With many people all living under one roof, or in close proximity and in largely polluted towns, what could be better than a natural and green way of keeping your home purified and yourself healthy.
Our homes are full of unhealthy and often invisible toxins. These chemical compounds are found in emissions from paint, plastics, carpet, cleaning solutions, and numerous building materials. And not to mention all the population coming in from outside.
However lucky for us nature is fantastically equipped to keeping itself clean.There are many powerful air-cleaning plants that naturally remove pollutants from the air. With us spending on average 90% of our time indoors what could be more important than ensuring we live in the best possible conditions.
Below I have constructed a list of plants that can effectively make big changes to your life and living environment, and therefore ultimately lead to better health.
The spider plant is a great plant for beginners, as they need just the basic minimum to flourish. As the plant grows and absorbs energy it will sprout flowers that will then become miniature spiderettes branching off that can be removed and replanted as a new separate plant. As a leafy and vibrantly green plant it is sure to purify your air in no time.
As part of the olive family it normally grows outside, but can live inside just as well. This plant should be more specially placed in the bedroom as it promotes sleep quality by emitting scents that have shown to make for better sleep, as well as increase your levels of alertness.
These low maintenance plants are known to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from indoor air. It has also been proven to be extremely effective in treating headaches, eye irritation, and respiratory problems. As well as help to increase your overall energy levels.
Not only will Aloe Vera help purify the air, but als0 has health and skin benefits. It is so easy to grow and handle, and takes in all the essence of the harmful gases or by products of paints and chemical cleansers. Great in the kitchen space, it's gel has the ability to cure wounds and burns. It is among the best indoor plants with lots of uses.
This plant is so simple to grow, needing only moderate exposure to sunlight. NASA has even named it as one of the top plants to purify the air. It has been proven to remove air feces are airborne mold in just a matter of hours. And as mold affects our breathing it can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma and ultimately lead to a better nights sleep.
Another great plant for tackling toxins such as formaldehyde. Just like Ivy it is a fast growing vine great for a hanging basket. Formaldehyde is most commonly found in car exhaust so place this plant in your garage or near an entrance to benefit fully from it's purifying power. Please be aware that it is actually considered poisonous and therefore should be kept away from small children and pets.
Not only does this plant make you feel like you are on a tropical island it also has the ability to filter out both benzene and trichloroethylene. It will grow to around 5ft 7ins; prefers humidity, and likes both bright and indirect light, and doesn't do well when it is over watered.
Apart from smelling and tasting amazing with Lamb, Rosemary improves your memory. Just like Lavender it is part of the mint family and proven to increase your memory as well as improve overall air quality.
During the off-season when the fields are closed, Bleu Lavende will continue to offer an immersive experience called Champs Chromatiques ("Chromatic Fields"), an indoor simulation emulating the sights and sounds of the lavender fields swaying in the wind.
A spokesperson for the Marchés publics de Montréal confirmed to MTL Blog that the full offer of plants and flowers should be set up by Friday, May 7 in preparation for Mothers' Day weekend, which they explained marks the beginning of the season.
An April 28 post to the Atwater Market's Facebook page indicates some plant stands have already begun to pop up.
Whether you're going to add some colour to your apartment, plant your garden, or just snap some photos beneath the colourful bowers, the public markets' outdoor vendors are an essential part of the Montreal spring/summer experience.
Get all the details below.
Flower & Plant Stands At Montreal Public Markets
Price: Free to visit
When: The full offer should be ready by Friday, May 7, 2021
There's nothing Montrealers love more than exploring the natural beauty all around, like the dreamy fields of Bleu Lavande. Moving to a new location less than an hour and a half from the city, it's the perfect place to go when you're in need of an escape not just in the summer, but now throughout the year.
MTL Blog reached out to Bleu Lavande to learn all about its plans for the new season and its new location.
Although the lavender season is only in the summer (the plants will be cut mid-fall), that doesn't mean it isn't worth the drive to the Eastern Townships throughout the year.
Partnering with Moment Factory, Bleu Lavande will offer an immersive experience — even in the off-season — called Champs Chromatiques ("Chromatic Fields"), an indoor simulation emulating the sights and sounds of the lavender fields swaying in the wind.
The installation is described as a multisensory, "immersive and interactive multimedia experience" where visitors are invited to "bathe in the colours, sounds and gentle movements of an infinite lavender field."
There will also be an educational spot inside to learn more about horticulture and the history of Bleu Lavande.