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The Peaceful Haven by Janelle Esker - 21h ago

I have been using Egyptian Magic for three years now and first found it at Costco of all places.  At first, the name and the style of the jar left me skeptical (you have to admit that label looks a bit cheesy).  As I read the ingredients I was happily surprised to find only six all natural ingredients!  I love this stuff and use it every time I get out of the shower or bath and my skin looks so much better.   I am excited to share with you my money saving recipe for DIY Egyptian Magic! This recipe looks different every time I make it as the color depends on where you get your olive oil, honey, and beeswax.  Some are white and some are golden so don’t worry if your DIY Egyptian Magic is a different color than mine.  The color varies every single time I make it. I have also taken the liberty of adding life-giving essential oils to the recipe to make it smell better and increase the healing and protecting properties of the already amazing Egyptian Magic.     DIY Egyptian Magic   Ingredients 1/2 cup organic olive oil 1 1/2 TBS. organic beeswax 1 TBS raw honey 1/2 TBS bee propolis powder 1/2 TBS royal jelly 1 TBS ground bee pollen 5 drops frankincense essential oil 5 drops lavender essential oil   Order essential oils online from our family business.  You will receive the purest essential oils on the market.  Each oil has been evaluated and tested by a third party to ensure natural extraction and to eliminate contamination of any kind.   Thank you for considering purchasing essential oils from our family!  ORDER HERE   DIRECTIONS  Place the olive oil and beeswax in a glass bowl.  Melt the beeswax and olive oil in the microwave or double boiler.  Stir every thirty seconds. Let cool until warm, not hot. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until all the ingredients are well incorporated.  (I use my kitchen aid mixer.) Store in a sealed glass jar at room temperature.   Your skin will thank you for this!   Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven. *These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any of these products.

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  Have you ever heard of  The Five Love Languages? I first read the book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts in a Bible study about 3 years into my marriage.  I was absolutely shocked and then very interested in the premise that we all have a predominant love language. What is your husband’s love language?    Surprisingly, my husbands love language was not the same as mine! Reading and discussing this book written by Gary D Chapman, allowed me to become more self-aware.   It also began my journey to actively study all areas of my husband’s interests, personality, and faith.    Knowledge brings understanding.   As I have studied my husband over the past 26 years I have learned much about him and have thoroughly enjoyed the process.  It has made my husband feel loved and made me a better wife to him. To say that this book transformed our marriage would be an understatement.   In case you are wondering, here is a list of The 5 Love Languages (A big thanks to IACAC for these definitions.)   Words of Affirmation Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. Quality Time For those whose love language is spoken with Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes your husband feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful. Receiving Gifts Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous—so would the absence of everyday gestures. Acts of Service Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter. Physical Touch This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face—they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial.   Understanding what makes your husband feel loved is crucial to a good marriage and it can sure clear up a lot of misunderstandings.  The Bible describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:4 as patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.  Love at it’s most basic root is thinking about others as more important than yourselves.   As a wife, we must study and have conversations with our husbands to better know how they perceive love.   LOVE LANGUAGE QUIZ      I encourage you and your husband to take it!  I love taking quizzes!  Do you?   My challenge to each of you, is to make a new habit, and do one thing a day that makes your husband feel loved.         YOUR TURN… I would love to hear how you are showing your husband love in his own love language!   Blessings,     * This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!        

