How many living houseplants do you have in your home or office? If your answer is zero, you are missing out on an important opportunity to improve your health and raise the vibrational frequency of your space.
According to an EPA study, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.”
Many things contribute to indoor air pollution: mold, flame retardants and other chemicals added to furniture and mattresses, paints, stains, formaldehyde used in pressed wood products, household cleaners, personal care products (such as hair sprays, nail polishes, etc.), carpets are treated with stain resisting chemicals, and so much more.
Household plants are a natural air filter for your indoor environments. They help to reduce the harmful irritants in your air. While they are not a total solution, they are definitely a helpful tool to utilize when you are actively working to improve your air quality. Plants also increase the amount of oxygen in the room. This can help to increase mental alertness during the day and improve your sleep quality at night.
Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement, which focuses on improving the Chi (life force) in an environment. Living plants are great enhancers of a room’s Chi. It is important to note that keeping plants in your home after they have died has the opposite effect and can significantly reduce the life force of your space. So it is important to give plants attention and care to keep them thriving, and to swiftly remove plants that have died.
Many people feel that they do not have a green thumb and that it is pointless to try growing anything. It doesn’t need to be such a daunting task. First, you have to choose your plants wisely (with the help of an informed nursery employee). Make sure you buy a plant that is compatible to the amount of light your space provides. There are plenty of plants that grow in all categories of light (low, medium and bright). Second, look for plants that require watering once a week. High maintenance plants that require frequent watering are not a good choice for those who are not interested in gardening. Finally, consider purchasing self-watering pots for your plants. It is more expensive in the upfront costs, but it may save you money and stress in the long run.
For weekly watering, it is best to pick a specific time each week when you know you are usually at home (or at the office). Set a calendar reminder to go off each week to prompt you. If you have problems with either over or under watering even when you do remember the task, then the self-watering pots are your best choice. The brand that I like to use is Tournesol. They don’t sell directly to consumers, but you can look up on their website “Where to buy”. Typically, you only need to fill the reservoir in the pot every two weeks. The technology allows the plant to draw the water as needed which completely avoids the over/under watering problem. I have had plants live as long as 10 years in these pots.
And besides all of that…plants add beauty to your space!
Laura Gordon is a certified life and wellness coach and a member of the Medical Medium Practitioner Support Service. She is not a physician and is not trained in any way to provide medical diagnosis, medical treatment, psychotherapy, or any other type of medical advice. Product links are provided for your convenience. Laura Gordon is not affiliated with these companies, nor does she receive any commissions for providing these links.