The right amount of greenery in the right rooms can make your life healthier and happier. There’s no denying that plants modify and improve the aesthetic value of our world, quality of air we breathe in, and the clarity of our thoughts. Indeed, studies go even further: a number of them link plants growing indoor to reduction in stress, fatigue and illness. Communities with designated green space experience peace of mind, less crime, plant-filled classrooms seem to help kids pay more attention and cutting flowers can inspire creativity in adults. Even a tiny little flower-plant placed at the window of our bedroom, when seen with the sunlight coming through the window can provide a scenic charm and peace to our mind whole day long. We all can’t live in a rain forest for the scenic charm of our eyes, but we can place plants strategically at our homes for reaping their benefits.
For the biggest payoff, here’s your room-by-room guide to greenery and good health.
Kitchens are the heart of the home, everyone uses them differently. Growing plants in kitchen is beneficial in many ways. Coriander and mint are those herbs which can be potted easily in the kitchen.
- CORIANDER- If the wisdom of the centuries is proof enough, coriander is a must grown herb. This exceptional anti-inflammatory herb is rich in iron, manganese and magnesium besides essential chemicals or phytonutrients like camphor, elemol, limonene and carvone. It speeds up digestion, gives your pancreas pep to increase more insulin and reduces harmful lipids or fats. It is an excellent dietary fibre that tones up your digestion and with its amazing anti-bacterial skills, fights bugs that may otherwise play hookey. Dodecenal found in both leaves and seeds of coriander, may even fight salmonella twice as effectively as antibiotics.
- MINT- Mint known as pudina is precious and invaluable for summers. It contains menthol, a digestive aid that also has anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why mint juice offers relief when applied to itchy skin. Adding mint is a great way to add flavor to a dish or beverage without adding extra calories. Mint is easier to grow, use a sharp knife and cut gently. Using a dull knife will bruise the herb and much of the flavor will be displaced
An Indian kitchen unless it has an efficient chimney, may be a little stuffy for plants. So, try growing the herbs on a window sill.
- JASMINE BOUDOIR- Few flowers are as soothing and romantic as jasmine. Reason enough to place a tub of jasmine, pruned regularly into a shrub. Jasmine is recommended for those with insomnia, depression, stress and exhaustion. It is also an expectorant it works wonders for those with breathing problems. Jasmine can be used to flavor herbal tea, which improves digestion. It is also a very good antiseptic and disinfectant. Jasmine essentials oil calms down the body, mind and soul while bringing positive emotions.
- KEEP FRESH CUT FLOWERS- The benefits of keeping plants at workplace are both physical and psychological, evidenced in numerous scientific studies, that is why the biggest and not so big corporates grow or rent plants. Some of them are peace lily, ivy and aloe. Plants soften the typical harsh look of metal cabinets and add moisture to air and keep the temperature low which will make you feel comfortable. Plants also reduce the noise between work areas and act as a sound barrier. No amount of chrome or glass can push up productivity, pretty up the workplace and reduce stress as can plants. Flowers on our working desk give us a relaxation which boosts our productivity.
Bathrooms inspire more than singing, they are the think tank for everyone running hard in their lives.
- POTHOS- It is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow, also known as devils ivy; this common climber removes formaldehyde, a carcinogen. A little staking and regular watering are all it asks for. Pothos thrives in a moist place –ideal reason to trail it along the bathroom window. Although it does well even in a bottle of water if you are using it as a potted plant, go easy on watering: too many leaves falling off mean too much water. To keep it from growing scraggly, pinch the tip so that the growth stops at the end and the plant throws forth stems from the sides.
- You’ll need a bright space, such as a large sunny window.
- Almost any pot or container at least 6 inches or larger can be used for growing herbs as long it has drainage holes.
- Use a fast-draining potting mix as garden soil will compact in containers.
- Water needs will vary according to the size and type of the plant.
- Once herbs start actively growing in spring, you will need to feed them with a liquid fertilizer every four weeks.
- If plant starts to look leggy you may need to move them to a new location
House plants turn a house into home. The right amount of greenery can make your life healthier and happier. One house plant per 100 sq feet of living area is enough to wield the magic.