is not tackled.

Warning Signs of Toxins in Your Body

Did you know that the food allergies rose by more than 50% in the 15 year period from 1997 to 2011?

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) reported that allergies are increasing rapidly. In 2012, more than 11% of the world’s children got with respiratory infections.

Increasing exposure to synthetic chemicals and other environmental contaminants is reducing people’s immunity. Their natural defense mechanism is not operating at optimal levels. All this is giving rise to chronic diseases and extreme sensitivities.

The first step is to understand the warning signals the body starts giving. It lets us know that all is not well. Check out if you are experiencing any symptom as outlined below.

Muscle pain

Do you have muscle pain in your legs or arms that you can’t explain? Do you wonder why is it happening even though you may not have strained or exerted yourself?

It may be a sign of consistent exposure to polluted air and chemical laden foods. It may be possible that you are susceptible to catching allergens and cold quite easily. In such a situation, your immune system weakens.

Stress can reduce the defense mechanism of the body. It can result in reduced blood flow and cause a lack of oxygen. Once this happens, muscle spasms and physical pain can occur.

Bad Breath

Do you feel that there is a persistent bad breath in your mouth that fails to go away? You may have tried regular tooth brushing or flossing to make it better, but failed. Try using mouthwashes or some mints.

If you still have the same results, it could be a sign of something else wrong with the body. It could even result from toxic overload in your stomach or liver. Until you deal with the root cause, you may not find respite from bad breath.

Constipation

Too much of pizza with Netflix can be bad! Well, consuming oily, sugary foods increases toxin accumulation in large intestines. But did you know that too much of processed foods can also clog your colon? If that happens, the colon does not function and allows toxins to accumulate in the body.

You may feel bloated and constipated. Some people also feel nauseated with occasional headaches.

Unexplained weight gain

Do you feel a lack of change even after a controlled diet and regular exercise program?

It is possible that you are facing a toxic overload. Many toxins accumulate in the body and prevent weight loss. They also cause hormonal imbalances in the testes, thyroid, ovaries, and pancreas.

Did you know that the thyroid gland secretes fat-burning hormones? So, toxins can interfere with your body’s ability to lose weight naturally.

Skin Problems

British Medical Bulletin reported that environmental toxins can cause contact dermatitis. The skin also deals with its share of toxins.

The skin consists of pores which allows your body to flush out toxins and excess water as sweat.

When the liver gets overloaded, you may notice rashes and pimples on your skin too. They are caused by overuse of chemical-laden make-up products and other cosmetics.

Headaches

Can a simple headache signify that you have a toxic overload? Yes, it can.

In 2009, Clinical Science researchers reported that environmental chemicals can cause headaches.

The nervous system gets affected when toxins enter the body from air and food sources. Toxins can be heavy metals, preservatives or aspartame.

Insomnia

Presence of toxins in the liver can impact the secretion of histamine in the brain. Histamine regulates the sleep cycle. Any disruptions in histamine can lead to insomnia.

Many times contaminants present in the atmosphere get into the blood. They interfere with the brain’s working and lead to insomnia.

Fatigue

Feeling tired after resting can be a sign of toxins in the body. When toxins are present in the digestive tract, the normal digestion process fails.

The body is not able to receive enough nutrients from the food. The organs work harder to function and stress hormones are released. These factors make you feel lazy, fatigued and low on energy.

Mood Swings

Research studies by Annals of Epidemiology have shown that aspartame leads to depression. It is most commonly found in drinks as an artificial sweetener.

Do you know that crisps or pop that you had for lunch can affect your moods?

Xenoestrogen is a toxin found in food additives. It tries to mimic the estrogen. In doing so, it spoils the body’s hormonal balance causing mood swings.

Sweating and High body temperature

Sweating acts as an outlet for toxin removal from the body. When it happens, it indicates an overactive liver.

When toxins enter the body, the digestive system goes for a toss. The liver becomes hyperactive, causing you to sweat even more.

Body odor

A foul body odor or gas and stools indicates the toxic load on the liver. It is a signal that toxins and waste products are not exiting the body as they should.

Discoloration of tongue

The color of the tongue is a direct sign of the digestive health of the body. If your tongue turns yellow, it indicates a high toxic load on the liver and gallbladder. It may also suggest jaundice.

Sensitivity to scents

Are you sensitive to scents? You may feel nausea or a headache every time you smell a scent. You may even have stomach cramps if you are very sensitive to fragrances.

Now that we know so much about toxins and where they come from, it’s time to take action.

Small diet and exercise changes can go a long way in keeping you healthy. 

Here are 17 ways to live healthy that can help.

 

 

 

 

10 Incredible Goat Milk Soap Benefits You Did not Know

Introducing Goat Milk Soap – The All-Natural Skin Wonder

Are you experiencing dry and itchy skin after a refreshing shower

Your daily soap could be the culprit.

The daily soap or body wash you use is made with a bunch of chemicals. Using it even in minute quantities every day can irritate your skin. Research by the FDA states that the majority of the soaps in the market are full of chemicals. Over a period of time, regular usage of these soaps leads to an allergic reaction on your skin.

Due to these increasing skin conditions, the majority of people have turned their back to chemical laden soaps. Many of my friends have started making their own soap. And once they start doing that, store brought soap is never an option for them. Well, after my experiment, I am also leaning in their favor and can’t wait to try out new recipes and variations!

