With spring just around the corner – the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming the bees are buzzing. Along with this beautiful season come the dreaded allergies for some. Plants and flowers can be the main culprits of these annoying sniffles but what if they could also help prevent them? Houseplants not only make a great piece to any household but certain types can help clean and remove harmful chemicals that can be found lurking in the air in your home.
Other benefits of household plants include:
- increase mood and productivity
- enhance concentration and memory
- reduce stress and fatigue
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*Note – if you own a cat or dog make sure the air-purifying plant is safe for your furry friend as some can be toxic to pets.
The Peace Lily is a household favourite for its low maintenance factor, adaptability and resilience. Its white hoodlike sheath that flowers out resembles a white flag of surrender – hence the name. The way the Peace Lily purifies the air is by absorbing the toxins through its leaves, the toxins then travel down into the roots and the microbes are then broken down in the soil. What’s even better is these nifty plants are a natural humidifier as they give off moisture in the air. What can’t the Peace Lily do?
These little daises are not only cute but are also great for controlling the amount of benzene that is in the air. Benzene is a toxin that is produced in plastics, dyes, detergents, and pesticides. It can also be found in tobacco smoke, glue, paint, vehicle exhausts, and furniture wax. Side effects from high levels of benzene can irritate eyes and cause drowsiness and dizziness. What more reason do you need to have these daises in your home?
Looking for a plant that is adaptable and easy to grow? This is your guy. The Spider Plant is a great option for new plant parents who aren’t too good in the garden as it can handle a little tough love. This creepy crawly plant has the ability to absorb nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide which is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless toxic gas.
Never trust a person with two first names, unless they’re a plant. This tropical shrub like plant likes any warm home or office out of direct sunlight. Formaldehyde which is a common toxin in newly carpeted or furnished households is purified by Janet’s large dark green leaves. For office use she’s a hard worker - this plant is great for removing trichloroethylene which is a toxin produced from photocopiers and similar devices.
The Areca Palm brings the tropical vibes to any room whilst acting as a natural humidifier (almost as good as an electric humidifier). According to NASA this little palm tree is voted the best air purifier and ranked the 8th highest at removing formaldehyde from the air according to Dr. Wolverton’s data.