But as the popular saying goes, there is more than meets the eye.
Studies for Horticultural Science reveal that using plants is a cost-effective way of mitigating the effects of air pollution. In another study, placing plants inside hospital rooms prove to speed recovery of surgical patients. These patients required less pain medication and had lower heart rates and blood pressure. They also experienced less anxiety and fatigue, permitting them to be discharged earlier.
Given these, aren’t you curious of what it can do for your home?
- Aloe Vera (Sabila)
Aloe Vera absorbs Carbon Dioxide at night time. It helps clear Benzene from homes, a chemical compound found in paint and everyday cleaning agents that can cause Leukemia among other cancers of blood cells. It does the same with Formaldehyde that can cause eye, throat and lung irritation and respiratory disorders and allergies.
This plant also enjoys abundant sunlight. You need to water your Aloe Vera deeply but allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between watering. This would prevent rot.
A suitable plant for areas with dry climates, not only is the Bamboo Palm efficient in ridding the air of Benzene, Formaldehyde and Carbon Monoxide, it also produces up to a liter of ambient water every 24 hours. As such, they grow at a considerably rapid rate.
For you to tame the Bamboo Palm’s growth, you may want to place it in a small pot. The Bamboo Palm enjoys bright, filtered light and being frequently watered.
Make sure that the soil you plant the Basil in is moist. Throughout the hot season, you should regularly pick leaves so that it may be encouraged to grow further.
- Orchids (Orkidya, Sanggumay)
A real beauty to look at, Orchids not only bear a sweet and pleasant fragrance that could ease its owners mood, it also releases clean oxygen at night. Totally relaxing, you may opt to place the Orchid inside your bedroom so that you can retire with total release of the day’s stress.
But of course, you will have to find the right Orchid for your home. Orchids usually enjoy shaded areas. Orchids such as Air Orchids may grow in pots, a piece of wood, bark or tree fern. If you are one to choose to put the Orchids in a pot, then it should have additional holes for better drainage. An Orchid that is watered too much are at a risk of being exposed to rot and fungus which is deadly to it.
- Snake Plant
Also known as the “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” and considered to be a “bedroom plant”, the Snake Plant is excellent in decreasing the amount of Formaldehyde and Nitrogen Oxide which are produced by fuel-burning appliances. It is also known to filter trichloroethylene in the air, a volatile liquid present in solvents that can cause headaches, dizziness, and sleepiness. Large amounts of it can even cause damage of facial nerves, coma and ultimately, death.
Caring for Snake Plants is easy. All you have to do is put them in indirect sunlight and you don’t have to water them too much. It is advisable to let Snake Plants dry before watering them again.
- Spider Plant
This plant enjoys bright, indirect light. Be generous in watering it. It is recommendable to hang Spider Plants for display so that they can freely develop small baby plants that you can take and sprout in a jar of water before planting.
Indeed nature finds a way to take care of us, and its abundance never goes out of style. How about you, do you know of other plants that may be beneficial to our health?