Breathe Easy with Houseplants

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Is your house starting to feel a bit “stuffy”?

Houseplants not only add colorful cheer to your home, they also offer many health benefits, including purifying the air you breathe every day.

Below are a few reasons to fill your home with houseplants that you may not be aware of:

Cleaner Air

With the amount of time you spend indoors during the winter, what could be more important than the quality of air in your home? Houseplants can remove toxins from the air and replace them with fresh oxygen. For maximum impact, choose philodendrons, ferns or ficus plants.

Fewer Illnesses

According to an international study, houseplants can ward off coughs, colds and sore throats by up to 30 percent. They do this by both decreasing dust while increasing humidity levels. Next time you fill up your humidifier, think about how much nicer an indoor plant might look in its place.

A Sunnier Disposition

Finally, plants have proven to make people feel happier. There’s a reason you bring flowers to someone who isn’t feeling well – studies have shown that the presence of plants make people feel calmer and more optimistic.

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