RSVP for the Essential Detox

Check out what's new!

Fossil Fuels in Your Self-Care and Beauty Products

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

We use fossil fuels as coal, natural gas, and petroleum (sometimes called crude oil). These types of fossil fuels help us create not only energy (e.g. gasoline in cars), but also various household products—including those in your self-care and beauty routines!

This article highlights key things you should know about the ingredients in your self-care and beauty products that are made from fossil fuels.

If the idea of fossil fuels in your...

Continue Reading...

Simple Tips to Detox Your Home and Body

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Our toxic exposures is a complex topic. However, effective solutions can be simple.

After studying an average family's toxic exposures and sharing what I wish I knew sooner in my nearly 500-page book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, I noticed a practical strategy in reducing our toxic exposures: Go back to basics.

 

Back to Basics

Chemicals that comprise our household products don’t stay in the products:...

Continue Reading...

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): 7 Simple Tips to Reduce Them at Home

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are emitted from both natural and artificial sources. This article focuses on VOCs from man-made products that pollute your indoor air, especially the sources that are easy for you to avoid.

 

What are VOCs?

VOCs are released as gases from some building materials and household products at room temperature.

Examples of common sources of VOCs in an average home include:

  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • ...
Continue Reading...

Sick Building Syndrome: How One Mom Empowered Herself

Podcast intro by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Sick building syndrome (SBS), or sick house syndrome, consist of various nonspecific symptoms that occupants of indoor areas experience. 

Symptoms of SBS include headaches, dizziness, chronic fatigue, nausea, irritation (of eye, nose, throat, or skin), difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to odors, allergies, cold, flu-like symptoms, increased incidence of asthma attacks and personality changes.

Author of Organic Lifestyle Made...

Continue Reading...

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, cinnamon, and nutmeg are ones I associate with Thanksgiving and the ensuing holiday season.

The scent of baby powder conjures images of darling, delicate baby clothes and even an image of a baby. Sometimes, I can even almost hear a baby coo.

And the lingering "baby smell" of my six-year-old daughter leads me to smell harder...

Continue Reading...

Fragrance detox for your stuffy nose, runny nose, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and asthma

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

If you're not sick or suffering from known allergies, what might a stuffy nose or runny nose be trying to tell us?

The nose can communicate many important things to our brain and body. It can signal alarm from the smell of fire or something burning; stimulate our appetite and taste buds from the smell of a delicious meal or baked goodies; and it can trigger symptoms to get us to avoid toxic chemicals or toxic food.

Symptoms from...

Continue Reading...

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 do for us? How can we connect with it? Can doing so empower us somehow?

 

Come on, Let's Get to Know the Nose

The nose works hard for us. By taking the time to learn more about it, we can align ourselves to work with the nose—to guide us towards safety and health, investigate odors, explore chronic...

Continue Reading...

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. Evidence has found that many hospital patients can enjoy better recovery than those in spaces without healing elements.

And many of these healing elements can be applied to our daily lives.

Optimal Healing Environment (OHE), a term coined in 2004 by the Samueli Institute, is used to describe a healthcare...

Continue Reading...

The air purifier I use for my family

indoor air lungs Jun 08, 2018

 

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 fellow panelist Max Goldberg (someone you should follow and support because he's working hard to protect our food supply from toxic chemicals: visit his website LivingMaxwell.com) said to me, "I have THE BEST air purifier." Max has been using it for 10 years. And he got one sent to me to try for free.

I loved it so much that I...

Continue Reading...

Health tips for burning candles and incense as well as smudging sage or Palo Santo

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 woods to "cleanse" or bless spaces—have also been performed since ancient times. Given that these practices have existed for millenia, could they pose health risks?

Aside from accidental fires, the process of burning anything always runs the risk of emitting unhealthy fumes or particles. And which...

Continue Reading...
1 2 3 4
Close

50% Complete

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW!

Groundbreaking hacks for practical nontoxic living.

Delivered straight to your inbox.

At a frequency that won't annoy you.