Plants are pretty magical things. They don’t just brighten a room; they are also proven to purify the air, improve your well-being and even protect you from disease.
In fact, the more I find out about plants the more obsessed I get with buying every kind of plant I can possibly find, and then cramming them into my tiny flat.
Top five plants for good health and happiness:
Yonks ago, NASA conducted a study into whether household plants could be beneficial for our health. It turned out that plants are great air filters that can remove toxins emitted from household items, such as cleaning products, electrical equipment, carpets, upholstery and paint.
The Peace Lily topped the list of plants for removing formaldehyde – often found in cleaning products, soaps and detergents. They are stunning plants that don’t need an awful lot of care, just a water every now and again. Keep them out of direct sunlight though, as this will cause them to wilt.
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is amazing for filtering out the nasties found in cleaning products like bleach. They also thrive in humid areas with less light, which means that it’s great for the bathroom.
English Ivy is very leafy so it’s great at getting rid of indoor pollutants that come from floorboard resins and carpet dyes. It’s another excellent plant for the bathroom because it thrives with very little sunlight and moist air.
The fern is believed to absorb the radiation emitted from electrical equipment like computers, TVs and printers. It helps remove other pollutants found in paint and nail polishes, as well as that pesky formaldehyde. Watered regularly and kept out of direct sunlight will keep a fern looking green and lush.
Palms specifically target and remove harmful elements in the air like carbon monoxide – perfect for a home where people smoke. Palms like heat and lots of sunlight!
More on plants (I’m obsessed now)
The mere presence of plants can improve productivity, mood and your attentiveness – which is why you might notice lots of plants in many offices. Having plants around lifts my mood and makes me feel relaxed.
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve reaction times
- Increase attentiveness
- Lower levels of anxiety
- Raise levels of well-being