Indoor Plants That Purify The Air In Your Home And Office

Scientists have researched the effects of indoor plants on humans. In one study in 2008, conducted with Dutch researchers, plants were placed in hospital rooms to see if they could determine any medical or emotional benefits to having plants; the results were intriguing. The study found that the patients who had the indoor plants reported experiencing reduced levels of stress during their stay as opposed to the patients whose rooms did not have any living plants.

The NASA Clean Air Study was led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the results showed that having live plants in a room enhance the atmosphere, provide tension and stress relief, and promote stress reduction. Also, certain species of indoor plants have been found to clean and purify the air from household toxins ranging from cleaning solutions to gasoline from autos. Other common indoor air pollutants include formaldehyde and benzene.

Exposure to formaldehyde irritates the eyes, nose, and throat can cause headaches and allergic contact dermatitis and has been linked to asthma. Benzene irritates the eyes and skin. Indoor air pollution is often caused by the use of personal-care products, pesticides, and household cleaners. Biological sources such as insects, pests, molds and other fungi also contribute to overall air quality. The benefits of healthy, clean air make houseplants perfect to add to any décor.

NASA rated houseplants by their ability to clean air, as well as the amount of care is involved. You can compare and choose the plants to best purify the air and fit into your lifestyle. In the list below, you’ll find indoor plants will be decorative at varying levels of care. They are measurably effective in cleaning toxins from the air while also increasing the level of oxygen.

#1 – The Aloe Plant – The Aloe plant is well-known for its healing gel, but it is also an excellent air-cleaner specializing on chemical cleaning solutions, and the spikes will turn brown with excessive contaminants. Aloe likes lots of sun and is easy to care for.

#2 – The Boston Fern – The Boston Fern – rates some level of care because they like to be sprayed with water several times a week. They grow quickly and are at the top of the NASA list for air-cleaning.

#3 – English Ivy – The English Ivy is rated as NASA’s number one air-filtering houseplant because it efficiently absorbs formaldehyde. It is easy to grow at moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.

#4 – Rubber Tree – If you want to fill a larger space, try a Rubber Tree. It has excellent purifying properties and thrives in low light areas making it an easy to care for, and beautiful addition to your space.

#5 – Snake Plant – The perfect plant for your bedroom is a Snake plant because they thrive on little water and light. Snake plants emit oxygen during the night and absorb carbon dioxide.

#6 – Gerbera Daisies – For a splash of color, a flowering plant like Gerbera Daisies will do the trick, but they require more care. Gerbera Daisies will add beautiful color to a desk or inside window box, while efficiently clearing formaldehyde and other toxins from the air. Florists’ Mums and Azaleas will work too.

#7 – Palm Trees – Palms are at the top of NASA’s air-detoxifying list, and they add ambiance to the corner of any room. Palms are excellent air-purifiers and very easy to care for – they like indirect sunlight and plenty of water. Some effective varieties are Bamboo Palm, Dwarf Date Palm, Areca Palm, Parlor Palm and Lady Palm.

On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors. With this checklist of living air-purifiers, you are ready to add some living décor and reap the benefits. You and your children will enjoy watching your houseplants grow as you enjoy a toxin-free environment. Add as many plants as you like because you will multiply the benefits, so you and your family will enjoy better health.

Should You Try Reflexology?

Talk about alternative therapies and reflexology may come into the conversation. A lot of people, including medical professionals think it’s a load of hooey and that it doesn’t help anyone ever. But then there are the people who swear by it and say that it helps them immensely, so who is right?

It of course depends on the person. If you enjoy reflexology and it makes you feel better then by all means keep it up! The medical community doesn’t say you should never partake, only that it won’t heal major diseases alone and that if you delay ‘proper’ treatment of those diseases it can become a life threatening issue.

So we’ll just deal with the day to day ailments, those that aren’t life threatening and those that may just feel better after some reflexology treatments. Reflexology itself is the ability to stimulate nerve function, give the body an energy boost and help with circulation. It is also said to be able to treat urinary tract infections and to reduce sleep disturbances but these claims are yet to be proven.

It consists of a therapist manipulating your hands, feet and sometimes even the ears as it is thought that each part of your foot and hand corresponds to another part of your body. If you have a problem in your leg for example, there is a pressure point on your hand or your foot that will help to alleviate that problem. Trouble with your liver? There’s a spot for that too.

