Depression and dry air in the house

daturaeaterSeptember 11, 2006

I live in the basement. The air down here is dry. I constantly wake up at night with a very dry mouth and nose. The whole place smells like caulk and cement all the time. On top of that there's no sunlight coming in because I only have a window facing away from the sun.

What plants can I grow that will:

1) Possibly aid my depression (no lectures about taking Zoloft and seeing a doctor please). Be it from witchcraft, Shamanism or what-have-you, I'm open to suggestions.

2) Clean up the air and add humidity.

3) Survive without much light, or at least without HID lighting/sunlight.

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You don't have your zone down... how long have you lived there? the reason I ask is that during the winter, basements are notoriously cold and damp. Humidity might not be a problem for you for very long.
There are some very low light houseplants... but I don't know if they'll take away smells, but they'll add some good air. Take for example a plant called "Mother's-In-Law Tongue" or Cast Iron Plant... cuz nothing kills it. :D Its latin name is Aspidistra elatior
There are some other low light plants, understorey tropicals sometimes don't need a lot of light. But really, you will have trouble cuz most plants need some amount of sun and lights, unless you spend some serious $$. Just won't do well.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 9:53PM
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gata(z5a NH)

start doing yoga

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 7:37PM
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Go outside into the sunlight as often as you can. Do some research into the condition called SAD to find out why.

Some indoor plants will help provide more oxygen for you and clean up the atmosphere a little.

Several bowls of water placed in strategic places throughout your home will help to hydrate the air you breathe. You can put some essential oils into the water to help with your depression. Try Lavender, Bitter Orange or other citrus, Rosemary, Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lemon Balm, Neroli, Patchouli, Thyme. Or burn any of these in an oil burner, or use diluted in water as a room spray, or add them to potpourri.

Frankly, if my home affected me like this, I'd be very keen to move elsewhere ASAP. It's worth considering, at least.

Here is a link that might be useful: SAD

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 1:42AM
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Daturaeater...your post made ME SAD. Maybe what you are smelling is mold??? No wonder you are depressed. Get out of that basement where you can have some sunlight and grow some plants. I'm hoping that is a possibility for you....

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 3:20PM
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A couple of inexpensive shop light fluorescent fixtures will provide enough light for many houseplants, including things like spathiphyllum, gesneriads (i.e. African violets), begonias etc. If it really is that dry in the basement it sounds like you could use a humidifier (overall, this sounds like a poor living environment - can you move?).

Here's some info on light and how it affects mood. Suggestions include a light box and getting outdoors as much as possible (a long walk or more vigorous exercise every day could be helpful).

There've been some other good suggestions here; depression can be a serious illness requiring prompt medical attention, so think about seeing a doctor just for diagnosis. You don't necessarily have to take an antidepressant (St. John's wort remains controversial. It has been found effective in some studies for depression, but probably isn't a good idea for moderate to severe depression, especially if one is self-medicating).

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 7:44PM
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