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 non-toxic cleaners and included a link to give a little information about the ones I use.  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

 

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

Feb 102019
 
Healthy Breakfast for the Family

Healthy Breakfast for the Family

If you have a healthy lifestyle then you probably have a happy home, because they go together.   I describe a happy home as a place where the heart is.  It’s a place where you feel comfortable, and where you know everyone else there feels comfortable too.  There is peace and a feeling of security.  There is a calm atmosphere.  Everyone feels respected and cared for.  It’s clean and orderly, and the family does it’s best to keep toxins out.  There are healthy foods and snacks, and healthy eating routines.  So, how do healthy lifestyles and happy homes go together?

Healthy Lifestyles and Happy Homes Go Together

Your home can be the actual, physical building, or what goes on inside the walls.   The actual building, your home, has to be bought first, moved into and organized.   Then all the happy family members have to work together to keep it clean.  Think about what all of this means.  Moving into a new home is a time consuming, stressful and often frustrating experience.  There are tons of deadlines.  The paperwork and steady stream of necessary appointments is constant.  How do you cope?

How To Cope

You live well. You get enough sleep and try to help others in your family do the same.  You eat well.  You make sure you have healthy food handy and healthy snacks available to fill in the gaps.  You use non-toxic cleaners and time-saving products to quickly wipe up spills and mishaps.  You take a few minutes each day, even through all the stress and confusion to do some exercises and take a family walk.  You care for your spiritual health by reading, listening to or watching something positive and encouraging each day.  What does this do?

What Living Well Does

It reduces stress, which helps you and your entire family deal with the situation calmly.  This helps you stay healthy because the stress that could be taking it’s toll on your body isn’t taking it’s toll on your body.  So you remain strong and able to cope. Since you are remaining calm, there are no, or less, angry outbursts at family members, which also contributes to the peace in the family.  Everybody is getting it through it.   Yay!

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more tips on living well, healthy lifestyles and happy homes.

Martha xoxo

 

 

This article was written by Martha L. Robards

Photo Credit:  Free photo 84960626 © creativecommonsstockphotos – Dreamstime.com

Jan 102019
 

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My husband says that the person behind him on the bus coughed for two miles.  I would have been scrambling to find a seat as far away from the coughing person as possible. But alas, sometimes there is just no escaping it.  One of the next best things you can do to keep yourself safe from getting a cold is to build your immune system up as much as possible.  Even if you do get a cold, there are things you can do to reduce those nasty symptoms.   An article at Healthline.com cites a few studies showing the benefits of using essential oils to prevent or treat the common cold.

There are quite a number of essential oils with properties that do just that.  Whether you already use aromatherapy or are just getting started with it, it is worth a review of what has been shown to work for colds.  Here is a brief check on three good essential oils for your cold supply box:

  • Eucalyptus:  has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.  It can be inhaled with steam (be careful not to burn yourself) or used in a diffuser.  It may safely fight viruses and can help with respiratory problems.
  • Peppermint: contains menthol and is used as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer.  Peppermint oil has shown in tests to have viral activity.  Menthol is used in cough drops to help sooth throats.  Use by inhaling the steam or in a diffuser.
  • Chamomile: can help reduce cold symptoms and helps with sleep. Inhale with steam, use in a diffuser or drink some chamomile tea.

Buy essential oils that are pure, traceable to their sources, fairly priced and sustainably harvested.  If you are careful to follow these guidelines, you will purchase high quality essential oils which are the only kind you should use for aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is very powerful and effective when done properly.

Learn more about how essential oils can be used for colds and flu next Tuesday, January 15 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m., at the Cesar Chavez library, located at 3635 W. Baseline Ave., Laveen, AZ.  Call me, Martha, at 505-750-7847 or email me at marthapmintl@gmail.com to reserve your spot or for more information.

Martha has been writing articles about wellness for 10 years.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/essential-oils-for-colds#treatment

Melaleuca

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy

Martha L. Robards c 2019

Jan 072019
 

 

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We want our counter-tops to look nice for years to come.  At the same time, you may want a cleaner that is safe for counter-top surfaces, including natural stone, ‘green’, meaning non-toxic, environmentally friendly and made with ‘natural’ ingredients, and that also has cleaning power.  So, what do you look for?

