Three Ways Your House Could Negatively Affect You

Your Dream Home

You may love your house. It may even be your dream house. Let’s say it is.

Its location is perfect. It’s just the distance you wanted from your job, your children’s schools, etc.

You personally chose the floor plan either by working directly with an architect or making your choice from the options that were provided by the builder. Or when you walked into it, you knew this one fit your needs perfectly.

What’s It Made Of?

However, have you ever wondered how your house was built and what materials were used to build it?

Why is that important?

I have lived in several houses over the course of my life. When I recall how I felt and functioned in those homes, I can see that some of them were nurturing like a home should be and some were not.

A major contributing factor to the difference in how these homes made me feel is their manufacturing. Materials used to build many homes contain chemicals which have been found to cause symptoms that can greatly affect your quality of life.

Here are three ways that living in a chemical-laden house can affect you:

1. Physically

There is a long list of physical symptoms that can be caused by many of the chemicals that are often used in the manufacture of homes.

For instance, the drywall in your home may contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, which can also cause other ailments including headaches and blurred vision.

2. Mentally/Neurologically

In addition to the physical, there are neurological symptoms.

That beautiful, plush carpeting that covers your floors may contain several chemicals including styrene. Styrene can decrease your ability to concentrate.

3. Emotionally

Then, there are the emotions.

That irritability you’ve been experiencing may be due to formaldehyde-containing particleboard that could be lurking in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

The realization of how my life can be so greatly affected by my home has significantly influenced my list of criteria that a house should meet. High on my list is the quality of materials used to manufacture it.

How about you? Does this new awareness change your list of criteria?

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Something Fresh and New in 2015


Whether you believe in making resolutions or not, I think a new year brings with it hope for something new, something better. We tend to dream of a more productive and prosperous year than the last.

I’m no exception. This year, I want to begin gardening.

The idea of growing some of my own food is exciting. It’s a project that has the potential to provide a great sense of accomplishment as well as save some money.


I want to begin with a container garden. That way, I’m not concerned with preparing my backyard and/or constructing a raised bed just yet.

Although I’ve never had a “green thumb” in the past – my plants tend to die – I’m looking forward to trying my hand at this. Anyway, this is a new year, right? This could be the year for my green thumb debut.

So, here goes.

I will share my journey and what I learn along the way toward cultivating a great container garden and reaping a bountiful harvest for the table!

How about you? Does the idea of growing some food of your own excite you? Or do you have another goal that you hope to achieve this year that you believe will get you one step closer to your natural green oasis?

What’s your green resolution?

Remembering 2014 at Natural Green Oasis

I decided to take this time to look back over this year’s posts.

A couple of them were written at the end of 2013. They were the first two posts of a five-part series that continued into 2014.  It’s interesting to look back at practically this time a year ago.

I enjoyed writing and sharing these posts. I hope you enjoyed them as well.

Here are 10 in chronological order:

1.     Organic Clothing

2.     Health Benefits of Organic Clothing

Clothing fibers break down over time. Imagine a plethora of chemicals breaking down and outgassing while you’re wearing your favorite outfit.

3.     Organic Clothing Aids Environment

4.     More Benefits of Organic Clothing


5.     Is It Or Is It Not Organic?

6.     Something New

7.     Too Many Choices?

The “green” industry is booming and vying for your business by presenting what seems like a gazillion products to choose from all with different “levels” of greenness.

8.     A Delicious Discovery

9.     The Splendid Sweet Potato


10.   Five Benefits and Sources of Vitamin C

Feel free to share your favorite Natural Green Oasis posts.




Something New

Have you ever felt like you’re tired of the same old, same old and yearn for something fresh and new? Well, I’m no different.

You may have noticed that the site has been down for a while. Well, we’re back with a new look and a new feature that I hope you’ll enjoy. I’ll tell you more about the new feature next week.

I will continue to provide content about green, healthy living that I hope you will find useful as you create your natural green oasis.

Fall is here and the holiday season is right around the corner. One great way to celebrate the season is with great tasting food!

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 I think the sweet potato is one of the least talked about power houses in the vegetable world. I plan to share what I’ve discovered about this versatile root vegetable later this month.

I’m looking forward to a greener and healthier rest of the year and sharing my experiences with you along the way.

What are some things you plan on doing to make the rest of this year greener and healthier for you?


How To Avoid “Dirty Electricity”

I, like many of us, enjoy modern conveniences such as computers, telephones, etc. In many ways, they enhance our lives. Yet, in other ways, these conveniences can have a diminishing effect on our lives.

Electricity is an example of a modern convenience that can both enhance and diminish your quality of life.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, has written a great post about “dirty electricity.”  She explains what it is and how to avoid it.


Do You Have Unwanted Guests in Your Home?

What’s Lurking in Your House?

We’ve all found the occasional dust bunny lurking in infrequently visited places in our homes. Dust is ubiquitous and though it seems to be innocuous it can be quite hazardous to your health.

What Is Dust?

First, let’s look at what dust actually is.

Dust is made up of tiny particles from many sources including dead skin cells, textile fibers, dirt or soil, heavy metals from car exhaust, plant pollen, animal dander, mold spores and dust mites.

Dust Mites

Of these let’s look at dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic little creatures that eat dead skin cells. They thrive in dark, moist places like your mattress, pillows, and sheets.


After they’ve had a tasty meal, they excrete feces which include enzymes that negatively affect our health. These enzymes can cause allergies that lead to asthma, dermatitis, and nasal congestion just to name a few.

Dust mites particularly enjoy environments of high humidity and temperatures. They tend to die when humidity is generally below 50 percent and temperatures below 70.

Four Things You Can Do

There are ways to decrease the burgeoning population.

1. Dust regularly. However, since dusting can actually cause dust to become airborne, you might try using a slightly damp cloth to keep flying matter down.

2. Wash bedding regularly in hot water. Washing removes the allergens created by dust mites. The hot water kills the mites.

3. Keep the humidity and temperature levels low enough to discourage dust mite proliferation.

4. Switch to a wool pillow. Wool is naturally dust mite resistant.