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The Best Indoor Plants to Help Seed Your Home!

You already know how the plant-based power of chia can help Seed Your Soul, but what type of plants are the go-to when you need to Seed Your Home? Well breath easy friends, because we did the research to help you see the forest for the trees and created this leafy list of the best indoor plants to help purify and refresh your interiors! ūüĆĪ

1. Peace Lily

  • Produces oxygen and removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene
  • Requires some more attention, so make sure you’re not over or under watering and place them in a bright and shady spot. We recommend the bedroom!
  • Important to note that the flowers produce pollen!
  • Not a pet-friendly option

2. Spider Plant

  • Nature’s air purifier! Spider plants remove formaldehyde and xylene.
  • These are easy to care for and like bright, but not-direct, sunlight
  • Pet-friendly!

3. Snake Plant (Laurentii)

  • Have been shown to filter out chemicals like: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene
  • Low maintenance!
  • Not pet-friendly

4. Aloe Vera

  • In addition to having anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, they are an air purifier and remove formaldehyde!
  • Easy to care for, just leave in a bright, sunny spot
  • Not pet-friendly

5. Bird’s Nest Fern

  • Ferns have been shown to filter formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene
  • They thrive in medium indirect light and humid environment. We recommend placing them in a bathroom with windows to provide natural light.
  • Pet-friendly!

6. Chrysanthemum Flowers

  • Pretty-in-pink and they help to filter out a host of toxins including ammonia and benzene, which is often found in plastics, detergents, and glue
  • They loves sunlight, we recommend having them brighten up a kitchen or living room near a window
  • Not pet-friendly

7. Chinese Evergreen

  • Proven to be an effective cleanser of formaldehyde and benzene, found in detergents and cosmetics
  • Tropical plant that enjoys low-lit and humid conditions. Great addition to the bathroom!
  • Not pet-friendly

 

Resources:

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/g26610281/best-indoor-plants/

https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wellbeing/a668/houseplants-to-purify-house-air/

DIY Geode Coasters

DIY Geode Coasters

April 14, 2016
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DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

A beautiful beverage deserves a beautiful coaster! We’ve seen these beautiful, all natural coasters flying off¬†the shelves at home decor stores. With a set ranging anywhere from $50-$150 in store, we figured it would be a delight to find an affordable way to makes these beautiful creations at home (at a fraction of the price)!

What You’ll Need:

  1. Geode/Agate slices. We found ours¬†here!¬†You can also find a beautiful selection on Amazon. Be sure to order slices that are at least 3.5″ in diameter.
  2. Small paintbrush
  3. Gold or Silver Liquid Leafing
  4. Rubber Feet (optional)

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

Directions:

Step 1: Apply the self-adhesive rubber feet on one side of each geode slice. If you are not using rubber feet, feel free to skip to step 2! Press and hold each rubber foot for 10-30 seconds to ensure it has fully adhered to the geode. Place a minimum of 4 to ensure equal stability. If your geode is a little more oblong in shape, you may need to add several more to avoid tilting of any kind when your beverage is resting on top.

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

Step 2: Lay out some newspaper or paper towels on your work area. Shake your gold/silver liquid leafing very well. Dip your paintbrush into the leafing and begin to paint the sides of geode. Tip: you might want to do this in a well ventilated area, as the fumes of the liquid leaf can be a bit overpowering!

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

 

Step 3: Once you have completed painting the sides of the geodes, gently place them on your newspaper or paper towel surface to dry. It should dry fairly fast!

Step 4: Enjoy your beautiful creation, or give to friends as gifts!

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy

April 14, 2016
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With flu season in full swing, we all do our best to avoid those pesky sniffles and coughs.  We’re mindful to take good care of ourselves by washing our hands, working out and nourishing our bodies with chia (of course!), but sometimes it’s just not enough and we get run down.  So when those winter colds get the best of you, we have just the thing to put you on the path to feeling better; a simple DIY home remedy!

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy | Mamma Chia Blog

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of purified water
  • 5 organic lemon slices
  • 1 Tbsp. of organic dried rosemary
  • 7-8 organic whole cloves
  • 4-5 drops organic essential oil blend of your choice (our blend contained: lemongrass, coriander, clove, oregano, thyme, and red mandarin)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot combine water, lemon, rosemary and cloves and heat to a simmer on your stove top.
  2. Once it is heated to a steam, turn off the stove and add essential oil.
  3. Deeply inhale the aromas from the combined ingredients until satisfied.