Thursday, April 28, 2016

Healthier Homes Have Houseplants

A research study commissioned by NASA found that common house plants improve air quality by removing pollutants and a variety of toxic air emissions, including ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, xylele and trichloroethylene. The study reported that house plants were able to remove up to 87% of airborne toxins in a 24-hour period. Another study done at the University of Agriculture in Norway also found that indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30%, partially by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.

And you don't have to create an indoor jungle to reap the benefits: the Clean Air Council has found that just one potted plant for each 100 square feet of living space makes a huge difference in air quality.

So what kinds of plants should you look for? I'm told that plants that do a particularly good job of cleaning the air include:

Bamboo PalmChinese EvergreenEnglish IvyGerbera DaisyJanet CraigMarginataMass cane/Corn PlantMother-in-Law's TonguePot MumPeace LilyWarnecki

Even if you don't  have a nice sunny windowsill, you can still have a home full of houseplants: here is a good list of plants that don't require much light.

No comments: