People having respiratory conditions are most benefitted by keeping indoor plants. You have to take care of different lighting and water requirements of the houseplant varieties.
NASA’s findings suggest that houseplants can purify and revitalize the air within our home and office by eliminating potent VOCs like formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene.
You should ideally keep a houseplant at 100 SqFt of your home to receive the maximum air-purifying effect.
The most effective toxin-removal houseplants are Broad-Leaf Palm and Lady Palm, which thrives in bright and filtered light. Peace Lily comes a close second, which prefers moderate lighting conditions.
The Golden Cane Palm, Bamboo Palm, or the Butterfly Palm, grow well in filtered, indirect light and can be kept anywhere your house. You should ideally place them in the recently painted or carpeted rooms.
You can diffuse essential oils or topically use it as suggested by doctors to eliminate fungi, bacteria, mold, and viruses. The ones popular with strong air-purifying properties are cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, grapefruit, clove, thyme, lemon, and tea-tree.
These can effectively trap toxic airborne particles, purify the air, and release in the home environment.
If your child has a chronic cough, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, you should definitely install one. Check EPA’s guide to find out the right one for your home. Here are 7 tips to buy an air purifier.
Want an air purifier for smoke? Check out how you can choose the right one for cigarette smoke, wildfire or secondhand smoke here.
Once you get these precious gifts
of nature into your home, you actually start practicing Feng shui!
Why Air Purifying Indoor Plants are Good for You
Various scientific studies have proven that air
quality and plants have great co-relation, which is undeniable. NASA tested a
few air-purifying house plants to measure their air-purifying capacity in 1989.
Light: Moderate to bright indirect light is ideal for your ZZ’s growth. It can tolerate and survive in low light.
Water: Allow its soil to dry between the period of
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (Ficus lyrata)
If you want to experience the fascinating journey of a houseplant, go for Ficus Lyrata or Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree.
Its finicky nature will teach you kindness,
compassion, patience, and love for something outside your comfort zone.
The fiddle leaf fig tree also imparts wisdom if you open your mind and senses to it. You will need to provide regular care and constant attention to your fussy green partner.
It will thrive in the right amount of watering,
sunlight, and T.L.C. If you want to add a dosage of self-care in your life,
keep this beautiful houseplant in your home’s knowledge (Gen) area and feel the
Light: Full sun to filtered yet bright sunlight is
ideal for your fiddle leaf. Try to keep it close to the east-facing window of
your living room.
Water: Remember to keep its soil moist but not damp. Water the plant only when the top half of the potting soil seems dry. Put your fingers 2 inches inside and check the added moisture.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
The snake plant got its name for its twisted sword-like leaves with sharp edges. It’s fondly known as “Mother-in-law’s tongue” (it’s razor-sharp😊).
This popular houseplant not only splendor in your home décor but attracts positive energy as well. Fibers extracted from snake plants can be used to make bowstrings, which reinforces its role in our protection.
Unlike other houseplants, snake plants emit oxygen at night, making it a clear winner in the air-purifying houseplant category. You should keep one in your bedroom to thwart negative energies and get indoor air oxygenated.
Light: It’s highly tolerant of any lighting
condition. Moderate to bright indirect light is preferred. Survive and thrive
equally well in low lights.
Water: Don’t overwater to save your snake plant
from root-rot. Let its soil dry out between watering.
Gerbera Daisy Plants (Gerbera)
All houseplant enthusiasts love Garbera due to its wide-eyed, strikingly beautiful blooms. It also improves your home air quality. The gorgeous flowers bring good luck as per feng shui.
Flowers represent positivity in feng shui, unshackle the stuck projects, and bring luck back on your side. Your feng shui aspiration guides you to choose the right color of Garbera Daisy.
Different colors represent important life aspects.
Red denotes inspiration and passion. Yellow
signifies a grounded attitude and excellent health. Pink and purple mean self-love
Remember to take good care of your Garbera even
when it is not flowering.
Light: Filtered and bright sunlight is ideal. A sunny
east-facing window will help your Garbera to flourish.
Water: Excess water in the potting soil may slowly kill the plant. Water your Garbera only when you find the top half of the soil to be dry. Keep your Garbera hydrated by misting its leaves with water.
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Rubber plant of Ficus elastica is another low-maintenance houseplant. The broad, thick, and glossy rubber plant leaves add wood elements to your home as per feng shui.
The wood element is known for its curative
properties and reflects growth in your life. Additionally, a rubber plant can
light up the dark corners of your home by harnessing a positive life force.
Light: Thrive in moderate to bright but indirect light. Rubber plants can survive in bright direct light as well.
Water: Though you need to keep the soil moist,
overwatering can kill the plant.
Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis)
Orchids are famous for their exquisite blooms. Moth orchids are no exception, and it emits oxygen at night as well. You should keep this orchid variety in your bedroom.
It’s a common practice to keep orchids as per feng
shui and instill romanticism in your life.
If you are single in search of a suitable life partner or having sleepless nights, adding orchids will thwart such negative influences from your life.
Never make the mistake of considering your orchid
dead when it’s not flowering.
The plant is very much alive and needs your
constant love and care. Feng shui recommends you to be patient and take great
care of your orchid.