Homesteading with Hyacynth: Houseplants

Welcome to Homesteading with Hyacynth! Homesteading with Hyacynth is a monthly look at ways to lead a healthy, greener, more sustainable life. My intent with Homesteading with Hyacynth is to offer genuine, practical experiences and humorous and helpful tips. Of course, I am not a medical professional so these are my tips and what worked for my family. Written by Hyacynth Worth.

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It’s about this point in the winter where I’m so over snow and cold that I could honestly be talked into trading in the house for a van by the sea on the beach.
Husband, however, isn’t really the nomad type, and, truth be told, I can only live off of fish and coconuts for so long, so we remain grounded here in Lake County despite the seemingly forever-long winters. {Plus other boring details like jobs and such.}
I find reprieve in a few thoughts when the calendar strikes mid-January and the thermometer spikes at 12 degrees: wool socks, warm boots, planning my garden and greening up the house a bit more every year.
In February, I’ll be sharing my garden plans, but today we’re going to talk about greening up the house in the most literal of terms: house plants.
Why house plants? Here’s a few reasons:
  1. House plants clean the air. {Entire article about how house plants cleanse our air }
    Despite having an in-house filter on the furnace, air quality inside a home can boarder on moderately low to poor. House plants help cleanse the air, especially during the winter months when widows and doors are shut tight to keep homes warm. Spider Plants, for example, have been shown to reduce the amount of formaldehyde, which off-gasses from furniture, varnishes, paints and carpets, in the air. Other common toxins, like benzene, carbon dioxide and xylene, are also neutralized by house plants like Spider Plants, Peace Lilies, English Ivy and Red-Edged Dracaena, just to name a few.
  2. House plants brighten a home and help reduce stress.
    House plants are natural centerpieces and table decorations that naturally bring color and warmth into a home. I especially like to camp out near our plant table on grey, cold days and breathe in the beauty of nature while sitting in my living room, dining room or kitchen. A few deep breathes for five minutes while admiring the beautiful blooms on our Peace Lily are often all I need to go from high strung to moderate or low stress.
  3. House plants can be used for healing purposes.
    Certain house plants are also quite functional, too. The Aloe Vera plant, for starters, provides great burn care with its healing gel found instead the leaves. Certain herbs can also be grown inside. They can be harvest for use in foods and teas. My favorite? Dill, cilantro, basil and parsley.
  4. House plants can be used for teaching purposes.
    I love connecting the boys {and myself!} with the great outdoors when we are stuck inside the very sub-par indoors. Planting a new baby plant into a pot and tenderly caring for it helps us stay connected to the land while our garden {and our family} is hibernating!
HouseplantsMy favorite house plantseasy to grow and maintain!
  1.  Spider Plants
    Beautiful, flowing and productive, these plants are low maintenance and easily produce babies you can replant in new containers when they are happy.
  2. Peace Lily
    Dark green and luscious while boasting beautiful white flowers several times per year, Peace Lilies are great starter plants that thrive well in most environments.
  3. English Ivy
    On my wish list for this winter, English Ivy is beautiful and flows gently over the side of hanging baskets. A great plant for beauty and air quality!

Do you have houseplants? Which are your favorite? Also are you looking forward to planting a garden this spring? What do you want to know about planning one now?

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Hyacynth Worth is wife to John and mother to two boys and two girls. She writes about motherhood, healthy living and faith at Undercover Mother. She is Little Lake County's managing editor and the author of Homesteading with Hyacynth. She promises to be candid, amusing and only slightly neurotic. Most of the time.

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