I was facing this constant irritation on my skin and decided to do something about it. A close friend suggested using goat milk soap. The organic store brought one or made by hand. I made up my mind and got all the supplies over the weekend.

Once I made the soap and used it for about two weeks, I just had to write a post on it. The results were simple but remarkable. The itching on the skin has completely disappeared and my skin feels as soft as a newborn baby’s skin!!

And guess what, I am also sharing the two goat milk soap recipes that I used. Go ahead and discover all new ways of using this luxurious natural recipe and see your skin transform!

Why Goat Milk Soap is Beneficial for Your Skin

When organic and all natural ingredients come to mind, milk cannot be far behind. Goat milk soap is a popular name in the milk category. Widely available and grown with organically fed goats, it has become a popular choice due to its inbuilt skin protecting elements.

For centuries goat milk has been known for its unique taste and amazing benefits. It has lactic acids, a group member of alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliates the skin by removing its dead layers of skin cells from the surface. Discover fresh and radiant new skin by using goat milk soap. This fascinating quality makes it stand apart from other natural soaps.

Goat milk soap also comes with Vitamin A and B2, which are extremely nourishing for the body. Vitamin A naturally repairs skin by reducing the wrinkles and unwanted appearance of fine lines.

Moreover, it has magical healing properties which control acne and helps cure other skin conditions like psoriasis. Goat milk is also rich in minerals like selenium that protects the outer skin layer from sunburn and prevents skin damage.

Have sensitive or dry skin? Goat milk soap can be the perfect cure. It is highly effective if you have eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other skin diseases. Its regular usage can help reduce these conditions.

It comes with high-fat content, which hydrates your skin by maintaining the pH balance of the fatty acid in your body. The original skin texture gets retained by goat milk soap as it naturally absorbs the beneficial vitamins, minerals, and fatty acid. It also keeps the pH balance of the body at the normal level.

Top 10 Goat Milk Soap Benefits

Skin irritation due to cosmetic products? Say bye bye to skin allergies by using goat milk soap. It is literally a boon for your skin as it is loaded with natural ingredients. Let’s check out its proven benefits.

The principal ingredient of this natural soap is goat milk. It comes packed with loads of healing properties aided by natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, and many more. If you start to count the real benefits of goat milk soap, it will race mile ahead of other synthetic and natural detergents available in the market. Apart from nourishing your skin, improving its texture, it also soothes inflamed skin.

Let’s check out the top 10 reasons for choosing goat milk soap for your daily beauty regime:

Deep Clean Gently

Handmade goat milk soap does not have harmful chemicals. It is purely handcrafted with goat milk and few other natural substances. The lactic acid component of goat milk helps in cleansing our skin from inside out and removes all hidden impurities.

Alpha hydroxyl acids ( AHAs ) present in goat milk are great at breaking down dead skin cells. These cells are removed from the skins’ layer and make the itching go away.

Healthy & Nutrient Rich Properties

Goat milk is a mine of healthy vitamins like A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E. It’s loaded with minerals such as iron, selenium, copper, and zinc. It packs in a punch of amino acids, antioxidants, citric acid, fatty acid, and different enzymes.

With so many healthy and nourishing vitamins and minerals, the skin gets a health boost. Goat milk is capable of penetrating your skin and reach underneath your skin surface. While doing so, it adds the required amount of nutrients in our skin tissue. Daily use of goat milk soap can make your skin glow from inside out!

Baby Soft and Moisturized Skin

Just try rubbing a goat milk soap over your body while taking a bath. You will simply love its smooth and moisturizing effect.

It acts as a natural moisturizer and the skin absorbs its smoothening properties instantly. An extra moisture layer is added to the skin almost instantly. Experience smooth, soft and supple skin!

The creamy nature of the soap acts as a soothing balm to the skin cracks and cell gaps. It helps to heal the skin naturally and quickly.

Banish Premature Ageing

Our skin requires regular nourishment from curative antioxidants. Goat milk helps your body combat with oxidative damage caused by free radicals by keeping the constant supply of Vitamin A, C, and E.

It also removes the layer of dead cells from the upper skin surface and helps build the new revitalized layer underneath. Regular use of goat milk soap delays the premature aging of your skin by reducing the occurrence of wrinkles, skin lines, and sunburns.

Prevents and Treats Acne

Skin acne is caused by harmful bacteria which are typically spread due to excessive exposure to smog, pollution, and various toxic chemicals. Experts recommend goat milk soap as a perfect formula in treating and healing acne and other skin diseases. Its anti-bacterial properties prevent the survival and growth of harmful bacteria and eliminate the ones deep inside your skin.

Soothes Inflammation & Irritation

Synthetic soaps available in the market have harmful chemicals which can work as skin irritants. Goat milk, on the other hand, has beneficial anti-inflammatory ingredients such as its fat molecules. It also comes with zero chemical additives.

If you have sensitive skin, you will like its soft and gentle formula. Replace it with your daily face wash or body wash for best results. Watch your skin glow and become radiant from inside.

Reduces Skin Infections

Goat milk soap softens your skin by reducing the itchiness. Its excellent healing properties and anti-microbial effects help in curing chronic skin infections like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and dermatitis.

