The holiday season is in full swing, which means the panic of getting gifts for all of your loved ones may be starting to set in. If there’s someone on your list who’s difficult to buy for, don’t consider yourself alone. Thoughtful gift ideas can be hard to come up with on the spot. Your loved one deserves to breathe the freshest air. So we rounded up a few of our favorite gifts for a lung-healthy home!
Candles are a quick and easy gift, but those with a strong scent can also mean trouble for your lungs. To maintain the good air quality in the home, it’s best to keep the scents out. Look out for paraffin, synthetic fragrances, and wicks that contain lead. Beeswax candles and natural aromas are the way to go to keep asthma and allergy symptoms at bay. You may also want to consider high-end electric (or “flame-free”) candles for the extra sensitive.
Beeswax fav: The Beeswax Co. candles are hand-crafted to bring out the healthy burning properties of the 100% pure beeswax received from Texas beekeepers.
Flame-free fav: LED Lytes Pillar Candles offer the aesthetic of a real candle with a wax exterior and flickering flame, mimicking a candle burning.
Non-toxic Cleaning Products
Like chemicals in candles, harsh chemical cleaners or strong sprays should be avoided in your home. Products with bleach and ammonia can irritate the respiratory tract, and in recent years, exposure to household cleaning products has been considered a risk factor for respiratory issues in children. Opting for natural cleaners like white vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and borax or choosing clean products is a great way to remove harmful toxins from your home.
Our top pick: Branch Basics has an army of toxin-free cleaning products to take on any project around the house. The most popular selection to ditch toxic cleaning products is the Premium Starter Kit.
Indoor Air Purifiers
It might come as a surprise to learn that indoor air can be up to five times as polluted as outdoor air. From circulated air to pet dandruff and dust mites, pollutants in indoor air can trigger allergies or lead to respiratory infections. The easiest way to address the air quality is an indoor air purifier—the latest versions with HEPA technology promise to remove 99.7% of airborne particles from your home.
Our top pick: Mila Air Purifier offers high-end aesthetic and industry-leading air purification for a slightly more affordable price tag than competitors – and they’re currently running a 20% off holiday special!
The cold, dry winter air can cause dryness in the lungs and nasal airways, making them more susceptible to irritation. Particularly for individuals living in high-altitude areas, a humidifier can be a great way to keep the air from getting too dry inside your home. The moisture added by the humidifier can help against dryness in the throat, dry cough, cracked lips and skin, and sinus-related issues.
Our top pick: Levoit Humidifiers come in different shapes and sizes that are made to fit any style and room size. The Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart Humidifier is listed as the company’s best seller and comes with an affordable price tag.
Keeping the air around you clear of pollutants could be as simple as welcoming a plant into your home. A NASA study suggests that there are nearly a dozen plants that not only absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen but remove organic pollutants. The rubber plant, also known as Ficus elastica, has large leaves credited with improving air quality, absorbing airborne chemicals, and eliminating mold spores and bacteria in the air. The house plant also grows in a wide range of conditions, making it easy to care for.
Our local fav: Botanica Houseplant Shop, has plants galore, and while they’re local to us, they ship nationwide! From the perfect plant to a matching pot, you can find shippable options here, and you can use code WELCOME10 at checkout for 10% off your first shipped order.