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Air-purifying plants to keep you and your home happy and healthy

We all know that spending time outside can help our wellbeing and ‘feel good factor’. Breathing in fresh air is good for our bodies such as our digestive systems, blood pressure and heart rates, plus it helps us to feel happier, renews our energy levels and helps clear our minds.

But living in today’s modern world we don’t always get to go outdoors regularly or live and work in environments that bring the outdoors inside. Homes are now built with energy efficiency not air flow in mind, we are working longer hours which can involve big commuting distances, plus our working environment can consist of airless offices.

shutterstock_1034809777But it’s not all doom and gloom. We can help raise the air quality in our homes with a solution that is not only quick and simple but also cheap and instantly effective. Back in 1989, NASA carried out a study on houseplants and found that they absorb harmful toxins from the air helping to create a fresher atmosphere and reduce sickness. You can read the report in more detail by following this link: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=19930073077

Along with these wonderful air-purifying benefits, house plants can also be therapeutic as they help increase people’s moods and reduce stress.

Here’s our pick of 4 of the best house plants to help keep toxin levels low in your home.

Spider Plants

These wonderful indoor plants look great in hanging baskets and are really easy to look after. Make sure you water two or three times a week. This plant eliminates formaldehyde and xylene toxins from the environment.

Areca Palms

This small plant from Madagascar can be quite tricky to grow indoors but as long as you don’t neglect the plant, you shouldn’t have too many problems. The main thing to remember is that it enjoys bright light but not overwatering. As long as the soil is kept lightly moist in spring and summer and allowed to dry in between waterings in autumn and winter it should be fine. This lovely plant will help eliminate benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene as well as others!

Bamboo Palms

During the dry winter months this elegant tall plant emits moisture into the air. As it also eliminates formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, and chloroform it is a great addition to any home! Make sure you place it in a bright area but not in direct sunlight where the air circulates easily around the plant.

shutterstock_126478160Lady palm

This palm can grow quite tall – up to 6ft – so it’s best to place it in larger rooms. The Lady palm is quite a tolerant plant in terms of care. It’s happy to be positioned in darker areas of a room, will withstand large quantities of water and will also cope with varying temperatures! If you’re not that green fingered, then this could be a great addition to your home. As one of the best plants to eliminate formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene from your home, what’s not to like.

There are also a variety of other indoor plants which are great at cleaning the air such as Peace Lilies, Chinese Evergreen, Rubber Plants and the English ivy but all of these are toxic to pets and some can even be harmful to humans. If you are planning to have these plants around your home, make sure they are placed safely out of the reach of pets and children.

You can also help the air quality in your home by:

  • Keeping dust levels low – swap carpets for wooden floors and curtains for shutters
  • Reduce humidity in the air
  • Increase the ventilation in your rooms

For further details visit: https://www.webmd.com/lung/features/12-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality#1

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