The Health Benefits of House Plants, Including the Top Nine Healthiest Plants!
House Plants do more than just brighten up a room with color
and living energy. Along with being pleasing to the eye, they
bring real health benefits to your body. Not only do complaints
about headaches, stress, heart/circulation-symptoms and colds
decrease when indoor plants are present, according to Dr.
Leona Rogler in "The comprehensive office series,"
but also richly decorating a room with plants can help to
keep the air clean.
This Mother Fern, one of the best at purifying the
air, is a very popular houseplant because it is easy
to care for, thrives in indirect light and with little
moisture, and is very attractive. Read
more about the Mother Fern now, including how to order
one that can grow to 4' tall at a great price now!
Top 9 Air Purifying Plants
The following plants are most effective in removing
potentially harmful chemicals-including those in paints,
varnishes, dry cleaning fluids, car exhaust fumes and
tobacco smoke-from the air in your home.
- Dragon tree
- Spider plants
- Peace lilies
House Plants Clean the Air
If you read Self-Assessment
to Determine if You May Have Biological Pollutants in Your
Home, then you know how important indoor air quality can
be, and how widespread indoor air contamination really is.
The good news is that a classic NASA study found that common
house plants could improve air quality. In fact, they reported
that houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air
toxins in 24 hours. The recommendation? Use 15 to 18 "good-sized"
house plants in 6- to 8-inch diameter containers for an 1,800
Plants can remove a variety of toxic air emissions including
ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene and
trichloroethytene. See the box above for some of the best
plant varieties to choose, and remember-the healthier the
plant, the more purifying it will be.
An excellent resource for anyone who's serious about using
plants to their clean air advantage is How
to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants That Purify Your Home or
Plants Make You Happy
House plants make people feel calmer and more optimistic,
says Bruno Cortis, M.D., a Chicago cardiologist. Interestingly,
he says that studies have shown that hospital patients who
face a window with a garden view recovered more quickly than
those who had to look at a wall.
Plants Fight Fatigue and Colds
According to a University of Agriculture in Norway study,
indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and
other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent, partially
by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.
Plants at the Office
Even major corporations and work environments are beginning
to catch on that adding plants indoors does wonders for employee
health and morale. According to one study published in Rehabilitation
Literature, a manufacturing company integrated plants into
its office so that no employee would be more than 45 feet
from greenery. The result? Company administrators said they
noticed enhanced creativity and increased productivity in
The Dragon Tree plant is one of the most effective
in removing harmful impurities from the air. Plus, its
exotic looks adds character to any room.
Order a Dragon Tree Now
Of course, some plants are poisonous and should be handled
with care, or not at all if you have small children. For a
list of potentially hazardous house plants, especially for
children, see The
10 Most Common Poisons Among Kids. By using a little caution
with the plants you choose, you can enjoy all the benefits
that adding plants to your home will bring.
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