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8aromaticindoorherbsthatpurifyairnaturally

8aromaticindoorherbsthatpurifyairnaturally
UpdatedonMay12,2014

Thisisacollectionofsomehouseplantswhichhelpcleantheairintheroomfrompollution,badsmellandlowercarbondioxidenaturally.
Someofthemrepelbitinginsects,otherinviteusefulwaspsthatkilltheparasitesontheotherplants.
Mostofthoseplantsbelowwillliveinperfectcoexistenceneareachother(exceptthemint,ifplantedinthesameboxorpot).
Theywillalsonotgrowtootallandwide,soyoucanfillsmallspacesaroundyourwindowsandnotriskstumblinguponthemallthetime.

Rosemary
Someusethisherbforcooking,otheruseitasaherbaltea.
Aswithallplantshavingneedlelikeleaves,therosemary
(RosmarinusofficinalisL.)isevergreenandcanbeheldindoors
inthewholewinter,stillleavingpleasantaroma.
Mostoftheneedleleavedplantsareverygoodpurifiers,
especiallyforhumidwinterair.Theybreathecarbondioxideand
exhaleoxygen.Rosemaryisnotexception.
Themostimportantfunctionofthisherbisitsabilitytoimprove
cognitivefunctionandshieldthebrainfromfreeradicals.

Rosemaryinpot
Source:Lovelihood@Flickr

Andthepresenceofthisplantintheroomisenoughinthelongrun.Rosemarystillexhalessomeofitsessentialoilsintheroom(youdon't
needtoboilitinateainfusiontobenefitfromit).

Lavender(LavandulaspicaL.)
Youneedtocheckifyouarenotallergicfirst,butthisherbmakes
verygoodhouseplant.
1. Itisexcellentinsectrepellent.
2. Thearomarelaxesthelungsandhelpsforcalmernightsleep.
3. Thearoma(also)helpsrelaxifyousufferfromanxiety.
Ifyoudon'twanttobuyoillampforaromatherapyorsleepwithlit
aromacandlebesideyourbedhaveapotofLavendergrowing
onyourbedroomwindow.Itlovessunlightsodon'tdepriveitorit
willrefusetobloom.
Atlateautumn,thesunlightwillbeinsufficient,sogathertheseeds
whentheplantwithersandreseedthematearlyspring.
Thesoilisbesttobesandyandnottoorich(excludecompostand
fertilizers)andtheplantisbestkeptinapotwithgooddrainage.
Don'tdrowntherootsoryourisklosingthewholeplant.
Lavenderblooming
Source:DylisOng@Flickr

Basil
(OcimumbasilicumL.)a.k.a.Basilisonewellknownherband
spice.
NaturallyitisspreadinAsiaandNorthAfricabutcaneasilybe
cultivatedforallclimatesanddomesticated.
Growsabout12feetlongwithsmallwhiteblossomsandwide
leaves.
Thefruitissmall4seednutthatdriesanddropsbyitselfat
autumnandcanbereseededinthenextSpring.

Basil
Source:Averain@Flickr

Thericharomaandthepleasantpepperytasteareonlyonepart
ofthecoin.ItcanbealsousedasherbalteaandasallotherplantswillreducetheCarbonDioxideintheroom.
Gathersomeleavesforthesaladandleaveenoughsmallerleavesforittogrow.

Mint
Mint(MenthaspicattaL.)
Thebestherbalteaforwinter.
Thebestplantforindoorplanting.

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TherearemanysubspecieswhicharealsocalledMint.They
includeplantssuitablewithcookingwithdrybeans,plantssuitable
forbakingmeat,otherssuitableforextractingfragrantoilsfor
perfumeryandscentlampsanddozensmore.
Allofthemhasfewthingsincommon:
Theymaketheaireasiertobreatheifyouhavelungdisease.
Theyhaveverypleasantaroma.
Theyattractonesmallwaspwhenblooming.Thewaspkills
someparasitesonotherplantsorinjectseggsinsidethem.
Theymakeexcellentherbalteaortastycookingspice.
Theylovesunandwaterbutareincrediblyeasytogrow.
Youcancutabranchandleaveitinaglassofwaterforoneweek.
Itwillgrowverypotentrootsandyoucanplantiteverywhere.
Fromthemainrootsystemoftengrowadditionalspinoffswhich
youcanuseorreplantelsewhere.
Inmyownterracegarden,themintisoftenpartlyrootedand
removed,becausetherootisquiteinvasiveandstrong(smothers
andkillsotherplantsaroundthemint).

