Monthly Archives: March 2018

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House plants that clean the air

These are the plants I use in my house, although I built my home as a non-toxic one so they are useful for whatever else shows up.

Spider plants are among the easiest houseplants to grow,  and remove formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide an xylene, a solvent. Spider plants are OK to have around your pets.

Peace lily plants are relatively small compared to many of the plants on this list, but they still pack some major air-cleaning abilities. Easy to grow, and remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. They are toxic to pets so please don’t keep them in a spot where the animals can chew on them.

Boston Ferns prefer to clean the air from a cool location with  high humidity so make sure in the winter you add a humidifier to your room.  They’re relatively easy to grow, but they do need to stay moist. They also remove formaldehyde and xylene and are fine to have around pets.

In addition to being easy to care for, Aloe ‘s leaves contain a clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, but don’t eat the plant… it must be processed correctly or is toxic to the body. It also removes formaldehyde. Do not leave where you pet can chomp on it as they may develop diarrhea and if it gets severe you may have to take them to the vet.

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 Note: read on my blog why I stopped taking vitamin pills .  Click Here

Got stress? Try an adaptogen.

Our current lifestyles produce multiple scenarios where stress can develop. Even if you don’t think you are uptight, your body may be reacting making you tired, irritable, and lowering your immune response. In order for an herb to be considered an adaptogen it must be non-toxic to the body, increase the body’s resistance to all kinds of stressors including chemical, emotional and physical, and it would provide a normalizing effect without side-effects.

Adaptogenic herbs must also be capable of re-regulating the pituitary and adrenal systems which control our flight or fight response. When these glands recognize a ‘threat’ they release hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline. When the stress becomes chronic these hormones become pervasive. Adaptogens help to balance adrenal function by supporting the adrenals, thus counteracting the effects of the stressor.

Ashwagandha is a well-know adaptogen that contains withanolides that boosts resistance to fatigue and stress. Another herb, Rhodiola rosea includes salidrosides and the compounds rosavin, rosin and rosarin that are responsible for the stress-reducing effects and like ashwagandha moderates cortisol levels. Deer antler velvet is considered to be a natural adaptogen, restoring homeostasis to an unbalanced body by helping where it is needed. In addition to helping reduce stress and support normal cortisol levels, deer velvet works to support the body processes that help reduce pain and inflammation in joints and has been used for 2000 years in Asia as a treatment for menopausal symptoms.  Holy Basil is also an herb that has cortisol-mitigating action and is used frequently for adrenal fatigue although long-term use is not recommended for people on blood thinning drugs or who are being treated for blood sugar issues such as diabetics.                                                                                                            Link to Velvet Antler Click Here

Link to Rhodiola Click Here