  • No Chemicals

Toxic chemicals are commonly used in household cleaners today.  Even most store-bought polishes have toxic ingredients. One way to tell is to check the label and see what it says about coming in contact with it.  If the back label has skull and cross bones, that is an indication that it not safe for you or your children.  Another surefire indicator it is toxic is that it has childproof safety caps. Look for cleaners that do not contain chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, ammonia, phthalates, triclosan or parabens.

  • Safe for Family and Counter-tops

What is safe for your family should be safe for your counter-tops.  However, non-toxic does not always mean that.  For instance, many household non-toxic cleaners are made with citric acid, which is a great natural cleaner, but not good for natural stone.  If you have granite, marble, travertine, limestone, or onyx surfaces, natural cleaners containing citrus or vinegar should not be used, as they contain acid that can etch the stone.  Look at the label and make sure it says the cleaner is safe for natural stone, as suggested by marble-granites.com.  The product I use in my home is highly concentrated and made with plant-derived cleaning agents, yet does not use caustic ingredients. It states on the label that it is safe to “use on granite, marble and natural stone”.

  • Non-toxic Ingredients

Palm and coconut derived cleaning agents, tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil), orange essential oil, lemon essential oil, lavender essential oil and many other plant derived cleaning ingredients make cleaners that have cleaning power, yet are not toxicLook for cleaning products that are made with these ingredients.

In our February newsletter, ‘In Touch’, Robards Healthy Lifestyles,  brought to your attention a European Lung Health Study that was published in the peer reviewed, American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on February 16, 2018.

Read more about the study.

For more information on non-toxic, safe, powerful cleaning products, call me, Martha, at 505-750-7847, or email me marthapmintl@gmail.com.

Martha L. Robards c 2019

 

Aug 012018
 

Gearing up for Fall Cleaning

Time to Prepare for Fall Cleaning

Time to Prepare for Fall Cleaning

It’s August. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to plan for what I want to accomplish when I do my fall cleaning. I have learned that I have to start planning early and writing things down so I can remember everything when it comes time to do it. So many times, I thought I would remember what I needed and wanted to do, but that didn’t happen.

Here are some things I will be doing: going through some old boxes I never unpacked, cleaning the stairs banister which goes up the stairs and along the loft are where my office is located, and around on the other side, makes this cool curve where there’s a little niche. I’ll be going through closets and drawers and getting rid of clothes we haven’t worn in a year.

Cleaning the Banister

Cleaning the Banister

I’ll wash walls and clear cob and dust webs. I think I’ll give myself a week (maybe two) to get this done. If that seems like a long time to some, to me, it’s not at all.

Cleaning Corners and Walls

Cleaning Corners and Walls

For some of this, I’ll need to stock up on my cleaning products. Because I’m so sensitive to scents and chemicals, I’ll make sure to purchase my favorite non-toxic cleaning stuff. For the walls, I’ll use an all-purpose cleaner which is toxic free, has no bleach, no ammonia and no strong scents. It works really well for the banister too.


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This is therapeutic for me when I take enough time and prepare for it. Then I’m not stressed out and hurried over it. I have arthritis which acts up sometimes when I’m doing more than normal, like a special project, so I’m going to get my compression garments ready too. When my hands, arms or legs start to ache, I’ll put those on to help. 10% discount code for InstantRecoveryMD

We’ve already been going through a lot of boxes and old papers around here anyway, and it feels so good to be cleaning everything out and getting some things in order. I’ve done garage sales and it will still be kind of hot when I do my fall cleaning, but I always have my ‘virtual garage‘ for those times.

I’m even thinking about doing some re-decorating. I’m getting so many ideas that I don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to do. I need eternity.

Well, I’ll keep you posted on how this comes along. :) Cheers. Thanks for reading.

Martha xoxoxo

 

May 032018
 

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Earth Day 2018

Weekend before last was Earth Day 2018, a celebration of our beautiful planet and it’s amazing resources. This year’s theme was all about ending plastic pollution and the impact of the choices we make every day.  When deciding where to shop, choose companies that produces less waste, uses less energy and helps keep the air and water cleaner.

According to the Earth Day Network, plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental problems we face today.  We produce nearly 30 billion tons of plastic each year which never fully degrades in the environment, and means every item of plastic you have ever used still exists.

