My family and I were on vacation last week, so I had the chance to visit a few different places (and homes!) One of my favourite places to go is my sister’s houses. I noticed that one of them had a wonderful aloe vera plant in her room. It was fun and funky and it actually has a few uses. Not only used for sunburns or burns but it also has other amazing properties. For example, it is called in ancient Egypt “plant of immortality”, it helps to clean the air. Apparently African Violets helps to calm you because looking at the beautiful, small purple will stimulate your brain to release adrenaline, your energy levels will rise allowing more oxygen to flow to your brain and then you relax. What a simple yet wonderful relaxation technique, and a gorgeous addition to any room.
Boston ferns…one of my favourites! Boston ferns are natural humidifiers. They help to regulate dry air during the winter months. They release water through a process called transpiration in which the leaves at the bottom of the plant release moisture (like sweat). Therefore releasing moisture into the air.
Want to inspire and add some creativity to your mind? Just add a Croton to your room. The plants colourful leaves inspire and energize their surroundings. Giving you something to help you out of that writer’s block or lack of creativity at this time of year. Another plant we have always had in and around our house, as well as my parent’s, is the Spider Plant. This long leafed plant helps to eliminate allergens in the home; it actually absorbs allergens, including dust. It is said that in two days the plant can eliminate up to 90% of toxins in a room. What a wonderful plant to have “hanging” around.
Looking for a plant that eliminates formaldehyde in your home? English Ivy can do the trick. NASA scientists have found this plant to be the number one house plant to take that formaldehyde right out of the house. Therefore, giving you clean and healthy air for all to breathe.
Need a little pick me up? How about giving Red Aglaonemas a try. Red is a natural way to give you some much needed energy as well as stimulating your appetite, so go ahead and put it in the bathroom to give you a boost in the morning or even in the kitchen to get that appetite going.
Concentration a problem? How about having a bamboo plant on your desk. This plant is something that can survive without much natural light, so it's great for an office area. It's often used to give the room or your desk some Feng Shui.
Sore eyes from all that work on the computer or using your phone? Try a Pothos plant. Not only are they are good for eye strain but it's been said that they are believed to help prevent glaucoma or cataracts.
I hope this helps you to figure out what type of plant you would like to put in your home. Don't forget it's also the colour of the year is Pantone’s greenery!
Thanks for letting me show you the simplicity of my life as I turn it into something chic.