According to the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui, using houseplants in your decor will help create harmony in your home.
Plants are the easiest way to turn a house into a home. They add a little bit of nature, set off any decor or style and bring good energy to every space. Not everyone has a “green thumb” but there is something quiet, peaceful and meditative about watering, trimming and caring for houseplants-especially if the plants are thriving.
So, if keeping plants in a home is all about beauty, harmony and “good energy,” why would NASA take an interest in houseplants? Between 1980 and 1984 NASA decided to create a small biosphere with houseplants to address the issue of the organic chemicals that would build up in a spacecraft. The chemicals were volatile and were the result of the machinery and equipment used on the craft, and the people themselves generated some.
NASA placed houseplants in a sealed test chamber that contained the chemicals found on a spacecraft, including formalsdehyde. It is alarming to find that formaldehyde is found in fabrics, furniture, smoke and gas stoves. Their experiment proved that the houseplants removed the toxins from the air-spawning significantly funded research looking at how house plants purified our air. The result of many years of study produced a list of house plants that have been scientifically proven to remove toxins and refresh and purify the air.
I have chosen most of my houseplants from the list-always being sure that their placement in my home is suitable for their light requirements. Here’s a peek at how I “clean with green.”
Areca Palms: They love light and are perfect for corner spaces.
And other plants are quite comfortable away from the windows, serving as backdrops for special treasures.
The Boston Fern: It is one of the top rated plants for removing air pollutants , and because it loves water; it pumps tons of water vapor into the air-increasing humidity.
Areca Palm:I love the elegance of all palm trees, but am fond of Areca’s because they are pretty forgiving, which makes them a perfect indoor plant for Northern States. And there is that whole clean air thing….it is a super star.
Umbrella Plant or Schefflera: This perfect lovely houseplant takes on bensene, formaldehyde and toluene-some nasty toxins. This is a great choice for a home with a smoker.
Philodendron: Originally from the jungle floor, this sturdy vining plant works hard to free the surrounding air of toxins-mainly formaldehyde.
The entrance to our home. I love that our guests are greeted with the beauty of nature.
My favorite reading spot.
Don’t have (or want) one tall plant? Stack a couple.
Even some tall ones like to have their friends around their base.
Corn Plant or Dracena: This power house helps mop up formaldehyde. Check the labels on:LotionsShampoosSunblockSoap BarsCosmeticsBody WashToothpasteBaby WipesBubble Bathand sadly, household cleaning products. They just might contain formaldehyde.
The Peace LilyA real trooper for cleaning up the air and requiring little attention. There is a beautiful white flower that comes during the spring and summer months.Elephant Ear PhilodendronI use this plant to fill in the bottom of the planter. It also is great as an air filter.
Call Me Sister is all about healthy living-and if it can be beautiful at the same time-bonus. We have green on our mind-how about you?