Houseplants are a decoration to your home, clear the air and have a beneficial effect on health. Use one of the plants below to turn your home into a green oasis.
It sure looks nice, a home filled with trendy houseplants, but there are many more reasons to give your home a green make-over. Plants have a great effect on our health. Science proves that green surroundings help you to focus, decrease stress and decrease your chances on cardiovascular diseases.
Ivy, fern and palm
A couple of years ago, NASA made a list of houseplants that have a positive effect against several ailments by filtering the air in your home or office. According to NASA, there’s a ‘sick building syndrome’, that may occur when you work or live in a badly ventilated building. Symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, headache or allergy can be the result of air pollution by fungi, cleaning products or chemical materials that were used building the office or home.
NASA mentions how plants such as the Anthericum, Nephrolepis Exaltata and certain kinds of palms absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, in order to turn it into oxygen. The plants also remove other unpleasant substances such as benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia from the air.
The eucalyptus or gum-tree originally comes from Australia, where the indigenous people consider it a holy plant. They believe the plant represents the division in underworld, earth and heaven. It’s supposed to have a cleaning effect: negative energies would disappear once one burned a eucalyptus leaf at a certain spot.
Besides spiritual powers, the plant is also supposed to have medicinal powers. The indigenous people from Australia use eucalyptus as a medicine for fever, colds or respiratory conditions. The plant is also said to put insects such as flies and mosquitos at a distance. Long story short: this is the kind of plant you want to have in your home.
This plant isn’t just an easy one to take care of; it also has a healing effect. This effect is mostly in its juice. The gel-like juice contains anti-inflammatory and painkilling elements. That’s why it alleviates an itch, stimulates the healing of the skin and calms red or burnt skin.
The juice of the Aloe vera can be ‘tapped’ by cutting off its leaves and collecting the dripping juice. It can be put to use on blisters, acne, dry skin, burnt skin, rash from shaving or eczema. The only downside is that aloe vera doesn’t grow very fast. Do you expect to be using it a lot? Then you should probably order multiple plants.
Text: Joanne Wienen - Photo: Jazmin Quaynor