When it is cold we are always dreaming of warm weather. In winter we tend to have less access to nature, fresh air, sunshine, and humidity. We are always looking for ways to make our spaces as happy and healthy as possible, especially since having a child. According to NASA, the air in homes and workspaces can be even more polluted than outdoor air in large cities. There are a few things (in addition to lots of coffee and blankets) that make us feel happy and fresh even when it is too cold to open the windows...without adding harmful toxins. Our favorite (not sponsored-just loved) cold weather items are:
Clearly we are obsessed with plants--but having tons of them around make us feel like we are living in a green paradise. Plants have been scientifically proven to purify the air, make us happy, less anxious and depressed, feel fulfilled, and even heal faster! And they are an easy and fairly inexpensive way to refresh your space with little work. We fill our entire living room with tropicals and cacti of all sizes to get a lot of variety in color and texture.
2. HYDRATED SKIN
During Winter, cold air and artificial heat in our homes and workspaces means drier skin. We like to keep hydrated with Good Juju Herbal since it works so well and is for real natural. Our little one has skin sensitivities and is only able to use Good Juju Herbal since other “natural” products often contain chemicals that are naturally derived and caused him to have flare ups of baby eczema. We use all of their products. A spritz of the Organic Rosewater Toner on our faces throughout the day keeps us feeling like we live at a spa and the Herbal skin food keeps our faces moisturized even when we are up to our necks in clay.
Find it all here: https://www.goodjujuherbal.com/
3. FRESH AIR + FRESH SCENTS
Since indoor air can be so polluted, especially in Winter when it is difficult to get fresh air indoors--we do not want to add to that pollution by using chemical based and fragrance oil filled cleaning products, air freshers, or candles. These products release toxic VOCs into the air. We learned a lot more about these toxins after having a baby. We got rid of our favorite mango and coconut milk scented candles and searched for ways to add scents without adding toxins. After a couple years of research and debating whether or not we wanted a constant stream of essential oil into the air, we found Veyali, a company that makes “interior botanicals” that are not just “naturally derived” they are ingredients that are actually made with plants and sugar cane alcohol. We use Veyali’s scent Uplift and it smells like you stepped into a misty forest full of Thai basil and lemongrass. We love it so much and one spray per room makes the house smell insanely fresh all day without being overpowering.
Find it here: https://veyali.com/
Here’s to fresh healthy air and happy plants year round!
We are so excited to start the Plant Killer Club Blog and have a more permanent space to write about plant care tips and answer your questions!
I'm Seana - Co-owner of Tierra Sol Studio, CEO, designer, potter, and resident plant expert.
We started Tierra Sol Studio because we were plant killers. We found that people receive a - lot - of misinformation about plant care and that most plants are set up in the wrong pot and soil. I used my background as a researcher to solve problems from a plant killer's perspective and now we have a team of people who do magical things with plants!
This week I want to cover how to propagate cacti and other succulents. You might have a plant that is getting a little long and could use a trim or have a broken cactus paddle. While it can be pretty slow to grow cacti and succulents without a greenhouse, you can easily get them to root and stay alive indoors from a simple paddle or cutting!
How to Propagate Cacti and Succulents:
STEP 1. If you do not already have a cutting - Use a clean razor blade or knife to (carefully) cut a section of plant off approximately one inch above any damage or problem areas. Or cut a paddle at the base - leaving the base of the paddle in tact.
STEP 2. Lay the cutting or paddle out to dry and heal where it was cut. This usually takes 2-3 days.
STEP 3: Put the cutting into some really great cactus + succulent soil.
Find ours here: Tierra Sol Studio - Plant KiIller Soil
STEP 4: Don't water your cutting until it starts to get roots. This usually takes about 2 weeks. You can check the cutting every 2-3 days and place it back in the soil until roots appear.
STEP 5: Once you have roots, give the plant a little water 1x per month. The amount of water depends on the size of the cutting. Check our Plant Care Tips for water recommendations.
Let us know if you have any questions or how it goes in the comments below!