Maintain skin’s pH Balance

The pH balance of a goat milk soap is similar to the pH level of our body. Goat milk contains caprylic acid, a specific type of fatty acid. This element makes the goat milk compatible with our skin and helps to extract nutrients from it. Once applied on the skin, this fatty acid shields the skin from harmful bacteria.

Heals & Repairs Skin Damage

Goat milk is loaded with extremely beneficial alpha hydroxyl acid. It triggers the growth of new skin cells in our body. AHAs makes our skin healthier and younger by repairing the damaged skin tissues from inside.

Reduces Chances of Skin Cancer

Goat milk soap is enriched with a lot of healthy minerals like selenium. Several research studies have proclaimed selenium as an element that can guard our skin against damaging UV rays. Selenium also reduces the chance of deadly skin cancer and other severe skin ailments.

Do you need more reasons to try it out? Let me make it easier by sharing a couple of goat milk soap recipes with you that are my favs! Making do-it-yourself soap is a fantastic idea and once you try it out, I am sure you will be completely hooked!!

Quick and Easy Do it Yourself Goat Milk Soap Recipes

Milk and honey always worked wonder in different types of recipes, starting from food to soap. When it comes to goat milk and honey soap, it has always remained one of my hot favorites.

Its divine smell and fantastic healing properties make it stand apart from other soaps. Loads of natural moisturizer, healing benefits, and antibacterial properties make it even more healthy.

The soap brightens your skin tone, treats and heals acne and comes with anti-aging ingredients. The best part is these soaps come with a sweet fragrance and rejuvenate your skin naturally.

Spend less than 10 minutes to whip up an entire batch of these natural soaps. The preparation time can be a bit more but “the actual soap making” part takes not more than 10 minutes.

Honey & Goat Milk Soap:

Soap Supplies You Need:

  • Goat’s Milk Soap Base
  • Silicone Honeycomb Mold
  • Organic Raw Honey
  • 4-Cup or a similar quantity of Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup
  • Red & Yellow Soap Colorant (Optional, If you want to make it colorful)

This recipe makes about 9 honeycomb soaps or four large 4-ounce soaps with 1 lb of soap base.

Step 1 – Take goat milk soap base and cut small cubes out of it. Now, put them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Step 2 – Keep stirring it and then microwave again for 20-30 seconds. Continue till all the soap melts. You may do this 30 seconds microwaving three times before the entire 1lb batch is completely melted.

Step 3 – Add 3 tablespoons of honey and a few drops of yellow soap colorant to the melted soap. You can add a dash of red color if you prefer a more golden hue.

Step 4 – Mix it all well and pour it into the silicone honeycomb mold. Let it cool down for about 2-3 hours or even more. Higher room temperature or higher humidity levels can increase the time take to set the soap.

Step 5 – Once you see that the soaps are firm, gently remove them from the silicon mold.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap

Soap Supplies You Need:

  • Goats Milk Pour Soap Base & Glycerine Melt – 2 lb block (sufficient for 12 bars)
  • Silicone Mold
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Liquid Soap Colors – (combine blue and red color to make soft lavender color)
  • Empty Eye Dropper Bottles having lids – used to mix soap colors
  • Dried Lavender Flowers (optional)
  • Microwave Proof Measuring Cup w/ Spout
  • Spatula
  • Decorative tape, ribbon, burlap, and raffia (for decoration)

Using the above supplies will give you about 12 bars. Since many of the items in the soap making process are reusable, you will save quite some dollars once you start making them regularly.

Step 1 – The soap base will be large but soft and can be easily sliced with a simple kitchen knife. Slice it into small cubes and place them into the microwave safe measuring cup.

Step 2 – Melt the soap cubes in the microwave in 30-sec increments. Stir well in the gaps to make sure the soap gets completely melted. It may take 1 minute and 30 seconds for individual batches of soap cubes to melt 100%. I did the entire process with my pyrex measuring cup. It could only melt half of the soap at once, and I ended up 2 batches of soap cubes out of 2 lbs of the base.

Step 3 – Mix the red and blue colors to make purple colors and add into the pyrex cup.

Step 4 – Add 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well. Add dried lavender leaves for a better flavor.

Step 5 – Pout the soap mix into the silicone molds and let it stay for about 1-2 hours.

Step 6 – Gently take out the soap from the molds once firm.

Now I used pretty ribbons, burlap, and raffia to wrap it up. It looked so pretty and completely giftable!!

Try Out Handmade Goat Milk Soap Today

Whenever you make one, I would love to hear about your experience and see some amazing photos. You can customize your ingredients and give it your personal touch. So why wait, get on to make your first DIY goat milk soap bar and share with the world.

Say bye to skin irritations and acne! Discover goat milk soap to make your skin healthy and oh-so-soft to the touch today!

How Simple Household Activities Generate Indoor Air Pollution

In our fast-paced lives, seldom do we pause to think about having a hearty breakfast. Many times, breakfast is a quickly tossed up smoothie or maybe toast with eggs. Waffles or bacon get space on the menu if you have a couple of extra minutes. What if I told you that the simple act of making breakfast every day plays a significant role in making our indoor air more toxic.

It seems crazy, isn’t it?

That’s what I thought when I read the recent research from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The University researchers found that many household acts are significant contributors to air pollution.

Household Activities Contribute to Air Pollution

When we talk of air pollution, you may instantly think of large polluting factories or toxic fumes from the hundreds of vehicles on our roads. The presence of indoor air pollution conveniently gets missed from the equation.

