Health Benefits of Houseplants

Most people buy houseplants because they look nice and can help bring a room together - and they do - but there are also many health benefits of houseplants.

A NASA study has found that houseplants improve the quality of air in your home. That's right: A collection of houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in a matter of a day.

One or two ferns won't do the trick though. An 1,800 square-foot home needs 15 - 18 decent sized plants to reap the air purifying perks. Some of the toxic emissions plants can help remove include carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene, ammonia, formaldehyde, and trichloroethytene.

Some of the best plants for air quality include ivy, dragon tree, ficus, ferns, spider plants, peace lilies and palms.

A word of warning: Be sure to pick your plants wisely, especially if you have pets or small children. Dumb cane and Caladium are just two of the very common houseplants that are poisonous if ingested.

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