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Top 10 Indoor Plants for The Winter Season

Top 10 Indoor Plants for The Winter Season

When the temperatures outside are harsh and freezing, there is nothing better than a home full of color and life. Bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of nature’s beauty through every season of the year. Not only do indoor plants provide a natural form of air purification in the home, but they also produce vibrant and inviting colors, setting a mood of relaxation for all to enjoy. Take a look at the top plants for indoor winter gardening.

1. Hibiscus

Hibiscus offers the home a large piece of the tropics during a frosty winter season. Hibiscus is a massive plant. It can grow up to six feet tall, and its flowers can bloom up to eight inches in diameter. Just make sure to keep this plant in the corner window where it will receive plenty of sunlight.

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    2. African Violets

    Though their name suggests a purple hue, African Violets come in several different colors. They are also quite well known for their ability to bloom all year round. The secret to thriving African Violets is to place them in an east-facing window. This flowering foliage will add a bit of humidity to the dry heat produced by most home heating systems.

    3. Peace Lilies

    This low-maintenance, low-light plant is perfect for the novice planter. Peace Lilies are easy to maintain. They require little water and produce an abundance of clean air for breathing. Their glossy leaves and flowers are toxic to pets, so keep Fido away from this gorgeous grower.

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      4. Jasmine

      Jasmine is best known for its sweet aroma. Freshen up the stale air of winter with the pleasant scent of Jasmine. It can be planted in either a pot or a hanging basket, whichever best suits your needs.

      5. Christmas Cactus

      Christmas Cactus enjoys short days and cold temperatures, making it the perfect plant for winter. Keep this flowering beauty in a cool but bright area of the home. When in full bloom, its flowers give the plant the look of a candy cane with its white and red blooms.

      6. Goldfish Plant

      If given enough access to sunlight, the Goldfish Plant will produce vibrant orange flowers throughout the year. Display this plant in a hanging basket. Its hanging limbs, adorned with goldfish-like blooms, resemble a ready-to-reel fishing pole.

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      Goldfish Plant

        7. Begonias

        It is important to remember that not all Begonias are suited for indoor growth. Winter-flowering Begonias are better suited for the indoors because they are innately predisposed to bloom with less sunlight. The longer nights of winter provide cover for the beautiful flowers to bloom.

        8. Kalanchoe

        Kalanchoe is the best plant to grow indoors for those who have zero ability to keep plants alive and healthy. Kalanchoe can tolerate a lot of abuse. It does not need much sunshine or watering. It can almost be left dry throughout the winter season. Overwatering will kill Kalanchoe quickly.

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        9. Cape Primrose

        Streptocarpus, also known as Cape Primrose, is closely related to the African Violet. So much so, that they can both use the same type of fertilizer. Many types of Cape Primrose are highly forgiving to those who are not the best at keeping up with watering.

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          10. Bulb Flowers

          Bringing bulb flowers indoors for the winter is a bit of a challenge. This feat is not for the novice gardener. Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth, and Iris are all good examples of bulb flowers. Typically, bulbs need up to four months to “chill” in the ground before they produce blooms. This environment would need to be simulated indoors to achieve success, but it is possible. Bulb flowers just take a little more tender, loving care to survive outside of their normal seasons.

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          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

          Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

          Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

          1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

          Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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          2. Stress Relief

          Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

          3. Improved Sleep

          Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

          4. Appetite Control

          Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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          5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

          When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

          6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

          Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

          7. Mosquito Repellant

          Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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          8. Pain Relief

          While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

          9. The New Anti-Viral

          Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

          10. Improved Cognitive Function

          Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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          11. Money Saving

          With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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