May 192019
 
Clean your home the green way.

Clean your home the green way.

 

A few years ago, I wrote a short article that mentioned the ‘happy home’ aspects of non-toxic cleaners.  I wrote about how I use them.  I commented early in the article about how we become more concerned when there are little ones in the home, and start looking for alternatives.

  • Essential Oils Help With Healthy Lifestyles

For the past several years, I have focused more and more on essential oils.  Many of the non-toxic cleaners on the market or accessible through wellness shopping clubs have essential oils as part of their ingredients.  For instance, some contain lemongrass scent, lavender, orange, lemon and eucalyptus.  Most of the household cleaners I use contain some of these oils, and others contain Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) or thyme oil.

Essential oils have many household uses.

Essential oils have many household uses.

Essential oils can be used as a safe alternative to chemical and toxic counter-parts throughout the home in sprays, misters, deoderizers, room fresheners, linen fresheners, disinfectants — just to name a few.  An article posted by Busy Bee Cleaning Services lists several ways to use essential oils throughout the home including killing and preventing mold, repelling pests and keeping your toilets fresh.  There are many uses for essential oils in the home that are safe for our families and pets.

Here are some distinct characteristics of a few essential oils for diffusing in your living room, kitchen, bedroom or office:

Siberian Fir:  creates a calm and grounded environment.

Siberian Fir - Calming

Siberian Fir – Calming

Spearmint:  refreshes the air and promotes mental clarity.

Spearmint is refreshing.

Spearmint is refreshing.

Nutmeg:  creates a calm and invigorating environment.

Nutmeg Seeds

Nutmeg Seeds

Black pepper: creates a strong and warming environment.

Black Pepper Essential Oil - Wikipedia

Black Pepper Essential Oil – Wikipedia

Clove:  creates a fresh and clean experience.

Clove Tree

Clove Tree

Lavender: creates a light, but luxurious aromatic experience.

Lavender is calming.

Lavender is calming.

Melaleuca oil (tea tree): refreshes the senses with a fresh, pleasing scent.

Melaleuca Tree

Melaleuca Tree

Whether you are just beginning to investigate essential oils or are a seasoned essential oil user, there are always new and exciting ways to use them in our daily lives and new studies being done to scientifically demonstrate their effectiveness and how they can help us live healthy lifestyles.  Don’t stop learning about the wonderful world of essential oils.

Picture credits:

Nutmeg:  Wikipedia

Black Pepper: Wikipedia

Clove Tree: Wikipedia

Lavender:  Wikipedia

Siberian Fir:  Wikipedia

Spearmint:  Wikipedia

Melaleuca:  Wikipedia

Written by Martha L. Robards © 2019

May 012019
 

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A recent article mentioned how the excessive rainfall in California and the bomb cyclone in Colorado are wreaking havoc on our eco-system.  This is all a part of climate change.  It also has a lot to do with healthy lifestyles and our and ability to live well.  It seems that skyrocketing pollen counts are one of the consequences of climate change.   According to the article,        Dr. David Rosenstreich, the director of the division of allergy and immunology for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montifore Medical Center, told PEOPLE that the trees are pollinating earlier and earlier.
It appears this is helping to make the allergy season more severe.
Why Be Concerned?
If you have bronchial, asthma or lung conditions, increased pollen counts can trigger an attack that can be very dangerous.  According to the PEOPLE article cited above, climate change can increase air pollution, boosting pollen production and strength, causing even more severe asthma attacks.  The Lung Institute says that people with COPD are at greater risk for a flare-up during allergy season.  Add to that longer, more intense seasons and that makes it even more difficult to breath.
What can you do?

As soon as you get any symptoms:
⦁    Take your antihistamines, if you use them.  Antihistamines work much better to prevent allergies than to treat them.  This goes along with the concept of being pro-active rather than re-active.  Look for high grade allergy tablets, containing the common antihistamine ingredient Loratadine,  that provide 24-hour, non-drowsy relief from seasonal allergy symptoms.  You can get them at about 50% the cost of popular store brands.

Allergy Tablets Containing Loratadine

Allergy Tablets Containing Loratadine

 

  • Try essential oils.  A great study has been done showing that peppermint essential oil has a great anti-inflammatory effect in the lungs in healthy individuals.  Another study showed that inhaling peppermint essential oil improved lung capacity.   Tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have long been used for congestion and soothing airways, and frankincense has been shown to be helpful in allergic rhinitis.   Look for essential oils that are of the highest quality oils.  You can get them at an incredible value.
Essential Oils Help Seasonal Allergies

Essential Oils Help Seasonal Allergies

⦁    If you want to run or exercise, do it in the afternoon or night.  The pollen count is higher in the mornings.
⦁    Shake out your clothes and take a shower when you come in from outdoors when the pollen count is high.
⦁    If you live in the city, keep tabs on the air quality (affects pollen and vice versa) and schedule activities accordingly.  Go here to check the current air quality and forecast for Phoenix, Arizona.

Photo credits:

Children running:  www.cdc.gov/asthma

Essential oils:  Martha L. Robards © 2019

Allergy tables containing Loratadine: Martha L. Robards © 2019
Resources for this article:
https://people.com/health/climate-change-allergy-season-worse/
https://lunginstitute.com/lung-diseases/copd/copd-and-seasonal-allergies/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103722/  Peppermint study
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808543/ Frankincense study
https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city

This article was written by Martha L. Robards 5/1/19