I love the beauty my house plants bring to my home. Did you know having plants in your home can be beneficial to you and your families health? I wanted to share some benefits of having plants in your home.
1. Plants Clean the Air
Through photosynthesis, plants convert carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen. They can also remove toxins from the air. Have you heard of NASA's experiment? They found that plants release formaldehyde and benzene from the air. Plants are a natural way to purify the air. Here is a list of NASA's top air-purifying plants.
-Dwarf Date Palm
-Kimberly Queen Fern
-Variegated Snake Plant
2. Plants are Mood-Boosting
Being around plants improves concentration, memory, and productivity. As with being in nature plants reduces anxiety because they assist in breathing.
3. Plants are Natural HealersPlants release 97% of the water they absorb. If you place several plants together you will increase the humidity in the room. This helps keep respiratory distress at bay. The humidity plants give off can decrease dry skin, colds, sore throughs, and dry coughs.
Plants bring beauty and clam into our space. It's important to keep some greenery in every room now that you know the benefits.
Bedroom Plants: French Lavender
The aroma of lavender is so calming and relaxing. This is a perfect indoor plant to put in your bedroom. Place this plant next to a sunny window and water it regularly. Enjoy the lovely scent of lavender all night long.
Living Room: Peace Lilly
This plant is on NASA's list as one of the top air-purifying plants. This plant is showy and low maintenance. I have had my Peace Lilly for 5 years and he lives in the living room. This is a great lowlight plant.
Dining Room or Kitchen: Bamboo & Herbs
Is happy in most light conditions. They are easy to take care of and just need distilled water. There are so many different varieties. I keep my bamboo in my kitchen and seems to love it there.
Herbs are also great to keep in a sunny kitchen window. You will have easy access to fresh herbs. You will have to do a little pruning every now and then.
Ferns can tolerate low-light. (Not No Light) The high humidity makes a welcoming environment for the plants. Great lushes low-maintenance decor.
Sunroom: Aloes & Succulents
This is the perfect spot for many house plants. You must not miss the opportunity to grow an aloe vera. This plant will enrich your first aid arsenal.
What type of plants do you keep in your spaces?
Do you want to be more environmentally friendly but haven't had an idea of how to start? Being environmentally friendly means to live a lifestyle that is better for the environment. We can all take small steps to make our planet a better place, this is how.
1. Turn It Off
Practice conservation. Turn off the off all lights when you leave the house. Unplug chargers, hair straighteners, curlers, etc. when they are not in use. Avoid leaving the water running. Conserving water reduces the amount of energy used to filter it. One easy way to conserve water is to take shorter showers.
2. Stop Littering
This is an easy way to keep the environment clean, and our planet looking beautiful. Use trash bins. Trash pollutes the air.
3. Recycle Everything
Before you throw something away, ask yourself, can this be recycled? You can recycle cardboard, paper, aluminum, plastic, glass, and more. Here are some recycling centers near you. Check their websites to find out what items the centers take.
Belton- R & R Recycling www.randrrecycling.com
Temple- 2 Recycling Center www.ci.temple.tx.us/380/Recycling-Centers
Harker Heights- www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/index.php/recycling-drop-center
4. Eat More Plant-Based Food
Meat-based diets promote the production of methane gas that instigates emissions the cause of global warming. You can preserve more natural resources. Eggs Meat and dairy require a large amount of our country's natural resources to make a profit.
5. Use more eco-friendly products
Many cleaning products have harmful chemicals that aren't environmentally friendly to create nor dispose of. Green cleaning products contain more natural ingredients and are less harmful.
6. Educate yourself and others
Start becoming aware of the resources you use daily. Notice how you choose to heat and coll your home. Educate others about the importance of living an environmentally friendly life. Share this link with someone you know.
Take this quiz to see your carbon footprint.
There are so many ways to have an environmentally friendly lifestyle. What advice do you have?
