Vitamin Junkeys

Health Benefits of House Plants Ep 42


TAKE OUR SURVEY!  We want to get to know you better!  Please take our survey and if you supply your email address (and your from North America) you will be entered into a draw to win a $125 prize pack from Hey Jute.  (note this link will take you to Survey Monkey)

Health Benefits of House Plants
Vitamin Junkeys Episode #42 (running time 8:14)
Date: March 24, 2009
Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of the Podshow Music Network
Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.)

Special Guest: Nancy Lee Colibaba, Horticultural Therapy Co-ordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)

This episode is brought to you by North American Herb & Spice.

This episode examines:

What are the health benefits of having plants in your home?

Which plants purify air?

Do plants become toxic as a result of purifying the air?

How many plants do you need to have in your home to make a difference in the air quality?


What's Dr. JJ taking today?

Dr. JJ is taking a Multivitamin with greens, like cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, and chorella.  It probably contains about a 1/2 of serving of vegetables.  Jennifer makes a smoothie in the morning and adds a handful of spinach and a couple of scoops of a green supplement.  On those days, she gets about 4-5 servings of greens in the morning.  Dr. JJ commented that greens products have progressed and a lot of them taste pretty good now.

What are the health benefits of having plants in your home?

There are a number of benefits of having plants in your home.  Number 1, they look good and they make your home a living home.

Plants give you something to wake up to, particularly for someone who is bedridden.  It's something to nuture and care for.

One of the best benefits of plants is the fact that they purify the air.

In the '80's NASA did a study where they examined plants that they could bring into space to have at the space station to purify the air.  They looked at a number of species of plants to see which ones were the best at cleaning the air and providing more oxygen.

Nancy's daughter goes to a school where they have a living wall of plants in one of the building.  Her daughter notices a big difference in the air quality in that building versus the others on campus.  The plants provide living air purification.

Which plants purify air?

Pothos (epipremnum), Peace Lily (spathiphyllum), and philodendron will purify formaldehyde.

Gerbera and Mums are effective at removing Benzine.

Do plants become toxic as a result of purifying the air?  

Plants do not become toxic as a result of all of the chemicals they take in.  The plant has the ability to break down the chemicals and putting it into the soil.  Then the micro organisms in the soil break it down even further, so the plant then takes it in as a benefit.

How many plants do you need to have in your home to make a difference in the air quality?

You need more than one plant in your home to make a difference to the air quality, you'll need several.  Some plants are better than others.  The recommended number is one per 100 square feet.

Spider plants and pothos are good plants for purifying the air and they are very easy to take care of.  They are very tolerant, and will put up with under watering and over watering.  They are also very easy to reproduce too.  You can take a clipping of the plant, put it in some water and it will grow roots- ready for you to plant in a pot.  They are very easy to grow and are low maintenance.

At Dr. JJ's clinic they have Peace Lilies, golden pothos, philodendron and ficus plants.  Every room has at least one plant.

For those who think they they don't have formaldehyde or benzine in your home- you do!  Benzine is in any petroleum product and formaldehyde is in carpets, sofas and chemical products.  

A study was done in the United States where they found that about 90% of Americans have formaldehyde, benzine and other chemicals in their body tissues.

If you would like to find an alternative healthcare practitioner to help you address a health issue, you can find a naturopath, holistic nutritionist and other practitioners in your community through the Find a Practitioner link on our website

Join the addiction! Click on the Join the addiction button to subscribe to the Vitamin Junkeys weekly free health and wellness video podcast.

Camera: Jerome Marrin,  Jerome Marrin Media Production 
Editor: Jerome Marrin,  Jerome Marrin Media Production
Sound Recordist: Jeffery Magat, Eqtion 

Special thanks to:


Join the Addiction

About Vitamin Junkeys

Join Jennifer Lyall and Naturopath, Dr. JJ Dugoua as they have fun exploring alternative therapies and healthy living. Weekly episodes are released every Tuesday.

Jennifer Lyall Read Jen's Blog

Find a Practitioner
Toronto Web Design by LinxSmart