To study the effect of everyday household activities, these researchers conducted them in a controlled environment. Advanced camera and air quality monitoring devices were used to track the impact of the activities on indoor air quality in a 1200 square feet apartment. They monitored the movements for more than 30 days.

They were surprised to find that many activities ended up causing high enough pollution to be easily measured by the air quality devices. They had to recalibrate their instruments as they had kept a lower estimate for the pollution levels.

Role of Adequate Ventilation and Correct Usage

They also found that adequate ventilation was a considerable factor in disseminating the effect of air pollution generated from the activities.

So, if you are boiling water, keeping the kitchen exhaust running or opening a window can help with releasing the pollution away into the environment rather than accumulating in the house. The release of airborne chemicals tends to spread into other rooms and outdoor settings.

Using household chemicals such as perfumes, deodorants, and cleaning liquids also ended up releasing gaseous pollutants into the air. They escape from their storage bottles and increase the level of volatile organic compounds in the air that increasing the ozone-causing toxic air quality.

There are quite a lot of initiatives being taken to reduce pollution from traditional sources such as industrial production facilities or vehicles. Introduction of greener fuels, electric driven cars and improved production processes are being implemented to control the spread of outdoor air pollution. US Environment Protection Agency is playing a significant role to monitor the ozone layer and making everyone aware of the measures to control outdoor air pollution.

You will be surprised to find toxic chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde or compounds such as ketones and alcohol emanating from homes due to household activities and usage of consumer products. With pollution being generated inside the houses, we need to think of ways to control it to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Controlling the usage and spread of chemicals in the air is more straightforward than we think. If we can make simple lifestyle changes, we can certainly control the spread of this human-made problem. Simple steps like using fewer chemical products at home, opting for natural products or home remedies can help us lead a sustainable lifestyle and keep our air pure and fresh.

Did You Know Household Products Can Increase Air Pollution?

I bet you are aware about the impact of vehicles and industrial manufacturing facilities on air pollution. But did you know that consumer products could also be equally guilty when it comes to air quality?

A recent study by ScienceNews came up with shocking results of how these everyday products are contaminating our air. Today, I’ll be shedding some light on the topic and the findings of the study.

So, stay tuned!

Consumer Products Contribute to Air Pollution

Researchers focused on the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air in Los Angeles city. They are generated from petroleum when it evaporates into the air. They are chemical derivatives and inhaling them is harmful to your health.

They did this study over a period of six weeks in the city, that is known for having smog. The study was done on both indoor and outdoor air quality. The researchers traced the VOCs to the polluting particles that actually came from the regular usage of consumer products at home.

Their usage ended up polluting the air up to 15% more than the pollution generated by oil fuels or natural gas.

Types of Consumer Products

Everyday consumer products emitted volatile organic compounds, which pollutes the air in the long term. Just a small dab of perfume or body spray won’t be harmful for anyone. But when you are using these products daily along with millions of other people, it can add up very quickly. Let take a look at a few of the guilty products:

  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Cleaning Sprays
  • Shampoo
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Perfume
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Air Fresheners
  • Deodorant
  • Hairspray

Impact of the Emissions on the Climate

Well, consumer goods only have a tiny portion of the overall usage. It only contributes to 4% usage where Natural gas has 41%, Gasoline fuel has 47%, and Diesel fuel adds to 8%. But with this small 4% usage, it contributes to 38% VOC emission in the air.

Type of ProductUsage %VOC Contribution %
Consumer Products4%38%
Natural Gas41%19%
Gasoline47%13%
Diesel8%1%

VOC regulations do vary by state and country but typically consumer products are regulated only for indoor level pollution. Their effect on the global environment is not monitored or regulated. Indoor air pollution slowly grows and ends up adversely contributing the outdoor air pollution too.

Final Thoughts

Not every VOC is the same, and that’s why each one reacts differently to the environment. So, we still need to know which VOCs contribute to fine particles of PM 2.5 that is the most harmful.

At the end of the day, reducing the use of everyday consumer products may be difficult but I am sure that we will give priority to making the air we breathe, fresh and pure.

5 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Are you trying hard to improve your indoor air quality, but not really succeeding? With pollution becoming rampant outdoors and indoors, there is only so much we can control.

If you are struggling on where to get started, I’ve got help for you. Let me show you 5 simple and powerful ways you can implement to get pure and fresh indoor air.

Spending just 30-60 minutes a weekend would be great to start experiencing the benefits of fresh air.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

I came across many studies that discovered that people spend more than 90% of their day inside the home or office.

These facts were corroborated by the World Health Organization too. Their recent report on indoor air pollution mentioned that indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times more harmful than outdoor air.

I was astounded to know that!

Well, so we are exposed to noxious air pollutants every single day. We are not even aware that the air we breathe inside our homes can be hazardous for health.

Majority of people that spend time inside the home are also the most vulnerable. Infants, toddlers, pregnant women, and elderly people are more susceptible to biological pollution.

Being at home, they get exposed to many indoor contaminants such as biological pollutants. This makes them prone to develop chronic diseases and other infections.

Let’s know more about the different factors affecting indoor air quality and how it can be managed.

Understanding The Factors Affecting Indoor Air Quality

Living organisms are also known as biological pollutants. They are the primary reason for poor indoor air quality. Presence of these biological contaminants can lead to poor health of residents and make them prone to various infections and virus attacks. Missed school and office days can increase especially when you visit the doctor more often.

