Clearing the air with Houseplants
Are you aware that growing houseplants will help clean the air inside your home?
Houseplants are very beneficial in the air we breathe. They purify and renew our indoor air by filtering out the toxins and carbon dioxide we exhale, and then replace it with clean oxygen! It is proven that some plants do an excellent job of cleaning the air, while some just help to maintain the quality of the air you breathe. Our homes can be filled with VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) that can be aggravating to the sinus and nervous system. The dyes in the furniture, new carpet, and some house paints can cause physical discomfort. It is said that allowing one houseplant per 100 sq. feet will create a beneficial effect.
Tending houseplants will be enjoyable and rewarding during the long gray wet days of winter. There are several varieties of plants available that require lower light levels as well as low water needs. A great choice would be the Baby Rubber plant (“Peperomia obtusifolia), it prefers filtered light and removes many impurities from the air. The Corn plant (Dracaena) prefers filtered light and less water. My special favourite is Golden Pothos (Epipremnum), it does not require sunshine and also has low water needs. The Snake plant (Sanseviera trifasciata), takes filtered sun and low water. The Spider plant (Chlorophytum) is great for hanging baskets, has no real pest problems, can dry out a little in between watering, but does NOT like cold winter drafts. The Heart Leaf Philodendron helps remove formaldehyde from the air and the Chrysanthemem sp. as well as the Gerbera daisy cleans benzene from the air. Everybody’s favourite, the Aloe Vera is an excellent plant to treat for minor burns. Be careful to use only the leaf clear inner gel for topical use.
Try changing your space a bit and add some indoor colour and texture while adding to the quality of our homes indoor air!