The company I am partnered with has saved 22 million pounds of plastic, 42 million gallons of gasoline and 48 million pounds of greenhouse gas since 1985.  It feels good to know I am doing my part to help keep the earth a cleaner place. You can do your part too.  Choose where you shop carefully.

What else you can do:

  • Recycle your plastics
  • Buy concentrated products
  • Reuse containers

Check out these lists of environmentally friendly companies.

Mar 072018
 

PHOENIX ALLERGY SEASON

Allergy season in Phoenix is upon us. For those who experience seasonal allergies, using essential oils can help alleviate some, if not all, seasonal allergy symptoms.  It does take planning, and some consistency and regularity, but can be done, and can help.  Similar to using solar power, you do have to be pro-active — in other words, practicing ‘more natural’ ways of doing things takes effort, but oh, how worth-it it is!  Not all of you live in Phoenix, but these ideas are helpful no matter where you live.

WHICH OILS CAN HELP

Using an essential oil diffuser, you can use eucalyptus, myrtle, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, thyme and/or tea tree essential oils to help with hay fever.  These oils have anti-inflammatory, expectorant and immune stimulating, along with other properties that can help reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.

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HOW TO DO IT

Depending upon which kind of diffuser you have, you may add a little more or little less essential oil to the water of your diffuser, and either turn it on, and let it produce steam into the air with the scent of the oil you added, or light a candle under the bowl to heat the water.  Both work fine.  Generally, 6 – 8 drops works well in either, but experiment to find which works best for you.  You can combine some of the oils, or use one at a time.

This is where being pro-active and effort come in.

  • You have to buy the oil.  Shop at health food stores or online.
  • Understand that natural healing ways help your body help itself.  It takes a little longer than a pill.  It takes being patient and consistent.  We’re all busy and active, and have many responsibilities.  When you’re at home, use the diffuser consistently throughout the day.  If you are at work, use it at your desk or in your area, if possible. If that is not possible, you can carry a small bottle of the oil with you and sniff it several times throughout the day.   In your car, you can keep some cotton balls in your car and put a few drops on the cotton balls every time you get in.
  • Be consistent and don’t give up.  Don’t expect immediate results.  These things take practice to get used to, and consistency, but by doing them you can be setting a pattern in your life of healthy habits, natural healing and pro-active care of your health and that of your family.

Plus it smells good.

 

Of course, use only pure, high grade essential oils that you can track the origins of.  :)

 

Some of this information came from:

LiveStrong.com

National Association of Aromatherapy

Mar 012018
 

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A European Lung Health Study was published in the peer reviewed, American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on February 16, 2018. This study is gathering great consideration worldwide.

Read more about the study.

6,230 women and men were evaluated in this ground-breaking, 20-year study which measured the long-term impact of using home cleaning products containing ammonia, chlorine bleach, and quaternary ammonium compounds. The study focused on lung health and breathing capacity.

In women, the study showed that accelerated lung function decline was comparable to the effects of smoking a pack of cigarettes every day for 20 years! The study came to the conclusion that long-term respiratory health is significantly impaired after using cleaning products containing these chemicals.

Why Be Concerned?

When we bring toxic chemicals into our homes, we put our families at risk.

The CDC says:


We all face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. … Some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices. Indoor air pollution and exposure to hazardous substances in the home are risks we can do something about.”

What can you do?

  1. Make the decision to NOT bring toxic chemicals into your home.

  2. Choose products that do not use ammonia, chlorine bleach, or quaternary ammonium compounds.

  3. Look for safe, environmentally responsible ingredients that gently clean and disinfect.

There are cleaning products, you can use to get safer, worry-free cleaning.  We recommend cleaning products that are so safe, they don’t require a childproof cap;  in which toxic chemicals are not used, and which do not produce harmful fumes.

Using products such as mentioned above, helps makes the world a cleaner, and a safer place for you and your family.

Dec 142017
 

A lot of companies  have year-end sales this time of year and the company I’m partnered with is no exception.   From essential oils to dolomite diffusers, beauty collections, room sprays, delectable dark chocolate, coffee mugs, lip balm and more, you can get these at a substantial discount by becoming a member of the shopping club.  The value of a shopping club makes sense when you consider the benefits.

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