12 Houseplants for a Healthy Home

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A few years ago I was talking to my sister about plants. It might sound like a strange topic of discussion, but it is something everyone should think about. She has a beautiful home that is filled with detailed decor, lovely furniture, and plastic plants. I asked her why she chooses to decorate with fake plants instead of living ones. With a shrug she said, “Why would I want a real plant when the fake ones look the same but require no work?” She asked an important question and one that cannot be ignored. While plastic plants may (sometimes) look better and lack the maintenance of watering, weeding, and care, they can often release chemicals found in plastics. Ironically, living plants combat these same chemicals so the air is safer to breathe. I don’t think people recognize all the toxins within the walls of their homes. Even while using green cleaners, there are still pollutants hiding in your furniture, bedding, flooring, and walls. Here are twelve plants you can safely add to your home and additionally enjoy the healthy benefits they offer.

1. ALOE

This is my favorite plant, and might be the reason it is first on this list. The Aloe plant has a unique cactus look and is small enough to fit comfortably in a kitchen window. You might know it by the gel you rub on your sunburns called Aloe Vera, but it does more than just heal burns and cuts. It clears the air of chemicals often found in cleaning products, such as benzene and formaldehyde.

2. BAMBOO PALM

This is one of the best plants around for cleaning the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. This plant looks great as an accent piece in a living room or bedroom. It sucks the chemicals right out of furniture, carpet, and glues, making it a safe and clean place to relax.

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3. AZALEA

It is amazing where formaldehyde can be found, and this shrub helps tackle away this toxic chemical hiding in plywood and even the insulation in your walls. The Azalea has gorgeous flowers and survives well in colder temperatures. Place it on a porch, in a well-lit basement, or a sunny garage for it to grow best.

4. SNAKE PLANT

While deciding on which plants to put in which room, this one loves the environment of typical bathrooms. The steam and lack of light will help it continually grow. The bathroom is filled with items containing formaldehyde. The Snake Plant will clean the air from chemicals found in toilet paper, cleaning products, deodorants, and other personal items.

5. CHINESE EVERGREEN

This beautiful plant is like a built-in filter. Not only is caring for it incredibly easy, but it works hard to filter the air of pollutants while removing toxins. I would love to have a couple of these neatly placed in the highest traffic areas of my home; it helps the air flow as it cleans it.

6. SPIDER PLANT

This plant was made for people like me; I wasn’t blessed with a green thumb. The long thin spidery leaves and white flowers are strong enough to withstand neglect occasionally. This plant takes benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and even carbon monoxide out of the air so it is healthier to breathe.

7. GERBER DAISY

This beautiful little flower is a favorite for many, but beyond its stunning colors is the ability to ward off benzene and trichloroethylene. Place it in the sunniest room in your house and enjoy deep breaths of fresh air.

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8. CHRYSANTHEMUM

This beautiful flower would complement a brightly lit kitchen or as the centerpiece on a dining room table. The greenery and blooms both work together to filter out that nasty benzene that is a common ingredient in glues, plastics, and dishwasher detergents.

9. ENGLISH IVY

Every home looks stunning with a dash of Ivy, but the benefits of English Ivy are…well…really unique. A study concluded that this little plant has the skills to reduce airborne particles containing fecal matter. It might sound gross, but I wouldn’t want that floating around in my house. Changing diapers and using the bathroom releases fecal particles, so I would keep a plant close by these rooms to ensure the air is clean.

10. GOLDEN POTHOS

If you need a plant to hang from the ceiling, along a stairwell, or even inside the garage, this is the one. As a fast growing vine, it battles away the popular formaldehyde found in many products right inside your car or garage.

11. WEEPING FIG

This stunning plant looks great in any room. It takes a little work to keep it growing healthily, but the rewards are worth the effort. Often the carpets, fabrics, and furniture in your home contain small amounts of chemicals that are emitted into the air every day. The Weeping Fig battles away benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde so you can relax on your furniture and floors without a single worry.

12. WARNECK DRACAENA

This indoor plant can grow to be 12 feet with proper care and love. Varnishes, stains, and oils found in furniture and woods release pollutants that the Warneck Dracanena attacks like a champ. If you suffer from constant headaches and migraines, this plant might relieve chemical-induced headaches.

Not only are the healthy benefits hard to pass up, but plants create an energy that can be very therapeutic. I love walking into my home and seeing nature inside my doors. It helps me stay positive during the winter months and makes my home feel cleaner. Yes I am terrible at watering them, and sometimes the weeds are noticeable, but man do I love the feeling of breathing clean air. Like my constantly beating heart, I often forget about all the hard work my plants do during the day and night for me. The beautiful green and bright seasonal flowers are a reminder of the clean air I get to breathe from simply having plants in my home.

