In working with clients, we look at ways to lighten the toxin load on the body. It is one of the Four Pillars of Autoimmune and Hashimoto’s Health.
Having plants in your home is a wonderful way to clean the air. Plants trap toxins like VOCs (volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde from rugs, cigarette smoke and paint) and air pollution. Indoor plants are also beautiful to green your home, and some can even give off sedative scents.
Let’s have a look at a few suggestions of plants that you can bring into your home:
FOR THE KITCHEN: ALOE
Aloe is a beautiful plant to have in your home, especially in the kitchen. It is referred to as the “plant of immortality”. It doesn’t need regular watering. Aloe is also well-known to use as a burn ointment.
FOR THE LIVING ROOM: POTHOS
Pothos is perfect for the living room and those areas that have low light. Water it every now and then, and wipe the leaves gently with some milk to remove dust and keep them shiny!
FOR THE LIVING ROOM: PONYTAIL PALM
The Ponytail Palm is such a beautiful plant with it’s think stalk and thin sprouting leaves! With its beautiful shape, it is sure to be a conversation starter, so I suggest you keep it in the living room. It likes dry soil so be careful not to overwater it. It does well in bright light!
FOR THE BEDROOM: LAVENDER
These plants are not just for the garden! Bring them indoors and especially into your bedroom, as the sweet aroma has powerful relaxation properties. Keep in mind that potted lavender needs good sunshine and just a little bit of water.
FOR THE BEDROOM: GERBERA DAISY
Daisies are cheerful, happy, and bright plants. They come in a variety of colours, and the best type for indoor is the more compact version. It loves a sunny, but not too hot, window.
FOR THE HOME OFFICE: AFRICAN VIOLET
The African Violet is a sweet little plant that will brighter even a small space! Remember that these plants like to be watered from the bottom, so place the pot in a saucer or a special African Violet pot that will water it from the bottom.
FOR THE HOME OFFICE: RUBBER PLANT
If you have the space in your home office for a bigger plant, the Rubber Plant can add a nice touch of green. It likes bright, indirect sunlight. It can get large, so you can repot it as needed.
FOR THE BATHROOM: PEACE LILY
Peace lilies are one of my favourite plants, and I even have one in my bedroom! They are beautiful with their bright glossy leaves and white blooms! They love humidity and a little bit of bright light will keep it happy!
These are some of my favourite plants for the house. But don’t just take my suggestions! Speak with a horticulturist at your local garden centre for the best recommendations based on the space, amount of light and the overall climate. Let your personality shine through your plants, and reap the benefits from cleaner air in your home.