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A Breath of Fresh Air

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  • February 16, 2017

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Did you know that plants remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from your indoor air every 24 hours? Decorating your interior spaces with houseplants not only brightens them up, it also enhances your quality of life.  Houseplants can naturally elevate your mood, enhance creativity, promote wellness and purify indoor air. Quite an impressive profile for a tiny green leaf!

Below is a list of 10 best houseplants that are easy to take care of, effective at increasing oxygen and purifying your indoor air.

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The perfect low maintenance plant that helps keep your home free from benzene, which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners.

Bonus: the gel inside can be used to relieve cuts and burns! Remember to keep this plant in a sunny location.

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Nobody likes a mouldy home! This plant helps absorb harmful substances like mould, allergens and small traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

This resilient plants requires very little maintenance and can get by happily without water. It will tell you when it’s thirsty when the green of the long, skinny, striped leaves fade.

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Can’t stay focused at work? Studies have shown that this plant can give you better focus as it can absorb trace amounts of benzene, which is a chemical commonly found in office equipment.

Be sure to give this plant lots of light and check the soil before watering. Ivies prefer to be kept slightly on the dry side, so let the soil dry out a little before you quench its thirst!

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If you’re feeling like the air around you is very dry, get yourself a Boston fern! This plant acts as a humidifier and can help to restore moisture in the air.

Place this plant in a cool environment with high humidity and indirect light. The fern’s soil should remain damp, so be sure to check the soil daily.

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Try saying that five times fast! This easy to grow, sweetheart plant helps remove formaldehyde commonly found in particle board. It will thrive in a small pot for years with minimal care and moderate light.

If you’re craving an earthy snack, stay away from this guy! This plant can be toxic if eaten.

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Fighting off a cold? Eucalyptus to the rescue! Breathing in the scent of this plant can help lower congestion problems and ward off colds.

However, these plants grow very quickly, so they can start indoors, but must be planted in the backyard or donated to a park when they become too large.

These plants require copious amounts of sun to thrive, so be sure to place it on the patio in a sunny, sheltered location where it is easy for you to water.

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Ease of care – check! This plant is considered one of the most durable houseplants, as it is tolerant to poor light, dry air and drought.

Like some of the plants above, it help remove toxins that are commonly found in chemical based household cleaners.

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This plant is a girl’s best friend! Peace lilies help keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew and can absorb harmful vapours from alcohol and acetone. So go on and paint those nails a different colour every night!

This plant is easy to take care of – a little shade, a little indirect sunlight and a whole lot of water every so often! Be sure to let it dry out a little before watering again.

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This colourful plant can add life to any room! Mums are excellent at filtering out chemicals found in glues, paints, detergents and plastics.

The key to successfully growing these babies – bright light and regular watering!

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If you’re looking to wind down after a long day, this plant just may be your little secret serenity! Studies show that the colour purple has health benefits that can help you relax.

This plant requires moderate to bright, indirect sunlight and needs just enough water to keep the soil moist.

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Careful use of water on houseplants is important during the winter months. Leaves must be kept dry to prevent sunburn, and it is best if the soil dries out a little bit between watering unless specified above.

Just like the top of a ceiling fan, plants can get dusty too! You can remove dust by gently wiping leaves with a clean, damp cloth and letting the leaves air-dry.

Your plants are hungry too! Every six weeks during the winter, apply Natura Rose, Flower & Container Fertilizer to flowering houseplants, and Natura Iron Tree & Shrub to non-flowering houseplants.

Remember to place your plants away from a cold draft or a direct air vent. Most indoor plants can be kept on the windowsill provided the leaves do not come in contact with the glass.

Our modern day homes are infested with a variety of pollutants that can cause unwanted health problems. Luckily, Mother Nature has got our back!

Try to keep one potted houseplant every 100 square feet for good quality air in your home and you’ll be breathing easy in no time!

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