Plants to the rescue
As the year ends and the days and nights get colder you will be opening doors and windows less than you did. This means that the air quality in your home can get compromised by various pollutants and this can damage your well being
Did you know that there are quite a few very nice plants
that can make a real difference to the air that you breath in your home and bedrooms
improving your health and sleep.
Here are some of my favourites
Peace lily plants are relatively small compared to many of the plants on this list, but they still pack some major air-cleaning abilities. Easy to grow, these plants will flower for much of the summer. Just be aware that those flowers (like all flowers) do contribute some pollen and floral scents to the air, so you may want to avoid having a room full of them. Put peace lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering.
In the NASA research, this plant was an air-purifying champion, removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. Popular and inexpensive at garden stores, they can be planted outside after they're finished blooming.
Pollutants removed: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene
In addition to being easy to care for, aloe makes some serious health claims. The plant's leaves contain a clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, and there is some evidence that aloe may help (and is unlikely to hurt) skin conditions like psoriasis .
Pollutant removed: formaldehyde
Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law's Tongue
This is one of the hardest houseplants to kill. Although it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions and some sun.
Pollutants removed: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene
Winter is the time to really enjoy the benefits of these plants.
But remember although the days may be darker there is still time to get the leaves and other garden rubbish cleared before the holidays.
You can also get David Austin bare root roses planted now:
as well as evergreen shrubs such as the lovely blue flowering Ceanothus.
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