Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Beautiful AND Beneficial to your health!

Tap water, varnishes, cleaners, and paints. These are only a few things that can contain volatile organic compounds (VOC's). They are pollutants found in most of our homes, schools, and offices.

I always forget about this one amazing way to purify the air. They benefit our bodies, and they're pretty.!

House plants.

Scientific studies have shown that air qualities in homes, schools, and office's improve with the presence of plants! They are so powerful, that they have been proven to remove VOC's. Rock on.

Plants can increase oxygen levels, and bring moisture into the air. They are said to help with respiratory issues, colds, dry coughs, even dry skin! (Study from Agricultural University in Norway).

The Royal College of Agriculture in England showed that students who were taught in rooms with plants had a much greater attentiveness than students who did not have plants present.

An even more amazing Dutch study showed that adding plants to a patients hospital room helped them heal faster than those who did not have plants present. Rock on even more! 

NASA Scientists have shown that certain plants have been proven to absorb toxins like radon, formaldehyde, and a handful of others. (

Thanks to the BayerAdvanced website, they listed some of the best plants to have indoors:

Best Plants for Indoor Use

Common NameLatin NameBenefitBest Use
Spider plantChlorophytum comosumPurifies air rapidly; removes formaldehydeLiving spaces
Dragon tree1Dracaena marginataPurifies air; removes formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xyleneLiving spaces
Gerbera daisy2Gerbera jamesoniiReleases oxygen at night; purifies air by removing benzene and trichloroethyleneBedrooms to refresh nighttime air or living spaces
English ivyHedera helixRemoves benzene from airDorm rooms or home office
Boston fernNephrolepis exaltata‘Bostoniensis’Humidifies airLiving spaces; note that dry winter rooms can quickly kill Boston ferns; mist plants daily for best results
Philodendron3PhilodendronPurifies air; removes formaldehydeLiving spaces of new or renovated homes with new floors, walls, carpets, etc.
Snake plantSansevieria trifasciataPurifies air; removes formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide produced by fuel-burning appliancesLiving spaces, kitchens, rooms with wood stoves
Peace lilySpathiphyllumRemoves mold from airBathrooms or damp areas of home

Okay, so who wants a plant? Or two? Or maybe you noticed some amazing health benefits from having a plant or two around? I'd love to hear about it.

Fern's are a great option for homes with cats/dogs and young children because many of them are non-toxic.

I think it's time I admit, I have a silly artificial plant from HomeSense in my living room. I fear I can't keep multiple plants alive, so I only have 1 plant that's real.  After doing some research, I think I better add to the "real" collection. What do I have to lose? It's going to look pretty anyway.

Til next time, stay healthy ya'll!

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