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Relájate Todo Estará Bien

Hay muchas personas que están muy preocupadas por el cambio climático, los incendios en California. Todo esto está asustando a la gente a lo grande ! yo era uno de ellos. Yo etaba tan asustada que compré un auto eléctrico,  puse energía solar en mi casa y también un calentador de agua solar.

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¿Por qué hice esto? Porque estoy haciendo todo lo posible para eliminar cero emisiones en nuestro medio ambiente. No es algo fácil de hacer y lo he estado haciendo gradualmente en los últimos años. Entonces, ¿qué hice para calmarme? Comencé a hacer investigación. Comencé a descubrir exactamente qué demonios está pasando.

¿De qué me di cuenta? Bueno, descubrí que Estados Unidos todavía está en el Acuerdo de París. Estados como California, Oregon y Washington y muchos otros todavía están en él. También muchas empresas, locales y naciones están todavía en el Acuerdo de París. En septiembre, revelaron la Nueva Economía del Clima en el Global Climate Action Summum. Me di cuenta de que hay tantas personas en todo el mundo que se están uniendo para frenar el cambio climático. De hecho, están invirtiendo $ 900 trillones para el año 2030 en infraestructura a nivel mundial. ¡Eso es enorme! Después de que descubrí esto pense que hay gente mucho más inteligente que yo trabajando en esto. Así que puedo relajarme y volver a solo comer sano.

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Entonces me di cuenta de que todo mi estrés era una completa pérdida de tiempo. Pero hay cosas que podemos hacer para ayudar a este esfuerzo. En esta lista Solo escribire un par de cosas y escogeré mas mas fáciles. Nada dificil porque a quien le gusta lo dificil?

1) Coma productos orgánicos locales (admítalo, esto es fácil).

2) Relájate y ve a pasear.

3) Prepare un poco de sopa de verduras e invite a un amigo a que venga y disfrute del guisado.

4) Únete a una organización de vida sostenible. OK esto podría ser difícil. Pero podrías si quieres. 🙂 Además, si puedes compartir el automóvil o comprar un automóvil eléctrico, híbrido, caminar, andar en bicicleta o correr, tome el transporte público. Pero si no puedes hacer eso, solo come una manzana y ve a la cama, calmate y piensa:

“Todo estará bien”.

Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar que vive en El Norte de California. Ella es una apasionada del planeta y es una defensora de aquellos que no tienen voz. . Cuando te curas a ti mismo, curas el planeta. Su nuevo mantra es Relájate y come algo de fruta.

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Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar que vive en El Norte de California. Ella es una apasionada del planeta y es una defensora de aquellos que no tienen voz. Como el planeta. Cuando te curas a ti mismo, curas el planeta. Su nuevo mantra es Relájate y come algo de fruta.

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Mi nombre es Johnny y conocí a Valeria en un recital de Navidad donde los dos interpretamos canciones de Navidad. Valeria me pidió que la grabara con su teléfono y desde allí construimos una amistad. Ella compartió su blog sobre salud y estado físico. Valeria me mostró su perrito Amber y salimos a pasear por donde recogíamos basura ocasionalmente. Hicimos esto porque ambos nos preocupábamos por el medio ambiente. Poco después compré una computadora portátil y ayudé a editar videos de YouTube para Valeria. Ella me envió sus videos de baile y yoga que necesitaban ser editados. Ambos nos ayudamos mutuamente con nuestro trabajo y enviamos comentarios sobre cómo mejorar nuestro trabajo.

Los dos somos mexicoamericanos y queremos compartir con los latinos del mundo un mensaje en español. La información que compartiremos ayudará a sanar el planeta. Queremos que nuestros hermanos y hermanas en América Latina sepan que todo estará bien. Nos preocupamos por ellos y están en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.

Top 5 Plants for Increasing Oxygen

Originally Published on LungInstitute.com on 15 July 2016 By Cameron

Top 5 Plants for Increasing Oxygen

Looking for a natural way to increase oxygen indoors?

For those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the desire for more oxygen can be a demanding one. Although there are options available for increasing oxygen through means such as oxygenators and air purifiers, there are a variety of natural alternatives for increasing air quality that are beneficial for both body and mind. The Lung Institute believes the home should foster an environment of good health and well-being, and with your health in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 plants for increasing oxygen indoors.

5. Areca Palm

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As with all plants, the Areca Palm is biologically engineered to take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. However, what sets the Areca Palm apart is its ability to also purify the environment it’s placed in by removing dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Recommendation & Care:

The Areca Palm does well in filtered light and needs to be watered often. For one person, four shoulder high plants should suffice.
Best Placement:

The Living Room

4. Snake Plant a.k.a. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

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Considered highly efficient in oxygen production, the Snake Plant otherwise known as the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, is unique for its nighttime oxygen production, and ability to purify air through the removal of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.

