Remember back in school, when we have been taught that plants improve air quality by releasing oxygen and consume carbon dioxide through photosynthesis?
So, it is not really far-stretched to assume that the more beloved green buddies we keep indoors, the better the air that we breathe will be. But did you know that the presence of plenty of certain plants can also protect you from contracting illnesses like the flu?
This is because the process of plant perspiration also helps to control the humidity in the air. That’s because, some of the water that you give to your plants is synthesized and released in the form of steam.
According to a study published 2013 in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal, keeping indoor humidity above 40% significantly reduces the power of influenza viruses. Meanwhile, lower levels favor the presence of microorganisms, guarantee them a long enough life span to enter your organism.
To ensure a healthy level of air humidity in your home, be aware that broad-leaved plants are more capable of releasing big enough amounts of steam into the environment. Because they have a larger surface, they lose more water, eliminating it in the form of steam.
Let us show you the three best species to choose from:
1. Licuala Grandis
This impressive fan palm needs plenty of sunlight and should be grown in large pots. They grow slow, so if you want to have a big example in your home, better don’t opt for one that is still small.
2. Ficus Lyrata
Also commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig, is a super beautiful plant that will add an uber cool touch to your home. They enjoy loads of natural light and very frequent watering up to about three times a week!
3. Philodendron Martianum
The Philodendron, also known as “Fat Boy,” is a species from the Araceae family, which is native to the southeastern regions of Brazil. They also ask for much water but they are totally fine with being kept in indirectly lit environments.