It’s nearing the end of winter and we’ve all been stuck indoors for weeks on end. Things can start to get a little stuffy, but there’s a few easy things you can do to make the air indoors more pleasant while you wait out the last of the cold winter days. Think about trying some of these tips to help keep you breathing easy until Spring.
Himalayan salt crystal lamps have become a new staple in our home. They generate negative ions which neutralize positive ions in the air which are said to be generated by stress, electronics, and other common household appliances. Neutralizing these positive ions cleanses the air and has been known to create a calming effect in the home. “Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,” says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C
Bringing live plants indoors is another great way to improve your indoor air quality. When we breathe our bodies take in oxygen and we breathe out carbon dioxide, plants essentially do the opposite, releasing oxygen into the air. Adding indoor plants to your spaces will help increase oxygen levels in your home helping you breathe easier. Plants also release moisture during their photosynthesis process so they also act as natural humidifier systems in your home.
During dry winter months when adding plants isn’t getting the job done on it’s own, using a humidifier can help you avoid extra static. We like to use a small one like that shown above in the bedroom at night to help keep us from getting dried out while we sleep. We also have a large capacity humidifier that lives in our living room and can help add moisture in a space up to around 600 square feet. You can even but whole home humidifiers that tie into your central HVAC and can be installed by a professional to provide a whole home solution. Check out this highly rated Honeywell whole home option from Lowe’s Home Improvement.
Essential oils have been all the rage recently and are useful in everything from homemade face creams to antibiotic replacements. We love to use them in our home in diffusers. We keep one in our bedroom to run at night and one in the office to help keep stress levels at a minimum. You can find all sorts of options online and in local markets like Earth Fare. Both of the options we have also have chromatherapy options, with changing colors to help impact mood. Try essential oils like lemon grass and sweet orange to lift spirits and energy during the day, lavender to help calm and aid in sleep at night, and eucalyptus or peppermint if your sinuses are feeling a little worn for the winter.
I hope these tips help you make it through the winter months breathing a little easier. Let me know if there’s others that you use in your home to keep in comfortable during the winter or all year long!