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  Today, my Mother-in-laws FAMOUS  gluten-free orange glazed sweet potatoes! It is admittedly, July and I traditionally think of this as a Thanksgiving dish but in truth, I make it year round like I did today on a hot Summer day. It is equally delicious no matter what time of year it is.  Did I happen to mention it is nutritious too? I always double and sometimes triple this recipe as it is a real crowd pleaser, plus I love this recipe so much I go back for seconds and thirds.  That may be the real issue behind the tripling of the recipe! This recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and Paleo and Keto depending on the sweetener you use in the recipe.     Gluten Free Orange-Glazed Sweet Potatoes Serves 4-6   INGREDIENTS 2 pounds sweet potatoes 2/3 cup unrefined cane sugar or maple sugar or swerve 1 TBS. arrowroot powder 1 tsp. pink Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp. grated orange peel 1 cup orange juice 2 TBS. organic grass fed butter   DIRECTIONS 1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. 2. Peel and slice sweet potatoes and put the potatoes in an 11×13 pyrex or stone casserole dish. 3. In a medium saucepan stir together all the ingredients EXCEPT the sweet potatoes. 4. Cook the ingredients in the saucepan on med/high heat until the mixture boils.  Let boil for 1 minute and remove from the heat and pour directly over the sweet potatoes in the casserole dish. 5. Bake 1 hour, basting occasionally.   ENJOY!   Looking for more allergy-friendly recipes?  Click HERE!   Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!

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The Peaceful Haven by Janelle Esker - 1w ago

Creating a Rainy Day Bag I am thrilled to have Betsy from Gathering Around on The Peaceful Haven today! Betsy hails from Tennessee and is a talented author, wife, and mother.  Hospitality guru, and generous friend!  You are going to love her creative solution for rainy days…come on, let’s gather around.   I may have lost my mind. Being in the middle of a move may be causing me to lose a few brain cells. Does anyone understand? When Jessica Herberger shared on our website Gathering Around last week about her Rainy Day Bag I got inspired. I just couldn’t help myself. I am packing up stuff and throwing out junk…and all the while out BUYING more stuff to put in this bag. But I just can’t help it. After I share her idea with you maybe you will understand my enthusiasm. A little backstory for context. Sometimes I feel like an old mom. Our oldest daughter is almost 19 and our youngest daughter is almost 9. We have two boys sandwiched in between who are 12 and 16. We refer to them as the oldest two and the youngest two.     With the oldest two, I was on point. I knocked it out of the ballpark in lots of kid-fun areas. Creative and excited I came up with and executed ideas that I am amazed about now. That was with the older two. By the time the younger two came around, I was getting tired. Homeschooling everybody and trying to take care of the needs of a large family I just didn’t take the time to make all the things I used to do. For example, with the older two we sang kid songs day and night, they knew the alphabet, numbers, skip counting, presidents, states, and capitals….on and on and on. All life revolved around making learning fun. The older two. Somehow with the younger two…life kept being about the older two. The older two’s songs were STILL the songs that were played, only they changed. So the younger two have grown up singing “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and medleys of Drew Holcomb and Johnny Swim.   Creating A Rainy Day Bag Jessica’s idea inspired me to create a win for the younger two. Honestly, I think the youngest one will be the main one who cares…but her brother might surprise us and join in if he can still look cool while he does. I saw a way that I could set us up for a win. I can just see it now…It’s raining. They are bored. Just then Mom comes in to save the day with a bag full of activities to make our rainy day a super fun day. Watch us on Instagram the first rainy day that comes and we will see how that all plays out… chances are it might be just a little different than I have pictured. But you will get a first-hand look. We will share our favorite items and the ones that didn’t go over so well. Let me share a few thoughts with you to consider as you make your bag.     • You will need a container. Jessica uses a precious bag. A cool basket would work. Because of our move and the need to be practical we are using a copy paper box with a top. Our first rainy day we are going to make the box the #1 project. We will cover it in butcher paper and do one thing to the box to decorate it. Each day we use it we will add some kind of decoration. Stickers one day, stamp it another, paint it the next. • It took me some brain cells to consider what to buy. (This could be age.) It would have been hard to put it all together with Elizabeth Jane. She has lots of ideas and I am not sure I could have thought through the whole deal with her input. I did, however, let her pick 2-3 items from a dollar store that she could add to the mix…to build her anticipation for using the box. (I have noticed her watching the sky and asking about rain.)     • I asked myself if the item I was considering buying was going to be worth (in time) the amount it cost. For example, I considered a yo-yo. After thinking about how few minutes it would actually be used I decided my money would be spent better in another way. I did opt in for a sparkly glue that I knew she would play with forever as she made more slime. • Think of high energy items. It is great to have some items that are used to get some wiggles out. I try to think of outdoor items that might be super cool to have inside. I am that mom who lets her kids jump rope in designated areas in the house…but only in certain places. We jump rope in the wide open kitchen space. Or we move the den furniture. A bag of balloons all blown up (just blowing them up is an activity all by itself) can turn into LOTS of games. For 1$ you can have tons of fun for a long time.     • Think of independent activities. You, Mom, need to be nice to you. It is helpful to have a few things kids can do themselves so that you can breathe for a few minutes. Download an audiobook on the library app and pull out two new matchbox cars, or small containers of play dough, or a brand new coloring book and colors. One of our favorite downtime activities is a puzzle. Lots of times with the older two I would set out a stack of puzzles and let them choose one at a time. The had to work it AND put it up before the next was gotten out. • Choose a few items they could do for others. Make a treat for Dad to surprise him. Cook a pan of brownies and take a few to the neighbors. A cake mix, icing, and sprinkles would be great to add to your rainy day…cooking together is a super fun way to pass the time. And you could bless someone else with the fruit of your labor (or should I say cupcake?) I would like to give you a review of our first rainy day, but it is not here yet. With boxes piling up and the toy closet being cleaned out we may begin to pray for rain. One thing I can tell you is that I am excited about doing something new with the kids. And NONE OF IT involves a screen.     Please, comment below and let us know about your Rainy Day Bag. What were some of your best ideas? What was a fail? What are you going to try next time? Who would have ever thought we would start looking forward to a rainy day. I am pretty sure I feel a little like Mary Poppins.     Subscribe to Gathering Around and you will receive “25 Rainy Day Ideas” (for FREE) that will give you some easy and fun ideas you can incorporate into your days.  These are no-brainers.  And you will not miss a single summer fun post! Follow Gathering Around on Instagram and Facebook and get our crazy tips and encouragements. Follow Gathering Around on Pinterest and we can share our favorite ideas with you!  

