Can we escape from the pollution which follows us almost everywhere ? Is there somewhere where we can find some respite from inhaling somewhat purer air ? If ‘QUALITY’ is your quest, then you will surely find a way to improve the quality of the air in your home. You need not go far- Nature, as always, provides an answer.
What better way to freshen and purify the air of your home than grow plants that not only have refreshing aromas but provide health benefits as well. They clean the air and add beauty and freshness to the décor. The pleasant aroma often lifts the mood and relaxes body and mind. Air fresheners, incense sticks and other artificial products cannot compare with the natural fragrance of aromatic plants. Some have a rich, flowery scent while others smell spicy & sharp.
Below are some plants that are perfect for your home.
1.Eucalyptus : Eucalyptus is an extremely low maintenance plant and does not need a lot or care. Eucalyptus trees can be planted indoors too and the lovely grayish-blue foliage is a pleasant sight. The leaves give off a distinct aroma which is said to be good for the lungs. Eucalyptus requires full sunlight and needs to be watered regularly.
2.Lavender :In addition to its amazing smell, the aroma from lavender actually can help relax your lungs and help you have a better night’s sleep. Lavender is also a natural insect repellant. It needs as much daylight as it can find so should be planted near a window which gets sunlight. It thrives on well drained soil.
3.Peace Lily : This dark green plant with bright, white flowers improves the indoor air quality. It has a preventive effect on asthma, headaches, chronic illnesses, cancer and more. It can clean out formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the ambient air, apart from other fumes like cigarette smoke, paint, furniture fumes etc.
4.The Snake Plant : This plant, while absorbing certain poisonous gases from the ambient air, also releases water vapour in large quantities to provide natural humidity in its surroundings. Thus in extremely dry climates, it is good to have one of these plants at home.
5.Basil : This plant can be easily grown in either a hot or cold climate. It can be used for anything from making herbal teas to reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the house. A few Basil leaves chewed in the morning are said to prevent allergies.
6.Mint : Another favourite herb for the house is Mint. Not only does it smell good and refreshing, but it can be used as a flavouring herb in many food recipes and cooling punches and drinks in addition to having a good affect on the lungs. Mint is easy to grow. It requires regular watering and should be kept away from sunlight.