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Green is where the Heart Is for June 26, 2013

“If you have debt I'm willing to bet that general clutter is a problem for you too.”  — Suze Orman

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

My husband and I will look back on this year as the “big purge of 2013.”  It began when our daughter was visiting in the winter.  
As an artist in NYC her space is small and very efficient. During her junior year of college she became chronically ill.  Her symptoms were brought on by a heightened sense of sounds, smells, lights and other sensory input. 
The high pitch of fans in a mall, which neither you nor I would notice, combined with the artificial lighting would be enough to send her over the edge and not uncommon to produce a nosebleed. 
During the past 13 years she has explored many alternative and complementary healing modalities and has taken personal responsibility to maintain her health. 
As she was here visiting with us this winter, she joined in during our never-ending clutter removal and I made sure our cleaning products would not affect her negatively. 
Because of her sensitivities I gained first hand knowledge of how we are affected by the environment around us.  During my feng shui training I was introduced to ‘bau-biologie,’  a German term meaning ‘building biology’ or the relationship between buildings and life. 
This discipline explores the impact of the building environment on human health and applies this knowledge to the construction or modification of our homes and workplaces. 
It examines the holistic interaction between human life and the products with which we surround ourselves. 
Along with building products like wood verses plastic and carpet padding that outgases formaldehyde, bau-biologie examines the cleaning products we use in our homes. 
Recently I received a call from Michelle Lane of Carolina Beach.  She and her husband were researching products to use in their home that would help their son Keagan who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and is ADHD.  Like our daughter Annabel, the chemicals in most store bought products affect him in a negative way. 
I introduced Michelle to Melaleuca products and this is what she had to say, “Smells, textures and noises get to
Keagan even in the smallest of ways that we wouldn’t even think about. They send him over the edge and he cannot function as anxiety creeps over him.  Melaleuca products were a very good decision for our family to swap out our usual cleaners and it is better for the environment.  When I ordered the Eco-Sense line it was like Christmas as two boxes were delivered to our door.  I put together the bottles and spray nozzles and added my own water, since they are concentrated and very cost effective.  I went on a cleaning frenzy.  The Tough & Tender made my kitchen sparkle.  Using the Melamagic on my floors removed the dirt with one try and left no residue making it safe for our dog as he loves to roll over on it.  As for the Tub & Tile bathroom spray, can I just say AMAZING?  I thought my tub was clean until I watched it become a brighter shade of clean.  I even spray Revive on the curtains near our kitty’s littler box for a fresh smell.  In my van the glass cleaner Clear Power removed sticky finger and puppy smudges.  Keagan seems unaffected by the clean smell of these natural products.“
To learn more about these products go to SAFERFORYOURHOME.COM.
Call me and I can help you make the switch if you are, like Michelle, desiring to make your space the healthiest place to live.  Just because it is sold in a store does not mean it is healthy for you.  Time to take personal responsibility for the health of your home and as we found, time to get our house in order.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.