With the fall season knocking at our door, we can decide to desert our warm weather plants until spring, or we can bring some into the house. Many plants, not only liven the dark and snowy months of winter, but they also have health benefits.
I think one of the most well known of these health related plants is the Aloe Vera. It grows well in containers on a windowsill, and I am sure many of you have fond memories of the Aloe plant in your mother's kitchen window, and how she lovingly used the juice on burns and bites. Also, it has been proven that Aloe plants clean formaldehyde and benzene from the air. These chemicals are found in paints and other chemicals and products used in the house.
English Ivy is another plant that is beneficial in reducing airborne fecal matter particles, and has about the same effect on other chemicals as the Aloe plant.
Banana plants are also a good house plant for the winter season. The biggest drawback is their size, but I have never had any problems with mine getting too tall indoors. Possible If they have an abundance of sunlight, they will grow faster indoors, and might create a problem.
A Weeping fig will filter out many airborne pollutants, as will Golden pothos. The pothos are hanging type plants, and are great when placed in a shop or enclosed carport area. They remove the formaldehyde from car exhausts. They should; however, be kept out of the reach of cats and dogs. Their leaves are poisonous to them.
Mint plants have a quality that helps some people with breathing problems. They make it easier to breath. They also make a tea that has many medicinal qualities.
Geraniums are beautiful when blooming, and also have a wonderful aroma. However, some people say it is too strong. They purify the air, and one type, the Rose Geranium can be used as a helpful herbal tea in diabetes control. It lowers blood glucose levels. You should consult your doctor before using this plant as a diabetic tool.
There are many, many other plants that help clean the air and provide healthy qualities in our lifestyle, but there are too many to list in an article. If you want to learn more about these plants, check out the Internet, visit your library and talk to your local nursery personnel.
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