One of my regular readers, Kara, sent me this fabulous tip that I wanted to share with you:
“A few years ago we found out that 2 of our family members have allergies galore. We went out and bought a $250 air purifier for our home. The cost, cleaning, and sound always bothered us. It became another product that just wasn’t worth it. The following year I started raising the simplest of house plants: Snake plants, philodendrons, and some others. These plants keep our home full of fresh air much more so than the air purifier! They don’t cost anything and they add a little charm.
Before the snow comes each fall I split and re-pot my house plants one last time outside. Less mess with little helper’s hands involved! I also look around the house for containers that look decorative that I’ve collected through out the year. Now each bedroom has three plants, the living room/dining room has 4 and we’ve given some plants away as gifts for sick friends and family. Cheap and healthy!”
Kara makes some really good points about using houseplants to help keep your air clean. An aloe vera plant can also serve as a home remedy for minor burns, and of course, you could always plant a mini indoor herb garden and reap the benefits of cleaner air AND tasty embellishments for your dinner.
One other thought: the reason we often feel chilled in the winter is because the air is so dry. Houseplants can help that, as well as a well-maintained aquarium or humidifier.