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Good Green Vibes: Houseplant Heaven

July 3, 2016

 

Bringing the outdoors indoors and adding some beautiful natural green touches to your home looks amazing and will have you feeling amazing too! Here are the reasons why:

 

  • you can breathe easy

House plants increase the oxygen level in your home as they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as part of photosynthesis. At night plants with generally switch gears and absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide so if you want to keep the oxygen flowing opt for succulents as they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night so it keeps your air clear 24/7. 

 

  • purify your place

There are 3 main toxins that are found in the home known as volatile organic compounds: benzene, formaldahyde and trichloroethylene. These chemicals are carcinogenic (cancer causing) so popping some houseplants around can help to reduce your risk of cancers. 

 

Research from NASA found that plants eliminate harmful gases and toxins from the air. NASA’s findings showed that house plants removed to 87 percent of the volatile organic compounds in a 24-hour period. Formaldehyde is found in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and shopping bags. Benzene is found in printed papers and books as well as being found with trichloroethylene in man-made fibres as well as inks, solvents and paint.

 

  • immunity increase

House plants improve your health and deter illness as they balance the humidity of your space. When your home has low humidity you are more susceptible to viral infections and when the humidity is high you are more sensitive to fungi infections. If you do happen to get sick having the greenery around will help you fight that cold or sore throat and boost your ability to heal.

 

  • focus with your ficus

More oxygen in your space leads to an increase in your brain function so you’ll see improvements in your concentration, memory, attention and you’ll be in a better state to achieve your goals.

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  • mood makeover 

Home is supposed to be your haven and you should feel your best in your space. Adding a few little potted pansies will help to lower negative feelings, lift your mood, increase your self-esteem, improve your sense of well-being, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase feelings of calm, relaxation, and optimism and increase your sense of emotional stability and control.

 

Get me some Green!

 

The best of the bunch (and my favourites) to get you all of these good vibes are aloe vera, ferns, palms, succulents, peace lillies, chrysanthemums, ficus and ivy.

 

Happy horticulturing! xx

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