Flowers and plants to fight coronavirus
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Flowers and plants are a good way to protect yourself against the coronavirus since they do not transmit the virus by purifying the air, which is why it is recommended to buy flowers during this crisis.
Flowers and plants help sanitize the air at home and fight viruses and microbes.
Also in these difficult times the flowers help to raise the spirits of the people and it is a good way to put a little joy at home.
14 decontaminating plants that purify the air inside your home and help fight coronavirus
No need to go bankrupt buying expensive air purifiers – you can simply install plants known for their decontamination properties.
Discover those that will combine sanitation and decoration of your accommodation.
The areca palm
Areca palm is an air purifier that acts on a large number of toxins. It is even recognized as one of the best air purifiers.
Also note that the effectiveness of this plant grows with it! The Areca palm is moderately heat tolerant, so it prefers partial sun and well-drained soil.
You may know about aloe vera for its cosmetic benefits, but it turns out that it is also very effective in destroying formaldehyde in the air.
Note that this plant requires sun exposure, well-drained soil, and light drying between waterings.
Ficus Robusta acts on air quality by emitting a large amount of oxygen. The air is purified in particular by eliminating formaldehyde, but also other toxins.
This plant needs filtered light, frequent watering, and rich soil.
The three main harmful toxins found in our homes are benzene, formaldehyde, and trichlorethylene.
Therefore, plants that improve home air quality can reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases, some of which can eliminate 90% of the most harmful toxins in just 24 hours.
Bamboo palm can completely remove formaldehyde from a home, but it also acts as a natural humidifier.
This plant prefers indirect light and it is essential that it remain constantly moist.
Boston fern is a good air humidifier
Boston fern is commonly described as an excellent natural air humidifier. It is also a plant capable of eradicating formaldehyde, but it acts as a general air purifier by neutralizing other substances.
Its cleaning properties have earned it recognition as one of the best indoor plants.
Although it has some tolerance to drought and partial light, the Boston fern ideally prefers bright light and moist soil.
It is the emission of a large amount of oxygen that gives Aglaonème disinfecting properties.
It also eradicates both formaldehyde and benzene, but also other toxins. This plant requires good drainage and full shade to flourish.
However, be careful because the sap from this plant can be irritating.
The Dwarf Date Palm
The date palm is known to remove formaldehyde and xylene, a solvent notably present in plastics. You will need plenty of sun, wet soil, and hot water.
English ivy is good for your home
English ivy is a great air purifier. In fact, it is capable of removing formaldehyde and benzene, a carcinogenic toxin found in cigarette smoke, detergents, pesticides, and many synthetic products.
Keep in mind that this plant requires moderate watering, as well as a temperature between 15 and 21 ° C.
Gerbera Daisy is particularly indicated to eliminate benzene, this carcinogenic toxin. But this plant also absorbs carbon dioxide and emits oxygen.
To fully bloom, you will need to place it in direct sunlight.
Remember to sprinkle your plants regularly with a damp cloth, this will facilitate the good absorption of particles and toxins.
Devil’s Liana does not have a proper name because it is one of the most effective plants in terms of air cleaning.
It is known to remove formaldehyde, but also carbon monoxide, as well as other substances. This plant needs partial light, and will need little water if the temperature is cold.
The orchid destroys VOCs and formaldehyde.
If the orchid is a popular plant for its aesthetic appearance, it is no less effective in cleaning indoor air.
In fact, it eliminates VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and formaldehyde. The orchid enjoys a fairly humid atmosphere and plenty of light, but it does not tolerate heat.
The orchid does not tolerate heat well.
The lady’s palm
Lady Palm is an excellent air purifier as it removes most air pollutants.
He is known for being a champion in ammonia removal. The Lady palm tree prefers indirect light, and especially appreciates atmospheric humidity.
If possible, place it near other plants that can provide the moisture it needs.
The Marginata Dragon
One of its best allies in the fight against indoor air pollution is the Dragon Tree Marginata, as it is known to remove benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and trichlorethylene.
It is a plant that does not require significant maintenance, since it tolerates dry soil and irregular irrigation. However, be careful not to expose it to direct sunlight.
Chrysanthemum removes benzene, a carcinogenic toxin.
Chrysanthemum is particularly effective in removing benzene, but it also eradicates formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, and ammonia.
It needs partial light and plenty of water to thrive. If you also choose to decorate, remember that chrysanthemum only blooms once a year.
To keep your home’s air quality as good as possible, keep in mind that ventilation is essential.
It is advisable to open the windows of each room of your accommodation at least half an hour a day.
Herbal medicine is a weapon of choice to counter microbes and viruses.
Plants have always been used to prevent and cure certain ailments. And even if they don’t replace a doctor-prescribed treatment, they can also boost our immune system for the winter.
Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of the most effective plants for preventing viruses (and avoiding drowning under a mountain of tissue).
Echinacea, star of immunity
The roots of this beautiful purple flower, long used in North America to treat wounds, prevent cold season conditions, “especially those that affect the upper respiratory tract,” said Dr. Franck Gigon, MD herbal, author of 50 effective plants to treat it (ed. de la Oportunidad). American researchers at the University of Connecticut have confirmed its effectiveness in preventing colds.
In practice: for optimal protection, take 2 tablets of dry echinacea extract daily, five days a week for a month.
Or as a complete suspension of fresh plants (10 ml per day diluted in water for 10 days).
Cypress against germs
Antiviral, contains tannins that decongest the mucous membranes and prevent the proliferation of microbes. As soon as the viruses circulate, it is used in combination with Echinacea to stimulate your immune defenses.
In practice: opt for standardized plant extracts whose guaranteed active ingredient content (one teaspoon 4 times a day, for ten days a month). Or Cypress-Echinacea Phytostandard, 2 tablets per day, four days per week for one month.
Sea buckthorn to re-boost
Ideal companion from the first frost, it increases tone, increases cold resistance and accelerates the production of antibodies due to its high concentration of flavonoids.
Its vitamin C concentration is also five times higher than that of kiwi.
In practice: to pass between the cracks of the flu, take it in the form of extracts of organic shoots, which concentrate all the vital energy of the future plant (15 drops in the morning to swallow with a little water)
Rosemary against fatigue
Their flowering tops are a precious help in times of fatigue. Contains vitalizing essential oils that increase immunity. “Its anti-infective power has been demonstrated in different bacterial strains,” emphasizes Dr. Franck Gigon.
In practice: for preventive use, the decoction is adequate: pour 30 g of flowers into one liter of simmering water, leave to infuse for 5 minutes, and then 15 minutes out of the fire. Filter before drinking. One cup before each meal, every day for a month.
Astragalus to stimulate antibodies
This plant of Chinese origin blocks viruses by supporting the immune system thanks to its high concentration of invigorating saponins and polysaccharides.
Studies have shown remarkably that it increases the formation of antibodies in the nasal mucosa of people sensitive to colds.
It also promotes the proper functioning of the adrenal glands, which prevents the installation of fatigue.
In practice: cure standardized extracts of astragalus roots for at least 3 weeks. To combine with echinacea or cypress for optimal effectiveness.