Houseplants can improve your health! Air purifiers at large. We are always on the lookout for “press the easy button” Home Health tips. With the rise of apartment living and renting homes becoming more popular, fewer adults own homes with access to gardens with fewer people spending time outdoors. If Houseplants can purify the air in my house just by being there – it did not take me long to be queuing at that garden centre.
Unlike my dear Mum (a green-fingered goddess) I’m a green ‘pinky’ at best. If plants survive I do a ‘happy dance’ on my watering rounds. Lately, I’m dancing as I breathe.
My guess is that we might spend heaps of energy focusing on working out the right foods to help our health. What about the air that we breathe? Just a thought?!
NASA was onto this in 1989 with their CLEAN AIR Study which found that certain indoor plants act as natural air filters that improve the air quality in our homes by absorbing chemicals and eliminating harmful, invisible toxins. Some are able to remove up to 82 % of pollutants in the air within 24Hrs!
Whilst aware house plants work these wonders in our homes, I became curious as to how! First, I wanted clarity on the offending compounds.
TOXINS affect our Wellbeing
This summary lists the chemicals that surround us every day both at home and at work. This is the world we live in. Toxins Cause imbalances to our health and can lead to anxiety & depression.
Air purifying plants can help us with this.
HOW Houseplants can help
Release Water – these beauties are natural humidifiers
Assist breathing by increasing O2 levels & reducing C02 levels
Filter and Purify the AIR that we breathe – absorbs chemicals & toxins released by these VOCs.
Health Benefits of Houseplants
1)Helps Prevent Disease & PROMOTE HEALING
By increasing the humidity in your home plants can prevent dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. They also promote healing from headaches and fevers.
2)Enhances concentration, focus and memory
A study at the Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, UK found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants
3) Enhanced productivity
When indoor plants are introduced into office areas – worker productivity increases, fewer sick days are taken and work-related errors are reduced. A study by the Agricultural Uni in Norway found -60% decrease in sickness rates in offices with plants.
9 PLANTS that make an
awesome addition to any living space
… feel FAB – Smell FAB – Look FAB.
Green is the new black, and it’s easy to make any space feel wholesome with an array of plants. Even looking at greenery can help reduce anxiety, fear and pain so consider this an excuse to build a jungle in your living or work space.
#1 GOLDEN POTHOS
Even I can have green fingers as this is really hard to kill!
Removes Carbon Monoxide and Formaldehyde.
Trailing stems look stylish on a shelf or hanging basket.
CARE: Need bright, indirect light. Light watering. Toxic to 4 legged friends. Do keep them out of reach.
#2 BOSTON FERN
Easy care and an epic POWERHOUSE purifier.
Removes Formaldehyde, plastics & even cigarette odours
CARE: Keep soil barely moist and mist frequently
#3 ENGLISH IVY
Traditionally I think of ivy creeping up the outside of beautiful old buildings.
Excellent for absorbing airborne mould in the air.
Effective at cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
CARE: Somewhere sunny as loves bright light and slightly dry soil. Toxic to our furry friends and humans.
#4 ARECA PALM (Butterfly Palm)
Emits large amounts of water vapour which can help with colds and sinus issues making it easier to breathe.
Removes Xylene, Toluene and Formaldehyde.
CARE: Likes direct sunlight and water regularly.
SWEET SLUMBER Houseplants
…. because every ‘ZZZ’ counts.
These plants have an incredible point of difference. Majority of plants photosynthesise during the day. These babies do the opposite when we need it the most! How freaking clever are they?
Select plants emit oxygen (02) at night time whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide (CO2) – something we naturally produce when breathing….so perfect in the bedroom to promote restful sleep.
Improve air quality as you breathe
Improves the quality of sleep
Can help those suffering from sleep apnea
#5 SNAKE PLANT
Also known as Mother In Laws Tongue. Cant think why?!!
Fab statement plant, tough to kill & low maintenance – (perfect for my green thumb:)
Removes Xylene, Toluene & Trichloroethylene
CARE: Indirect sunlight. Allow soil to dry between waterings.
NASA found these beauties are the most effective plant at removing BENZENE from the air.
Also known for the ability to absorb airborne compounds.
CARE: Like well-drained soil and direct sunlight.
Orchids perform heavy-duty air cleaning while making your apartment look good.
Release Oxygen at night
Effective at removing Xylene.
CARE: Indirect sunlight. Water your orchid once a week and then allow it to dry out a little before watering again.
#8 PEACE LILY – (CLOSET PLANT)
In NASA’s top 3 air purifiers.
Has a high transpiration rate to purify and humidify indoor air.
Suppresses airborne microbes which can lead to allergies, and helps relieve those irritating dry noses & throats that keep you awake all night.
Great for apartments where natural light can be limited.
CARE: Mildly toxic to pets Avoid direct sunlight. Weekly water – not much to ask in return for a great night’s sleep.
#9 ALOE VERA – Super plant! #theboss
Also known as Lily of the Dessert – Plant of immortality.
Listed as one of NASA’s top air-improving plants. Simply brilliant.
Absorbs airborne compounds from paint and cleaning agents.
Many health benefits for skin and gut. Ancient Egyptians used the gel to treat burns, infections and parasites – brilliant for treating sunburn.
Asthma symptoms can be helped by boiling the leaves in aware and inhaling the vapour.
Aloe Vera reproduces easily so if you buy one you’ll soon have an Aloe plant for all the rooms in your house or grow as a gift.
Looks fabulous as a border plant too – almost like an exotic triffid!
CARE: Needs lots of direct sunlight. One of the easiest plants to grow and maintain – it tolerates ‘neglect’ well and doesn’t require frequent watering.
OTHER TIPS to PURIFY AIR
in your home
Keep floors clean by vacuuming and mopping
Avoid synthetic cleaners or air fresheners
If I was to transport myself forward 12 months from now and ask myself what I would advise myself to do –
here’s what I would say…
ACTION TODAY: Head to garden centre & make purchases using NASA’s guide to top plants HERE.
DESK: Add a small succulent just to look at and think on.
NOTE TO SELF: Place abundant houseplants in teenagers study areas to enhance focus & concentration.
All three are complete 🙂
Without my mum in tow, further care for any of these plants will be available from your supplier.
INHALE – EXHALE – REPEAT
Time Magazine – Lung Institute – Life Hacker – Compost Direct – Tina Bringslimark : Enviromental Psychologist | Dr BC Wolverton www.wolvertonenvironmental .com – http://www.ecology.com/2016/03/31/nasa-guide-air-filtering-houseplants/