Mint
Source:AntonyCramp@Flickr

Jasmine
(JasminumofficinaleL.)
Jasmineopensitsflowersbetween6and8PM,whenthe
temperatureislower.
HavingJasminearomawhendiningisverypleasant.
Havingjasmineteaisalsoverygood.(Justbruisesomepetalsina
cupandpourboilingwater.Coverfor10minuteswithasmall
dish).
InChinaandIndia,itismixedwithgreentealeavesandtumbled
untilthegreenteaabsorbsallthefragranceformtheJasmine.
InfactJasmineteabagsboughtfromstoreareactuallygreenor
OolongteawithJasminescent.
AndevenifJasmineisnotcompletelyrobbedfromhealing
properties,Iitisbetterusedasaneveninghousefragranceandair
purifier.

Jasminegrownindoors
Source:Nessalow1@Flickr

Istronglyrecommendyougrowthisplant.Itisnotveryexpensive.

Geranium
Geraniums,(Pelargoniums)aremorethan200kinds.
Forallofthemisvalid:
Excellentaromaifyoucantolerateit.
Mosquitoesrepellent.
Don'tattractmostoftheparasiteswhichsuckplantsdry.
Looksexcellentwhenblooming.
Purifyair.

Rosegeranium
Source:RaeAllen@Flickr

Adetachedcuttingcanbegrownbyjustreplantingit.Takesaboutaweektogrownewroots.
Don'tneedmuchcare.Canlivewithoutwaterfor2weeksincolddays.
Moresun=moreblossoms.
Ifyouarestillnotconvincedornothavingtoomuchbotanicalknowledgethisisthebesthouseplantforbeginners.
Evenmore:Rosegeranium(PelargoniumroseumWilld.)canbeusedasahelpfulherbalteainDiabetesmelitus(type2).Itlowersblood
glucoselevelsveryquick.

Coffeeplant
Coffeeplant(CoffeaarabicaL.)CANbedomesticatedeasierthananavocadoseedling.
Thereareabove120subspeciesCoffeeplants,withsubgenearabicabeingmostfamousandeasytogrowathome.
Theyarespreadworldwideandyouprobablydon'tknowhowgoodthisplantcanbeindoors.
Itbloomsinwhiteandsmellssorefreshinginthemorning,youwillprobablyskipyourcoffeebeverageandjustbreathe.

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Thenormalcoffeeplantcangrowtoasmalltree(3meters),but
indoorsinapot,itisquitecompact1meter(3feet).
Takesabout4yearsuntilitstartsblossomingandifyouallow
sufficientsunlightandhelpgerminationfromsmallwaspsandbees
youcangrowyourowncoffeebeans.
Roastandgrindthemtocoffee:)oneplantprovidesabout50
gramsdrycoffeemass(~2ounces).Sufficientforoneweek.

BloomingCoffeaarabica
Source:coconutwireless@Flickr

Woodbine
a.k.a.EuropeanhoneysuckleorCommonhoneysuckle(Lonicera
periclymenum
L.)
Thisplantisveryusefulforindoorstairs,especiallyifyourrooms
havesufficientsunlight.
Regardlessitisforestsemiparasiticplantgrowingovertree
trunks,itcanbedomesticatedanddwarfed.
Youcangrowitinpotwithawoodenlogordrybranchplantedin
thesoil,sothevinecanclimbonit.

Woodbinefloweringwithbugsattractedby
thescent.
Source:CajunAce@Flickr

Ithasverysweetscent,especiallyatnight.
Canbegrownfromaseed,andtakesabout2yearstostartblossomingindoors.

KamalMeattle'sdiscovery.
BesuretowatchthevideointhisTEDtalkissue:
http://www.ted.com/talks/kamal_meattle_on_how_to_grow_your_own_fresh_air
Itisaverygoodadditiontowhatyoumayalreadyhavefromthelistabove!
Iamamazedbythisguy.Alreadyhave2ofthoseplantsinmybalconyandplanongrowingthemindoorsnearthewindowthiswinter.
Theyare:
Sansevieriatrifasciata(motherinlaw'stongue)
Chrysalidocarpuslutescens(Arekapalm)
Epipremnumaureum(Moneyplant)

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