GO GREEN IN­SIDE

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - HEALTH& FAMILY -

Hav­ing plants in your house can boost your health be­cause they make the air you breathe less harsh and higher in oxy­gen. Bri­tish sci­en­tists have found that peace lilies and ivy are par­tic­u­larly good at im­prov­ing air quality in homes be­cause they re­lease wa­ter vapour into the air and pump out oxy­gen while also suck­ing in car­bon diox­ide. Be­cause they re­duce air dry­ness, plants can also help to al­le­vi­ate symp­toms of dry skin. An­other study found that hav­ing plants around us can have psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits, re­duc­ing stress, anx­i­ety and fa­tigue. Peo­ple are more pro­duc­tive when their of­fices are filled with green­ery and pa­tients can tol­er­ate pain bet­ter if there are plants in their hospi­tal ward.

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