When a person thinks of a healthy family they may think of a family that eats healthy foods and exercises. While both of those things are very important for maintaining good health, the environment a family is exposed to is also vital for good health.
One thing many families do without much thought is to burn candles. Scented candles can be especially harmful as they release chemicals, smoke and possibly even make heavy metals airborne depending on the type of wick. All of these things can be harmful and toxic to lungs and the body as a whole. Beeswax candles are a better option. As well as being free from artificial fragrances and dyes they are also thought to help clean the air. There are even beeswax birthday candles. For those that miss the fragrance of a scented candle, a better option is dispersing organic essential oils, that are known to be safe for inhalation, from a diffuser.
Plastic is also a common environmental hazard to families. Many people store and reheat their food in plastic containers or drink from plastic water bottles. All of this exposure to plastic can result in unsafe chemicals leeching into the water and food, and ultimately being digested. There are several ways a family can reduce their plastic use. Look for alternative food storage options such as glass or stainless steel containers. Many glass containers are freezer safe, microwave safe and dishwasher safe. Replace plastic wrap with beeswax coated fabric that acts as a reusable, easy to wash wrap for food. For replacing plastic sandwich bags there are reusable food safe sandwich bags.
Another environmental hazard to a family can be found right in the laundry room. Laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets all contain synthetic dyes and perfumes unless a person seeks out ones that don't. These chemicals are not only in close contact with skin, but also get inhaled as they spread through the air during the laundering process and also from the clean clothes. Look for alternatives such as dye and fragrance free detergent or those scented with essential oils. Use vinegar to soften clothing in place of fabric softener and replace dryer sheets with wool dryer balls or line dry.
This is just a sampling of some ways a person can help create a healthy environment for the whole family. Be conscientious, be informed and be open to alternatives.