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In just three weeks, Christmas will be here! We imagine that, these days, you’re hard at work, trying to locate all the gifts that are on the wish lists of your loved ones. Holiday shopping certainly isn’t easy. Depending on how many people you’re buying gifts for, your trips to the mall can take hours at a time. Not to mention, you likely have to wait in a lot of long line ups – that is, if you can find what it is you’re looking for!

To help your friends and family members with their holiday shopping, we’d suggest you add a little something special to your own wish list. Ask for a spider plant, a dragon tree, a gerbera daisy, an English Ivy, a Boston Fern, a philodendron, a snake plant or a peace lily.

What do all of these houseplants have in common? They offer a wide variety of health benefits!

Here are three reasons to add houseplants to your holiday wish list:

1. They produce lung-satisfying oxygen.

The overall objective of getting a new houseplant, as you may have guessed, is to help you to breathe better. Naturally, we all need oxygen in our lungs. With a houseplant, you’ll have access to a lot more of it. Plants are our partners in breathing. We breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants do the opposite.

“Inhaling brings oxygen into the body, exhaling releases carbon dioxide,” affirms Melissa Breyer of Treehugger.com, “During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite, of sorts: They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making plants and people great partners when it comes to gasses. Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that.”

2. They remove toxins from the air.

If you’re interested in improving your home’s indoor air quality – as we all should! – there are few things you can do better than adding some houseplants to your decor. Plants are known for their ability to remove toxins from the air. As BioAdvanced.com explains, NASA research has found that plants have the ability to eliminate up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours.

“VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibres, inks, solvents and paint),” details the website, “Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.”

3. They help to ward off illnesses.

We’re all aware of the benefits of fresh air. Going outside for a brisk walk is an activity taken on by many a Canadian each and every day. That is, of course, when it’s not the wintertime. Frigid temperatures tend to keep us locked up indoors. By bringing houseplants inside your home, you allow the outdoors to come inside, offering you the same benefits of fresh air.

“According to Bayer Advanced, studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs,” reports Breyer, “And other research reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd, we don’t sell houseplants, but we would still like to offer you and your family the gift of purified air inside your home this holiday season. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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