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.
While the garden is at its most dormant, the winter provides a great opportunity to give some time and focus to these rewarding household friends.
It’s wonderful to have some healthy and vibrant plants around the home during the winter to give that much needed burst of colour during the grey, wet and dark days.
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: