We all use plants to brighten up our rooms and bring some of nature indoors. Other than looking great and adding energy to our room they actually provide health benefits to the body. Problems of headaches, stress and even heart issues seem to lessen with these plants around. One of the best parts is they can bring in clean air.
Chicago cardiologist Dr. Bruno Cortis, states house plants do relax a person. Studies have proven that patients in hospitals who have a garden view from a window have a faster recovery rate than those who face a wall.
In Norway, the University of Agriculture, conducted a study on indoor plants. Their study had shown that these plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore-throats and other types of cold associated illness by at least 30%. The main reason is the plants increase humidity while decreasing dust.
Large known corporations and even offices are starting to add plants indoors to boost employee morale and health.
Benefits of houseplants
They heighten a persons positive feelings while reducing negative ones like anger.
Reduce sound and stress levels.
Ability to control humidity to optimal levels of health.
They absorb carbon dioxide and bring in fresh air and oxygen.
Makes room appearance look clean and fresh.
Improves concentration levels.
Why purify the home with plants
Some of the biggest contributions to poor health our actually found in the home. There are plants which can remove and guard their harmful effects.
Benzene which is found in tobacco smoke, paint and other types of material. Benzene can cause health issues such as headaches, dizziness and respiratory problems.
Formaldehyde which easily is found in permanent-press clothing, pressed wood furniture, some paper products and even carpeting. Formaldehyde can irritate asthma and produce headaches. It to have been associated to certain cancers.
Trichloroethylene is also a substance that can cause cancer in both humans and animals. It can come from numerous sources including tobacco.
Carbon monoxide causes drowsiness and headaches. Can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Some of the top choice plants around
This plant is from Madagascar. It is also known under names such as the butterfly plant, yellow palm and golden cane.
It is labeled as an exotic houseplant for indoors. It brings an air of tropics into your home. It takes all indoor toxins out of the air and purifies it. Large amounts of moisture get released into the air. It thrives wonderfully indoors.
This fern was popular back in the Queen Victoria era of the 19th century. Then in Boston during the year 1914 it had began to appear. Now it is increasingly popular plant today in many homes.
The plant takes formaldehyde out of the air. Formaldehyde coming from things such as pressed wood products, cigarette smoke. Formaldehyde occurs naturally in the environment and has been associated to increased risks of cancer.
They need lots of sunlight so a window location is best.
English Ivy has been proven to effectively eliminate airborne mold and feces along with formaldehyde.
If you own pets it is great plant to have and works well placed near litter boxes and cages.
The plant needs bright light to grow but do not use direct sunlight.
The Peace Lily has the ability to remove benzene and xylene and toluene which is found in nail polish removers, paints and solvents.
The plant will thrive in low light and any well draining potting mix. You need to wash the leaves now and then for the prevention of insect attacks.
This is one extremely popular plant today. In Asia it is a symbol of good fortune and has been around for 4,000 years. They are considered non-toxic for pets expect for the Chinese Sacred or Heavenly Bamboo. It too removes benzene from the air.
Aloe Vera plants not only maintain clean air quality and eliminate toxins it is well known for its medical benefits as well.
As we all know the gel from this plant is extremely useful. Just cut off a section and the gel spills out. Just dab on wound or cut to speed up healing. It is an antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral which can also soothe any inflammation.
Much like the Aloe Vera plant. It is also one of the oldest variety of ferns. Just grab a leaf and mash it in palm of hand. It’s juices will rapidly ease the sting from nettle burns other burns and stings along with minor cuts.
NASA Research and EPA Has The Final Statement
NASA and the EPA had invested twenty-five years of research into hazardous volatile organic carbons. In the studies it has indicated that greater than 107 of various VOCs are associated to cancer. They also can cause damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system.
Findings have indicated that indoor plants can eliminate dangerous of these toxins. Many studies have proved that indoor plants contain a huge capacity for the absorbtion of chemicals while purifying the air.
The EPA states that VOCs are put into the air daily from simple household items such as paint, furniture and carpeting. These are higher indoors by up to two to five times more than if they were present outdoors.
Additional studies by NASA also have shown that indoor plants effectively eliminate several main pollutants which are present indoors.
Indoor plants not convert carbon dioxide into oxygen but also eliminate benzene, tricholorethylene and formaldehyde.
There we have evidence from two top agencies that indoor plants do provide health benefits and are just more than a way to brighten up a room.
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American Cancer Society