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Today we bring to you The Infection Selection – our second series to be born from the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout this series, we’ll be taking a look at plants that work in different ways to improve our health! Today, we’ll be exploring plants that help to reduce anxiety – which I’m sure we’re all feeling a bit of at the moment. According to a study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, active interaction with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress – similar to the way taking a walk outside can help you de-stress after a long day.
- Aloe Vera
Botanical name: Aloe Barbadensis Miller
Often used to help soothe sunburn or keep skin hydrated, Aloe is also a natural filter of pollutants – removing carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from the air. Aloe is also known to rid the air of benzene and formaldehyde, all of which when inhaled can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety.
Aloe plants are pretty low maintenance – they require bright light and grow best in dry conditions, so it’s important their pots have sufficient drainage as they won’t tolerate sitting in water. When watering your Aloe, make sure the soil is thoroughly drenched. Be sure to allow the soil to go completely dry before the next water.
- Peace Lily
Botanical name: Spathiphyllum
It’s all in the name with this one. Peace Lily’s are another plant that work great at removing indoor air pollutants – they’re incredibly effective at filtering alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde from the air. These plants also help to increase room humidity – which can assist in getting a better night’s sleep.
Peace Lily’s are another fairly easy-care plant – it can tolerate quite a low light situation, however some indirect filtered sunlight is best. Peace Lily’s do not like exposure to direct sunlight and will burn quickly. These plants are pretty thirsty, and thrive when soil is kept evenly moist – however make sure never to leave it sitting in water. Peace Lily’s also love a spritz of water over the leaves every now and again.
- Golden Cane Palm
Botanical name: Dypsis Lutescens
Golden Cane Palms are one of the best choices when it comes to absorbing pollutants and purifying indoor air. This plant has actually been identified by NASA as being one of the best at removing formaldehyde from the air. This plant is also very effective at oxygen production and releasing moisture into the air.
Another fairly low maintenance choice – this plant requires bright but indirect sunlight, as exposure to direct sunlight will burn the foliage. Golden Cane Palms like their soil moist, and will require watering around 2 times per week (you don’t want to let the soil completely try out). Ensure your Golden Cane Palm is planted into a pot with sufficient drainage.
- Devil’s Ivy / Golden Pothos
Botanical name: Epipremnum Aureum
Golden Pothos improves the quality of the air by removing filtering carbon monoxide and harmful toxins, specifically benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene, making for an easier sleep at night.
An extremely easy plant to care for – a great choice for beginners. Golden Pothos will thrive best indoors, with bright but indirect sunlight, however will also survive and continue to grow in lower lit areas. This plant requires watering when the soil is dry, so typically once a week will be enough.
- Snake Plant/Mother in Law’s Tongue
Botanical name: Sansevieria Trifasciata
NASA’s Clean Air Study found that Snake plants are effective at clearing the air of over 107 toxins, as well as emitting high levels of oxygen throughout the night. This helps to ease headaches, improve energy levels, and allow for all-round easier breathing.
Snake Plants are super low maintenance and easy to look after. Keep you plant in an area that has plenty of bright indirect sunlight. Ensure your pot of choice has sufficient drainage, and allow the soil to completely dry out between watering.