Decrease Inflammation through Housekeeping and Home Life

No Houseplants

Houseplants can improve indoor air quality by adding oxygen and removing chemicals. Your brain and body will thank you.

Poor Sleep?

The blue light in computers and cell phones (and even many LED lights) interfere with appropriate melatonin production. Install fLux on your computer to increase the yellow orange spectrum in the evening. Turn off your computer or electronic devices and switch to print instead of digital two hours before bedtime. My masters thesis was on sleep and I cannot overstate how many papers I came across on decreased immune function in conjunction with poor sleep.

Reduce Stress with Meditation or Journaling

Improve your health by setting a timer for 11 minutes twice a day and choosing a method of meditation that aligns with your values. Chakra focusing, centering prayer, visualization, breath work, kundalini, and even holding your coffee or tea and sipping it slowly while sitting on a cushion are all options for decreasing your stress levels. Decreased stress will improve immune function.

- Decreasing Inflammation -
Through Right Housekeeping

- Basic Spray Cleanser -
Vinegar

1/2 vinegar

1/2 water

few drops tea tree oil

1/2 t baking soda (optional)

- Basic Mirror and Window Cleanser -
Vinegar

Straight vinegar gives a streak free shine. Use newspaper instead of paper towels for streak free shine.

- Improving Ambient Air Quality -
Windows & HousePlants

Benzene and formalydehyde are two chemicals produced by paints and furniture/building materials and outgas from cleaning chemicals.

Open a window for at least an hour a day and use houseplants which Nasa has shown to decrease the aforementioned chemicals:

Mother In Laws Tongue (Snake Plant)

English Ivy (especially good for mold)

Pothos Ivy

Ficus

Guzmania lingulata / Scarlet Star Plant

Spider Plant

Peace Lily (also removes tricloroethylene common in the bathroom)

Gerbera Daisy

Aloe Vera

- Mopping-
Vinegar

Place 1 cup vinegar in your mop water along with a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has been shown to kill Staph.

- Bathroom-
Vinegar and Baking Soda

Use vinegar inside the toilet bowl, or occasionally bleach. Use baking soda on any enamel in the sinks and bathtubs.

-Whole House-

Essential Oils

Clove Oil (Syzygium aromatica)

Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus globulis)

Lemon Oil (Citrus limon)

Clary SageOil (Salvia sclarea)

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis)

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Cedar Oil is great for those with allergies

Geranium

These are some of the best oils for their antibacterial and antiseptic properties. They are also cheering and uplifting to the spirit.

- Laundry -
Vinegar, Baking Soda, Eco Soap

Use half the detergent suggested by the manufacturer.

In hard water use borax to break down minerals.

Instead of dryer sheets and for softer clothes add 1 c white vinegar to wash water. Vinegar is especially good to wash cloth diapers as it breaks down uric acid and grease.

Dry sheets are the most toxic of all laundry products. Instead add a few drops of essential oil to a washcloth or to a wool dryer ball, and reuse same cloth without washing.

 

We have been taught since the industrial revolution that a woman with a clean house, who uses plenty cleaning chemicals to remove germs, is a good woman, wife, mother, partner. I am here to show you that you can still exert your feminine desires for cleanliness, order, and home functionality without increasing your toxic load. The cleaning chemicals used in the home inhibit the immune system by increasing the toxic load in your body.

The majority of cleaning chemicals are moot. Contrary to what mass culture of our dominator society would have us believe (we need to consume products to be happy and healthy and whole) the use of cleaning products in your home are carcinogenic, decrease your immune function, exacerbate allergies, and lower your physiological capabilities.

Research is showing that we have evolved to coexist with bacteria and the efforts to remove germs for good health is a fictitious idea based on marketing efforts to find a use for all the industrial chemicals initially produced for chemical warfare. Many of these chemicals switched to being used in the home and agriculture after World War I. The truth is that most bacteria are beneficial to your physiology. Not only do they work to outcompete harmful bacteria that could actually cause illness, but they also decrease the incidence and severity of allergies, help with food digestion, and even produce certain compounds that are compulsory for human health.

Examples of physiological effects by bacteria are the short chain fatty acids produced in the colon. The short chain fatty acid (SSFA's) butyric acid used by colon cells for energy which improves colon health and prevents colon cancer.  Propionic acid is produced by bacteria on the skin and in the gut. These two aforementioned FA's and acetic acid are also theorized and supported by recent research to affect glucose and insulin response by affecting the circulation of free fatty acids (FFA's) and to affect the hormones such as ghrelin and GP-1 which affect desire for food intake. Please note that is it not just the bacteria important in these SSFA's production, but also the consumption of fiber.

The bottom line is that you will be better off throwing away ALL your cleaning chemicals. Even better put them in a box and take them by the local hazardous waste disposal facility so they do not end up in our water and food supply.

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Throw out Cleaners

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Buy Fragrance Free Detergent, Vinegar, Baking Soda

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Add Houseplants and Improve your Health

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