Recommendation & Care:

The Snake Plant does well in window light and needs to be watered weekly. For one person, six to eight waist level plants are recommended. In an air sealed room, these plants are capable of producing enough oxygen to breathe normally.
Best Placement:

The Bedroom

3. Money Plant

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Featured by NASA, the Money Plant is renowned for its ability to remove chemicals and other pollutants from the air, specifically benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. However, despite the benefit of its high purification rate, this plant is toxic to cats, dogs and small children if its leaves are ingested.

Recommendation & Care:

The Money Plant prefers indirect light and needs to be watered every week or so. For one person, three 18-inch plants are recommended.
Best Placement:

Any room but keep out of reach of pets or small children.

2. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)

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Arguably the prettiest entry on the list, the Gerbera Daisy is often used as a decorative element in gardening. However, the Gerbera Daisy is also distinct for its ability to produce high levels of oxygen at night while removing harmful chemicals, such as benzene and trichloroethylene. Beneficial for those suffering from sleep apnea and breathing disorders, keep this one on the nightstand for better sleep.

Recommendation & Care:

The Gerbera Daisy prefers bright sunlight during the summer, spring and fall, and indirect light during the winter. It needs to be watered regularly with the soil being kept moist. Due to the decorative nature of the flower, the amount of recommended flower pots is up to the discretion of the planter.
Best Placement:

The Bedroom

1. Chinese Evergreens

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The Chinese Evergreen is one of the most common household plants and for good reason. This plant emits a high oxygen content while purifying indoor spaces of harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and other toxins. As its name suggests, it is quite popular in China specifically for its high efficiency in removing harmful pollutants from the air.

Recommendation & Care:

The Chinese Evergreen does well in full shade, and only needs to be watered occasionally with a focus on keeping the soil moist. The number of plants kept is at the owner’s discretion.

Best Placement:

The Living Room

Along with the top 5 plants for increasing oxygen, what else can I do to breathe easier?

Although keeping oxygen-generating plants, such as our top 5 plants for increasing oxygen, may increase the quality of life for those suffering from COPD, they are not a form of treatment. And though indoor plants may ease the symptoms of COPD, they will be ineffective when outside the home or workplace.

Currently COPD has no cure; however, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of cellular research. As the scientific community continues to put their best minds to the task of solving the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering quality of life.

If you’re looking to make a profound change in your life or the life of someone you love, the time is now. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us at (888) 510-7519 today to find out if you qualify for cellular therapy.

Thinking about starting an indoor plant collection? Have a few suggestions of your own? We’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts and comments on our list of the top 5 plants for increasing oxygen below!

Go Outside and Trim a Bush Already

My family has a history of having green thumbs.  My grandmother, Lupe, God Bless her soul, had a very green thumb.  She had a beautiful garden.  She could plant something from a twig and it would flourish.  My mother had the same gift.

Now my gardening skills are on a whole other level.  I subscribe to the Darwinian theory of survival of the fittest.  My plants need to be able to survive with very little water and lots of neglect.  This was not really my fault.  I mean I was working full time and also being a fitness instructor and a mom and those plants were like so back burner.  I am pretty sure the only reason they really stayed alive was because my ex-boyfriend used to water them when he came over.  The plants used to sing songs when he came around.

Well I am happy to report that I have now matured to the level of actually watering my own plants and I’m trying to maintain them.  I think they are still a little mad at me over the years of neglect from me.  My lemon tree likes me because it gives me plenty of lemons.  My succulents don’t like a lot of water, so we’re cool too.  I do have some geraniums that are actually quite sturdy but are basically holding on by their roots.  I’ve been watering and trimming them and they are hanging on.  I think I need to move them.  It’s just too much sun.

I used to think of gardening as some form of punishment left over from when I was a kid.  But now I actually like going out there and it’s quite peaceful.  I actually started mowing my own lawn too because I was paying for it and I just decided to buy my own push lawn mower and do it myself.  I mean why pay for something I can do myself.  So I’ve found that it doesn’t take very long to do it.  About 30 minutes.  I’m not all into my lawn like some people.  I mean it’s green enough.  And if I miss certain parts get missed (or my daughter misses certain parts) who cares?  I’ll just do it the next time.  I mean there’s no lawn police coming over anytime soon.

 This is how I felt as a kid, but not anymore.

But it’s really cool being outside and trimming those bushes and the lawn feels therapeutic.  It’s like seeing someone with really long straggly hair and you want nothing more than to go up to them with a pair of scissors and trim it up.  Well that’s the sense of gratification you can get, trimming stuff.  And again if it’s not perfectly straight, who cares?  And you didn’t risk your life from cutting some random person’s straggly beard or hair.

 Imagine how great it would feel to trim this hair.  Now that’s pure satisfaction guaranteed.  Maybe not for the boyfriend though.

Also fringe benefit is getting some fresh air, sunshine, physical exercise and your pocket book is happy too.  But I usually find something else to blow my money on anyway.