KUSA - The health effects of plants are well proven for clearing pollutants of household VOC’s - Mums or Bromeliads are two of the best. NASA and others have studied how indoor plants provide oxygen as well as bring us peace and tranquility.
Flowering plants in the house have the same healthy effects as non-flowering plants do, but they provide beauty and color. When we’re spending more time indoors, it’s good to have their natural beauty in our environment.
Add a planter full of flowers inside your home and it will help you de-stress when you get home after work. Many indoor flowers are fragrant and the aromatherapy of them is great for you, too.
Great plants for the indoors
- Mums are very popular now and are one of the best at filtering household pollutants from the air. You can buy them at any time of the year and they are easy to care for and last two-to-four weeks. They come in all kinds of colors from fall orange, rust, red, or gold to pink, purple and even clean, bright white. There is a color for every decorating scheme. These can go out on a porch or patio until frost too.
- Cyclamen last for many months in a bright, cool window. They come in many colors including pink. Since the Race for the Cure is coming up and October is breast cancer awareness month, think about Pink Cyclamen. Buy one and give it to a survivor.
- Pink Princettia is a poinsettia with a smaller flower. It will also last a long time indoors with a good bright light. There are many other colors of poinsettias – gold and orange for fall and then the traditional ones for the holidays. Keep them warm and away from drafts.
- Lavender is actually a perennial, but like most herbs it makes a nice indoor plant in a sunny window. It is a great de-stressor and relaxation aid. The fragrance of the leaves – just brushing your hand over the leaves is enough - will help you be relaxed and even help you sleep better. Put it in a window in your bedroom and brush the leaves before going to bed.
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