I never really thought about houseplants, although it seemed that everyone had them when I was growing up. I don’t see them as much today. Could the lack of houseplants be part of the problem with many of today’s health concerns.
Many health problems have been traced to the chemicals that we use in our home, but haven’t we used these chemicals for years, maybe the houseplants helped to protect us in years passed. Just a thought.
So I was doing some research on line and this is what I came up with:
Those indoor plants, that spruce and beautify your home or office may just be the answer in the fight against the rising levels of indoor air pollution.
NASA scientists during a 2-year study have found house plants to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings.
According to NASA findings: the common indoor plant may provide a natural way of helping combat “SICK BUILDING SYNDROME”.
Chemicals used in the research were:
Trichloroethylene (TCE) – is used primarily in dry cleaning but is also used in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, and adhesives.
Health Concerns: TCE is a known as a potent liver carcinogen.
Benzene - is a used as a solvent and can be found in gasoline, inks, oils, paints, plastics, and rubber. It is also used in the manufacturing of detergents, pharmaceuticals, and dyes.
Health Concerns: known to irritate the skin and eyes, may be a contributing factor in chromosomal aberrations and leukemia, inhalation of high levels of benzene has been reported to cause dizziness, weakness, euphoria, headache, nausea, blurred vision, respiratory diseases, tremors, irregular heartbeat, liver and kidney damage, paralysis and unconsciousness. Chronic exposure to even relatively low levels causes headaches, loss of appetite, drowsiness, nervousness, psychological disturbances and diseases of the blood system, including anemia and bone marrow diseases.
Formaldehyde – is a chemical found in virtually all indoor environments. It is used in urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) and particle board or pressed wood products and can be found in consumer paper products which have been treated with UF resins, including grocery bags, waxed papers, facial tissues and paper towels as well as floor coverings, carpet backings and permanent-press clothes.
Health Concerns: Known to irritates the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and throat. Formaldehyde exposure can be linked to asthma and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently conducted research which has caused formaldehyde to be strongly suspected of causing a rare type of throat cancer in long-term occupants of mobile homes.
Here are 21 House Plants that will help clean the air in your home or office:
1. Bamboo Palm – Chamaedorea Seifritzii
2. Lady Palm – Rhapis excelsa
3. English Ivy - Hedera Helix
4. Gerbera Daisy - Gerbera Jamesonii
5. Janet Craig – Dracaena “Janet Craig”
6. Rubber Plants – Ficus robusta
7. Mass cane/Corn Plant – Dracaena Massangeana
8. Warneckii – Dracaena “Warneckii”
9. Pot Mum – Chrysantheium morifolium
10. Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum
11. Boston Fern – nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”
12. Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum “Vittatum”
13. Wax Begonia – Begonia semperflorens
14. Chinese Evergreen – Aglaonema Modestum
15. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue - Sansevieria Laurentii
16. Heart Leaf Philodendron – Philodendron scandens oxycardium
17. Prayer Plant – Maranta leuconeura “Kerchoveana”
18. Aloe Vera – Aloe barbadensis
19. Dwarf Banana – Musa cavendishii
20. Dwarf Date Palm – Phoenix roebelenii
21. Marginata – Dracaena Marginata
I suggest that adding plants to your home or office is a great way to improve the quality of the air and to make it a more pleasant place to live and work
Possible side effects – people feel better, perform better, any enjoy life more.
Until next time, the Go Green Guy says “Do your family a favor, get some indoor plants and breathe deeper, enjoy a greener healthier home!”