Biological pollutants can be small in size but highly diffusing in nature. They can be invisible and travel their way through thin air.

Different Kinds of Biological Pollutants

Do you know that advanced construction techniques can stop the flow and circulation of air in a room? Such an action can also increase the room’s humidity levels.

Restrooms, damp basements and wet appliances such as humidifiers carry these pollutants. You can also find these pollutants in old and dusty furniture, carpets and curtains.

You may think your home is sparkling. No matter how clean, every house has some biological pollutants.  They make their way into the house from many moisture laden sources.

The US Consumer Protection Safety Commission has a list of known biological pollutants. They are as below:

  • Animal dander (minute scales from feathers, skin, or hair);
  • The saliva of household pets
  • Body parts of cockroaches, rodents and dust mites;
  • Mold
  • Different infectious agents like airborne bacteria and viruses
  • Viruses transmitted by animals and affected humans
  • Bacteria carried by soil, plant remains and animals
  • Pollen originated from plants

These pollutants can occur in many places within the house. Humidity or moisture inside your home can give rise to toxic microorganisms. They come from building ventilation systems, central heating or cooling systems.

Using room heaters, humidifiers and air conditioners increase the growth of living organisms. Air conditioner ducts that remain dirty can also become breeding grounds.

Let me share a recent research report by the US Consumer Safety Products Commission. It stated that an average of 40% of residential and commercial structures have damp areas.

These moisture filled areas assist the airborne contaminants to survive and thrive. Dirty indoor air and moisture laden conditions increase biological pollutants.

Impact Of Poor Indoor Air Quality On Your Health

Poor indoor air quality is underrated but can be deadly.

Its impact on human health has not been studied. It is known to cause damage to body organs including the lung, immune and nervous system.

Biological contaminants contribute to poor indoor air. They are present in everyone’s house. We are all exposed to these pesky living organisms every single day. You will also see that it affects everyone differently. It affects people differently based on their age, health, immunity and individual predisposition.

They also spread airborne infections and also invite common health ailments. Most of the infectious diseases spread through physical contact. Incorrect indoor ventilation systems can aggravate biological pollution. These bacteria can cause Legionnaires disease or Pontiac Fever that can be fatal.

Presence of molds and fungi can lead to infections or even serious illnesses. Some of the symptoms that develop on exposure to biological pollutants include:

  • Allergic rhinitis;
  • Chronic infections sometimes resulting in hypersensitivity pneumonitis, bronchitis, and other related diseases;
  • Acute or mild asthma that gets aggravated by the toxicity of these pollutants
  • Watery or itchy eyes;
  • Sneezing and runny nose;
  • Nasal congestion;
  • Itching;
  • Persistent coughing;
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath;
  • Dizziness;
  • A throbbing headache;
  • Fatigue and fever; and
  • Digestive system disorder

You may wonder what’s the deal with air pollution and asthma? People with asthma, lung disease, bronchitis, or acute allergies have sensitive airways. They are most vulnerable to these toxic biological agents. They may be at risk for allergy induced asthma.

 I found a recent report by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that in 2015, the US had more than 9.6 million people living with asthma.

On further analysis of this data, they found that children under the age of 15 years are most affected. Asthma in children has increased by more than 41% to 2.6 million in the same period.

In fact, the fatality of asthma also rose by 69% since 1979, to a staggering number of 4400 deaths per year.

How To Determine If Poor Indoor Air Quality Is Affecting You

To fight any problem, we need to find if its existence is affecting you adversely. Let’s get started to see if air contamination from biological pollutants is present in your house.

Wondering if they are causing you or your loved ones any harm? Let us review how we can find this out.

Get a medical checkup done regularly. Doing this will be quite beneficial to treat symptoms arising from biological pollutants.

Let’s review some basic questions. Ask yourself these questions before consulting with your doctor.

  1. Do you have itchy and watery eyes, stuffy nose, dry throat or persistent cough with a fever?
  2. Do you complain about being tired or dizzy all the time?
  3. Do you have trouble breathing on a daily basis?
  4. Did these symptoms start after you have shifted home?
  5. Do the symptoms seem to disappear when you are outdoors, in school or at work and recur the moment you come back home?
  6. Have you recently renovated your home or got new appliances or furniture installed?  Did your symptoms aggravate during or after these events?
  7. Do you notice any dampness or feel humidity inside your home? Can you see moisture building up on the surface, floor, walls, ceilings or windows?
  8. Is the inside temperature of your home unusually hot or cold?
  9. Have you recently experienced water damage or leakage?
  10. Do you have a wet or soggy basement?
  11. Is there any noticeable mold, fungi or mildew in your house?
  12. Can you feel stuffy or a mildew odor in any part of your home?
  13. Do you often feel the musty smell of air?
  14. Do you have pets at home?
  15. Do your houseplants show significant traces of mold?
  16. Is your humidifier or air conditioner not properly cleaned?
  17. Is your home infested with rodents, bugs, pests or cockroaches?

If you said yes to at least 4 questions out of 18, there is a good chance that your home has biological pollutants. Get in touch with a physician to alleviate the symptoms you have to get well soon. Once you are well, take active steps to dispel these pollutants from your home.

