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Step 1 to Better Health: Breathe Fresh Air

Updated on July 6, 2018
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Hope Full is a family caregiver, researcher, and writer. She has a degree in Counseling, with additional training in Nutrition.

Breathe Fresh Air

We can go weeks without food, days without water, but we can only go for minutes without oxygen. In modern times we spend more time indoors than outside. The Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) has warned that indoor air is one of the top five threats to public health. Therefore, it’s very important to attain fresh indoor air. This is especially important for those who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma or COPD.

There are a few steps we can take to improve the air quality in our homes. First, we can start a fresh indoor air garden. We can also stop using products that contain toxic ingredients. In addition, we can use all-natural household cleaners. Plus, there are electronic air purifiers on the market that can be used.

Three Fresh Air Plants Pose for Their Picture

A Breath of Fresh Air

"A breath of fresh air is a great thing to take and an even better thing to be." -- Anonymous

1. Start a Fresh Air Garden

Dr. BC Wolverton is a NASA scientist who discovered specific houseplants that helps to purify indoor air. The following are just some of the many plants that help to provide fresh indoor air.

Fresh Air Plants

Peace Lily
Gerbera Daisy
Croton (Joseph's Coat)
Golden Pothos
Wax Begonia
Dwarf Azalea
Florist's Mum
Prayer Plant

Bedroom and Porch Plants

The aloe vera and the snake plant both release oxygen and remove carbon dioxide at night. So, it is good to place them in the bedroom. The rubber plant and the dracaena grow from about 8 to 10 feet, so they are nice to put on your porch.

You Can Grow Fresh Air

For More Information

The picture above shows one of my favorite books in my home library. The author did an excellent job outlining the best plants to use for a fresh indoor air garden. He included how to care for the plants and ratings for each one regarding the removal of toxins and the ease of growth. To learn more about growing a fresh air garden please check out Dr. Wolverton’s book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office.

A NASA Study Explains How to Purify Air With House Plants

2. Stop Using Toxic Products

A major source of indoor air pollution are the toxic chemicals that are included in many household cleaners, which contain harmful toxins such as aluminum, ammonia, DEET, formaldehyde, mineral seed oil, parabens, petroleum distillates, propane, and talc. These items are allergenic, neurotoxic, or carcinogenic.

Dr. Alfred Zamm, author of Why Your House May Endanger Your Health, shared that, “Common household chemicals present in nearly every home, cleaners and detergents, can bring about illness. We can become addicted to the very products that are making us ill! One of the major factors of chronic illness today is the products we use to clean our homes.”

Additional Household Toxins

3. Use Natural Cleaning Products

Several companies now make all-natural cleaning products that work just as effectively as the toxin-laden counterparts. My absolute favorite is Sun and Earth. Their products are all-natural, work well, and smell great. You can check them out at

Also, a growing number of companies are adding natural cleaning items to their product line. ALL makes perfume and dye free laundry detergent. Gain makes plant-based detergent. And Walmart’s Great Value also sells natural cleaning agents.

ALL now makes a laundry detergent that doesn't have any perfumes or dyes. Gain Botanicals is a laundry detergent that is 65% plant-based, and it doesn't contain any dyes or phosphates. Also, Murphy's Oil Soap has 98% naturally derived ingredients.

More Natural Cleaning Agents

4. Electronic Air Purifiers

Years ago, I was blown away when I stepped inside of a local health food store. When I went inside I noticed that the indoor air was incredibly better than the “fresh” outdoor air. I spoke to the store owner about it. She explained that she was using an air purifier that cleans indoor air the way a thunderstorm purifies the outdoor air. If you can, Airwise purifiers are remarkable indeed. To learn more about them please see and see the section on air purifiers.

5. Stop Smoking

Another cause of indoor air pollution is smoking. It not only harms the health of the person who smokes, but it also is detrimental to those who inhale the second-hand smoke. An all-natural product that is guaranteed to help people kick the habit is Smoke-Away. It takes away the craving for nicotine and helps with the withdrawal process. It has proven to be very effective for many people.

