All parents like the idea of their kids going outside to play in the sunshine, to run in the cool grass and to pick wildflowers. In a perfect world, we would have two hours every afternoon to go play in the park. But, we don’t live in a perfect world. Some of us don’t even live near a park. Sure we like the idea of our kids living that life, and we hope they choose to do so once they get their driver’s license.
Of course, we love our kids. But, most of us are balancing keeping the bills paid, working, laundry, shopping, and keeping house. We do this while we are parents, friends, spouses, teachers, and taxi drivers. The best we can hope for is a little while at the park on the weekends. And, that’s okay.
Since we do not always have the time to enjoy nature outdoors, why not bring nature indoors? There are plenty of ways to make our home a nature-friendly environment. In this post, we will show you 3 ways to bring nature inside your home. You will soon see, the joys of outside are equally appreciated with the air conditioner or heater on and without creepy crawly things nesting in our hair.
Let The Sunshine In
Sunshine is an essential part of our outdoor experience. The sun keeps us healthy and warms the Earth. The days when the sun cooperates are always the most fun. So, replace your winter drapes or open your blinds. Place transparent curtains with nature patterns over your windows. When you open the windows, your curtains will flow in the breeze and you will feel like you are outside in the meadow.
- Fun for the kids
Let the kids make summertime boxes. They can decorate their box with pictures of the beach, the park, or the forest. Give them items to go in their boxes for “Living room Summers” You can include:
When you want to have a summer day, let them put on their swimsuits and have at it.
Invest in a diffuser. Essential oils are all-natural oils made from plants. They are highly concentrated and they smell great. But diffusing essential oils into the air does more than make your home smell fresh. For generations, people have used the power of nature to cure illnesses, cuts, burns, depression, pain, and many other things.
Essential oils are diffused in a mist that sprays into the air. When people breathe, the essential oil enters their bloodstream through the thin membranes in the nose. Some essential oils can be rubbed into the skin, but it should be diluted first with a carrier oil (like coconut oil.)
Peppermint – Use peppermint essential oil for a sweet and fresh scent in the room. Peppermint calms the mind. It relieves headaches and other pain. It gives you energy and helps you focus, This is a great and natural way to bring nature indoors.
Lavender – Lavender is used for relaxation, stress relief, and to help induce sleep.
Lemongrass – Lemongrass is a very healthy oil to use in your home. It is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory. Lemongrass calms stomach upset. It helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
Note: do not let children play with the essential oils. They are concentrated and some of them can burn tender skin. Before using the essential oils around children, get an “all clear” from their doctor.
Plant An Herb Garden
Buy a window flower box. Using small clay pots (or re-use your K-Cups), herb seeds, and planting soil. Plant the herbs in the pots and place them in the window box. Give the children watering pots and let them tend to the garden. As the herbs mature, show them how to pick the ones that are ready, wash them, and what to use them for.