It's no secret that I am a stay-at-home mama. My home is not only the place where my family rests, but also the place where we learn, pray, eat, and work. After battling some health issues over the last year, I found out through my own experience just how important the air you breathe is to your health. When it's too hot or too cold to have fresh air blowing in, I needed to bring in some extra helpers to purify what we breathe for so many hours each day.
Gardening has always been one of my favorite things to do, so it was natural for me to bring in some house plants. Do not fear if you have a bit of a black thumb; aloe, a snake plant, also called Mother-in-law's Tongue [pictured above], and a few others are really hard to kill, and just by placing them in your home, they will naturally clean the air. This NASA study completed by Bill Wolverton reveals how plants like the Mother-in-law's Tongue removed chemicals, one being formaldehyde, from a sealed room in a 24 hour period. A $14 plant from Home Depot can make all that difference? Crazy.
Our first pediatrician is an excellent doctor, and she taught me so much about how to integrate natural remedies into my conventional understanding of health. Her office was the first place I had seen the amber glow from a pink rock, also known as a Himalayan Salt Lamp. Something about that hue immediately relaxed me, and I had to know where to find one. After some searching, I found out that the pretty little light not only gave the room an addicting ambiance, but also had an inherent chemical reaction that put out negative ions which naturally clean the air.
Something about carrying around a tiny human for 9 months made me think more carefully about how I wanted to our home to be, right down to the types of solvents we use to clean. I fell in love with a bunch of non-toxic cleaners that cleaned just as well as the products I had grown up using, and lessened the harmful toxins we breathe day to day. Products like Dr. Bronners Peppermint soap dilutes to hand soap and shampoo; Borax lifts stains and makes everything smell super clean; and Honest Co. multi-purpose cleaner works grease off kitchen counters like Windex.