A new study in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology highlights a worrisome reality about dust in our homes. It can contain a mixture of potentially toxic chemicals that leak out of everything from fabrics to paint to flooring materials. This poses possible health issues like asthma and allergies.
Here are three ways to keep indoor as clean as possible:
- Open windows often. Circulation of air helps decrease the concentration of volatile compounds. As the study suggests, they are more highly concentrated indoors than outside, even in outdoor places where the air isn’t entirely clean.
- Buy air-cleansing houseplants. In a study presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, a common houseplant like a spider plant or Caribbean tree cactus were shown to be effective at filtering harmful substances from indoor air. Plants absorb bad compounds from the air onto their leaves and move them to their root zones, where microbes break them down.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. HEPA is an acronym for high-efficiency particulate air, which means that these filters pick up fine-grained dust and toxins that can escape standard vacuums and contaminate your air.
When you have an achy back, it’s difficult, if not impossible to function. There are some natural cures if the pain is not intense or related to any other illness, rather just a pesky ache you would like to relieve.
Take a time out. Lie on the floor with a pillow under your head and one under your knees. Put your hands on your belly and breathe deep several times, big deep breaths, and hold the inhaled breath for a few seconds. Exhale for as long as you can letting every inhaled breath out of your body. Continue the practice for several minutes until you feel your back relax.
Sleeping in a position known as the “Lazy S” is often the best for an achy back. It entails the same positioning as your relaxed position; put a pillow under the head and one under the knees. This keeps the hamstring muscles from pulling and exerting pressure on the lower back. In the morning, roll carefully out of bed. Stretch to get the circulation going. Most of all, be sure you have a good supportive mattress.
As the day winds down for adults, the thought of getting to bed is SO enticing. Kids, however, seem to become more energetic as bedtime nears. Their behavior is conflicting: they’re too tired to be on their best behavior, but not tired enough to fall sleep. Many, many parents face this struggle with their kids’ bedtime
Whether it’s dealing with hyper kids or fears of monsters in the closet, there are ways to help your little ones rest easy at bedtime.
Hold a Dance Party. If it seems as though your child transforms into the Energizer Bunny when it comes time for bed, try encouraging movement. Release all that energy through a before-bed dance party! Crank up some music and dance in your pajamas to help your kids expel some of that energy before bedtime.
Soothe them with scarves. For a more relaxing way to release some energy, use scarves in a smooth dance-like motion. The movement of scarves in the air creates a sense of calm. Turn on some relaxing music and watch as the yawns take over for kids.
Take an evening walk. Gather the whole gang and take a short walk in your pajamas. Pointing out how even the sun is getting ready to go to bed will help prepare your child for his own bedtime routine.
Empower your kids to fight! If it’s a monster they’re afraid of, create a monster-fighting team. Arm yourselves with empty water guns and monster-hunting-only fly swatters. Then go on a hunt around the room looking for the monsters. If your child is not up to going with you, go on a solo mission. Knock around a few things and pretend to battle those monsters.
Pick out a favorite toy, stuffed animal, or blanket and share a story with your child about the item’s magic. Share how it will protect them from any harm. Try placing the toy or stuffed animal facing the place where the monsters hide and add a bucket next to the toy or stuffed animal. When your child sees that the bucket is empty in the morning, you can assure them there were no monsters to catch.
A Lullaby for the Senses. Just as some scents stimulate and awaken, others are calming. Try what we’ve nicknamed our Monster Spray. With hints of lavender, it is perfect for nurturing a natural sense of relaxation and easing your little one to sleep. Some helpful hints: spray it on towels for drying off after bedtime baths or on a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. You may even use it on your own pillow for an extra special touch as you drift off to sleep.
We know that parents work hard and the days can be stressful. Bedtime routines should be a special and pleasant experience for you and your child. See how PUREhaven ESSENTIALS can help bring a happy, peaceful end to the day and a good night!
To learn more about our safe, effective, trustworthy products, talk to your local PUREhaven Consultant and don’t miss our April Host and Customer Specials. Of course, you’ll find we provide full ingredient lists on every product – just click on View Details when you shop!
On World Water Day (March 22), the day is dedicated to taking action against water crises around the world. Dirty water is a tragedy with harsh consequences and can cost victims their health, even their lives. We can’t underestimate the importance of worldwide awareness and engagement on this issue. That includes awareness of microbeads and SLS.
Putting Ourselves at Risk
In the U.S., we are fortunate to not have to face many of these hardships. However, we are guilty of putting ourselves at risk. Every day, millions of gallons of shampoo, body wash, exfoliators and other products are literally washed down the drain. Where does it go from there?
Water treatment plants are equipped to remove bacteria from the water, not toxic chemicals. This means there are countless toxic chemicals contaminating the water we use. Curious about the toxic chemicals in products you might use? Click here to download our Ingredients to Avoid Guide.
Microbeads – One of the Biggest Offenders
One of the biggest offenders is products that contain microbeads. These are tiny plastic particles that are added to various skin care products and used to exfoliate the skin. Microbeads are so small that they go undetected by our water treatment plants. Once they enter our waterways, they put fish and other water animals in harm’s way.
It is estimated that about 8 trillion microbeads have been released into our waterways. According to Popular Science, that’s enough plastic to cover 300 tennis courts! Fish, whales, sea turtles and more gobble up these microbeads. While we are not actually drinking the microbeads, they may end up in our seafood.
