Spring Cleaning

Photo: Wildflowers on Dog Mountain, May 2018. KBodden.

Photo: Wildflowers on Dog Mountain, May 2018. KBodden.

Spring is coming! Daylights Savings Time starts this Sunday and the Vernal Equinox is right around the corner. Read our suggestions below to cleanse your home and your body with the change in seasons. 

External Environment: Spring Cleaning Your Home 

De-Cluttering: 

We are elated that Marie Kondo’s book and Netflix series has popularized the act of tidying. There are many benefits of de-cluttering your home, including: 

  • Decreased stress anxiety: declutter your space, declutter your mind 

  • Health benefits: removing dust particles can decrease allergy symptoms and other respiratory issues

  • Conscious consumerism: By purchasing high-quality, locally-made items that will last a lifetime, less waste is produced. Avoid single-use plastic.

Donate items you no longer want, rather than throwing them away. 

Consider burning sage or palo santo to energetically cleanse your space. 

Deep Cleaning: 

Use this opportunity to clean the areas of your home that are neglected during routine maintenance cleaning. Wear a N-95 mask when cleaning to avoid inhalation of mycotoxins, dust, and other harmful substances.

To remove mold and mycotoxins from furniture, wash surfaces with 15% hydrogen peroxide. 

  • Then, use this essential oil sterilization spray, adapted from Dr. Jill Crista:

    • Essential Oil Mycotoxin Spray: Add 25 drops each of 4 of the following oils listed below to 2 oz of purified water in a spray bottle:

      • Thyme, clove, holy basil, cedar, pine, rosemary, ajwain, tea tree, lemon

To remove mycotoxins from clothing, add 1/4 cup of Borax to your laundry.

Clean Air

We breathe an average of 11,000 liters of air per day. Common sources of air pollutants include fragrances, cleaning products, paint, furniture, gas appliances, exhaust, and smoke. We recommend using an air purifier in your bedroom to reduce your exposure to these pollutants.

  • Air filter brands we recommend: Blue Air, Austin Air, Molekule, Alen

The following low-maintenance plants are natural air filters that can reduce the toxic burden in your home: spider plants, peace lilies, snake plants. 

Open the windows in your house daily (even in the winter!) to allow fresh air to ventilate.

Clean Water:

Staying well-hydrated is an essential part of reaching optimal health. Aim to drink 1/3 to 1/2 your weight in ounces of water daily (more if you exercise and/or consume caffeine). Consider adding a pinch of high-quality sea salt to your water for mineral support. 

  • Drinking water filter brands we recommend: New Wave Enviro, High Tech Health, Berkey

Filtering your water for bathing reduces your exposure to chlorine and can improve skin, hair, and respiratory health. 

  • Shower water filters brands we recommend: New Wave Enviro (inexpensive, easy to install). Consider a whole-home water filtration system.


Internal Environment: Spring Cleaning Your Body

Dietary Suggestions: A 3-Week Cleanse 

Avoiding gluten, dairy, soy, corn, added sugars, processed foods, and alcohol to decrease inflammation, improve energy, and cleanse the body. Try and eat organic whenever possible. Make sure the following “Dirty Dozen” foods are always organic: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, peppers (sweet and hot). 

Liver Support: 

The liver is our body’s main organ of detoxification. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, arugula, and radishes are health-promoting foods that support optimal liver function. Milk thistle (Silybum marinum) has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective (liver-supporting) properties. Try making this seasoning salt for a tasty way to incorporate milk thistle in to your diet. 

  • Milk Thistle Seasoning Salt Recipe

    • Ingredients: 

      • 1/2 cup milk thistle seeds

      • 1/2 cup dried seaweed

      • 1 cup of your favorite herbs (basil, oregano, dill, thyme…) 

    • Directions: 

      • Grind the seeds in a clean coffee grinder and place in a bowl. Grind the seaweed next (the drier the seaweed, the easier the grinding). Add the ground seaweed to the bowl, then grind the herbs. Mix all ingredients together.

      • Sprinkle on your food during or after cooking. 

Cleansing Green Juice/Smoothie Recipe: 

Ingredients: 

  • Handful dark leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach)

  • 1 Cucumber

  • 1 lemon (peeled)

  • 2” knob of ginger

  • Handful of cilantro

  • 1/2 green apple (optional, for some sweetness)

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to juicer or blender. Enjoy immediately. 

The change of seasons is a wonderful opportunity for spring cleaning. Please contact your provider if you have any questions or concerns. 

Kat Boddendetox, cleanse