Kate Hamblet, a wellness architect and founder of Balanced Home, Balanced Life, in Henniker, NH, hosts a very informative podcast series, that you might enjoy. She provides ideas and solutions that you can easily incorporate into choices and decisions you regularly make about your home, as well as products that you purchase and items you bring into your environment. The podcast began in September 2019 and a new one is posted every Tuesday.
Kate shares eight healthy home elements in her September 17, 2019 podcast. There are many connections to the principles of feng shui. Listen to it here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/healthy-home-design/id1480370497
Here are the highlights:
- Air … Indoor air quality can be up to 5x more polluted compared to outdoor air, due to poor ventilation and off-gassing of chemical from products in your home. The toxins contribute to allergies, asthma and more. The good news is that you can eliminate many toxic sources from fabrics, furniture, cleaning products, and flooring through conscious product choice. Select toxin-free, natural products. One of the most important aspects is to place mats at your entrance to help remove toxins and debris on your shoes. Include a bench or chair at your entrance to encourage everyone to sit and take off their shoes.
- Water … Create healthy drinking and bathing water by adding a whole house filter or filters at each faucet. Contaminated water (with heavy metals, contaminants, and bacteria) leads to gastrointestinal issues, reproductive issues and neurological disorders. Test your water so that you know the contaminants and then review your options to eliminate them.
- Light … Begin with the light in your bedroom to help align your internal clock with your natural circadian rhythms. During the evening, dim, orangey light and then complete darkness will begin the production of melatonin, to help you sleep. If your bedroom has light creeping in from the outside or other sources during the night, install room darkening shades, remove as many electronics as possible and block the light coming from the remaining devices. In the morning, your body needs bright, white light, to stop the production of melatonin and to help you get energized for the day. It’s best if your bedroom faces east.
- Comfort … Adequate temperature, low noise levels and neutral or pleasing scents contribute to overall comfort in a healthy home. In particular, it’s important that your bedroom be quiet. If there are loud or disturbing sounds close to your bedroom, take steps to eliminate or decrease them.
- Nourishment … A well-functioning kitchen contributes to your ability to easily create healthy meals and snacks. Create a kitchen with a well-functioning layout. It could be as simple as rearranging the items on your counters and in your cabinets so that they create a nice flow for you.
- Movement … You need to move your body throughout the day, yet our culture and habits have many people sitting still. Incorporate creative ways to get up and move around. In my house, I go up and down stairs regularly. I encourage my husband to do the same. Encourage movement in your home design. Kate says that one strategy to make the house playful by having places to stretch and move. Your challenge: create an active home that inspires you to easily move.
- Mind … Your home is your sanctuary. Create a home that eliminates stress and encourages you to relax (while also moving at regular intervals). Have a primary room, such as your living room, to help you wind down. Both feng shui and the healthy home movement encourage you to connect with nature. House plants and soothing colors are two strategies that contribute to a calm atmosphere.
- Safety … Two key aspects of feng shui are comfort and safety. Kate reports that accidents at home lead to about 21 million medical visits in the US each year. Common culprits are flooring, stairs, poor lighting, kitchens and bathrooms. Slipping in the bathroom is most common. Select slip resistant tile flooring. Slip resistant tiles have a “dynamic coefficient of friction” (DCOF) of .42 or higher. Look for this number on the box of tiles, before purchasing.
Creating and maintaining buildings that are good for you, good for your health, and good for our planet, also contribute to good feng shui. It’s a win-win. In the coming months I’ll join Kate for a podcast about feng shui elements that contribute to a healthy home. I’ll post a link when it’s ready. You can download a summary of the Eight Healthy Home Elements from Kate’s website at www.Balancedhomebalancedlife.com/elements.
A new episode airs every Tuesday.