Top tips for healthy houseplants
Sláinte’s award- winning horticulturist Fiann Ó Nualláin explains how the right houseplants can improve your health this Winter.
As winter bites, most of us choose to wrap the house up tight, with the heating on full blast and the windows closed to the cold gusts. But while we might be protected from the elements, we might also be doing more harm than good.
Indoor air quality is a major factor in optimum health. Poorly circulated, dry, unreplenished air can cause headaches, tired eyes, sore throats, block nasal passages, cause irritability and a whole host of symptoms more flu-like than the flu we were trying to avoid by closing the windows and blasting the central heating in the first place.
The best plants that do the business with toxic filtration are readily available in local garden centres and even some supermarkets:
1 Dracaenas, Chrysanthemums and Gerbera daisies will help eliminate excess benzene;
2 Areca palms, Orchids and Date palms remove xylene and toluene;
3 Indoor Azalea and the attractive Peacock plant extract ammonia;
4 the Boston fern, Peace lily and Rubber plants are all very effective at eliminating formaldehyde and trichloroethylene
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You can check out Fiann’s blog here: http://theholisticgardener.com/