Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

Mar 14, 2011

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I have always been a fan of indoor plants for aesthetic reasons… I just love the look of plants: hanging, on the floor, on tables and atop cabinets. It was not until recently that I discovered the extensive health benefits that plants have, both psychological and physical. It makes sense,  as we know that being outdoors in the sun and around nature makes us feel good– that bringing the outdoors in, would be healthy for us too.

To be more specific, I learned that the Boston Fern is one of the best plants for removing formaldehyde- so, filling a space with ferns at, say a hair or nail salon could really help to filter the air pollutants created by nail polish and hair products.

And then there is the Dwarf Date Palm that is known to be effective for the removal of xylene, a chemical that can be found in the printing, rubber and leather industries– so if you’ve got a copy shop, than filling your shop with Dwarf Date Palms is the way to help insure that you and your customers stay healthy.

Besides removing air pollutants, plants can also add moisture to a room. Before you go out and buy a big, plastic humidifier, try introducing the Areca Palm into your home, it’s known to release a ton of moisture into the air.

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