Thursday, December 13, 2012

Naturally Indoors

Naturally Indoors
by Regina Ann

With many of the planets population spending more and more time indoors I wanted to offer some natural ways of breathing clean air indoors. I recently had to retire an indoor air purifier because it was making me sick. This led me in search of natural ways to clean the indoor air and the results have been wonderful.

There are a many articles on the web about NASA and experiments with plants and indoor pollution. My bottom line is that plants do clean the air, bring nature indoors, reduce stress and more. The top 10 plants as shared by The New Ecologist ( are as follows.

The Feston Rose plant also known as Lantana. Lantana is a beautiful flowering plant that is very low maintenance. The leaves of the lantana offer a pleasant aroma so you get clean air and natural fragrance.

Devil’s Ivy is prolific ivy with a variegated leaf. It is the most common houseplant available. This is perhaps the hardiest plant I know and it will grow like crazy with little care. You can also easily trim this plant, take the trimmings and put them in water for a few days and replant in soil as soon as you see roots growing.

Phalaenopsis is a beautiful flowering houseplant with very few leaves but lots of flowers. This is a perfect plant for indoors as it cannot tolerate direct sunlight.

English Ivy is considered the ideal houseplant for people with pets. It filters indoor pollutants such as fecal particles keeping your indoor air fresh. This is another prolific grower so you will either want to trim it back or give it plenty of space. It is poisonous so be certain to keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Parlor Ivy, also known as Philodendron make beautiful house plants with their heart shaped leave and delicate flowers of various colors. This is a climbing plant so you should have vertical space to offer it room to climb.

African Violets are delicate plants with equally delicate flowers. One of my personal favorites, these plants require moderate light and temperature and grow best with regular feedings of plant food mixed with filtered water.

The Christmas Cactus is commonly seen on store shelves this time of year. With its glossy leaves and beautiful flowers, the Christmas Cactus is a great gift to enjoy as it cleans the indoor air.

Yellow Goddess has beautiful trumpet like golden flowers. It makes me think of a yellow lily. It needs bright light but not directly from the sun. Its small size makes if perfect for apartments and small spaces.

Garlic Vine has beautiful bell shaped flowers but be warned, the flowers and leaves smell like garlic when they are crushed thoroughly. The upside is that the leaves, roots and flowers can be used to treat cold, fever, sore throat and breathing problems much like garlic.

Peace Lilys certainly live up to their name. These are the most peaceful plants I know of. The atypical flowers are white and look much like one of the leaves decided to turn into a flower. This plant needs to stay away from direct sunlight and be kept moist.

For those who really want to boost the air quality indoors you can add the warm glow of a Himalayan Salt lamp to your room. These lamps are known as mother natures ionizing balancer. They are touted to help with allergies and asthma as well as provide protection from electromagnetic frequencies. We love ours and the soft amber glow they emit is peaceful and calming.

These are just a few examples of creating a naturally indoors. Truth is that as you bring natural balance to your inner space you create harmony. The harmony you create for your inner space carries through to your outer space. In this manner, bringing nature indoors not only benefits the air you breathe but the energy you dwell in and carry with you in your daily life.