How to Use Indoor Plants to Avoid Airborne Viruses

Research Tells Us Indoor Plants Can Help Us Avoid Airborne Viruses

By Gina LiVorio Posted on 3/26/2020

Now more than ever, due to the global pandemic of the Coronavirus, each one of us should be taking extra precautions to remain healthy now and in the future.

As gardeners, we already know the healing properties many plants and herbs contain, and it’s important to note the positive impact indoor plants have on our health as well. Indoor plants can provide a multitude of benefits including increased humidity, improved mental health and physical health as well as improved concentration and productivity, and research also tells us indoor plants can help us avoid airborne viruses.

Once humidity levels exceed 40 percent, the infectivity of airborne viruses can significantly decrease. Plants go through a process called transpiration to increase humidity levels, which in turn can help us avoid viruses like the flu. With the risk of harmful pollutants in the air comes with the risk of contracting an airborne illness. However, indoor plants can purify the air we breathe and keep us healthy.

Keeping the following plants in your bedroom or anywhere around your home to purify the air and help get rid of airborne diseases:

  • Areca Palm
  • Aloe Vera
  • Snake Plant
  • Ficus
  • Spider Plant
  • English Ivy
  • Dracaena
  • Peace Lily
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Lady Palm
  • Monstera
  • Bird of Paradise

 

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