During the heat of the summer months we tend to shut the windows and turn up the A/C. Being cooped up inside with low air quality can cause headaches, asthma and allergies. Indoor plants are a healthy and natural way to filter the air. They help create oxygen and reduce airborne toxins, such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. These toxins can be found in (but are not limited to) wallpapers, paints, plywood paneling, glues, furniture waxes and polishes, carpet cleaners, gasoline, plastics, detergents and fabric softeners.
NASA did a study a few years on ways to reduces toxins in the air. They compiled a list of everyday plants that help purify the air you breath in your home or office.
Some of the top winners are:
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena Marginata)
Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
Chinese Evergreen (Algaonema Crispum)
Houseplants and dish gardens make great gifts for all occasions and help promote healthy living. How many plants do you and your loved ones have?