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Household Plants That Offer Defense Against Colds and Flu

Plants have long been known as mankind’s best friends. They shield us from direct sunlight, clean the air, and also give us fresh oxygen to breathe, which is why it is only fitting to have one in your house. Plants are more than just fantastic pieces of house decor to fit in with the Instagrammable-aesthetic you are aiming for. These lush greens also help you combat various illnesses.

It might sound too good to be true, but household plants are a cheaper alternative to synthetic medicines. They serve a bigger purpose than just beautifying your office or living space, they can also help fight cold and flu, which can be useful considering the current flu crisis we are in.



Household plants add more than just a pop of color to your living room

Plants Raise Humidity

A study published in February 2013 found that household plants can raise humidity levels indoors which lowers the virulence of airborne viruses. Researchers point out that when humidity reaches 40 percent, the infectivity of the viruses decreases through a process is called transpiration, which all plants are capable of, sans cacti and succulents.

According to The Sill’s head of plant science and education Christopher Satch, transpiration occurs when sunlight hits the leaves, thereby pulling out the moisture content from it. To replace the evaporated water, the leaves then get water from the soil through the stem and roots. Needless to say, the more plants you have at your house, the higher the humidity will be.

Plants at the Office

Another research done by Pierre Horwitz and Eddie van Etten for The Conservation showed how plants can be beneficial in the workplace. In an office where you meet a lot of people from different places, it can be easier to transmit and catch diseases. Apart from poor ventilation and the number of people you interact with, there are other health problems that stem from factors like the chemical used in furniture.

Chemicals used in office furniture can cause health issues, too

The solution is quite simple: put plants in your office. The greenery can eliminate certain harmful substances in the air like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and sometimes even ammonia, which can be found in cleaning products. The bacteria found in plants are also good for us because they help stabilize the ecology of the artificial environment.

Household Plants and Their Uses

Are you finally sold on the idea of investing in house plants? In 2017, NASA scientists revealed that some plants are more beneficial for your health than others. Areca palm, for example, is best for those who catch colds often or have sinus issues. This Madagascan plant releases water into the air, making breathing and falling asleep easier.

The ever-popular aloe vera can combat formaldehyde and benzene and is a known air purifier. English ivy, meanwhile, can remove an astounding amount of airborne mold in 12 hours, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology discovered.

For those whose only vacant spot in the house is not reached by sunlight all the time, the Chinese evergreen is perfect – it is low-maintenance, one of the easiest to manage can survive in low light – it is said that it kills toxins more as time passes by.

Chinese evergreen is a low-maintenance plant and can thrive in a low-light spot

Meanwhile, those who want to do it for the ‘Gram may opt for the spider plant, which is also the bomb for dust allergies as it was found to remove 90 percent of toxins in at least two days. The Boston fern, Lady Palms, and Weeping Figs purify the air and can most certainly make any space brighter.

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