6 Plants That Help You Breathe Easier

Hardworking houseplants that combat indoor air pollution – talk about plant power!

Cabin fever isn’t the only downside of more time inside every winter: Airborne toxin levels are higher indoors than out. Before you run out to buy an electric air purifier, consider houseplants for a natural fix. “Leaf surfaces and roots digest contaminants in the air,” says Chris Raimondi, a horticulturist in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. And they’re effective: Studies show people who work near plants are less likely to suffer from fatigue, headaches, and sore throats.

Here are six hardworking plants to add to your home:

Bedroom: Gerbera Daisy Gerbera jamesonii


If you have ample light, place this colorful flowering plant in your bedroom, near where you air out freshly dry-cleaned clothes. It reduces levels of benzene, a chemical solvent used for dry cleaning that can compromise your immune system and has been linked to anemia.

Light needs: bright light
Humidity: medium
Temperature: 45° to 65°F


Continue Reading: http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/indoor-plants-combat-air-pollution/bedroom-gerbera-daisy-gerbera-jamesonii


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