Through photosynthesis plants convert the carbon dioxide that we exhale (which is toxic) into fresh oxygen. They also have the magnificent ability of removing other toxins from the air that we are consistently breathing in.
Why is this relevant to you? In a time with the Coronavirus pandemic, flu season, and the fears for our health, we need plants more than ever, especially as many more people are staying in their homes and forgoing time in nature due to mass hysteria. Detoxifying the air in your home is health imperative, and here is why:
Many of us are now self quarantining in our homes. Due to this new development the air quality in these enclosed spaces is more polluted than ever.
NASA has stated that houseplants are the most effective way to naturally purify the air. With viruses and bacteria surrounding us, live plants can eliminate toxins in the air and prevent your home from becoming a breeding ground for these nasty viruses and bacteria to grow and mutate.
While we breathe in the fresh air, we breathe in phytoncides, airborne chemicals that plants give off to protect themselves. Phytoncides have antibacterial and antifungal qualities which help plants fight disease. When people breathe in these chemicals, our bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells or NK. These cells kill tumor- and virus-infected cells in our bodies.
Volatile phytoncides are able to penetrate the lungs and skin into the human body. They inhibit the development of pathogenic microorganisms, protecting against infectious diseases. Phytoncides normalize heart rate and blood pressure, participate in metabolism, reduce blood sugar levels, have a beneficial effect on the blood circulation in the brain, liver condition, bactericidal activity of the skin, as well as on the immune and nervous system.
Inhalation of volatile phytoncides of coniferous trees increases the resistance of erythrocytes to a lack of oxygen, almost doubles their lifespan, and has a positive effect on the function of the entire circulatory system. It is no coincidence that people living in forest areas are much less susceptible to diseases of the upper respiratory tract compared to the townspeople.
Volatile phytoncides affect the physicochemical composition of the air. They increase the concentration of negative ions in the air and reduce the number of positive ones. Phytoncides ionize oxygen in the air, thereby stimulating its biological activity. In addition, they improve the efficiency and economy of cell energy, and contribute to the settling of dust particles.