Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Natural Indoor Air Cleaners

by Regina Ann

Although Spring will be here soon in the Northern Hemisphere, we are still experiencing cold weather that makes it tempting to simply stay inside where it’s warm. With the inside of buildings and homes being as polluted, in some cases more polluted, than outdoors I wanted to find some natural options to help purify the air in my home, my home office and my therapy room.

There is much research available on just how wonderfully bringing nature indoors can help clear the air. For me having some nature inside also helps my mental outlook since I would choose to be outside all the time if the weather were more in my comfort zone. Below is the top natural plants for indoor air as listed by thenewecologist.com.

  • 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 as a bonus.
  • Devil’s Ivy is a prolific ivy with variegated leaves. 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 easily trim this ivy, place the trimmings in water for a few days and replant in soil as soon as you see roots growing and have a whole other plant.
  • Phalaenopsis is a beautiful flowering houseplant with very few leaves but lots of flowers. This is a perfect plant for indoor places with little or no sunlight 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, makes beautiful plants with their heart shaped leaves 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 requiring moderate light and temperature and grow best with regular feeding of plant food mixed with filtered water. These plants are higher maintenance than the others we have talked about so make sure you have the time to invest in their welfare.
  • The Christmas cactus is commonly seen in stores during the holiday season. With its glossy leaves and beautiful flowers the Christmas cactus is a great gift to enjoy as it cleans the 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 it ideal for small spaces such as dorms, apartments and small offices with ample sunlight.
  • Garlic Vine has beautiful bell shaped flowers but be warned, the flowers and leaves smell like garlic when they are crushed. The upside is that the leaves, roots and flowers can be used to treat colds, fevers, sore throat and breathing problems much like garlic.
  • The Peace lily certainly lives up to its name. These are the most peaceful plants I know. The atypical flowers are white and look much like one of the leaves decided to turn into a flower. This plant thrives in lots of light and needs to be kept moist but out of direct sunlight.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
For those who really want to boost their air quality indoors you can add the warm glow of a himalayan salt lamp to any room. These lamps are known as mother natures ironizing balancer. They are touted to help with allergies and asthma as well as provide natural protection from electromagnetic frequencies. We love all of ours and the soft amber glow they emit is peaceful, calming and comforting.

These are but a few examples of Natural Indoor Air Cleaners. As you bring nature inside you begin to balance the energy which results in a more harmonic space. The harmony you create for your inner space carries through to your outer space. As a result, creating a more natural indoors may not only improve your air quality but also the energy you experience in your daily life.

Regina Ann is the founder of Integrative Holistic Solutions offering Integrative Medicines, Healing Arts, and Lifestyle Coaching to assist you in achieving emotional, mental, physical, spiritual Well Being. Visit http://IntegrativeHolisticSolutions.com to learn more.

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