A house full of plants is not only a joy to behold but a healthy place to live! For centuries, people have used house plants to purify the air and create a sense of calm and serenity indoors. Now scientists have discovered that some house plants, including spider plants, peace lilies, palms and rubber plants, can convert some toxic emissions from carpets, paints and stains into oxygen. (We still recommend that you try to avoid these toxins in the first place!)
House plants are also a great way for kids to learn to care for living things. Let your child pick out a favorite house plant for his or her room, and take responsibility for its care and maintenance. (Please note that some house plants are poisonous and should not be maintained around children or pets.) We love B.C. Wolverton’s How to Grow Fresh Air.