Our Promise Extends to the Environment
At PUREhaven ESSENTIALS, our mission is to help people live toxic free. That promise extends to our environment as well. Our products are designed with natural, environmentally-friendly alternatives. For example, our Exfoliator is made with apricot kernels instead of microbeads. The apricot kernels gently buff your skin, leaving you with healthy, smooth skin.
Our Shampoo is free from Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS). SLS is classified as a drug in bubble baths because it eats away skin protection and causes rashes/infection. Let’s keep SLS out of our water! Try our Shampoo for a clean that not only leaves your hair lovely and keeps your scalp itch-free. It also won’t harm our environment.
Working together, we CAN make our water cleaner and safer. Use non-toxic products and have peace of mind. You’ll know that the products you use are good for you and the environment.
To learn more about our safe, effective, trustworthy products, talk to your local PUREhaven Consultant and don’t miss our March Specials. Of course, you’ll find we provide full ingredient lists on every product – just click on View Details when you shop!
Learning about the amount of harmful chemicals in products you once trusted can be disheartening. It might even make you angry. Figuring out what to do next can be overwhelming.
Companies spend a lot of time and money to make their products seem natural and safe for you and your family from heart-warming commercials to more natural-looking packaging. Tag lines like “Good, Natural Ingredients” sound great, but what does that really mean for you?
Unfortunately, you may be unaware of harmful ingredients and continue to be exposed to toxic ingredients in your personal care and home products. As a consumer, you need to be vigilant and make sure your products are not just marketed to sell as safe, but are formulated with the right ingredients so they are actually safe.
Reading label after label on your products, even so-called eco-friendly products, can make your head spin. It’s frustrating to know that many of the items in your house are marketed to make you think they are beneficial for you, when in fact they can make you and your family feel worse, not better. You might have even been living with annoyances like minor allergies and headaches for so long that it seems normal. If a stroll down the laundry aisle at the grocery store can throw you into a sneezing fit, daily use of products with harmful chemicals can cause sneezing, itchy watery eyes or low grade headaches.
Rather than being overwhelmed, feeling like there are SO many changes to make, you do have a better solution. PUREhaven ESSENTIALS Bundle No. 8 is the perfect place to start. Its eight products touch all areas of your home, from hair care to intense moisturization to the kitchen counters, plus it includes a bonus Master Blaster for stains and odors that you’ll use everywhere. By using the products in this bundle alone, you eliminate as many as 135 harmful toxins in your products!
Now that’s a great place to start living toxic-free. Click here to check out the Bundle!
To learn more about our safe, effective, trustworthy products, talk to your local PUREhaven Consultant or visit purehavenessentials.com. We proudly post the all the ingredients in every product – just click “view details” when you find a product of interest.
Cold and blustery, then warm and breezy. Somewhere in between, whether you’re nesting or simply looking to get rid of the last bit of winter germs, spring cleaning will be on the agenda. Windows, baseboards, and ceiling fans – lots of household cleaners being used!
Are you still using traditional cleaning products with harsh warning labels? Flammable. Toxic. Poisonous. Children and pets are at the greatest risk.
What about cleaning products with labels that look gentle, but contain harmful scents? You’ll find “fragrance” on the label of many products. As pleasant as fragrance sounds, it is an eye, skin or respiratory irritant and it can cause asthmatic or allergic reactions.
Some cleaning products don’t even have all their ingredients on the label, asking you to call an 800 number instead. Who calls for ingredients!?
How can you determine if the products you’re using are harmful to your health?
Check for warning labels. Manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients, but they are required to include warning labels.
Check for a full list of ingredients. As noted in BusinessEthics,com, according to Sloan Barnett, author of Green Goes with Everything, “The government only requires companies to list ‘chemicals of known concern’ on their labels. The key word here is ‘known’,” she says. “The fact is that the government has no idea whether most of the chemicals used in everyday cleaning products are safe because it doesn’t test them, and it doesn’t require manufacturers to test them either.”
Check your habits. Do you turn on an exhaust fan? Do you hold your breath? Are you careful not to touch your clothing? You may not have thought about it, but those are all signs that, instinctively, you sense your cleaners are not good for you or your family.
And, last but not least,
Check your medicine cabinet. Do you find yourself taking headache medicine after cleaning? There are chemical ingredients in traditional cleaning products with links to harmful health effects, including something as simple as a headache or as serious as a chronic or life-threatening illness.
Now that you know what to look for in avoiding harmful products, here’s a sample of what to you’ll find in PUREhaven ESSENTIALS line of home cleaning products:
water (purified), organic grape alcohol, enzymes (mannase, lipase, cellulose, protease), vegetable glycerin (kosher, non GMO), coco glucoside, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citrus limonum (organic lemon) peel oil, rosemarinus officinalis (organic rosemary) oil, citric acid
That’s the ingredient list for PUREhaven’s super-hero cleaner, Master Blaster. It’s here to save the day, naturally. Customers tell us they love it because it replaces a whole host of products, from carpet cleaners to laundry presoak to fabric and air fresheners.
We love it because not only are there not any harmful ingredients, the organic lemon peel oil provides the benefits of calming (who doesn’t need that while they’re cleaning?) and anti-inflammatory and anti-viral benefits. It is known for its anti-bacterial properties. Organic rosemary essential oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
Bring on the spring cleaning! You’re now armed with the right information to make sure your home not only looks clean, it is clean of toxic fumes and chemicals.
To learn more about our safe, effective, trustworthy products, talk to your local PUREhaven Consultant or check out our March Customer Special and all our home products. Of course, you’ll find full ingredient lists – just click on View Details!