Air

"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat" - Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867 - 1957)

What can be more basic than Air! We may be able to live days without food but hardly a few minutes without air. Clean air provides us with life sustaining oxygen and is critical for health and longevity. 

Did you know the below key facts on air pollution according to the World Health Organization?

  • According to the WHO, air pollution is the single biggest environmental health risk and 9 out of 10 people in the world breathe polluted air.

  • Over 80% of urban residents are exposed to pollution levels exceeding WHO limits.

  • Air pollution is responsible for 43% of deaths from Lung disease, 24% of deaths from Stroke, and a daunting 25% of deaths from Heart disease.

Air pollution can shave years off of the human lifespan. When centenarian Elizabeth Zangel returned to her birth farm place in Minnesota for her 100th birthday celebration, she had a short and sweet message for the younger generations emphasizing the importance of living a plain life, prayers and fresh air!

Here are some tips and solutions to address air pollution.

Air purifier: A good air purifier is a must and the best investment one can do when it comes to improving air quality. Consider getting the Rabbit Air MinusA2 which is probably the best available in the market today.

 

Essential Oils: Many essential oils carry antimicrobial properties that can eliminate

airborne bacteria and viruses. In fact, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils have been

clinically proven to inactivate airborne Flu virus. Another study at the Weber State

University proved the efficacy of the famous oil blend - Thieves, against airborne bacteria.

The study showed that Thieves essential oil can significantly reduce airborne bacteria in

as little as 6 minutes!

Beeswax Candles: Beeswax candles act as natural air purifiers. Regular paraffin candles which are petroleum derived can release chemicals into the air. On the contrary, 100% pure Beeswax candles release negative ions in the air thereby neutralizing air contaminants. Especially recommended for relieving Asthma symptoms.

Get a door mat: Much of indoor air pollution can be addressed simply by installing a good doormat. The dirt and dust which can be 'tracked' into homes from our shoes can contain bacteria, viruses, animal waste, mold spores, heavy metals and more. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted the 'door mat study' and found that by adding a good door mat at the door and taking your shoes off at the door when you enter homes, the incidence of lead dust and other common toxins decreased by 60 percent. 

 

Himalayan Salt Lamps: In addition to enhancing the beauty of indoor spaces, Himalayan

Salt lamps are natural air ionizers which act as toxin neutralizers. Allergy sufferers have 

experienced soothing results from installing HS lamps. 

They can also make beautiful night lights!

Carpet Cleaning Essentials: Avoid traditional soap based carpet cleaners as they attract more dirt and make clean carpets quickly dirty again. The Carpet and Rug Institute has a Seal of Approval program to certify superior carpet cleaning products like Hoover.

Houseplants: Getting back to nature, plants are nature's way to purify air. Indoor plants are a great way to improve air quality by absorbing chemicals and pollutants in the air. In fact, NASA researchers conducted The Clean Air Study and found that many indoor plants may provide a natural way of removing toxic chemicals like benzeneformaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air helping to neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome. Peace Lily, Golden Pothos and Chrysanthemum Morifolium (Pot Mum) are a good place to start. Be careful while choosing indoor plants as many plants can be toxic to dogs and cats.

Ventilation: In addition to supplying oxygen, breathing also frees the blood from excess carbon dioxide among other impurities. Gas stoves can also add to air pollution due to Nitrogen Dioxide generation. Therefore, it is important to have good ventilation to improve indoor air quality.

Belly Breathing: Practicing diaphragmatic breathing or 'belly breathing' encourages far greater oxygen exchange as compared to thoracic breathing or 'chest breathing'. Belly breathing is deep while chest breathing is relatively shallow. If we ever saw a baby breathing during sleep, we will find that the baby almost entirely belly breathes. As adults, due to stress or wanting to show a flat belly, we have been out of touch with our natural breathing state. But it's never too late. For more information, check out Master Stephen Co's  The Power of Prana: Breathe Your Way to Health and Vitality

Energy Conservation: We may not have thought of it this way, but conservation of energy reduces air pollution simply because large amounts of fossil fuels are burned to produce the energy used for lighting, cooking and heating. 

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