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The Peaceful Haven by Janelle Esker - 2w ago

Reminiscing about bygone Summers makes me laugh.  Six kids will do that to you and from time to time you find yourself spontaneously combusting into laughter. When my children ranged from age 13 to 2 as a way to keep them busy and keep them out of trouble, I let them dig a hole to China in the backyard.  We had just recently finished a unit study on China and specifically Hudson Taylor.  Learning about Hudson Taylor’s life in China and the 51 years as a missionary had peaked their interests.  One of the things that we learned about was the geographic location and gigantic size of China and had even discussed how the United States is the geographic opposite of a portion of China.   That’s where the idea came from…   Regrettably, I did not ask my husband’s permission to start the giant excavation. The first day I allowed my crew to dig they made a lot of progress.  My son could stand in the hole up to his waist! To say the least,  my better half was a bit startled upon his arrival home!  I’ll just say this though, kids can be persuasive.  My grubby faced delighted children, greeted him with such enthusiasm that he immediately caved. There may or may not have been a “what were you thinking!?!” uttered later that evening once the kids were in bed.  I felt he really should not have been so surprised as I am generally known to have some outrageously creative ideas.     That’s really how one of my best Summers ever started!   Digging that hole to China did in fact, keep them busy, as well as teach them the power of teamwork within a family.  I did have to invest in more sunblock than usual but they were so healthy from the exercise of digging in the fresh air and sunshine that my freckled children never had to go to the doctors that season not even once.  Their creativity took new and fascinating turns as the hole to China turned into a lego construction pit, a pond on rainy days, a campsite, a doll vacation spot, the Orgon Trail and a whole host of other thrilling endeavors.  This intensive project provided me with many hours of laughter, valuable discussions with my kids, tons of family fun, daily screen-free activities and a whole lot of laundry!     So what happened to the hole to China, you might be asking?   We tried to fill it in the best we could late in September.  Funny how there wasn’t enough dirt to fill in that huge hole?  We did what any family with six creative kids does and made a goldfish pond in our backyard.  A few years later we filled in the hole completely and yet there is still a divot when you drive the lawnmower over that exact spot today. Today my creative children currently range in age from 28-17.   One owns her own business, one works for the church in Honduras, one works for a corporation as a computer scientist, one is a missionary to Ireland, another is in college to become a dancer and my youngest will start cosmetology school this Autumn, a dream come true for her.   Am I glad that I allowed my kids to dig a hole to China?    ABSOLUTELY!     YOUR TURN… Comment below, would you ever let your children dig a hole to China?   Blessings,  

