How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office

This book, by B. C. Wolverton, caught my attention for two reasons.  The first is I just like the idea of ‘growing’ fresh air.  Electric air purifiers are great to have, and in my own family we did decide to buy one. It cost $300, which is considered low compared to some of the purifiers out there, I know.  But plants can be free!

The other reason the book got my attention is my goal to help others know that they can have a better quality of life by working with what already exists.  And plants are all around us.  A better quality of life is not necessarily about money.  It’s often about our decisions.

If you have a home with a front or back yard, you have free plants.  The possibilities, ways, and methods of bringing them inside so they will purify your air, are endless.  I have found baby pine trees sprouting in my yard.  It’s fun and interesting to pot them, bring them inside and see what develops.  Even something that would be classified as a weed can be turned into an intriguing indoor plant.  Get creative and bring in what looks beautiful to you.  Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of your plant choices.  Just do it.

I’m sure you have heard about chemical emissions and how they are inside of our homes and buildings.  We can clean it up with plants and fresh, circulating air.  How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants That Purify Your Home or Office offers practical, to-the-point information.  Here is an excerpt from the book:

How pure is the air you breathe?

Plants are the lungs of the earth: they produce the oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture, and filter toxins. Houseplants can perform these essential functions in your home or office with the same efficiency as a rainforest in our biosphere.

In research designed to create a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat, noted scientist Dr. B.C. Wolverton discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene. Hundreds of these poisonous chemicals can be released by furniture, carpets, and building material, and then trapped by closed ventilation systems, leading to the host of respiratory and allergic reactions now called Sick Building Syndrome. In this full-color, easy-to-follow guide, Dr. Wolverton shows you how to grow and nurture 50 plants as accessible and trouble-free as the tulip and the Boston fern, and includes many beautiful but commonly found varieties not generally thought of as indoor plants. He also rates each plant for its effectiveness in removing pollutants, and its ease of growth and maintenance.

Studies show that Americans spend ninety percent of their lives indoors, which means that good indoor air quality is vital for good health. How to Grow Fresh Air will show you how to purify the environment that has the most impact on you.

All plants clean the air, but for a specific list of plants that do the best job, add this book to your own personal library.

Have any creative ways you have brought plants inside?  Please leave a comment and thank you for reading.





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3 Little Known Ways to Get a Cleaner Colon

  • Diatomaceous Earth and living bentonite clay.  Consider making these sources of minerals part of your daily life for a better grip on gut health.  Most bodies are extremely deficient in magnesium.  Diatomaceous earth and living bentonite clay are excellent ways to get this in your body, whithout taking it in capsule form and worrying how it was processed or manufactured.  Just take the pure source.  I recommend Redmond Clay that has been used by people for absorbing toxins for over 1000 years.  Diatomaceous earth can gently remove dirt (toxins, call it whatever you want) from the body.  Clay removes dirt as well.  I keep both of these on hand at all times.  A paste made out of the clay also works great with insect bites and of course absorbs dirt through the skin.  There are too many benefits to ingesting Diatomaceous Earth to list, so here is some great information for you.  The fact that it gets rid of internal parasites (along with a diet of primarily fruit and vegetables) will keep me using it for life.
  • Put something fresh and green on top of everything you eat.  I am for an all raw fruit and vegetable diet.  But if this is not where you are, at least cover your food in fresh greens.  They are a powerhouse of healing vitamins and minerals.  Again, you can get your vitamins from a pure source.  So no matter what you’re eating – soup, meat and rice, pasta, – top it with lots of greens.
  • Eat less, and eat only during eight hours of the day.  Don’t eat after sundown.  Give your body a break.  This is also known as intermittent fasting.  You will sleep so much better on an empty stomach!  When your body does not have to use all its energy to process food, it can get busy with night repair, healing hormone repair, while you are sleeping.  For a better night’s sleep, go to bed hungry!  Is that last minute bite of (whatever it is) more important than sleeping well?  No!  Intermittent fasting can start you on the path to a cleaner colon.  A cleaner colon equals better nutrient absorption.

I hope these ideas offered some hope, which is the main goal I’m working to accomplish with my blog.  Please leave a comment and offer additional ideas!





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Quick and Free Ways to Make Sure you Drink a Green Smoothie Everyday

Drinking a smoothie everyday doesn’t have to be complicated or perfect.  Throw greens and some fruit into a blender with about two cups of water.  Use frozen fruit or ice for coldness.  Below are some ways that will hopefully make it easier for you to do.

Only go to the produce section and that’s it. If you have children (who want you to go to the other parts of the store) keep telling yourself that it’s only whining and it will pass. You’re the one in charge! This part is hard. It takes lots of willpower, but when you succeed your kids are watching. They see your strength and they see where your priorities are. It starts to get easier. Don’t picture them in the present, complaining about what you’re not putting in the cart. Picture them when they are 35 and remembering your example. You can remain strong, steadfast, and loving to those precious little people.

