Houseplants and Their Benefits
Houseplants With Health Benefits
Do you love having houseplants in your home? If you do, you're in luck. Are you aware that certain houseplants can help to create a healthier environment? New research shows that some houseplants can do more than just make a home look cozy and inviting. Find out which houseplants you should have in your home and the health benefits that these houseplants can provide. For example, did you know that having a peace lily in your bathroom can prevent mold? Did you also know that having a boston fern in your bedroom can help moisturize your skin? Some houseplants can actually optimize brainpower, enhance your immunity, improve your sleep quality and more! These easy gardening tips will tell you which plants you might want to add to your home for better air quality, too.
Healthy Houseplants - Getting Health Benefits from Houseplants
How to Start Healthy Plants
Secret Tips for Getting Healthy Benefits from Houseplants include the following:
Before we get to the houseplants that offer health benefits listed below, know this first before you even start thinking about them.
Place healthy plants primarily in your "personal breathing zone", within 6 to 8 cubic feet of where you work, sleep or spend long stretches of time.
Also, consider swapping commercial potting soil for clay pebbles (a method called hydro-culture). Studies show that plants grown in the material remove air-borne irritants more effectively than plants in potting soil because their roots are better able to "breathe".
Reduce Mold - Peace Lily Plant - Offers White Tropical Flowers, Too!
You can reduce mold with a Peace Lily. Not only are the flowers beautiful, but studies have shown that peace lilies can reduce levels of microscopic mold spores in the air by 60 percent! The flowers sop up the mold organisms through their leaves, then shuttle the spores to the roots for food. This is great for bathrooms since it prevents spore buildup on shower curtains and tiles. The result: less sneezing, not to mention less scrubbing for you. The plant also absorbs atmospheric vapors like acetone and alcohol. Research confirms that routine exposure to these chemicals (commonly found in grooming products) can lead to dry eye syndrome, dizziness and muscle weakness, especially in a confined space like a bathroom.
The peace lily is a tropical plant that has dark green leaves that can grow up to more than one foot in length. It has white flowers and lives for at least a few years when properly cared for.
Peace Lilies produce white blooms April through October. They require full sunlight and should be placed away from drafts. When watering, drench the soil and allow it to become moderately dry between waterings. Feed every two weeks during the summer months only. Spraying the leaves with water makes the peace lily grow and bloom better.
Sleep Better - Gerbera Daisies
Sleep like a baby with Gerbera Daisies. While most plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen during the day, this flowery variety conducts the process at night, which is why I place one in the bedroom. The benefit: easier breathing and deeper sleep. Higher levels of atmospheric oxygen were found to stabilize breathing and increase the duration of sleep by over 10 percent.
The Gerbera has daisy-like flowers which can be single, double, quilled or crested double on long stems. The are available in a variety of colors including shades of orange, red, yellow, white and pink. Gerberas will flower continuously for 4-6 weeks with proper care. Although they are a perennial in very warm climates, they are generally treated as an annual. I call them the happy flower, they are so cheerful.
Bright light location is preferred as well as moderately moist soil. Water thoroughly when just the soil surface is dry to the touch. Do not allow plants to stand in water.
Gerbera daisy plants produce beautiful blooms July through September and are very easy to grow. They prefer full sunlight. Be careful the crown of the plant is above the soil and provide good drainage. Allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings and feed every two weeks during growth periods.
Improve Creativity - African Violets
Enhance your brain power with African Violets. Gazing at flowering plants in the purple family, like African violets, stimulates the release of adrenaline. This energizing hormone improves creativity. Purple also triggers the release of endorphins, which ease stress and improve mood. Another perk: The body responds to flowering plants of any color by boosting oxygen flow to the brain, resulting in relaxation.
African Violets are lovely small plants, which may bloom at anytime. They prefer bright indirect sunlight and grow well under fluorescent light. Cut off the flowers after they die and provide good ventilation. Keep the soil evenly moist at all times and feed monthly spring through fall with a nitrogen-free fertilizer.
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Any of the featured houseplants below would make a nice addition to your home and provide cleaner air.
Moisturize - Boston Fern Houseplant
Benefits of Boston Fern Plant
Smooth dry skin with a Boston Fern. Indoor ventilation saps moisture from the air, leaving many people suffering with parched, itchy skin. Boston ferns to the rescue! These houseplants act as humidifiers: They restore moisture to the air by releasing water vapor in exchange for atmospheric pollutants, which the plants convert to fuel.
The Boston fern houseplant bears apple-green, sword like fronds that arch gracefully down around its pot. It also yields numerous slender, furry runners that produce new plants at their tips. There are many varieties of Boston fern, most with frilly or lacy fronds. The Boston Fern is the ideal hanging basket plant. It requires a little extra care in that it likes good, rich potting soil and should be misted frequently with warm water. Boston ferns grow well in bright indirect sunlight. Keep the soil barely moist and feed weekly.
Houseplants with Health Benefits
Do You Have Any Houseplants that offer Health Benefits in Your Home?
Clear Congestion - Eucalyptus
Clear congestion with the Eucalyptus Plant. Eucalyptus offers prime defense against spring colds. Its leaves are packed with tannins, chemicals that, when inhaled, raise levels of healthy periciliary fluid in the body's airways. Breathing in the scent of eucalyptus can raise fluid levels in the respiratory tract, thinning and loosening congestion-causing phlegm.
Florists love the eucalyptus for its interesting leaf form, color and long life once cut. It makes a great background or can create an interesting display on it's own. For those who wish to grow Eucalyptus in pots or who do not have garden space many species will accommodate pot culture (this includes the colored flowering species) with some care for winter protection. They will often start flowering at a relatively early age (from 2 to 4 years).
Stay Focused - English Ivy
Think and stay focused better. Place an English Ivy plant on your desk and you'll become a problem-solving whiz! English ivy absorbs and chemically neutralizes benzene, a colorless toxin emitted by some paper products and office equipments. That's good news since benzene can slow thinking and break concentration by disrupting the central nervous system. (Take Caution: The leaves are poisonous to pets.)
Ivy plants are easy care leafy green plants perfect for hanging baskets. Ivy grows well in bright indirect sunlight. Keep the soil evenly moist, mist occasionally with warm water and feed every two weeks during growth periods.
Clean Air - Spider Plant
Breathe cleaner air with a Spider Plant. Research has revealed that houseplants can remove nearly 90 percent of toxins from indoor air within two days. And with its numerous quick-growing leaves, the spider plant is one of the most powerful air cleansers. Microscopic openings in the leaves filter harmful substances and absorb mold-spore allergens and traces of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde (a colorless gas emitted by some carpet materials and furniture). This guards against wheezing, headaches and brain fog.
The Spider Plant requires only light watering. Allow the soil to dry completely in between waterings. You only need to water the spider plant once every two weeks. If the foliage begins to show black tips or a yellow halo, you are probably over watering the plant. If the foliage begins to drop, the plant is ready for a drink. If the foliage begins to brown, try watering with distilled water. The Spider Plant has been known to have problems if there are chemicals in the water.