A few months back, I was fortunate to visit Peru, and experience the Amazon Jungle for 15 days. It took two flights to Lima and then to Iquitos, a bus ride, and a two-hour boat ride on the mighty Amazon River to reach the destination. It was in the middle of the rainforest, where the Shipibo Indians call it their home.
The reason for the trip is irrelevant to this post, because I want to share with you the benefits of keeping “house-plants.” — and why growing indoor plants will help you stay healthy and balance your mind, body, and subtle bodies.
I didn’t fully grasp the true significance of plants, trees, and their connection to all life — until this eye-opening trip to Peru. While in Peru, I felt alive, spirited, and vibrant. It didn’t take me long to realize that it was the trees and the jungle that was transmitting this abundance of vital force, and I could store it in my body more effectively.
This vital force is Universal Life Force, Prana in Sanskrit, Chi in Chinese, and Ki in Japanese — is abundant in nature and especially trees and plants. It is Prana that shines in your eyes, Prana that the ears hear, the skin feels, the nose smells, the brain and the intellect do their functions. Fire burns, river flows, wind blows, through Prana.
Unfortunately, our current lifestyle keeps us indoors most of the time with dull and weak Pranic force around us. And so, we feel fatigued, stressed and become ill. Emotions such as fear and anxiety often thrive in low energy space. Bad unhealthy habits (over eating, watching too much TV…etc.) takes over, and keeps us blinded to the unlimited potential that’s available to all.
Certain “house plants” give us this vital energy from fresh oxygen — eliminates the toxins in the air, and helps us absorb the vital force more efficiently. After researching on how to keep indoor-plants and its benefits, I was amazed to experience a totally refreshing vibe in my living space.
All plants will of course always produce oxygen, but here are some of the top ones that happen to have a high conversion rate of carbon dioxide (the waste product humans and animals exhale and that plants inhale) to oxygen.
Top Oxygen Producing Indoor Plants:
Sprouts: If you grow your own sprouts for food (especially sweet pea sprouts, buckwheat sprouts and sunflower sprouts) you will have a fantastic mini greenhouse effect in your living space. You also get supplemental oxygen orally by eating raw, living greens
Areca Palm: This plant removes xylene and toluene from the air, but also happens to convert a lot of CO2 (carbon dioxide) to O2 (oxygen) during the daytime. Having four (shoulder high plants) of these per person in your household provides enough oxygen to survive on during daylight hours!
Snake Plant a.k.a. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue: Of all the different oxygen producing plants, this one is unique since it converts a lot of CO2 (carbon dioxide) to O2 (oxygen) at night, making it ideal to have several in your bedroom. 6-8 waist-high plants are needed per person to survive if there is no air flow (meaning you could live in a completely air sealed room if you had these plants, and the Areca Palms present). The snake plant also removes formaldehyde from the air.
Rubber plants: are highly valued as purification plants because of their documented ability to remove toxins such as formaldehyde and bacteria from the air during plant respiration. Rubber plants feed on airborne bacteria and increase the effectiveness of their air purification properties as they age. The large, waxy leaves of rubber plants are elegant. Place potted rubber plants near a window where they receive full to partial sun throughout the day.
I am sure that there are many, many more plants that we can keep indoors with less sunlight. These are just a few that I have been experimenting with.
As usual, your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated and welcome.