Drinking matcha green tea is an ancient tradition in Japan. Buddhist and monks valued matcha for health reason and consumed the tea before meditation. Matcha comes from Tencha leaves that are protected from the sun producing a vibrate shade of green due to the amount of chlorophyll. The production of match ensures its sole flavor. These are some of the reason I drink matcha and why you should too.
Who doesn't want to have high mental alertness? Matcha has 32 grams of caffeine. That is almost three times as much as regular green tea and contains about half the amount of caffeine than regular coffee. I start my day off with a big cup of matcha tea.
2. Mood Booster & Helps with Memory and Concentrations
I am Add/ADHD and have a difficult time keeping the attention and can be forgetful at times. Matcha contains amino acids called L-Theanine that produce serotonin and dopamine. Helping in enhancing your mood, memory, and concentration.
3. Promotes Healthy Skin
This was one of the first benefits I discovered. Y'all know I experience occasional acne. Since I added matcha to my diet, I have noticed a decrease in breakouts. Matcha's rich antioxidants support skin health by reducing inflammation and helps with aging skin.
4. Weight Loss Aid
Matcha contains a high concentration of catechins which helps boost your metabolism and promote fat oxidation.
5. Immune System Support
Matcha contains immune-boosting properties that help in fighting various bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
How to drink Matcha:
Include matcha in your daily routine. I drink matcha in the morning and afternoon. Matcha is simple enough to add it into a smoothie or drink it on its own.
My Matcha Latte
1 Teaspoon of Japanese Ceremonial Grade Matcha Powder
(I use Budda Teas brand of Ceremonial Grade Matcha Power. You can find this in my shop!)
2/3 Cups of unsweetened Almond Milk or Milk of choice
1/2 teaspoon of Honey or Sweetener of choice
1 cup of hot water
Pumpkin spice (Optional)
Tip: You can add other supplement powders in the blend as well such as collagen.
1. In a blender add, milk, powder, honey or sweetener of choice and water in a blender. Blend until blended.
2. Pour Matcha Latte in a cup and sprinkle on a little bit of pumpkin spice season on top for extra goodness.
What's your favorite matcha brand and or recipe?
I love food. I believe the key to living a happy life is eating clean. When I say eating clean I'm referring to eating real, natural, unprocessed food. How can we live our best life on food that was made in a factory? Real food tastes wonderful. Clean eating doesn't have to be complicated nor require restricting. Eating clean should be enjoyable and not a source of stress in your life.
Processed food is high in fruits- corn syrup. This can lead to high levels of cholesterol and increased fat accumulation in the abdomen and liver. Also, processed food contain many artificial ingredients. Look at the nutrition labels. They consist of preservatives, colorants, flavor, and textures. Processed foods are full of chemicals that aren't even listed on the label. Processed food is low in fiber, nutrients, and high in trans fat. Real food is the key to living not processed.
Processed food you may have in your home right now:
Instant Raman & Rice
Instead: Zucchini Noodles to substitute for Raman. Invest in a rice cooker. The rice tastes better and fast to make. (Good for meal prepping)
Instead: Recreate your own. Grill Chicken, make mashed potatoes, make your biscuits and freeze them.
Fruit Snacks/Dried fruit
Instead: Eat real fresh fruit. You can also freeze fruit.
Instead: Have an avocado instead of bacon and eggs. Swap bacon in a BLT for avocado.
You can start eating clean by slowly supplementing your meals with fresh food. On your next grocery trip. Start by replacing your snacks by eating a banana or apple. Maybe make a fresh salad for lunch. Reduce carbonated drinks from your diet. Avoid processed meat. Chose whole grains over processed grains.
Tip: When shopping at the grocery store try shopping on the outside aisles. The inside aisles are full of processed foods.
Everyone is Go, go, go. Most people eat frozen meals because they are quick and easy. In the long run, this can be detrimental to your health. Start planning your meals. Plan your snacks or meals on the weekend so you can grab and go.
With all this being said. I'm far from perfect. I'm not a doctor or nutritionist. I am simply doing my best like the rest of us. I hope you find some advice that helps you eat clean.