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October Plant of the Month – Aloe Vera

“On a purely physical level, plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen, improving our indoor air quality”Paraic Horkan

The breathable air in our homes and office spaces can be 10 times more polluted than the air we breathe outdoors. As humans we breathe out co2 and breathe in oxygen, On a purely physical level, plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen, improving our indoor air quality.

Certain plants are capable of removing heavy metals and other toxins like formaldehyde from the air. They also release water vapor through a process called transpiration, which can act as a natural humidifier and remedy for dry skin, sore throats, and dry coughs.

A study of patients recovering from abdominal surgery even showed that those who had plants in their hospital room needed less medication and recovered more quickly. Orange Tree, Chinese lace trees, succulents, philodendron, and our plant of the month Aloe Vera are all great, low-maintenance and non-allergenic options.

The Aloe Vera plant, predominantly used as a herbal remedy, is a succulent plant species that has been around since the beginning of the first century AD. Renowned for soothing scars, inflammation and sunburned skin, Aloe Vera Is said to be among the most powerful plant air purifiers in the world.

Asides from lowering carbon dioxide levels at night, this plant species also helps to remove harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air. It’s also said to have effectively treated symptoms of anxiety.

If you wish to improve the overall quality of the air in your home or office, these plants are a great investment – especially to those wishing for a restful night’s sleep – a must if you wish to rid your body and mind of worry and stress.

It’s also a great option for those looking for a low maintenance plant as it requires minimum water and attention. In fact, the Egyptians nicknamed it the ‘plant of immortality’ because of its resilience. This easy to care for indoor plant is ideal on an office desk, in a bathroom or living space and loves a conservatory or bright sunny window during the winter months.

Why not give it a try this autumn?


Call into any Horkans Garden Centre and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help with and questions you may have.

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