We can all agree that plants indoors or outdoors make us happy. Research shows that indoor plants provide many health benefits. Plants absorb pollutants through their leaves, therefore improving the air quality. Besides breaking down toxic chemicals, plant leaves clean the air by trapping particulate matter.
* Formaldehyde found in carpeting, pressed wood, fiberwood, foam insulation, paper products
* Hydrocarbons contained in detergents and fabric softeners
* Nitrogen Dioxide is emitted from malfunctioning furnaces, water heaters, and leaking chimneys
* Benzene is one of the “fumey” smells in glue, spot remover, paint, varnish, and paint stripper
* Methylene Chloride is found in aerosols
* Trichloroethylene in degreasers, ink, paint, lacquer, varnish, and adhesives
Indoor plants allow the elderly or disabled to interact with nature without leaving the indoors. Caring for indoor plants brings about pleasure and relationship that fulfills human emotional needs.
As a gift to others, or a gift to yourself, make indoor plants a part of your life & your home.
blog entry by Dena Lee, CMG
photos: Iowa State University (Mum), Oklahoma State University (Fern)