In addition to being incredibly easy to grow, snake plants have a number of health benefits, including filtering indoor air, removing toxic pollutants, and boosting mental health.
Air Purifier Approved by NASA
The Sansevieria is an ideal plant for indoor spaces because it is a superb air purifier. Studies, including those performed by NASA, have consistently shown the plant to remove toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides.
Releases Night Time Oxygen
Snake Plant also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue: Of all the different oxygen producing plants, this one is unique since it converts a lot of CO2 (carbon dioxide) to O2 (oxygen) at night, making it ideal to have several in your bedroom. 6-8 plants are needed per person to survive if there is no air flow (meaning you could live in a completely air sealed room if you had these plants). The snake plant also removes formaldehyde from the air.
Helps fight Allergies and Sick Building Syndrome
Snake plant absorbs toxins and releases oxygen. The plant may releases moisture in the air and lessens airborne allergens. The Sansevieria meets these conditions perfectly.
Persons with allergies, therefore, should find a friend in such plants because they are a natural and cheap way to stay healthy. Further, public spaces and workplaces, especially, should be aware of the value of air-purifying plants for these reasons. Sick building syndrome (SBS) describes the way the health of certain individuals of a certain residence or building acquires moderate to acute symptoms that are linked to the building while no specific illness can be identified.
Most of the symptoms involved with SBS appear to be related to poor indoor air quality. They include ear, nose, and throat irritation; coughing; itching; dizziness and nausea; lack of concentration; fatigue; even chest tightness and muscle aches. But the symptoms leave not long after individuals have departed the building.
Now there are a few things that plausibly explain this, like ventilation that doesn’t properly distribute air; chemicals from carpets, upholstery, copy machines, pesticides, and cleaning agents; outside pollutions being pumped in; bacteria, molds, and viruses. Do you see the alarming link between these explanations and formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides? The Sansevieria is a ready remedy for SBS.
Feng Shui & Placement
The Snake plant purifies air by absorbing toxins through the leaves and producing pure oxygen. In fact, the Sansevieria is an ideal bedroom plant. Whereas most other plants release carbon dioxide at night (in the absence of photosynthesis), the Sansevieria continues to produce oxygen.
The Chinese used to grow this plant in their houses, as a valuable house plant, since the Eight Gods conferred their eight virtues as gifts, to all those who possessed this plant. The eight virtues are prosperity, beauty, long life, intelligence, health, art, strength and poetry. They placed the plants close to the entrance within their home for the purpose of enabling the eight virtues to enter according to pre-Feng-Shui.
Hard to Kill & Easiest to Maintain
Snake plant care is very straightforward. These plants can be neglected for weeks at a time; yet, with their strappy leaves and architectural shape, they still look fresh.
They really are the easiest of plants to look after, and will happily reward your lack of attention by giving clean air to your home and a little cheer in the corner of any room. If You Want A Houseplant That:
- Is tough indoors
- Can be placed just about anywhere
- Takes up little space
- Goes a long time between watering
- A good starter plant for the house
- Can start outside in spring and move inside
How to Care?
Light:The mother in laws tongue is well known for coping with direct sun and low light conditions, although bright light conditions with some sun light and shade is preferred.