Healthy Habits

Published on April 16th, 2008 | by Lucille Chi

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Healing Houseplants

moon-and-moth-orchids-phalaenopsis.jpgPlacing a phalaenopsis orchid (shown here) removes toxic xylene from the air which comes from the electrical equipment around you including TVs and computer monitors. UK based Style Wll Save Us (SWSU) has a great book review out on this topic called Eco-friendly Houseplants - 50 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air in Houses and Offices

I discovered the peace lily absorbs alcohol, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde. The lilies are also known to help reduce allergies. No wonder I’ve seen them as ‘get well soon’ arrangements in hospital gift shops.  Indoor gardening brings oxygen, beauty, and joy and removes toxic icky particles from the air.

So where do these problems in the air start? Well, trichloroethylene is released in printers. Formaldehyde is traced back to gas cookers, upholstery, wood stains, curtains, floor coverings, varnishes and ceiling tiles.  Acetone is in many cosmetics. Benzene is common in carpets, paints, varnishes, adhesives and wallcoverings and alcohol is present in perfumes and mouth wash. The houseplants reviewed purify the air better than any expensive air purifier by absorbing the bad air and sending out oxygen to heal and invigorate. I was eager to test this fact so I went out and found a Dendrobium Orchid which removes alcohol, acetone and formaldehyde from the environment. SWSU mentioned it is an ideal bedroom plant as it’s one of the few plants that works in reverse by releasing oxygen at night whilst absorbing carbon dioxide. I placed it by our bedside and told my partner of the healing effects it has as we rest, and in the morning we actually did feel more refreshed than usual, and it was six a.m! No matter where you live you can bring houseplants to clear the space for you and your loved ones. Give it a try, it’s natural!

Image Credit from the US and German Wikipedia under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 License.  


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About the Author

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level. Sustainability studies: PresidioMBA.org & B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science. Contact: lucillechi (at) gmail.com



8 Responses to Healing Houseplants

  1. Julie True says:

    I now have an orchid next to my bed and every morning I feel better and better! The beauty and the benefits are so positive!

  2. Julie True says:

    I now have an orchid next to my bed and every morning I feel better and better! The beauty and the benefits are so positive!

  3. Manuela says:

    I have been given an orchid – though am not sure if it the same one detailed here. I use aloe vera products for most afflictions as it is natural and great for the kids. An aloe plant would be a good one to have in the house as in an emergency you can just break off a leaf and put the juice on the cut or bite.

  4. Manuela says:

    I have been given an orchid – though am not sure if it the same one detailed here. I use aloe vera products for most afflictions as it is natural and great for the kids. An aloe plant would be a good one to have in the house as in an emergency you can just break off a leaf and put the juice on the cut or bite.

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