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Houseplants are the healthiest gifts

Posted on February 15, 2014 by Potter & Rest

If you thought buying a houseplant as a gift was unimaginative…then think again.

According to plant and space experts, giving a loved one a pot plant for their desk at work or home is one of the most thoughtful gifts ever.

Houseplants de-stress and detox. They can filter out chemicals, such as cigarette smoke, from the atmosphere, they help improve air quality, relax and revive you mentally and physically, and they can also help reduce dust, which saves on the housework!

“The right indoor plants could reduce susceptibility to stress, allergies, asthma, fatigue, headaches and respiratory congestion,” says our resident plant expert Peter Burks.

During a 25-year study NASA experts discovered that the humble houseplant is able to help dramatically reduce toxins in our homes and offices.

“Scientific research from space experts at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration centre revealed that houseplants reduce manmade toxins emitted by synthetic fibres, computers and electronic equipment.”

According to NASA the need to conserve energy resources means buildings are being insulated against the air outside. While tightly sealed properties reduce energy consumption, gases produced by synthetic materials inside are trapped.

“People can spend up to 90 per cent of their day indoors, especially at this time of year and with the weather we’re currently experiencing, and the scientists at NASA believe this is why the number of cases of allergy, asthma and chemical hypersensitivity are on the increase. Many health experts now see indoor air pollution as a major threat to human health.”

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 the 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.

In order to help improve air quality, especially within an individual’s personal breathing zone in an office environment and at home, houseplants may be the answer.

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