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The Benefits of Houseplants

Benefits of House Plants

There are many benefits to keeping live plants in the home. Our homes are insulated better than ever and this has resulted in the "envelope effect" in which indoor air has low circulation with outdoor air. Trapped indoor air contains traces of gases from synthetic materials and chemicals which make up modern homes, resulting in indoor air pollution, something which is now becoming a major problem.

Due to lack of proper circulation and “fresh air” in the home, a condition has developed called Sick Building Syndrome, in which people experience symptoms from the outgassing of chemicals in everything from upholstery to plywood, particle board, varnishes, stains, paints and even electrical equipment and computers. People with Sick Building Syndrome can experience allergies, asthma, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, fatigue, headaches, nervous system disorders, and respiratory and sinus congestion. Other individuals may experience more subtle symptoms such as low energy and may not realize it could be due to low air quality.

Indoor plants naturally detoxify air by removing pollutants and releasing clean air. Studies by NASA have proven that plants in the home can reduce up to 85% of indoor air pollutants. Ideally, for a house with area of 1800 square feet, 15-20 plants are recommended. Plants not only clean our air, but can reduce stress and increase energy and creativity. Plants contribute to a feeling of well being. Studies show hospital patients who face a window with a garden view recover quicker than those facing a wall. Plants can boost energy, especially brightly colored plants such as African violets, and are known to release endorphins and adrenaline. Adrenaline aids in concentration and is a natural pick-me-up. Plants can increase creativity by boosting ones mood and ability to think clearly by having oxygen-rich, clean air which is energizing and clarifying. Plants can help in preventing colds and related illnesses by increasing humidity and decreasing dust. With all of these benefits, plants can boost morale in office spaces and make our homes more cheerful and rejuvenating.

Based on ease of maintenance, resistance to pests, the efficiency at removing chemicals-and transpiration rates the following are considered the most beneficial indoor plants:
1. Areca Palm
2. Bamboo Palm, which has the highest transpiration rating of all indoor plants and releases water vapor into the air and also removes traces of benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
3. Boston Ferns are the best known at removing air pollution, particularly formaldehyde.
4. Peace Lillies help regulate humidity and removes alcohol, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde from the air.
5. Rubber Plant are tough plants, are easy to grow and are good at removing indoor toxins, especially formaldehyde.
6. Warneckii
7. Mother In Laws Tongue
8. Corn Plant

Come to Pomegranate Market to find Peace Lillies, Warneckii, Bamboo, Rubber Plants and more! Enrich the health and beauty of the atmosphere in your home or workplace with natural green plants and flowers from Pomegranate Market.