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I am pleased to share with you my favorite quick bread recipe!  Gluten Free Poppy Seed Bread is a recipe that was passed on to me many years ago by my friend Mari.  Thanks Mari! The two things that make this recipe for gluten-free poppy seed bread amazing is the texture and the almond extract!  I am a huge fan of the almond flavor and this bread is almond flavoring at it’s best.  This recipe started out gluten-filled but we adapted it to our dietary needs and what a success it has been.  My daughter Sarah also loves this recipe and is fond of making it almost weekly. This recipe is dairy and gluten-free and Keto and Paleo depending on the sweetener used.   GLUTEN FREE POPPY SEED BREAD Serves 8   Ingredients  3 cups gluten-free flour mix 2 1/2 cups sugar or maple sugar or swerve 3 TBS.  poppy seeds 1 1/2 tsp. gluten-free baking powder 1/1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract 1 1/2 gluten-free almond extract 1 1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil 1 1/2 cup almond milk 3 eggs     DIRECTIONS  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Pour into two greased bread pans. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.   OPTIONAL GLAZE  Combine two cups powdered sugar with 4 TBS. almond milk.  Mix well and pour the glaze onto the warm bread.   ENJOY!    Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!    

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The Spiritual Discipline Of Solitude My guess is that as an American Christian you never even knew that Solitude is a Christian Discipline and that it has been practiced by believers all around the world for centuries.  The reason and model for the practice of Solitude are the life of Jesus. I have to be honest with you, as an extroverted mother of six children, the spiritual discipline of Solitude has been hard to achieve but not impossible.  It has taken much prayer and intentional choices to incorporate this life-changing spiritual discipline.  Solitude is anything but boring…God is waiting for you there!   The Spiritual Discipline Of Solitude   The sort of solitude that refreshes the Christian soul is more than just separation from other people. Scriptural solitude is the biblical practice of temporarily withdrawing to privacy for spiritual purposes. The period of solitude may last only a few minutes or for days. Generally, it is sought in order to engage in other spiritual disciplines without the distractions typical in the presence of people. While Jesus is much more than our example, nevertheless He is our example, including our model for spirituality. He pursued times of solitude. The gospel accounts tell us Jesus often got alone, not just for rest and a change of pace, but also that He might spend time in communion with His heavenly Father. In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, and He was alone there for 40 days, except for when the devil came to tempt Him. “And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:23). “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35). “And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place” (Luke 4:42). Jesus not only modeled prayer in solitude, He exhorted us to do the same: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” (Matthew 6:6). – Donald Witney   How To Practice Solitude   The first five minutes of actively practicing Solitude can be very difficult.  At least I find it so.  Transitioning from the noise of everyday life to silence is jarring and can sometimes be uncomfortable.  It will be OK and get’s easier with time.  Keep pressing on, I find that taking a few slow deep breaths and praying through The Lord’s Prayer helps with this transitioning period. Let the words of The Lords Prayer melt into your heart. Open in prayer.  Pay attention to what is going on in your soul.  Talk with God about what’s on your heart, sit and listen to the Holy Spirit’s response.  *One word of caution, remember that our minds are filled with our own thoughts.  Discerning which thoughts are God’s and which are ours can be hard.  One way to discern God’s voice is to compare what He says to you through Scripture.  He will never contradict himself and his voice will always confirm scripture.  Seek counsel from your pastor, elders or Christian mentors. Be mindful of how you are feeling, ask God to show you why and what the root cause of the feelings are if you need to. Solitude is often combined with the spiritual disciplines of Prayer and Meditation.  So feel free to crack open your Bible and interact with Jesus through His Word.     The refreshment of your spirit, the renewal of your mind, and the comfort of the salvation you have in Jesus, are just a few of the benefits of practicing the spiritual discipline of Solitude.       Making Time for Solitude   One of the easiest ways to implement the practice of Solitude is to take a bi-yearly retreat alone to focus on prayer and listening to God. If you are able to schedule this into your life then go for it! Insitute a daily quiet time in your home.  Little children can nap, children who are older and don’t nap can spend a half an hour reading or play quietly on their bed.  As a mother, resist the temptation to “do” something and practice solitude instead. Go for a prayer walk through the woods or a nearby park that has a trail in the woods. Take 10 minutes to sit in silence and think about the greatness of God. Turn your cell phone off for an hour, no music, no talk, nothing but the voice of God. Consider scheduling an hour of Solitude each week.  Ask your husband to watch the kids, swap childcare with a friend or even hire a babysitter. Change up your location while practicing the spiritual discipline of Solitude.  Outside, inside, different places within your home. Curl up under your covers in bed and sit in silence, slowly read a verse from the Bible and meditate on it.     YOUR TURN… Comment below, what’s your biggest obstacle to practicing the spiritual discipline of Solitude?     Blessings,

