Day 4: Bring Out Your Dead

Via Marylee Fairbanks
on Oct 3, 2011
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The walkway to my house is lined with lavender. When the front door is open and the wind blows, the scent wafts down the hallway.

I  keep little clippings of the shrubby, purple, herb, in my kitchen window all summer.  The sweet smell makes my least favorite chore (washing dishes) a little nicer.

Sadly, summer is over, the springs have lost their scent and color and it is time to toss them.

Dried flowers are not great to keep around your house. Then they lack vital energy, collect dust, and nest bugs.

Dead flowers or plants create stagnant energy in your home and weigh you down. Toss them and fill the space with something green.


Plants filter the air in our homes, improve humidity, and elevate the energy of any space.  It is recommended to put a plant near computers and television to compensate for the electricity.  

Certain plants are especially good at filtering specific chemicals;

Aloe vera , elephant ear and ficus clear the air of formaldehyde

English Ivy– Benzene

Peace Lily– Benzene and trichloroethylene

Spider plant reduces carbon monoxide

And Golden pothos clears away carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde

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Other pieces by Marylee:   American MomThe Princess Of Garbage DaySing Out, Clara, and Letter From A Bully.


About Marylee Fairbanks

Marylee Fairbanks is a columnist for Gaiam, elephant journal, My Life Yoga, and, Her essays explore Motherhood and yoga, but mainly focus on her experiences with her young son and the many ways he helps her grow. She is a registered yoga teacher and founder of Chakras Yoga and The 24 Things. She teaches Chakras Balancing workshops and yoga classes. Prior to having her son, she performed in Broadway musicals across the country. Marylee lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son, and dogs. Find her on her website and follow her on twitter.


4 Responses to “Day 4: Bring Out Your Dead”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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  2. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Good call! I was just looking at some dried roses I kept in my room – they were from a bouquet my boyfriend got me years ago. There is no sense in holding on to them! 🙂

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  3. chakras yoga says:

    Thats perfect Tanya! if it is an ex-boyfriend you definitely do not want his old dried up flowers in your bedroom as a reminder of what is dead!
    if it is a current boyfriend then toss those old things.. make room for some fresh, radiant, energy and breathe new life into your relationship!

  4. Nicole says:

    My husband just gave me a whole basket of the ugliest dried flowers… I personally felt as if I'm already dead. How can I throw them away without hurting his feelings?