• Healthy houseplants

    Houseplants can help people to de-stress, detox and they can filter out chemicals, such as cigarette smoke, from the atmosphere.

    They also help improve air quality, relax and revive you mentally and physically, and can help reduce dust, which saves on the housework.

    It’s wonderful to have some healthy and vibrant plants around the home to give a burst of colour when the British summer rain clouds form and you’re indoors keeping out of the showers.

    The right indoor plants could reduce susceptibility to stress, allergies, asthma, fatigue, headaches and respiratory congestion.

    The three primary sources of poor air quality within homes and offices is thought to be poor natural ventilation, synthetic furnishings and human bioeffluents – people release as many as 150 volatile substances, such as carbon monoxide and dioxide, hydrogen and methane, into the atmosphere.

    Weeping fig, Boston fern, peace lily, chrysanthemum, gerbera and parlour palm are just a handful of the varieties that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tests revealed as the best for removing chemical toxins like formaldehyde, which is emitted from sources such as adhesives, fabrics, facial tissues, grocery bags and upholstery.

    To help improve air quality, especially within an individual’s personal breathing zone in an office environment and at home, houseplants are the answer.

    Five reasons why it’s important to have houseplants and flowers indoors:

    1. Detox your life – houseplants filter chemicals from the atmosphere.
    1. Give you a more positive outlook – scientists say the sweet smell of flowers can actually help reduce women’s levels of physical pain and can even reduce the effects of a hangover.
    1. Flowers can ease stress – the scent given off by flowers can help with nausea, digestive problems, insomnia, sorrow and emotional trauma, headaches and tiredness. Plants lower pulse rates and blood pressure, according to scientists.
    1. Plants absorb noise and affect ambient temperature and humidity levels.
    1. Flower colours are also important – red flowers symbolise energy, yellow ones lift the spirits and blue symbolises calm.