Plants to the rescue

Indoor gardens are incredibly popular with everyone right now for very healthy reasons


The dry and dusty conditions are playing havoc for many of us, and coupled with bushfires, it can be tricky getting some fresh air at the moment. The fine particles in smoke can create health risks for many of us, particularly if we are elderly, young (including teens), pregnant, or have diabetes, heart or lung disease. Burning eyes, runny nose, phlegm, wheezing and shortness of breath are all symptoms we may be suffering. In fact, the current air quality in Sydney is equivalent to smoking 30 cigarettes a day, which is why many of us are seeking refuge inside. So indoors, what can be done? Plants of course are great air filters. This is backed up by lots of research including the now famous NASA report which states how great a number of indoor plants are at clearing the air and removing toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

Other tips to help you breathe easy include avoiding vacuuming (it stirs up the dust, so mop instead) and mow the lawn on clear days. Keep you windows and doors closed and run the air conditioner, as the air goes through a flter that way. You can still garden when the air clears however, so check out our Allergy friendly Garden, which includes plants that are not pollinates by wind, and therefore don’t have as much airborne pollen, which can also cause allergies