I have a new love.
A surprising new love at that because–until now–I’d never considered myself the type.
Too much work–I’d always believed. Not enough reward.
But then I read something that changed my mind–changed that “not enough reward” bit.
Turns out, there are benefits.
To what, you ask? To houseplants.
It’s true though. Check this out:
- they disperse airborne toxins
- they decrease dust and mold particles
- they increase creativity (which is HUGE considering I’m working on my second novel)
- they boost energy (which is equally HUGE considering I’m the mother of four)
- they reduce stress
- they also have a positive effect on Feng Shui if you buy that sorta thing (which I don’t–for the record)
Those were reason enough for me to invest in my very own house plants this past weekend. And now that they’ve been placed into a formerly desolate corner of the living room, I’m actually quite fond of them.
Before I purchased them, though, I did scour the internet for recommendations as to which species of plants would go furthest in boosting our air quality. Here are ten plants you might consider:
- Janet Craig
- Sweet Chico
- Kentia Palm
- Golden Pothos
- English Ivy
- Spider Plants
- Snake Plants
- Peace Lilly
- African Violet
I had no idea I was the house plant type. Turns out I am; I’m on the lookout for more greenery this weekend.
Two thing to remember though: don’t water your house plants with softened water because the salt can mess with sodium levels and cause your greens to die a slow and painful death; and to positively affect the air in an 1800 sq. ft. house you would need 15-20 plants.
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