Erin recommends stocking your shelves with the berries, leaves, flowers, buds, barks, roots and rhizomes to create a lovely dispensary. Dried herbs have a shelf life but it is explained in the book. There is a lot to learn but it will either inspire you to give it a go or not.
As far as repotting your plants you don’t need to be green-fingered ( I am certainly not) but just check once a week to see if they need water and if you notice that they have stopped growing then the chances are they need to be repotted.
To repot in the right size pot buy one that is two finger spaces larger in diameter, then add compost to the base and tease the plant from the existing pot before putting it into the new one. And don’t forget to add lots of fresh compost.
Houseplants make a home (I have lots of them) and at the moment they are everywhere including lots of false ones but you won’t get the health benefits of false ones. There are even some companies like Lazy Flora that offer a subscription service and get a new plant sent straight to your home every month.
Indoor and outdoor plants offer us more than pretty colours and fragrances to enjoy. Plants give people health benefits as well, and some of those benefits might surprise you.
Some of the best houseplants are –
Chinese Evergreen – The best foliage plants for cleansing room air of toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde.
Peace Lily – The peace lily helps absorb commonly found household pollutants such as ammonia and formaldehyde. In addition, the peace lily can help purify household air polluted by trichloroethylene and xylene.
Aloe Plant – One of the benefits of aloe vera is that it is easy to use. Simply break off a small section of the leaf and apply the healing gel directly to sunburns, cooking burns or skin irritations.
Bamboo Palm – In particular, bamboo palms are good at absorbing formaldehyde, benzene, chloroform, and carbon monoxide from the air.
Golden Pathos – These plants serve to purify the air of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide while also helping eliminate odours. Pothos can also help alleviate eye irritation after long days of staring at screens.
Snake Plant – It also helps remove toxins from the air, making it another good choice for a houseplant for your sleeping area.
Dracaena – Improves mental performance, memory, concentration, attention and mental wellbeing.
Philodendron – Philodendrons are common houseplants that are also known to remove harmful chemicals from the air, formaldehyde being its chemical of choice to remove from the air.
Weeping Fig – An indoor air purifying plant.