Lack of Sunlight Making You Sad? Plant No Further…

With earlier night falls and shorter days, you may be feeling down in the dumps. No matter how much artificial light you soak up, vitamin D tablets you down, shiitake mushrooms, mackerel, salmon, egg yolks, and cod liver oil you inhale, shaking off the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) blues brought on by fall and winter months can seem nearly impossible.

No sunlight, no problem. Plant your way to pleasant pastures inside the warm confines of your walls.

Accessorize your home and workspace with green houseplants that//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“> boost health, happiness, and healing powers. Your green oasis will encourage unwinding moments but also warmth to promote a comfort and calming effect, similar to sipping a warm mug of chamomile tea to relieve stress and to induce relaxation. Green is the most restful color but it also revitalizes the body, by fertilizing a refreshing atmosphere. Your new DIY household chore this weekend? To get greening! If you have mostly neutral tones, even better.

A plant paradise inside your habitat will create a cleaner and healthier environment. Plants reduce stale air by producing oxygen and filtering harmful pollutants, formaldehyde + benzene + ammonia from the air. These nasty toxins can be found in your cleaning products, plastic, rubber, paint, fertilizers, and even your soaps + toothpaste, among other surprising stuff. Plants trap the toxins in their own tissue or break them down and release them as harmless by-products.

Most importantly, plants have been scientifically proven to lower risk for illness + boost mood + enhance concentration/memory + promote healing. If you want positive calm energy and stability, it’s recommended to have one potted plant per 100 square feet.

For the happiest, most zenned out dwelling, maximize your spaces with these house plants and herbs.

Aloe Vera

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Cleans air of pollutants and the leaves will display brown spots when large amounts of harmful chemicals in the air become excessive.

Bamboo Palm

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Has a purifying score of 8.4. It clears benzene and trichloroethylene from the air, which comes from metals, textiles, cleaning solvents, and even dry cleaning!

English Ivy

NASA’s #1 best air-filtering houseplant. It’s most effective at absorbing formaldehyde. You can hang it or use it as a floor plant.

Golden Pathos

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Grows easily in cool temps with low levels of sunlight. This is great for the kitchen windows or bookshelves, as it grows down in cascading vines, too.

Peppermint

This herb produces a refreshing aroma that boosts mood + memory + mental awareness. Accentuate your spice rack and keep this potted herb on the kitchen countertop for a minty-fresh touch.

Philodendron

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Best for new green thumbs. Requires minimal care year-round.

Rubber Tree

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Thrives in dim lighting and cooler climates. Great for your bedroom.

Snake Plant

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Doesn’t require much H2O or light. Unlike other plants, it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night. Bonus: It’s the most fuss-free plant.

Spider Plant

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NASA rates as top air-purifying plant. It fights pollutants best, (benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, xylene).

Swedish Ivy

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Low-maintenance and striking aesthetics. Heart-shaped leaves suck ozone created by the smog from polluted indoor air.

Greener Days are Ahead!

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 Let’s start plant accessorizing now.

 

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