In light of the Japanese radiation leak situation, I’ve been seeing some news shows demonstrating how to seal yourself in a room to protect yourself against radiation particles. The downside is that they say after three hours, you have to open up the room to get some fresh air. I thought, what if you put some natural oxygen-makers in there with you? Fresh houseplants are good for both a healthier home and a well-feng-shuied one. (For gosh sakes, please don’t seal yourself in a room with some synthetic “plug-in,” synthetic oil burner or candle, or other chemical compound fragrance to breathe – lungs don’t like it one bit!)
Interior plants are great assets to a home for two reasons:
#1 They literally eat up indoor air pollution and re-oxygenate the air.
#2 They soften the feel of the room – creating a more inviting, “yin” condition…especially if you have corners protruding into a space (typically called a poison arrow or “sha chi”)
I’m not an authority on nuclear power plant pollution by any means, but I thought I’d take the time to give you all my ideas for the best typical house plants that not only warm and soften up a space, but help undo any typical interior air pollution that comes from off-gassing materials inside the home. (If you’ve got any “new home smell,” you’ve got indoor air pollution.) This might be helpful for those that need to rebuild after this disaster, or even those who are building or remodeling right now.
According to Organic Gardening magazine, the top ten air cleaning plants are:
(And being the landscape architect that I am, I have added the official botanical name as well)
Another “healthy-choice” tip for your plants if they get dusty, or need any type of pest removal is:
#1 to wash leaves with a mild detergent solution (1 teaspoon detergent per quart of water)
#2 dip cotton swabs in rubbing alcohol and remove pests
#3 in a spray bottle, mix 2 tsp. Vegetable oil, 1/8 tsp. dishwashing detergent, and 8 oz. warm water. Shake and spray.