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Indoor Winter Gardening
With the temperature dropping, the cold weather could keep you from enjoying the great outdoors. For someone with lung disease, the colder temperatures could also cause symptom flare-ups, such as coughing and shortness of breath. Even though staying inside can seem boring, there are ways you can liven up your home and possibly purify the air. Indoor winter gardening can also help keep you active and keep your mind engaged with a fun, healthy activity.
According to the study performed by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) titled “Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement,” it was found that certain plants can actually help to purify the air in your home. Plants such as bamboo palm, gerbera daisy, garden mum, spider plant, golden pothos, ficus and peace lily could help to remove toxins from your home’s indoor air.
The plants studied were found to remove common household toxins such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. Most of these air purifying plants are easy to care for and add lovely color and vibrancy to your home.
Herbs, Orchids and Succulents
Of course, you can add other types of plants to mix as well. Even though they may not purify the air like the plants from the study, they will add color to your home. Starting an indoor herb garden is a great way to grow fresh herbs, some of which might help improve lung function. Herbs such as peppermint, oregano, rosemary, basil and parsley all have great taste and added health benefits without the salt.
Orchids are beautiful and colorful. Because they don’t like the cold, they tend to do well indoors. While they don’t require a lot of maintenance, they can be a little more challenging to sustain.
Succulents are another option. They are easy to care for, require little maintenance and add a variety of color and texture to your indoor garden. Just make sure to keep them near a window, so they can get enough sun.
Ready to Get Started?
There are many options to get your indoor winter garden started. You can put your plants in terracotta pots with good soil but be sure to buy a terracotta plate to go underneath your newly potted plants so that water doesn’t leak onto your floor.
You can grow your herbs in small pots on your windowsill or you can purchase a small window box planter for them.
If you’re feeling really creative, you can try planting your succulents in glass terrariums or small wooden boxes. Small ferns and rocks would also add texture to your succulent garden.
You can personalize your indoor gardens with small statues, tiny birdhouses or anything that catches your eye, so have fun with it.
Staying active during the winter can be difficult, but with indoor gardening, you can stay busy and have fun all while staying warm. Through trying alternatives such as growing an indoor garden with air purifying plants or trying cellular therapy at the Lung Institute, you can take charge of your lung health. If you or someone you love has lung disease and would like more information about possible treatment options, please contact us at (800) 729-3065.