Plants are proven to:
- Remove harmful chemicals from the air
- Absorb noise and lessen dust in the home
- Help hospital patients recover faster, and with less medication
- Lower blood pressure, help concentration and improve memory
- Promote feelings of relaxation, calm and well-being
NASA space research, inside airtight space habitats, showed ordinary houseplants had amazing capabilities in fighting air pollution. In its test, in addition to soaking up formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, houseplants absorbed benzene (found in car exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke) and trichloroethylene (TCE) or dry-cleaning fluid.
Meanwhile, a study carried out by Oxford Brooks University proved that when plants are present in a room, anxiety levels are lowered and people recover from mental tiredness faster.
So, with the scientific proof there, which plants should we choose to ensure a clean, healthy and happy environment? Well, according to NASA, the most effective are palms including lady palm (Raphis excelsa) and parlour palm (Chamaedorea elegans), ficus, peace lily (Spathiphyllum), dragon tree (Dracaena), Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata), chrysanthemum and gerbera. The truth is though that nearly all houseplants can have a positive impact.
The simple addition of a few houseplants in your home or office can do a great deal to boost your health and well-being. So what are you waiting for… get yours today!