Freshening the air is big business these days. Polluting the air is also very profitable. Sadly, it’s usually similar chemicals polluting the air as are in the substances sold to “freshen” it.
What does fresh air smell like?
There was a lot of progress made on indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in the 90s, and the resulting health problems caused by poor IAQ were being well documented. Somehow all that disappeared and instead we’ve ended up with commercials for chemical air “fresheners” (including scented candles and oils) every 15 minutes, fragrance emitting devices (FEDs) installed everywhere, and scent marketing technologies to pump mystery ingredients through air ducts, all to cover up the smells of increasingly toxic products and materials, resulting in huge profits for the fragrance, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, while most of us suffer from decreasing health and wellness.
Instead of making us healthier and happier (think of how happy those people in the commercials look), we’ve developed more chronic health problems, more learning disabilities, more headaches, more allergies, more cancer, more reproductive difficulties, more confusion, more trouble concentrating, more fatigue, and more costs to deal with it all!
Those side effects aren’t in the commercials. Nor is the advice written in tiny print on the back of the packages to “use only in well ventilated areas“.
So here’s a revolutionary idea, a method with proven results!
If you want fresh air, open a window!
Opening your windows for at least 5 minutes a day, every day (weather and outdoor air quality permitting) is THE absolute best way to freshen your air!
(by weather, I do not mean winter, I mean humidity, rain, or snow blowing inside)
The extra money for heat during winter months can be saved by not buying toxic and disposable things that contribute to poor IAQ and health problems in the first place.
With all the toxic products we are sold these days, it is also a really good idea to air EVERYTHING out before you bring it into your home, and clean or wash them as soon as you do bring them inside. This includes any plastics, technology, clothing, furnishings, magazines… almost anything and everything!
Additionally, it can be really helpful to have air purifiers, the kinds with many pounds of activated carbon and HEPA filters. They aren’t cheap. Cheap and toxic petroleum based stuff is the main problem here, and it’s not going to be fixed with more of the same.
It’s also a really interesting exercise to examine our thoughts about the differences between liking and not liking smells, feeling sick or not feeling sick from them, and being disabled or not being disabled by them. Why do we prefer one kind of smell over another? Why do we want to avoid some things and find others appealing?
We can also look into where our beliefs come from. When did we start believing that we needed certain things? Are they really our choices, in our best interests? Do we know what’s in them? Who was telling us these stories? Why have we believed them?
For those of you who have problems with naturally occurring smells, look into their causes and eliminate them either by ventilation or by taking better care of your health (and what you put into your body). Truly horrible body smells are signs of poor health.Wanting to avoid them is a natural reaction, but covering them up with chemicals that cause more problems instead of addressing their causes doesn’t benefit us at all, it only makes more profits for the chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
The air we breathe needs to be as clean as possible. Without air, we can’t live. Without clean air, we can’t live well. Adding mystery fragrances and other chemicals to our air does not clean it, it merely covers up the smell of other chemicals that contribute to poor health, a lack of energy. and a less interesting life…
Clean does not smell.
Get real! Go fragrance-free! It’s good for you. It’s good for me.
Open your windows everyday!
Note: I did not link sources for statements because it takes a lot of time and effort to do so, and very few people actually make use of them. Many of them can be found in the other blog posts here. If you can’t find them and would like to see any specific references, please leave a comment and I’ll try to find the link for you.
Wishing you all fresh and healthy air!