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The summertime is always a slow time of the year for me. Families aren’t thinking about hiring a doula, signing up for a childbirth class, or getting a prenatal massage. They’re relaxing, taking time off and going on vacations! And I don’t blame them. But because of this, I have been spending even more time in my office sending out emails, calling people, and hustling even harder. You gotta do what ya gotta do, ya know?
Now that the hours are getting longer and I’m having less time to get out and move, I figured that this month for my growing organically series (my New Year’s resolution) I would make my surroundings at my office better for me (and my staff and clients). I decided to do some research on different plants and go to a local nursery to pick out a few things that would not only pretty up the place, but make it smell better, and help purify our air. I found some good stuff!
And to all you mamas: if you also are finding yourself stuck indoors quite often, I’ve selected some great plants that can make your home better (and cleaner) for you and your family! Also, visiting your local nursery is a great trip to go on with your kids. It’s also a fun activity to pot and plant what you purchased once you get home.
1. Aloe Vera
I knew that a good plant to have in our office would be the aloe vera plant. I love all types of succulents since they aren’t as easy to kill, but the aloe plant has even more benefits.
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh herbs? I sure do! Not only do they help the room smell good, you could use them for cooking as well!
I decided that I wanted to get these little guys and place them near our window by our massage room. The smell of mint can actually help relieve headaches and nausea, and lavender is know to help with relaxation. I also personally love the smell of rosemary, so I had to get it too. By putting these herbs by a window (they need sunlight to grow) near the massage room, our clients will be able enjoy the different scents once they walk in and out of their appointments. So refreshing!
3. Peace Lily
This beautiful plant is one of the few houseplants that will actually bloom indoors. The Peace Lily is known for being one of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products. It also sucks up acetone, which is emitted by electronics, adhesives, and certain cleaners. (I don’t know what our maintenance people use when cleaning our office so this plant is perfect!)
The Peace Lily also prefers low-light conditions (which is great in a windowless office room) and it requires weekly watering. Just beware that it is poisonous to pets.
Did I mention that I love succulents? I picked a couple little guys that I couldn’t leave without and I put them at our front desk for a little pizzazz.
I often sit at our front desk to greet our clients, so when I discovered this study that said “just by being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity,” I was ecstatic! How incredible is it that plants have this effect on us? Apparently studying or working in the presence of plants can have a pretty dramatic effect. A University of Michigan study found that being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20 percent. With all of this pregnancy brain/ mommy brain around, we need all the help we can get! 😉
Two Norwegian studies also found that worker productivity is greatly enhanced by the presence of plants in the office. This Texas A&M study states, “Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace increases memory retention and concentration. Work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.” I’m IN! If I’m having to stay in doors and hustle even more during our slow season, why not take advantage of the many benefits plants have around me?!
Doing this research and going on a little outdoor adventure for the office was the perfect thing for me this month. I’ve already received compliments on my plant selections! Now I’m feeling even better about all of the benefits they bring as well.
What are some of the plants that you love to have in your home? I had such fun picking out these plants. I’m already wanting to get more!
Happy planting, Mommy Chicks!