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Powers of Scent

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   The scent of coffee invigorates me, and gets me excited for a sip. The scent of essential oils relaxes me. The scent of cloves,...

Meditate on Your Nose

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   How often do you think about your nose? I rarely do. Except when I have a stuffy nose, runny nose, or sneezing fits. What does the nose...

What is a healing space?

by Sophia Ruan Gushée   An environment—like in our homes, schools, and workspaces—can be designed to support therapeutic effects....

The air purifier I use for my family

  One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "Which air purifier do you use?" Recently, after speaking at a wellness event for the Brown Alumni Club of NY, my...

Health tips for burning candles and incense as well as smudging sag...

Candles have been a part of our rituals and celebrations for more than 5,000 years. Burning incense and "smudging"—ceremonial practices of burning sacred herbs and...

10 Household Products to Detox

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Household products—like cleaners, paints, and fragrances—contribute to half of our urban...

Is My House Making Me Sick?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Do you feel tired or under the weather when you’re at home, and feel better when you leave the house? New...

Using Wood as a Stress Reducer at Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   In today’s fast-paced world, stress is increasing. Along with the amount of time we spend...

Why Does New Furniture Smell?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   If you want to reduce toxic chemicals in your home, evaluate your furniture.   Originally, furniture...

Formaldehyde in Furniture

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   When buying furniture the first consideration is usually about the look and feel of the furniture. Not about how it...

Can Furniture Off-gassing Make You Light Headed and Give You Brain ...

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Did you recently buy new furniture, such as a bed frame, couch, desk or shelving unit? Do you feel tired,...

Why Choose Low- to No- VOC Solvents?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Have you noticed a distinctive smell when you open a paint can, squirt adhesive, unwrap a new vinyl shower curtain,...

Natural Air Fresheners

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Air fresheners are everywhere—in home kitchens, personal vehicles, restaurant bathrooms, hotel lobbies,...

Consider Phthalates in Furniture

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Did you know there are phthalates in furniture? “More than 470 million pounds of phthalates are produced or...

Do You Have Indoor Allergies?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Do you sometimes come home after being out of the house all day and experience chronic symptoms: scratchy...

Top Chemicals Found in the Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Chemicals, chemicals here and there. Chemicals, chemicals everywhere!   It’s true. They’re all...

Zero-VOC Paint Means Less Off-Gassing in Your Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Zero- and low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) labels are popping up on paint cans throughout the U.S. in response...

Should You Replace Your Shower Curtain With A Safer One?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   When detoxing your home, it can be overwhelming to think of replacing each little item with nontoxic versions....

What Are You Sleeping on 3,650 Hours?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   It’s not every day that people replace their mattress. In fact, not even every five years. It’s every...

When Painting, Planning Pays Off

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   One of the easiest and least expensive ways to freshen up a room is to paint the walls. However, paint can...

Is Off-Gassing Happening in My Home?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   What is Off-gassing? When you read about chemicals in everyday products, you’ll come across the term...

Potential Cancer-Causing Household Products

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Most people, it seems, think that their home is a healthy environment that is safe and free from harmful chemicals....

EMF and Cancer: Does Extremely Low Frequency Radiation Cause Cancer?

In the past 30 years, there has been more concern and study on whether our daily exposures to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (ELF) might cause cancer. One chronic...

Symptoms of Electromagnetic Radiation Sensitivity and How to Avoid It

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée   By this point in your life, you have identified certain factors that cause your body discomfort. Maybe...

EMF Headaches: Causes, Symptoms & Prevention

  You can’t see electromagnetic fields (EMF), but that doesn’t mean they're not there. This invisible form of radiation is all around us, yet most people...

Sick House Syndrome: 3 Strategies for a home that may be making you...

  Angela Cummings, pictured above, contacted me several months ago because my work really resonated with her. Curious as to why, I invited Angela to share her personal...

EMFs from Appliances in Your Home

    EMF Exposures in the Home I used to think that EMFs were a concern to those who have certain situations, like living near power lines. I now...

Detox Your Home: 5 Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

  by the editorial team With the average American spending about 90% of their time indoors, it's important that our homes are healthy environments. The idea of indoor...
Updated: You may be interested to read Which air purifier I use for my family.   While researching tips for choosing a new water filter, I also started to gather...

Detox Your Home of a New Type of Pollution: EMFs

  Recently, I was a guest on Leslie Reichert's podcast series Clean Green Talk. We talked about a less well-known pollution in our homes: electromagnetic fields...
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