Steps To Improve Indoor Air Quality

With regular cleaning strategies and active monitoring, you can get rid of them.  The best way to deal with them is to eliminate the source from which they came. Doing this will help you eliminate their infestation and also prevent them from reoccurring.

We are sure that giving away your pets or donating your useful air purifier are not viable options. Let’s look at simple hacks that can be effective at controlling the growth of these living organisms.

Identify Breeding Places

Careful inspection can help to find traces of biological pollutants in your house.

Are you wondering what are some biological contamination examples? Take a walk in your home. Use your eye and the nose as the biggest weapons. Look out for any signs of moisture and dampness. Moisture-laden surfaces are perfect areas where you can find these organisms.

Once you find those corners, half the battle is won. Now you can combat them in these areas. For example, you may have stacked firewood in the fireplace to fight freezing winters. Moist firewood can rot and lead to the development of harmful bugs, pests, and fungi.

I hope you get the drift. Let’s now check out places where these dangerous biological pollutants renting space in your home:

  • dirty air conditioners;
  • dirty humidifiers and dehumidifiers;
  • bathroom with inadequate ventilation;
  • a kitchen without windows or vent;
  • unclean refrigerator drip pans;
  • laundry room with an unvented dryer;
  • an unventilated loft;
  • carpet on the clammy basement floor;
  • unused bedding;
  • closet on the outside wall;
  • dirty air-conditioning/ heating system;
  • pets; and
  • water leakage and damage (around the roof, the basement, and windows).

Moisture Control

Do you have diverse appliances at home? Well, they may offer convenience but invite toxic organisms if not maintained.

Allergy and Asthma do co-exist. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America mentions that more than 50% humidity in a home can lead to more dust mites. It further shares that humid air increases mold and ozone in the air making it impure. Seasonal asthma is also quite common.

Water leakage is primarily responsible for moisture in homes. Many sources inside your home trigger leakage of water. Drain pipe leakage and leaky bathroom faucets add unnecessary moisture to indoor air.

In cold or freezing weather, moisture can accumulate on cold surfaces. The biological pollutants can grow faster in these moist and humid conditions. You can follow some home remedies to keep the biological pollutants at bay:

  • Fix leaks and seepage. You can opt for waterproofing or landscaping to fix external water leakages. The ground should slope away from the house.
  • Water in the basement can result from the lack of gutters or a water flow toward the house. Cut or reduce water leakage in and around the house. It helps by not giving any space for the biological pollutants to grow.
  • Put a plastic cover over dirt crawl spaces to prevent ground moisture from coming in.  Make sure crawl spaces are well-ventilated.
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to redirect moisture outside (not into the attic)
  • Vent your clothes dryer outside.
  • Turn off humidifiers or heaters if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces. Use them once they dry off.
  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in hot and humid climates to reduce moisture.  Do take care that the appliances themselves don’t become sources of biological pollutants.
  • Raise the temperature of cold surfaces where moisture condenses.
  • Use insulation or storm windows. (A storm window installed inside works better than one outside)
  • Keep connecting doors between rooms open to improving air circulation including in closet areas.
  • Increase air circulation by moving furniture from wall corners to the center of the room.
  • Keep your home or apartment ventilated. open the doors and windows for an hour every day. In winters, try to keep the windows open just a crack. Be sure that your house has a source of fresh air and can expel excessive moisture from the home.
  • Pay special attention to the carpet on concrete floors. Carpet can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants to grow. Use area rugs which can be washed.

Regular Cleaning

Cleaning your home and home appliances will go a long way to keep your home free of these pesky pollutants. As per the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a weekly home cleaning is essential.

Schedule a deep clean of your home weekly if you have a person with asthma or other breathing issues at home. It can significantly lessen your asthma risk factors.

If you are wondering how to do this, let’s check out the simple steps which can help.

  • Clean moist surfaces, such as showers and kitchen counters. Something like thrice a week would be good. Keep these surfaces dry after use.
  • Completely remove mold from walls, ceilings, floors, and paneling. Do not cover mold with paint, stain, varnish, or a moisture-proof sealer, as it may resurface.
  • Replace moldy shower curtains. You can also remove them and scrub well with a household cleaner and rinse before rehanging them.
  • Ensure regular cleaning of your room, loft, and balcony floors. Once a week would be good. If you are pressed for time,  a fortnight would be fine.
  • Use exhaust fans to vent the air outside for kitchens and bathrooms. Also, vent the cloth dryer outdoors.
  • Remember to regularly ventilate crawl spaces and attic to avoid moisture accumulation
  • Set the humidity controller in your home to below 50 percent to avoid water condensation.
  • For cool or ultrasonic humidifiers, clean them as per manufacturer’s instructions. Refill new water in them each day.
  • Clean the evaporation trays every day in humidifiers, refrigerators and air conditioners.
  • Remove any carpet or building material if it is drenched in water. It can have mold or bacteria growth. Air dry it to ensure all moisture is sucked out and then remove it from the room. If not done, bacteria and mold will be invited.
  • Vacuum your home regularly. Keeping your home clean will help to reduce the presence of house dust mites, pollens, animal dander, and other allergy-causing agents. They can be reduced with regular cleaning though not eliminated.
  • Any person allergic to biological pollutants should wash all their bedding in 140 degrees Fahrenheit hot water, to kill all germs and bacteria. Prefer getting bedding made of materials that can be washed in hot water.
  • Wear an N99 mask at the time of cleaning your home, including when you are vacuuming.
  • Take steps to minimize biological pollutants in basements.  Do not keep any wet items in the basement. Keep it ventilated to avoid dampness.
  • Wash and disinfect the basement floor periodically. Check water leaks and ventilation is working. Maintain humidity levels of a maximum of 50% in the basement by operating a humidifier.