While you’re in the produce section, buy greens that look the best and smell the freshest. If you buy the kind in the rectangular plastic container, fold in a paper towel to place on the top of the greens, close it, and place it upside down in the refrigerator. Change the paper towel everyday, sometimes twice a day. I find this is the best way to keep the greens the freshest for the longest amount of time.

Get as many greens as possible from your own backyard. Learn about what you already have that is edible. Did you know that all grass is edible? You can throw a handful in your smoothie. Wheatgrass gets all of the attention but all grasses are edible. But we can’t just chew them up like cows do. We have to blend or juice them. When you do, you have one of the finest nutritional sources on earth. And it’s Free!

Own a Vitamix blender. There is already so much information out there about Vitamix. It’s a wonderful product and worth owning. If the price shocks you, set aside money until you can purchase one. If you’re super motivated towards health and want to go raw vegan, sell or give away appliances used to cook food to make room in your life for this blender.

Get frozen fruit from Azure Standard. If you don’t already have a good local connection for getting seasonal fruit, Azure Standard has first rate options. They do carry other brands but their own brand, called Azure Husbandry, is picked from their trees, frozen, and can be shipped to your group drop location. I’m sure there are other connections for frozen fruit, this is just the one that I use.

Get free food by walking in your neighborhood and checking out who has tons of fruit growing that they don’t even eat. Knock on the door and ask them if you can have some. Offer to pick some for them as well.  This can be awkward at first!  But I’ve never had anyone say no and every neighbor I’ve met is happy that I can use it and won’t let it go to waste.

Thank you for reading my post and I hope I’ve been able to help start ideas for being in charge of your own health!



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Healing With Aloe Vera


Pretty much everyone has heard of Aloe vera for healing burns, but it does so much more.  It is a miraculous plant and if you do one thing today, go to a plant nursery and pick up as much of it as you can.

The list below includes some of the ways Aloe vera has solved problems in my own family.  I can only write about what I personally observed and researched.  There are a lot of studies that have been done about Aloe vera and it’s facinating stuff.  Look for books published at least 30 years ago for the most content rich reading.

  1. Overnight healing for my ballerina daughter’s sore feet after being in pointe shoes for hours several days in a row.
  2. Stopped Conjuctivitis (Pink Eye) from spreading and after 3 hours everyone had bright, clear eyes.
  3. Stopped the spread and irritation of Poison Oak.
  4. Healed cuts, scrapes, bruises – (this is pretty typical but I still wanted to include it here).
  5. My son woke up one morning with a swollen jaw.  It looked like he was storing a golf ball in his cheek.  We put Aloe vera on it several times a day for two days.  The first thing the Aloe vera did was stop the pain.  By the third morning the lump was gone.  This one was really amazing and I felt great that I didn’t give him something to mask the pain.
  6. We’ve used it for stomach aches by applying it directly to the source of the pain.
  7. My husband’s knee/joint pain cleared up.  This took about 2 months of faithfully applying Aloe vera every night.

In all of the above cases we used fresh gel from the plant.

Here is part of the description of Aloe vera from the book, Free Food and Medicine-Worldwide-Edible Plant Guide, by Markus Rothkranz:

It’s a smart plant – it can tell the difference between normal cells (which it stimulates), and bad stuff like viruses, cancer, leukemia or HIV – which it stops from spreading.  It’s antiviral, antibacterial, used for candida, parasites, fatigue sydrome, fibromyalgia, allergies, arthritis, and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.  It eliminates toxic wastes, has EFAs and is a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps stomach and colon, which it helps clean.  It helps every part of the body cleanse itself.  Since it helps clean out the bowels really well, it greatly reduces bloating, discomfort, and helps ease stress, which only leads to more attacks of irratible bowel syndrome.  It’s very popular for conditions like indigestion, acid reflux, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease and ulcers (reduces ulcers by 80%!)  It reduces cholesterol and triglycerides, helps metabolize fat.

I hope I’ve offered some new ideas for using Aloe vera.  For further reading on the subject of healing from plants, consider getting the book Free Food and Medicine by Markus Rothkranz.  So far it is the best reference book I’ve come across for learning how to mend your body and life with plants:)

While at the site you can download a FREE pdf of Heal Yourself 101, also by Markus Rothkranz.  Learn how to heal and recover from disease in the comfort of your own home.  This book is life changing, and you will refer to it often.  Please treat yourself well, and get your own copy now.

I truly appreciate you reading my blog and would absolutely not recommend anything unless I believed they were valuable enough to provide benefit to others.  

I would love to hear from you, specifically about Aloe vera or anything plant-health related.  Please leave a comment!




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