What is home health to you? When we think of “home health,” we think of a clean home. Your home should be a place of peace, healing, and comfort. More often than not, we seem to suffer from ailments such as chronic sinus pain/issues, upper respiratory infections (URIs), arthritis, asthma, and extreme fatigue just to name a few. So many of us just assume it’s “normal.” I am here to tell you that it’s not normal. In psychology we call that way of thinking the normalcy bias. Thinking everything is just normal is comforting in a sense that it avoids the real issues. Diet, lifestyle factors, and gene activation are all contributors to one’s health, but for the sake of this discussion, I will only be talking about your home’s health.
So what is causing an unhealthy home environment? Many things! Lets start with the chemicals you use in your home on a daily or even a weekly basis. The cleaning chemicals that you spend hundreds on in a year is a hazard to your health and these companies know it! These poisons or I mean, household cleaning chemicals, work directly with the pharmaceutical companies; healthy people don’t buy drugs and treatment (I’ll get into that another time). To put it simple, it’s damaging your health. Stop throwing away! All you’ll need is glass spray bottles, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, distilled water, hydrogen peroxide, essential oils (tea tree, lemon, and other for fragrance), and Murphy oil. I also like cleaning with Baking Soda. I mop my floors with hydrogen peroxide, I clean my surfaces and counters with hydrogen peroxide, and I also use rubbing alcohol. I use these things on everything. Borax is great for cleaning and scrubbing hard to get up messes and works great as a mold killer. You also need to watch out for what you’re putting into your washing machines! Many detergents are nothing but dangerous chemicals! I use borax and a gentle all natural detergent. Never ever use dryer sheets! Have you looked into how many dangerous chemicals are in those? It’s scary. Opt for wool dryer balls instead. They are pricier at first, but they’ll last forever and will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Snake Plants are Know for Purifying the Air in your Home
Last but not least, lets discuss air quality. According to one of the biggest studies ever done in U.S. homes, well over 50% of homes and 85% commercial buildings have some source of water damage (Spengler, 1994). So what do you think happens when there is water in our attics, walls, and floor boards? Another study conducted indicated that 68% of homes had mold (Maier, 1999). It’s crazy to think that is what 7 out of 10 homes inhabit! More than likely, you’re exposed to mold. Air quality is a must. If you rent and there’s mold… move! If you own, you have to hire professionals to remove it, and spend some serious cash on air purifiers.You have to fix all water leaks and replace anything damaged by the mold and water. Never ever use a humidifier as that adds moisture which creates the perfect environment for mold to grow. If you are worried about dry sinuses, allergies, and other upper respiratory issues then you’re dehydrated. You need to hydrate from within, and remineralize. You don’t need a humidifier, you need to fix your health. If your allergies are bad so is your immune system and diet (I’ll touch on that in another topic).
Home is where the heart is, but your heart must be healthy. Mind and body must be balanced. Focusing on you home’s health will be greatly beneficial to anyone who inhabits it. Let it be a place for relaxation, love, healing, and comfort, not disease.