Even though we had a high yesterday of 17 degrees F I am feeling some major spring spirit!! I always throw open all the curtains and blinds as soon as the sun comes up. It could be cold but as long as it’s sunny, I am happy. The anticipation for spring usually means fresh motivation to tackle big projects around the house.
Yesterday was one such project. I have a lot of houseplants that were needing major TLC. They needed pruning and cleaning up because the stale winter air in here causes the leaves to get dusty. When the leaves are dusty they can’t photosynthesize as well or oxygenate the air.
I started my house plant collection a few years ago. I inherited my mother’s “black thumb” but I kept at it. I bought inexpensive plants and pots from IKEA and Wal-Mart. I killed my fair share but I currently have 10 plants that are doing fairly well.
I love houseplants because not only do they add a nice ambiance, they work hard to eliminate toxins from the air and create a healthier living environment. They look great and are 100% functional. So I spent a good hunk of the day lugging my many plants into the bathroom and literally showering off the dust and grime.
I also added diatomaceous earth to the soil to aid in growth and prevent those yucky little flies from breeding in the soil.
Another method I use to improve indoor air quality is using himalayan salt lamps. They’ve been known to purify air by eliminating mold and emitting negative ions into the air. All the electronics in air home create a very unhealthy abundance of harmful EMFs and positively charged ions; which at the very least make us feel sluggish….but could also be contributing to cancer and other major diseases.
If you’ve ever felt refreshed after standing near a waterfall or going outside after a huge storm, it’s a similar idea. The lamps look nice and do really seem to help with energy levels.
They aren’t too expensive, you can even find them at Wal-Mart.
You can call them salt lamps but around here, 80’s kids that we are; they are known as our “sankara stones” and may or may not have magical powers 😉