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Books are a great way to teach children about our Patriotic duties as well as American History.  Below are charming and educational books which are family favorites.  I am so excited to share 20 Patriotic Books for Children with you! I am admittedly a history buff and all but two of my six children are as well, so it was with their help that we compiled this list of books (and a couple of DVD’s) for all ages.  There are books here for toddlers through 18-year-olds.  All are well written and tell the gripping story of America with excellence and truth.  These books are sure to INSPIRE the WHOLE FAMILY!     20 Patriotic Books for Children   Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag (Early Elementary School)     The Life and Anecdotes Of George Washington  *Can be hard to find* (Late Elementary School – High School)   Faith of Our Fathers (DVD for the whole family)     1776   (Advanced Middle School – High School)     The American Revolution (Landmark Books) (Elementary School)     The Star-Spangled Banner (Pre-School -Early Elementary School)     Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution (Middle-Late Elementary School)     The Great Little Madison  (Late Elementary School)     Phoebe the Spy (Elementary School)     The Matchlock Gun (Elementary School)     Johnny Tremain (Late Elementary-High School)   Letters of Mrs. Adams, the Wife of John Adams: With an Introductory Memoir by Her Grandson (High School)     A Child’s Story of America  (Elementary School)     True to the Old Flag A Tale of the American War of Independence (Middle School – High School) *This is FREE on kindle!!!     The Fourth of July Story (Pre-School – Elementary School)   The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (Elementary School)     The Children’s Book of America*Can be hard to find* (Elementary School)   John Adams (High School) * This DVD is excellent but we recommend you preview before showing to your children.  There are two parts to this meaningful series that we skip.  We do no watch the scene where a man is tarred an feathered and later in the series there is a scene where John Adams daughter has surgery for breast cancer.   With the exception of these two parts we HIGHLY RECOMMEND this DVD series!     Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (High School)   Sam the Minuteman  (Early Elementary School)   All reading level recommendations are flexible.  They are just suggestions.  I encourage you to change things up a bit.  Use books as family read-a-loud or if you have an advanced reader move them up a few grade levels.   Happy Reading!     Are you looking for more engaging books?  Take a look at my monthly BOOK REVIEWS.     YOUR TURN… What are your favorite patriotic books?   Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!

