How can you be healthier indoors this winter? Tropical plants are the key!
We are in the dark days of winter with wind chill, extreme cold, and of course snow. I don’t know about you, but during the winter I have less bounce in my step, I lack energy and my skin is so dry! Winter impacts both our immune systems and our mental state. There is some hope; that tropical plant you just walked by at the Garden Centre is the “green hero” of the winter happiness and health meter and here’s why:
Plants scrub the air
We spend more time indoors during the winter. Research conducted at the University of Technology in Sydney has shown that just three 8-inch potted plants reduced total volatile organic compounds in a 1500 cubic foot office by as much as 70 percent.
Plants may cause you to be less of a couch potato
Another study1 showed that when people are in spaces enriched by plants, they are more productive. They have an improved sense of wellbeing and their stress levels are reduced.
Plants may help you stay healthier
More studies2 confirm that when plants are present, ailments such as fatigue, headache, sore throat, coughs and dry skin are reduced. Who knew that a Ficus tree could improve your complexion?!
Plants may cause you to have fewer spats with your spouse and kids
Ornamental plants affect the levels of compassion that people feel for others. Studies3 have shown that people who spend more time around plants are much more likely to try and help others, and often have more advanced social relationships.
Frankie’s Top 5 Air Purifying plants
1. Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllm): Eliminates formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, ammonia.
2. Pothos (Epipremnum): Eliminates formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide.
3. Dracaena Eliminates formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, trichloroethylene
4. Palm (Chrysalidocarpus): Eliminates benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene
5. Philodendrons: Eliminates carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene