When it’s cold outside we tend to spend more time inside, crank up the fireplace, and use more artificial heating. All of this causes the air to get dryer and when the air gets dryer, so does our skin. When we are inside, we also tend to use electronics more often and for longer periods of time. This can cause lethargy.
Do you notice how tired and unexcited you feel after sitting inside working on your computer all day? There is one simple thing that you can do to change the way your room feels. Buy some plants!
It is not healthy for our biological wellbeing to be trapped in a small room surrounded by electromagnetic stress all day. Not so long ago were we spending most of the day in nature. While it’s true that we live in another time now, our body has not changed significantly and so our need for being in nature is still present.
There can be an immense stress that accumulates when you stay indoors for most of the day. People with plants in their rooms say they feel better both physically and mentally. Green plants are like balm for the body and soul. Research also shows that you increase creativity and focus when there are more plants around. Having plants around ensures there is less bacteria and less dust in your environment as well.
We are part of nature and nature is a part of us.” – Deepak Chopra
Did you know that NASA has published its own list of the most air-purifying plants? They also recommend having at least one plant per 10 square meters. Feng Shui is the study of nature and how to take nature’s principles into the home. You need living organisms around you in order to thrive.
In Feng Shui we also take the shape of the plant into account. It must be soft, round, and have a shape that is pleasing to the eye. Having a plant which is cleansing to the air is also a plus.
Here are my top 5 picks for indoor plants:
#1. Chamaedorea: boosts humidity
This is one of the plants that boosts humidity the most and is almost like a miniature humidifier. It even tolerates fairly dark conditions. Its light leaves bring elegance to your home. Do you want to create an oasis that makes you feel as if you live in the tropics? Fill your home and office with this palm and forget about rain, snow, gray weather and the cold, even if it’s just for a few moments!
#2. Chlorophytum comosum: cleanse the air
This is an easily kept and agreeable plant. Hang it high towards the ceiling and it will look amazing with its long, striped leaves. The spider plant is super easy to form and is ranked as number 3 in NASAS scale of plants that cleanse the air from formaldehyde (chemistry is not my strong suit, so I am unsure of what exactly it does to the air).
#3. Spathiphyllum: get rid of electromagnetic stress
This one if my favorite. It’s beautiful, elegant, and simple. If you’re like me and forget to water your plants, this plant is perfect for you. It will clearly tell you when it’s thirsty by collapsing far before it is actually close to dying (I wonder how many times I save my peace lilies just in the nick of time). By the way, the peace lily also adds humidity and cleanses the air from alcohol, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
#4. Scindapsus Aureum: clean chemicals from the air
This plant is also known as devil’s ivy and is quite difficult to kill. It also will grow almost as fast as Jack’s beanstalk and also helps you get rid of formaldehyde in the air. It survives even if you place it in a dark corner. If you have sharp corners in your home (which are not considered good Feng Shui), you can hang this plant near them to achieve a better and softer flow.
#5. Crassula Ovata: a symbol of wealth
This is a beloved plant and is known by many names. It is known as a jade plant, a friendship tree, and a ‘luck’ plant. This plant, also called a money tree, is considered a symbol of wealth and is a must in every home and business. Who ever said money doesn’t grow on trees? If you’re lucky enough that this succulent suddenly springs into bloom and bears small pink or white flowers, this is a sign that your future is secure.
To begin adding more plants to your environment, start by looking at the plants you have. Do they have enough soil? Do they look healthy? Are there any leaves which look withered?
Make it simple. When the plants you have looked well, then you can buy more. Put plants in both your office and your home. In your bedroom, you shouldn’t have more than a single green plant. Apart from this guideline, you almost can’t have too many plants. They boost your feelings of happiness and you feel more connected to nature. When we care for plants, we cleanse ourselves of the electromagnetic stress that ensues after working in front of a computer all day.
Feng Shui changes lives. We can all be more conscious of our surroundings.
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The first step to achieving a good flow in the home is to get rid of the things that you don’t need. It’s like cleansing the skin before surgery or cleaning a wound before it gets stitched.
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