When it is cold we are always dreaming of warm weather. In winter we tend to have less access to nature, fresh air, sunshine, and humidity. We are always looking for ways to make our spaces as happy and healthy as possible, especially since having a child. According to NASA, the air in homes and workspaces can be even more polluted than outdoor air in large cities. There are a few things (in addition to lots of coffee and blankets) that make us feel happy and fresh even when it is too cold to open the windows...without adding harmful toxins. Our favorite (not sponsored-just loved) cold weather items are:
Clearly we are obsessed with plants--but having tons of them around make us feel like we are living in a green paradise. Plants have been scientifically proven to purify the air, make us happy, less anxious and depressed, feel fulfilled, and even heal faster! And they are an easy and fairly inexpensive way to refresh your space with little work. We fill our entire living room with tropicals and cacti of all sizes to get a lot of variety in color and texture.
2. HYDRATED SKIN
During Winter, cold air and artificial heat in our homes and workspaces means drier skin. We like to keep hydrated with Good Juju Herbal since it works so well and is for real natural. Our little one has skin sensitivities and is only able to use Good Juju Herbal since other “natural” products often contain chemicals that are naturally derived and caused him to have flare ups of baby eczema. We use all of their products. A spritz of the Organic Rosewater Toner on our faces throughout the day keeps us feeling like we live at a spa and the Herbal skin food keeps our faces moisturized even when we are up to our necks in clay.
Find it all here: https://www.goodjujuherbal.com/
3. FRESH AIR + FRESH SCENTS
Since indoor air can be so polluted, especially in Winter when it is difficult to get fresh air indoors--we do not want to add to that pollution by using chemical based and fragrance oil filled cleaning products, air freshers, or candles. These products release toxic VOCs into the air. We learned a lot more about these toxins after having a baby. We got rid of our favorite mango and coconut milk scented candles and searched for ways to add scents without adding toxins. After a couple years of research and debating whether or not we wanted a constant stream of essential oil into the air, we found Veyali, a company that makes “interior botanicals” that are not just “naturally derived” they are ingredients that are actually made with plants and sugar cane alcohol. We use Veyali’s scent Uplift and it smells like you stepped into a misty forest full of Thai basil and lemongrass. We love it so much and one spray per room makes the house smell insanely fresh all day without being overpowering.
Find it here: https://veyali.com/
Here’s to fresh healthy air and happy plants year round!