Smoke-Away user Bob Kobut said, “I smoked cigarettes (pack and ½ a day) for 53 years. After seeing the brochure, I ordered the Smoke-Away program. Today I am smoke-free and never had any nicotine fits (no cravings or withdrawal symptoms). Yes! It does work! I would recommend Smoke-Away to everyone that wants to quit smoking.”

To learn more about Smoke-Away visit

I know it’s very hard to overcome a bad habit like smoking. Before a person quits smoking they can still protect the indoor air with special ashtrays that help prevent the smoke from polluting the air. You can check them out at

In addition, people can protect their lungs from smoke or second-hand smoke using herbs such as mullein, which is very beneficial for the lungs. You can check your local health for mullein tea.

Another very helpful resource is the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-To-Z Reference To Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, & Food Supplements (Third Edition) by Phyllis A. Balch and James F. Balch, MD. I have never tried a remedy from this book that was not effective. I have used this book so much that it’s falling apart. I have taped it countless times and now must keep a rubber band around it, so the pages don’t fall out. That’s how good it is.

They have a section in the book for those who are battling smoking addiction. I believe it can be of great help to those who want to stop smoking.

My Copy of Prescription for Nutritional Healing

Outdoor Air Pollution

Outdoor air pollution is also very concerning. Major sources include gas-fueled transportation, electronic power generating plants, solid waste disposal via incineration, chemtrails, et cetera. While no one person can solve the problem of outdoor air pollution, each of us can do our part by trying to implement the following pure air principles.

1. Use natural products when working in your yard and outdoor garden. Books such as Rodale’s Chemical-Free Yard and Garden: The Ultimate Authority on Successful Organic Gardening published by Rodale and Gardening Without Poisons by Hamilton Tyler can be of great help. Also, check out for additional, helpful resources.

2. Recycle used items, such as newspapers and plastics, and use recycled products. See organizers at

3. Plant a tree or have a tree planted. According to the US Dept. of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” While most of us as individuals can’t plant an acre of trees, most of us can plant one tree or have one tree planted.

For an additional benefit, you can plant an edible tree, such as a fruit or nut tree. You can check your local garden center for tree planting supplies.

If you want a tree planted in memory of someone you love see

4. Like many household cleaners, many insect repellents and pest control products also contain harmful substances. Thankfully, there are safer alternatives. Safe insect repellents include:

-- All Terrain, DEET free, natural Herbal Armor insect repellent spray. It’s also water and sweat resistant. It’s available at or check your local health food store.

-- Lewey’s Eco-Blend, DEET free insect repellant. It’s a 100% natural roll-on oil. It’s available at or visit your local health food store.

-- You can also wear DEET free bands on your wrist by Evergreen Research. You can check it out at You can also use Bugables mosquito repellent band. For more info see

-- A natural insect spray is Garden Safe Houseplant and Garden Insect Killer. It’s very effective and has no toxic odors. It may be available at your local supermarket or go to

-- Another insect spray that is safe to spray around your home is EnvironMan Bugs R’ Done. Check your local supermarket or garden center or visit

Very Effective, Natural Insect Spray

Fresh Air Goals

After reading this article how will you improve your indoor air if you have to?

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Coming Up Next

The next article will discuss the second step towards better health: Drink Pure Water. The toxic water problem that occurred in Michigan in 2014 is a matter that we should all be concerned about. How to test and purify your water will be covered next.

In the meanwhile, I wish you the best of health.

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Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, or concerns. I will read and respond to each one.


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    • awellwisher profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Full 

      13 months ago

      That's wonderful Lisa. My hubby has asthma and COPD. Working in the garden has helped him tremendously. And using natural cleaning products is of great help also. Thanks so much for your comment. Sorry, it took so long to reply.

    • Lisabean2202 profile image

      Lisa Bean 

      17 months ago from Nevada

      There's a lot of great of info here! I love to have plants in our home and have been trying to encorporate more natural cleaning products in our home.


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