Dust Control

Controlling dust is vital. As per the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the presence of dust particles can aggravate breathing difficulties. If anyone in your family is sensitive to mites or animal dander, dust control is an absolute priority. Mites often propagate in the moist surface.

The best way to regulate them is by keeping the surface spanking clean and remove any unwanted stuff. Dust mites breed in sofas, carpets, bedding, cushioned chairs, and open wooden shelves.

If you think that your powerful vacuum can drag contaminants from dirty carpets, then you are wrong. Your vacuum’s horsepower won’t be able to trace these pollutants.

Most physicians suggest their dust mite allergic patients to use washable carpets.

Our Take

To conclude, it is clear that simple steps can help to improve indoor air quality. Starting with even one step can help in a significant improvement in the air you breathe at home.

I chose a couple of tips to sanitize my home and it worked great! Now, I prefer picking a particular room or area to clean and sanitize each weekend. It gets the work done and perfectly fits into my schedule.

Look at your schedule and work out what’s best for you. Start today and see the difference for yourself. I am sure you will notice a marked reduction in breathing issues. Your indoor air will be much pure and clean to breathe.

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How to Detox Your Lungs to Beat Air Pollution

With pollution reaching an all-time high in the last couple of months, you might have started to see the effects, haven’t you? Air pollution can be quite harmful.

Too much exposure to toxic air can lead to include asthma, nausea, headaches, allergic reactions, lung diseases, and repertory diseases. But don’t worry, with some prudent lifestyle changes, you’ll be able to detox your lungs giving a massive boost to your immunity.

Lifestyle Changes to Detoxify Your Lungs

A Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Luke Coutinho shared a couple of great suggestions to take those immediate precautionary steps.

Curious about them? Let’s get started!

Healthy Balanced Meal

A great way to fight against air pollution would be to consume a healthy balanced meal every day. Air pollution can significantly lower the minimum level of Vitamin C, E, D, omega 3 fatty acids, bromelain, beta carotene, calcium, and curcumin from our bodies. However, if you can follow a healthy and balanced nutrient-rich diet, you can easily make up for these deficiencies.

Increase Iron Consumption

Another adverse effect of air pollution is reduced iron levels in our body. Low iron leads to low levels of hemoglobin, which induces other diseases. However, you can increase your intake of iron-rich foods to counter its effect.

Foods such as beetroots, leafy green vegetables, black raisins, wheatgrass or moringa, Halim seeds or garden cress, legumes/lentils, dark jaggery, and pomegranate are rich with iron. So, if you add them up in your daily meal plan, you can surely increase the iron levels of your body.

Eating iron is not enough. Proper digestion of iron is essential. According to Luke, there are few ways to boost the absorption of iron, such as:

Vitamin C: Vitamin C goes well with iron and having Vitamin C rich food will help your body absorb iron quickly and in an efficient manner.

Copper Treated Water: Overnight copper treated water helps to boost the absorption of iron.

Iron Vessel: These vessels can be a great option to boost your hemoglobin levels. Using them while cooking food will help you become healthier.

He also advised avoiding calcium-rich food as they can interfere with iron absorption. Why? Well, it’s because they both have the same kind of binding for absorption, so it’s best to avoid them taking together. Drinking coffee or tea will also disrupt the iron absorption process so make sure you refrain from their consumption when you have iron-rich foods.

Curry Your Way

Hot, soupy and immune boosters, Curries are a fantastic way to beat the side effects of air pollution. Use immunity boosting and body strengthening foods such as garlic, turmeric, tomato, black pepper, ginger, and onion to make your curry base. Using cow ghee or coconut oil adds to the nutrient richness of curries.

Consume Whole Foods

Include more whole foods in your diet. If you are experiencing congestion, try to have pineapple extract or bromelain. Regular intake of these foods helps to reduce congestion besides improving the overall respiratory function.

Final Words

Though air pollution is on the rise, making some considerable lifestyle changes can boost the immunity of your lungs. These small but highly useful tips are sure to get you all charged up to beat the side effects of air pollution.

Quick & Easy Custom Hand Sanitizer for Kids – With Zero Chemicals

Want a safe custom hand sanitizer for your kids? Make this wonderful homemade spray at home and say bye bye to unhealthy chemicals from your home!

What is a Custom Hand Sanitizer

Here I am going to share one of my most favorite recipes with you!

An Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer made of natural ingredients that’s just perfect for kids.

Enjoy the all-natural homemade custom hand sanitizer that has zero artificial flavor, ingredients, or harmful chemicals. Use it to sanitize your hands or disinfect various surfaces.

Good for kids and great for adults, this diy hand sanitizer is safe for all your hands. It makes your hands’ bacteria free, fresh, and clean apart from having a sweet aroma.

4 Reasons to Make Your Own Custom Hand Sanitizer

We keep yelling at our children not to touch shoes, dirt, or other stuff which may be inflicted by bacteria and germ. I do that every day with my 1-year-old infant and 5 years old toddler. In my experience, every time I see either of my kids is picking up stuff from the ground, I know they may catch infection at any time.

