My top 4 favourite ways to make your home your sanctuary:
- Drink (and bathe in) good, clean water. Staying well hydrated makes a significant impact to your health – your body is made of a lot of water! Spend some time finding the right water filter for you. They don’t have to be expensive. We currently use an Alps water filter which sits on the bench, and a Nikken shower head filter. They aren’t perfect, but they sure do make a difference. It is amazing how often we need to clean out the drinking filter. I’ve actually taken progressive photos of how quickly it gets dirty to show you what is potentially in your tap water (for another blog post).
- Be aware of what is in your mattress. You spend a lot of time in bed. The health benefits of getting a good night’s rest are well-known. The quality of your mattress can make a big difference. Some people (myself included) react to foams, which can lead to sleep disturbances. Another thing to consider with mattresses is the inner springs – there is a controversial theory that inner springs can act like little antennae for electromagnetic radiation, attracting a pile of it right into your sleeping space. I haven’t found anything that officially proves this, but in the meantime it’s important enough to me that I have chosen to sleep without inner springs. Our mattress is an organic futon from Organature. (so is our bed frame, as it is made from chemical-free wood).
- Reduce your radiation exposure. Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are produced by anything electrical, as well as water running through pipes. It is impossible to avoid, but easy to reduce. Ensure you don’t sleep next to a wall with wiring or bathroom plumbing running in it. Use manual alarm clocks rather than digital, or if using your phone as your alarm, place it outside your room (we put ours in the bathroom). Turn off power points when not in use. Choose a home a safe distance from big power lines. We have also chosen to add a few extra things into our house which are supposed to assist in reducing EMF exposure, including salt lamps and indoor plants in most rooms, and amethysts next to computers (and one in the bedroom too).
- Reduce mould exposure. Moulds release spores which are then breathed in, and may cause lung irritation, and even neurological and behavioural symptoms (for myself it causes severe brain fog). They will grow anywhere damp. Check your bathrooms, bedrooms, air conditioners, and ducted heating regularly for mould. We use white vinegar, bicarb, and oregano oil to remove our mould, which luckily for us tend to only be present in the shower.
Have you got some other favourites that you would add to my list? Is there anything that has worked for your children (or yourself)? Leave your comments below, or head over to facebook or twitter and comment there!