Benefits of Houseplants

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I was at home depot yesterday, buying some salt for our water softener.  I noticed a bunch of new flowers being filled in the aisle.  I decided to stop and look at some houseplants.  I quickly scanned my brain to think where I had houseplants in the house, and realized I didn’t have any! I recall growing up in Russia with houseplants in every room.  I picked up three plants, and saucers and threw them in the cart determined to have living plants in our house.  3 should be enough to start right? Let’s see how long they live.

As we go through our daily lives, there is lots of air pollution that we just cannot avoid.  In fact, every morning when we watch the news, they tell you what the air quality will be for the day.  The focus is always been on outdoor air, but have you stopped to think what the air quality inside our homes is like?

“In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”1

 Check out these 15 plants that are recommended by Nasa to clean the air you breathe.  Not only do they produce oxygen from CO2, but also absorb benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene.

http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air

The quantity needed depends on the size of your house. The general rule of thumb is one large plant for every 100 square feet of your home.  So for a 1,800 square foot  home you should have between 15-18 plants.

Plants have been known to increase humidity, lower blood pressure, lower anxiety, decrease headaches, colds, and flu like symptoms. Go out and get some!

1 – http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidestory.html#Intro1

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