Ok Foodies, I've recently become interested (total understatement) with 'bringing the green in'. In addition to the aesthetic advantages, keeping indoor house plants can have varying unexpected benefits to your health and well-being.
I recently visited a friend to check out her new home office and came away with plant envy. I used to think that houseplants were just something Great Aunt's had around the home BUT, visiting my friends new office, I found something super relaxing about sitting amongst lush green trees and vibrant flowers - and so I decided to get in on the plant action.
What about our furry friends?
Being pet owners, we have to be oh-so cautious when choosing plants for our homes. I started researching and discovered plants that can help clean the air whilst keeping our fur babies safe (and they look GREAT too!).
Good to know!
REMEMBER to always double check the scientific name of the plant to make sure you are getting the one you wanted. So the next time your precious fur baby decides to take a little nibble from your plant (let's face it, it's what they do), you will have peace of mind they are completely safe.
OUR TOP 5 PLANT PICKS
1. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)
The Boston Fern is said to act as a natural humidifier and is known as one of the best houseplants for air purification, helping to remove formaldehyde, xylene and toluene (basically fancy words for indoor air pollutants) from the air. This vibrant plant is also said to be great for homes exposed to city smog - a great addition for those of us trying to balance our love for the hustle-and-bustle city lifestyle, with our growing environmental awareness. Super awesome!
2. Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis SPP)
Unlike during the daytime, at night, plants typically breathe like us - absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. However, orchids do the opposite. They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making them an ideal plant for the bedroom. Place this plant in bedrooms to refresh air whilst you catch some z's.
3. Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens)
According to NASA, the areca palm, when at 1.8 m (5 ft, 11 in) in height, can transpire 1 litre of water every 24 hours - making it a very effective, natural humidifier. Amazing right?
4. Banana Plant (Musa Oriana)
Yes, you read that right. A banana plant can provide all kinds of exciting rewards for you and your family. This lush, exotic plant removes formaldehyde from the air, can be grown indoors (if you live in a cold climate) and moved outside during warmer months... AND (my favorite part), there are tons of cool recipes online that use banana leaves to cook with! So, if your banana plant starts growing a little large for your liking, you can cut to your desired height and use the leaves for cooking. Win, win!
5. Barberton Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)
Ahhh, so pretty. This flowering daisy pot plant comes in a large variety of striking colors, making it a popular choice in households for many years. Known for its healing properties, it's no coincidence that the barberton daisy is a popular gift for recovering hospital patients.
What's your favorite house plant?
Recently introduced some greenery to your indoor space? We would love to see it, so make sure you tag #sarifoods on Instagram so we can take a look!
Peace, love and happy jungle vibes from the Sari Foods family.