Have you noticed? The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and you are spending more time indoors. Probably you have begun closing windows and doors to keep out the cooler evening air. This means you and all who live or work with you are reusing the same air many times over. What does this mean? I think we all know. More shared air borne diseases, more absenteeism, more visits to the doctor, time lost at work and at home.
I would like to suggest at least one way you may relieve some of the issues that living together can bring. I have a lot of plants, both flowering and green, living in my yard and on my patio all summer and I must bring them indoors or they will freeze. It has been shown that plants in your home or office not only look good, but they also work hard to clean the air and reduce noise and stress.
Health experts tell us that exposure to the toxic chemicals produced by carpets, cleaning products, furniture, office machines, even the products used in the buildings themselves can cause disastrous physical reactions in our bodies. The most common may be breathing difficulties, but some people find they are affected more severely, with blurred vision, dizziness, even nausea.
It has been proven that many indoor plants remove noxious gases, airborne molds, and other contaminates thus creating a healthier place to live and work.
The most effective plants seem to be green plants such as English ivy, Dracaena, and many of the palms. These plants are relatively easy to grow because they do not require as much light as most blooming plants do.
Of course, the key to growing plants is light, water, and proper care. Select plants that tend to thrive in the same temperature range that is comfortable for you. In general place them where they receive filtered or indirect light from windows. Winter sun coming through a window can very quickly cook some plants. Many plants are quite happy with the type of lighting that is found in most offices and thrive under those lights.
Succulents with thick juicy leaves are often easier to grow indoors because they don’t need to be watered as frequently. A word of caution when it comes to watering,most of us tend to over water. Let the soil dry out on top and then water thoroughly rather than frequent light watering.
Plants brighten a room and create a soothing feeling of being in nature. They are inexpensive and undemanding. Don’t underestimate the value of keeping at least a few plants in your home or office.