I always forget about this one amazing way to purify the air. They benefit our bodies, and they're pretty. Win....win!
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. (http://journals.usamvcj.ro/agricultural).
Thanks to the BayerAdvanced website, they listed some of the best plants to have indoors:
Best Plants for Indoor Use
|Common Name||Latin Name||Benefit||Best Use|
|Spider plant||Chlorophytum comosum||Purifies air rapidly; removes formaldehyde||Living spaces|
|Dragon tree1||Dracaena marginata||Purifies air; removes formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xylene||Living spaces|
|Gerbera daisy2||Gerbera jamesonii||Releases oxygen at night; purifies air by removing benzene and trichloroethylene||Bedrooms to refresh nighttime air or living spaces|
|English ivy||Hedera helix||Removes benzene from air||Dorm rooms or home office|
|Boston fern||Nephrolepis exaltata‘Bostoniensis’||Humidifies air||Living spaces; note that dry winter rooms can quickly kill Boston ferns; mist plants daily for best results|
|Philodendron3||Philodendron||Purifies air; removes formaldehyde||Living spaces of new or renovated homes with new floors, walls, carpets, etc.|
|Snake plant||Sansevieria trifasciata||Purifies air; removes formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide produced by fuel-burning appliances||Living spaces, kitchens, rooms with wood stoves|
|Peace lily||Spathiphyllum||Removes mold from air||Bathrooms 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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