Indoor plants are beautiful additions to any interior, but they do more than add to the aesthetics of your home. They refresh the air by drawing in carbon dioxide and releasing pure oxygen as all green plants everywhere do. Plants also act as natural humidifiers, easing respiratory problems like dry coughs and colds. In addition to that, they absorb certain unwanted or toxic chemicals from the air, effectively removing them from the air we breathe. Several studies have shown that they improve mood and increase productivity in work environments.
It feels good to have something green and growing within our immediate living space. It could be considered a natural extension of our original existence in the lap of nature. While we demarcate the exteriors and the interiors with impermeable walls, bringing a few plants indoors can make all the difference. We already knew from experience that indoor plants lift up our spirits and make us less prone to headaches, mood swings and even allergies. But it took certain experiments by NASA in controlled conditions to tell us exactly why.
1. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
Peace lily tops the list of plants NASA recommends for cleaning the indoor air. The scientists have found that this popular houseplant can reduce the levels of all the five indoor air pollutants tested. Spathiphyllum, with its tuft of shiny, slightly ruffled leaves and white flowers held high above the foliage is one of the few houseplants that bloom reliably even in low light conditions. But it will reward you with continuous flowering if given ample light.
2. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
This flowering plant, better known as garden mums or florist’s chrysanthemum is a favorite with almost every gardener. The flowers come in several colors and shapes, but they are floriferous only when grown outdoors in full sun. But they make the list on the strength of their ability to improve indoor air quality. They are at par with peace lily in this regard, removing ammonia as well as all the five toxic VOCs tested.
3. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English ivy has a long history of being used as a houseplant, but it has fallen out of favor of late because of its current status as an invasive weed in most parts of the country. Their beautiful leaves and trailing branches can be better enjoyed indoors, with no fear of the plants taking over the landscape. They are so versatile that you can use them in different ways to enhance your décor. Grow them in hanging pots or trained on trellises.
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