Joscelyne Chase

Green up your home

Joscelyne Chase | 26/05/18   Joscelyne Chase

Bringing the outdoors indoors is currently a huge trend. The introduction of house plants into homes is becoming more and more popular.

 

Join the 1970s house plant revolution which has crept back into fashion mainly thanks to Instagram, with the pictures of amazing interiors inspiring everyone to GREEN UP THEIR HOMES, and with it this brings great benefits to your wellbeing!

Houseplants have been said to improve motivation, reduce levels of stress and may even reduce sickness through their ability to cleanse the air of daily pollutants. House plants do valuable work within the home to make the air more breathable by realising oxygen and filtering out the pollutants. They release phytochemicals which suppress mould spores and add humidity which helps counter dry air.

Normally houseplants wouldn’t be associated with Nasa but in the late 1980’s Nasa carried out an experiment titled the clean air study and this fully backs up the claims of how good indoor plants can be for one’s health. NASA recommends having at least one plant per 100 square feet, to feel the benefits and although the research is relatively old it’s still regarded by many as the most accurate to date. With more and more people spending the majority of their time indoors, whether it be at home or at work indoor plants could bring great benefits to wellbeing!.

Listed below are the houseplants recommended by NASA of cleaning the air the most effectively

  1. Peace lily, (Spathiphyllum) removes mold from air, good for bathrooms or damp areas of the home.
  2. Spider plant (chlorophytum comosum) purifies air rapidly: Removes formaldehyde from living spaces.
  3. Dragon Tree (Dracaena) Purifies air, removes formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xylene best used in Living spaces.
  4. Snake plant (Sansevieria) Purifies air, removes formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide produced by fuel-burning appliances. Best used in living spaces and kitchens especially with wood stoves in.