As we bid a sad farewell to our spring and summer gardens, many of us will turn indoors to keep the feeling of greens and flowers alive. While adding the obvious benefits to our psyche, indoor plants can do much more then make us happy.

No matter how clean and tidy a home may appear, the use of household products often leave behind less then savoury residue on surfaces and in the air. Three very common toxins found in the home are formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloro- ethylene. These, amid a variety of other chemicals, are found in an exhaustive list of everyday products ranging from cleaning products to perfumes. The list is startling and showcases how we’re often living in an environment full of synthetic chemicals.

Addressing this very issue, NASA conducted an extensive two-year study that revealed a surprisingly simple solution to the complex problem of invisible, but very real toxicity. Enter our little green warriors. The capability of plants to absorb common chemicals is simply incredible. In NASA’s study, the most effective air purifying plants are documented along with the amounts of toxins that they absorbed from the surrounding air.

Bamboo Palm, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and Peace Lilies were just three common plants found by NASA to be the most effective for purifying the air in a home. The benefits of these houseplants cannot be understated. They are cost effective, visually interesting, and have a tangible positive impact on mental and physical health. The aesthetic value that plants create in a home are merely the icing on the cake.

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