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The Benefits of Houseplants

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It is not surprising that houseplants are now more popular than ever before, and it’s easy to see why. They have tremendous appeal and not only do they add a splash of colour, texture and interest to your interior decoration, but they also have a beautiful way of breathing life and good energy into your home. Do you remember having the 'good old spider plant’ in your home when you were younger? We think everyone had one! The choice today is so much more. Now, we have specialist's growers breeding new varieties and seed companies offering much more interesting flower varieties. From the exotic to the traditional, the soft and subtle to the bold and beautiful or maybe just simple green foliage, you really are spoilt for choice!

It's worth remembering though that if you are growing your plants from seeds, as most keen gardeners will tell you that seeds don't always germinate! Just be patient and be prepared to start again if those little seedlings don't pop up to say hello! It is definitely worth the effort though. Propagating houseplants from seeds will often result in a stronger, healthier growth because they adapt to your home’s unique conditions from the beginning.

So let’s see what houseplants can do for you!

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*Reduce Toxins:

Many items in our home can give off toxins. Houseplants absorb toxins in our air from everyday items. Having as few as 15 houseplants can eliminate 87% of these toxins. There are three main household toxins of concern; Formaldahyde, Benzene and Trichloroethylene. It's important to care for your plants and wipe off any dust from the leaves every week, so they can properly filter the air. Gerbera plants are among the best plants for improving air quality in your home. Most plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen during the day, whereas gerberas conduct the process at night, clearing trichloroethylene (found in adhesives, varnishes and paints and used in dry-cleaning) and benzene (found in inks, plastics and detergent). Also, the spider plant clears benzene, formaldehyde (found in cleaning products), carbon monoxide and xylene

*Reduce Stress:

Houseplants are known to contribute to a feeling of well-being, making you calm and relaxed and are also known to lower blood pressure. Due to their stress-relieving nature, houseplants have a quality about them that immediately boosts ones mood.

*Allergies:

Exposing your children to plant-related allergies early on in life helps build a child’s immunity. Any type of plant will improve air quality, which is fantastic for childhood asthma.

*Increase Humidity:

When your houseplant is watered, it then gives off most of its water into the air, increasing moisture levels in your home. This can prevent your skin and hair from becoming dry, especially in the winter. The Peace lily is ideal to have in your home. The moisture given off by these flowers can boost a rooms humidity by up to 5%

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*Helps Insomnia: 

Since plants give off oxygen, they can help improve your night’s sleep. With stress and anxiety the main cause of insomnia. Lavender and the beautiful jasmine are ideal for the bedroom. Lavender is probably the most well-know of all plants when it comes to relaxing and reducing anxiety levels. The exotic jasmine has a gentle, soothing effect on the mind and body and reducing anxiety levels, leading to a better night's sleep.

*Creates Oxygen:

When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. So you are less likely to be breathing the musty, stale air that contributes to headaches and drowsiness.

*Work Better:

Studies have shown that being around plants improves concentration, productivity and increase memory retention up to 20%.

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*Feng shui:                           

According to this age-old custom, using houseplants is an important part of the practice. All kinds of plants emit a positive energy. They cleanse the air and contribute to the positive flow of chi throughout a house.

So, apart from the perks of being a plant lover, just think that when it’s time to decorate and you really don’t want to! Simply by placing houseplants anywhere in your home would instantly lift the atmosphere and make your home feel fresh. You just might get away with not decorating….at least for the time being!

As some plants are highly toxic, it is wise to keep all plants out of reach of children and animals.