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5 Intelligent Ways To Save Money Saving Money is one of my hobbies.  I enjoy it and have approached it as a game for many years.  I recently was listening to an interview with Amanda Steinberg when she said she approached her finances like she was playing a video game.  I thought that was a wonderful mindset to have.  Amanda is having fun saving money and not letting finances stress her out.  She is approaching her personal finances in an intelligent and fun way.  Her new goal is to live on only 50 percent of her income.  That sounds wise to me! Talking about finances and different ways to save money has an iron sharpening iron effect.  When we approach the issue together, creativity flows and we can share new and different ways to save money, helping each other in turn. I would love to hear your personal tips and tricks for saving money.  Make sure to leave a comment below.     5 Intelligent Ways To Save Money   Shop the clearance rack for groceries.  Most people do this for items other than food but you can save big by applying the same principle to your groceries.  I have found Kroger to be the best for this approach in my area.  My best deals have been on organic meat that is close to its expiration date.  I take it home to freeze and have saved literally thousands of dollars over the years using this one tip. Unplug all your electrical outlets before you go to be at night.  You can reduce your electric bill by 10 percent just by unplugging every night.  Of course, don’t unplug your alarm clock or your refrigerator but anything that is not in use is fair game.  Using an energy efficient power strip makes this task easier. Check your receipt.  My husband is amazing at checking receipts and finding mistakes.  Also, make sure to check the bottom of the receipt for coupons and surveys that you can participate in.  You may even win something.  It only takes a few seconds to double check your receipts. Shop CVS extra bucks program. CVS has an amazing coupon program and if you are a member of their extra bucks program you can save big.  We save up all out extra bucks coupons and use them for basically two items.  Dye Free CVS brand Ibuprofen and Burts Bees Lip Balm.  We fill all our prescriptions here so we are always earning extra bucks. Give up paper products.  This will save you tons of money over time and will help the environment too.  I use cloth napkins and cloth dish towels.  The only paper product I purchase is toilet paper!     YOUR TURN… Comment below, what is a money saving tip you swear by?   Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!  

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The One House Plant You Need To Reduce Indoor Toxins Thankfully, NASA researched which houseplants purified our homes the best.   Their Clean Air study found indoor plants are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air.  No need for pricey air filters.  Just buy a plant. The NASA study also revealed 18 different plants that clean the air and actively removed air pollution from the home or workplace. I find that fact absolutely amazing, especially being a “homebody”!   Any guesses which house plant reduces the most indoor toxins?   Actually, there was a tie. In First place, the Peace Lily and Chrysanthemum. These two gems cleaned the air from all the tested pollutants!  Both are lovely plants and are easy to care for.     Indoor Air Toxins Benzene is an active ingredient in plastic.  Benzene is also in resins, synthetic fibers, dyes, detergents, pesticides, tobacco smoke and glue paint and furniture wax. Formaldehyde is found in paper products like tissues, toilet paper, and paper napkins.  It is also in building materials like particle board. Trichloroethylene is found in printing ink, paints, lacquers, varnishes and adhesives. Xylene is found in leather, rubber and tobacco smoke. Ammonia is found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts and chemical fertilizers.       More Indoor Air Pollutants Mold and pollen Tobacco smoke Household products and pesticides Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide Building materials such as asbestos, formaldehyde, and lead     9 Ways To Reduce Household Toxins Open your windows for 15 minutes a day no matter what the weather. Change the air filter on your furnace once a month. Don’t allow smoking indoors. Use natural household cleaners Take your shoes off when you arrive home so you don’t bring pesticides and bacteria into your home. Run a diffuser with essential oils and don’t use air fresheners. One purifies and the other adds to your homes toxic load. (My favorite purifying essential oils are Melaleuca, Citrus of any kind, OnGuard, Purify, and Cinnamon Bark.) Wear only natural fibers like cotton, wool, linen, hemp, and silk. Vacuum regularly to remove allergens from your home, like pet dander and dust mites. Add a Spider Plant to your kitchen or bathroom.  It is a workhorse that takes out 90% of the toxins in your home!  You may, want to think about adding one to every room in your house?     YOUR TURN… Comment below, how do you remove toxins from your home?   Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!

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