Right now there are fires raging in Southern California (about 5 now, I think). Yesterday I had to pick my daughter up early from preschool since the air was so bad and that was from the fires in Ojai/Ventura County, a good 60 miles away. Today, things changed and another fire broke out about 15 miles from home by the Skirball Center/Getty Museum. Thank you to all who have reached out. We are safe but this is getting SUPER close to home and so, so many are being affected and having to evacuate and are losing their homes.
Even where we live by the ocean, my asthma has been bad from the smoke and particulate matter. If you are by a wildfire or inhaling smoke, here are some things you can do to stay healthy and support your system!
- Add a few drops of chlorophyll to your water (pictured right: baby’s straw cup, toddler’s Peter Rabbit cup and Mommy’s fancy Ball jar!) as it helps oxygenation
- Related to that… stay well hydrated
- Nasal irrigation with a Neti pot (or saline spray) 2x/day
- Upping your Vitamin C as well, it’s been shown to help with smoke-related damage
- Eat citrus and berries, which are high in antioxidants and vitamins like C (I just had a handful of organic raspberries and an entire grapefruit)
- Add in superfood adaptogens like reishi and cordyceps (I love adding to my hot chocolate or smoothie!) help strengthen and protect your immune system
- Add more spices like turmeric and ginger to boost immunity (I guess this would be a good time to share my recipe for my turmeric latte?)
- Diffuse R.C (Young Living essential oil) for respiratory support
- Diffuse Purification (Young Living essential oil) to get rid of the odor of smoke
- Stay indoors with the windows closed (If you are working out, exercise indoors too!)
- And of course, use a HEPA air filter – we have 2 running on high! (a ‘regular’ air filter like on your A/C won’t filter out smoke particles)
Prayers to all affected and sincere gratitude to our brave firefighters!
Stay safe everyone and please send prayers for California/LA!
PS – Not local, but want to help? Humane Society of Ventura County, American Red Cross, Latino Community Foundation and the Ventura County Community Foundation are all working to support those people (and animals) who have lost their homes and been displaced.
Jen K says
You are so brilliant – what great ideas!
It’s frightening that the fires are so close to you. Sending love and cooling thoughts your way.
Abby Phon says
Thank you so much! I hope others see it and it helped them too! xo
I live in the Midwest (in a suburb of Chicago). Just Googled “holistic remedies for smoke inhalation” and got your blog on this topic. THANK YOU! I live in a multi unit condominium with 5 floors and several wings. One of the units had a fire in it today. I am the next door neighbor of the unit that was on fire. I inhaled quite a bit of smoke when it started billowing in thru the heating vent along the wall our units both share! There was alot of smoke in the hallways as we all exited, too.
I will be trying almost all of your suggestions/advice. THANK YOU again!
Abby Phon says
Hi Ann, I am sorry to hear about the fire but so glad you are safe! I hope what has helped me, will help you too! Stay safe and be well!