At times I used to clean their hands with baby wipes knowing fully well that these can’t kill germs. Well, by now, you must have understood my analogy. Yes, my mommy friends, you got it right! I am referring to the need to have a natural, chemical free, DIY hand sanitizers.

Now comes the million dollar question: why should I make one for myself when I can walk into a nearby dollar store and buy one?

  • The first and the most important reason is that you don’t know the level of toxicity in these store-bought hand sanitizers. Health practitioners always recommend avoiding cheap antibacterial stuff as it is notorious for penetrating the protective layer of our skin and cause internal damage. The condition is known as stratus corneum. The outer skin layer protects our body from being exposed to the deadly bacteria. Now imagine, the product you are buying to kill the germs is making your body even more vulnerable to the invisible toxins.
  • The next reason to stay away from commercial hand sanitizers as they have parabens. Now, tell me, do you want your kids to rub chemical products daily on their skin? I bet you won’t. Parabens are the root cause of all problems in our body. They are directly linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, and they even mimic the symptoms of estrogen! Knowing all these deadly side effects, I am sure you would not want to incorporate this in your daily routine.
  • The third reason for not using store bought alcohol is its high percentage of alcohol in the core ingredients. Whenever it comes into the contact of our skin, the alcohol gets absorbed and into our bloodstream. The entire process is extremely harmful to our body, especially our kids.
  • Our small kids have the habit of drinking stuff which they should not! The moment you move your eyes away from them, they may end up drinking something incredibly harmful to their health. I have learned it in hard ways. In a Sunday morning, when I was looking at every corner of my house to find my youngest one, guess what, I finally found him holding the store bought sanitizer. The incident still gives me chills when I think about it.
  • Due to high alcohol concentration in the store-bought hand sanitizers, it may only take a few squirts for your child to display symptoms of drunkenness. If accidentally they consume more, it may poison their body. Alcohol poisoning symptoms include vomiting, confusion, inability in waking up, seizures, and irregular or slow breathing, as stated by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
  • The fourth reason is that we should never use this chemical-laden hand sanitizer just because it kills bacteria. We also have to see at what cost it is doing so. By eliminating a set of bacteria, it is inviting other types, which are deadlier and multiply quickly. All thanks to the toxic components of cheap OTC hand sanitizers. The cycle of bacteria will continue until you start making the natural and toxin-free sanitizer.

You think it’s scary. No, these are simple awareness pointers which we all need to know.

Now let’s get to work and see how effective my DIY hand sanitizer is to keep your skin smooth, kill the germs and safeguard your body, all at the same time.

Organic Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray Recipe

YIELD 9 OUNCES

Arm yourself with this softly-scented natural homemade hand sanitizer.

What You Need

  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil – this is a 0.5% concentration OR 25-30 drops of Red Mandarin Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon witch hazel extract
  • 8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel
  • ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil – a natural preservative to increase shelf life (It will also help soften hands!)

How to Make

  1. Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix.
  2. Add witch hazel (or alcohol) to the oils and swirl again.
  3. Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well.
  4. Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E and alcohol to help preserve.)
  5. Transfer hand sanitizer to small, clean squirt bottles. Also, use colored bottles like this so the essential oils in the recipe are not exposed to light. Finally, this recipe is perfect for throwing into a purse or a backpack!

Even more, you could also mix up a batch and keep in a container with a pump.

What are the Ingredients in the Natural Homemade DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe?

Tea Tree Oil

It is a wonder oil that helps to keep your hair, nails and skil healthy and germ free. Tea tree oil has the famed terpinen-4-ol, that is highly potent in killing fungi, bacteria and certain viruses.

Other germ fighting compounds present in tea tree oil make it a valuable remedy to treat skin infections and promote healing. It makes an ideal natural hand cleaner too.

Red Mandarin Oil

Red Mandarin Essential Oil is the first and key ingredient in this recipe. It has a fruity, sweet, and uplifting fragrance. Mandarin oil is extremely safe to use during pregnancy and by children too.

Red Mandarin is packed with the highest proportion of Vitamin C and works as a natural booster to our immune system. It has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties with strong digestive and sedative elements.

Lavender Oil

I am sure you are well aware of how Lavender essential oil helps in relaxing your mind and body but did know about its amazing antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties? Lavender is world famous for its antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-depressant, analgesic, sedative and antispasmodic properties.

This power-packed hand sanitizer is a combination of a hundred products in itself! That’s why I am quite obsessed with the uses and the wealth of benefits of essential oils. I wonder, is there anything that can’t be resolved with essential oil?

It’s imperative to decide on the type of bottle you will use to house your hand sanitizer spray. A glass bottle is durable and best for regular use. If you have little kids around, a PET plastic container to store my hand sanitizer. They are by far the safest bottles to use for they are not known to leach any harmful chemical which can cause cancer or other hormonal diseases. You can use either type of containers; the choice is yours.

YaaY, finally you have your toxin-free hand sanitizer! Why don’t you try out this simple, super effective and aromatic sanitizer today and share your experience with your family members? I am sure you and your loved ones will be fully convinced of the benefits and effectiveness of this wonderful product. Test it out today and feel the difference!

Do share your comments and thoughts about this article? Let me also know which essential oil is your hot favorite. Let us know about your experience after using this natural sanitizer and how much did you like it.