Your Own GreenROOM

Your Own GreenROOM

Stress — that ubiquitous and oft used term is a part of the lexicon of every urban youth. Relief is sought by desperate stints in expensive spas and exotic vacations, the planning of which induces further stress!!

These are merely one time solutions though and not really sustainable. What then to soothe the frayed nerves and relax those over stressed minds? The solution is much simpler and closer home than you think!

Instead of travelling far to spas and resorts, bring the atmosphere and beauty you seek there, to your living spaces. Introduce some greenery into your room and let it work its wonders as a soothing balm for the mind, body and spirit!

Besides, in these smog and dust filled cities we live in, surrounding ourselves with greenery is a sustainable solution for the pollution woes of urban living. Cultivating greenery in our living spaces is not a time consuming task.

We all want a green oasis.However, our good intentions to create one are thwarted by the efforts involved. But greenery is not just lush gardens and farms teaming with fruits and vegetables. An Urban garden needn’t be a veritable garden of Eden.It can be just a simple potted plant or thriving terrarium on our coffee table, a money plant gracefully entwining itself around the balcony grills or a basket full of exuberant ferns hanging in our balcony.

First time gardeners can make their debut with just one healthy plant. Indulge in the pleasure of tending to it and watching it grow under your tender ministrations. Apart from the tangible benefits of brightening up your living spaces and reducing pollution, the relaxing and therapeutic value of such an undertaking can never be overemphasized.

Now not all plants will be happy to grow in our bedrooms and coffee table. They generally tend to like the great big outdoors. But don’t lose heart! We are lucky to be surrounded by many attractive, low maintenance and easy-going plants that are accommodating enough to thrive indoors. Plants like the snake plant, Peace Lily, Boston fern, Aloe Vera, Money plant and rubber plant can work their magic indoors with minimal effort and care.

The benefits of such a venture has been proved scientifically too!

NASA conducted an extensive study called ‘Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement’ that says
“Low-light-requiring houseplants, along with activated carbon plant filters, have demonstrated the potential for improving indoor air quality by removing trace organic pollutants from the air in energy-efficient buildings. This plant system is one of the most promising means of alleviating the sick building syndrome associated with many new, energy- efficient buildings. “

It is a useful and easy hobby to cultivate and can transform your room and lift your spirits. So what are you waiting for? Rush and introduce some greenery into your room. Begin small, hone your green thumb as you expand and soon you will find yourself relaxing in your very own private lush tropical paradise!

Saumya Tiwary
Your Green Canvas

Smitha Nandakishoran