Updated: Sep 1
Happy freakin’ Earth Day!!! Aside from every witchy holiday and full moon, Earth Day is my favorite! It’s this special day where we honor and recognize nature as this beautiful life-sustaining force that we are all apart of. Really though, every day should be Earth Day.
This year, Mother Earth is celebrating herself by healing. While we are staying indoors (#covid19), the planet is restoring itself. The air and water is getting cleaner, animals are growing in numbers, and she is getting healthier.
And we should be focused on our health too right now. Okay, it’s not like we aren’t thanks to Covid-19, but let’s shift our focus on the ways we can heal WITH nature, starting with our homes.
You may be thinking that staying indoors at this time is healthy (not saying to not social distance and violate quarantines), but you might be falsely assuming. Actually, most of our homes are extremely unhealthy. Whaaat??? Yup, you heard me right. Sorry to burst your bubble even more…but this unhealthiness in our homes has to do with our air (cue mass hysteria).
Indoor Air Quality is one of the top five health hazards according to the EPA. It’s hard to imagine since we don’t see this happening, but our spaces become homes for dust, pollen, chemicals, and other pollutants in our air. These lead to health issues such as allergies, nasal irritation, headaches/fatigue, even more serious issues like cancer and heart disease.
Thankfully we can combat these unhealthy effects through natural ways. You don’t need to spend boat loads of $$ on fancy vent systems or some trendy new product. When you read these simple and effective tips on cleaning your home’s air, you’ll be finding even more reasons to celebrate the Earth and her healing magick!
Open your Windows
Sounds so silly, but it’s probably the cheapest and easiest way we can get better air in our homes. Opening your windows helps to circulate the air, which is crucial for air quality. Just be mindful if you live in urban areas that get a lot of street pollution. Open up your windows are times when there is less traffic such as early in the morning or late at night.
I am such a plant lover, and this is one of the reasons! Aside from providing us with oxygen to breath, some plants actually filter the air and purify it. NASA and other scientists have done multiple studies on plants and have come up with the best plants for filtering our air.
Research has proven that sage removes 94% of bacteria in the air. This is due to sage’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Due to the endangerment of white sage due to over consumerism, other antimicrobial/antibacterial smudging herbs are lavender, rosemary, and pine.
Beeswax candles release negative charges when burned. This counter acts the positive charge that pollen, dust, and pollutants carry. This balancing the air in our spaces. Beeswax candles also don’t omit smoke, helping our air quality as well.
Himalayan Salt Lamp
If burning candles ain’t your jam, Himalayan salt lamps do the same thing. These lamps release negative ions to negate the positive ions that air pollutants have. Studies have shown people with Asthma reporting their symptoms reducing when using these lamps.
Activated charcoal has been used for decades as a safe way to purify the air. It was used back during WWI inside gas masks, and is today used in many types of automotive filters. Get a charcoal purifier online or burn active charcoal discs.
Whether it’s painting, cleaning, or air freshening your home, opt for natural products. Popular brands contain harmful chemicals and VOCs that we can breathe in. Plus these cause a lot of toxic runoff into our lakes, rivers, and waterways. Switch to natural cleaning products (or DIY them), and use essential oils or smudging to freshen your air.
Most new furniture today surprisingly has a lot of chemicals. Cheaply made, most contain glues and particle board that release toxins in the air. That’s one of the reasons I like thrifted pieces. They often don’t contain those chemicals but they’re also better quality built (and cost less too).
This natural fiber has SO many amazing benefits. One of these is that wool absorbs and breaks down harmful VOCs such as formaldehyde. It also helps to relieve allergies, trapping dust into its fibers. Opt for wool carpets and area rugs in your space.