Centuries ago, reflexology was thought to rebalance your qi, which isn’t just a great word to play in Scrabble, but an unseen life force that can become clouded over time and needs to be reset. This is where medical professionals become a bit confused as you can’t see the qi so how can you fix it? If you believe, however, that your qi is off and you want to see a reflexologist to get it back to normal, go ahead. Sometimes believing in something is a powerful aid in getting back to feeling good.

In short, reflexology shouldn’t be used solely to treat things like cancer or other diseases alone. If you have a problem you should consult a doctor and get second opinions as needed, but for little things that can benefit from a nice foot rub or a palm massage, reflexology is a nice treat for yourself at the spa.

Manicure 101: Everything You Need to Know

Going to the salon for a manicure is a relatively affordable indulgence that can amp up your style. Whether you’re new to the experience or just want a new idea for the next time you go, here’s what you need to know.


Although your manicure is endlessly customizable to fit your style, here are the most common options:

– Basic

A basic manicure starts with softening your cuticles in a cream or oil and soaking your hands in water for about five minutes. Your manicurist will ask you to choose the shape, length, and color you want for your nails. Next, she will clip and file them into the desired shape-either square, round, somewhere in between, or pointed (also called stiletto). She will massage your hands and push back your cuticles. Healthy cuticles will enhance the finished look. Finally, she will paint your nails with a base coat, followed by one to two coats of the colored polish you have chosen, and then a clear top coat. Usually, the manicurist will direct you to the nail dryer to set the polish.

– French and American

A French manicure is a classic, elegant look that is appropriate for almost any occasion. The nail is painted in a clear, pale pink, or neutral color with a white tip. The American manicure is similar to the French style, but the tips are rounded and given a neutral or off-white color for a subtle look.

– Nail Art

Some may choose to embellish their manicure with airbrushing, stickers, 3-D elements such as tiny bows or flowers, or rhinestones and gems. The embellishments may be added to just one finger or all of them. This look has become especially popular in recent years, and the options to create your style are endless.

– Gel Polish

Gel polish combines monomer liquid and a polymer powder to create a hard resin when cured under a UV light. It lasts longer and chips less than regular polish. Since it can form its own shape, gel polish can extend past the length of your natural nail, giving you the length you want without the expense of acrylic nails. To remove gel polish, you must soak your fingertips in acetone until it dissolves.

– Tools

The tools a manicurist uses are very important. Make sure that your artist is licensed and uses proper sanitizing procedures on all of her tools. For the cuticles, she will usually need a softener cream, a stick to push the cuticle back, and a knife or scissors. She will also have fingernail clippers, a file, cotton balls, towels, polish remover, and the creams and polishes mentioned previously.

Now that you know what to expect, pick the manicure that best suits your personal style!

What’s In A Facial?

Facials are something you can use to indulge yourself with and they are also great ways to keep your skin feeling and looking its best. Of course with so many different skin types out there, not all facials will be wonderful for everyone, that’s why having so much choice is a great thing.

Got acne? Then you’ll want an acne reduction facial, something that will deep clean the pores and get rid of oils and reduce the look of those pesky blemishes. There is mild scrubbing and steaming to gently release the dirt in this sort of facial, but it’ll make your skin look shiny and new at the end.

Looking to shine? What about a gold facial? This is actual gold mixed with a cream and is great for those with dull skin as it removed dirt and impurities and plumps the skin leaving it looking great.

A paraffin facial is a popular one as it softens the skin and leaves you with a clear complexion. It’s great for oily or dry skin and the paraffin wax is warm and soft against your skin. Once it’s whisked away, all the bad stuff goes with it. Viola!

Fruit facials are a great idea, but not for those with sensitive skin. For the rest of us, it removes blackheads, promotes the beautiful glow and lightens the skin. Best of all it’s fruit and fruit is full of antioxidants and lots of other good stuff.

An aromatherapy facial is great for anyone looking to relax. The aromatherapy oil is put right on your skin to decrease the fine lines and signs of aging all while putting you in a great mood.

We know collagen is great for the skin, so it is no surprise that a collagen facial is a great thing. It’s a great choice for those with saggy, loose or dull skin as collagen is a protein that rejuvenates the skin and makes it look full and glowing. Part of this type of facial is steam and massage too, which makes for part of a great pampering day out.

Facials are a great thing to try at home or at the spa. Go with friends or make a you day out of it, but it’s something that replenishes not only your face but also your spirit. No matter which you choose you will be pampered, happy and glowing when you are done.