As our lives are again impacted by corona lockdown restrictions, and with the hope that Geelong won’t be impacted in the way that our fellow Melburnians are, we are generally tending to spend a lot more time inside our homes than we would normally.
The World health Organisation (WHO) declared that the air quality inside our homes can actually be worse than the external pollution in our environment due to the off-gassing of carpets and soft furnishings, the compounding effects of the chemical cleaners and artificial air fresheners and the gas leakage from heaters and cooktops.
One of the simplest ways to improve indoor air quality is to let more of the outside air in.
Keep windows and doors open as much as possible to allow good air flow around the house. The indoor climate should feel as fresh and alive as the outdoor environment.
However in the midst of Winter it may not be ideal to keep the windows open.
The other simple way to reduce indoor pollution and improve indoor air quality is to bring the outdoors indoor!
Indoor plants are amazing air filters and purifiers. Not only do they help maintain ideal humidity levels, they are aesthetically beautiful to be around. Studies show that indoor plants increase our mental wellbeing and with our current lifestyle of increasing indoor living, it is now ‘on-trend’ to fill our homes with indoor plants so we can still connect with nature and gain all the benefits that connection brings.
Such is the importance of nature in our lives that Richard Louv coined the term ‘nature-deficit disorder’ some years back due to our current disconnection and/or lack of time spent in nature and the negative effects this has on our wellbeing.
The Japanese have also recognised this disconnect and the negative consequences that ensues, thus created a new trend that has swept the world by storm… coined ‘forest bathing’ which simply means spending time in nature and reaping the positive effects on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Bringing the Outdoors Indoors
NASA tested a range of indoor plants to determine their ability to remove certain pollutants from the air including common volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) – benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
The results were impressive!
If you are thinking of introducing these amazing detoxifiers the following plants are wonderful air filters and oxygenators:
- Golden Cane Palm (keep moist)
- Native Kentia Palm
- Mother-In-Law tongue
- Peace Lily
- English Ivy
- Bamboo Palms.
And here is the link to the Top 10 Indoor Plants for Air Purification
If you, like many of us, are joining the trend of creating a forest in your loungeroom, know that the benefits not only physically, but mentally and emotionally will be well worth the effort.
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