Plants can do much more than just look pretty: Some ensure a restful sleep or help you reduce stress – while others improve the quality of the air. We show you which plant is good for playing the andar bahar game.
OUR LIST FOR YOUR BETTER AIR
Dried lavender not only smells good and has a calming effect, it also repels clothes moths. Best dried in the room. True lavender has been used as a natural remedy since the Middle Ages: its flowers contain active ingredients that calm, relax, and promote sleep. Smelling lavender for five minutes is said to be enough to reduce the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the body and therefore relax.
What is the best way to bring the scent into your room? Unfortunately, real lavender is not at all suitable as a houseplant – it gets too little sun in summer and too much heat in winter. It is therefore best to dry lavender and place or hang it in the room. Apart from that, a few drops of lavender oil rubbed on the temples help with tension or headaches, and a lavender bath has a calming effect. Simply pour boiling water over 20 grams of lavender and add to the bath water.
Orchids release oxygen at night. By also producing oxygen at night, orchids improve the air quality particularly effectively – and thus ensure that we sleep better.
Normally, plants absorb oxygen at night and release carbon dioxide. Orchids do exactly the opposite – and thus provide us with fresh oxygen at night. This also applies to bromeliads and succulents.
Zamioculcas are frugal when it comes to light
Zamias not only look pretty, but they are also easy to care for. According to a study by the University of British Columbia, people feel happier and more at ease simply by observing and perceiving nature around them. Houseplants can also help with this – for example the zamia (Zamioculcas zamiifolia).
Of course, all kinds of houseplants are possible here, but the zamia has a decisive advantage: the plant is virtually indestructible. It grows and thrives at normal room temperature, and needs no direct sunlight and only an occasional sip of water.
4. green lily
The green lily is a popular hanging plant. Also easy to care for: the green lily. In its 1989 “Clean Air Study”, the US space agency NASA wanted to find out how to improve the climate in the space station. The result: with plants.
This is because plants filter pollutants from the air, purify and humidify it, and provide oxygen – not only in the space station but also in our living rooms and bedrooms.
Nasa also provided a list of which plants are best suited for this purpose: Among them was the green lily. It managed to reduce the formaldehyde content in a closed room, which was deliberately set high for the Nasa test, by almost 90 percent within 24 hours. And it is also easy to care for.
Bromeliads filter pollutants from the air. Another Nasa study, based on the “Clean Air Study”, has shown which plants are particularly suitable for filtering pollutants (various so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs)) from the air. Bromelia proved to be particularly effective: It catches six out of eight VOCs.
These pollutants are released into the air via furniture and other everyday objects. However, VOCs also occur naturally and are emitted by plants, for example. Their concentration is usually low, but they can still harm us – for example unpleasant odors by triggering irritation and other symptoms (more on this on the Federal Environment Agency’s website).