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When our immune system is working properly, we tend to not give it a second thought. It’s only when something goes wrong and we start to feel unwell we tend to notice it at all. It’s a classic case of you don’t know what you have until it's gone. 

Our immune systems are easy to take for granted. However, in the wake of Covid-19, it’s time we all started paying a little more attention to looking after our precious immune systems. And, here at PlantX, we have just the thing ...

Give your insides the love they deserve with PlantX’s selection of immune-boosting pants. Plants are powerful. Not only can they speed up recovery time and boost respiratory health, but they can even increase the amount of natural killer (NK) cells in your body, meaning you can fight off viruses as they arise. So, what are you waiting for? Along with good exercise, a balanced diet, and regular sleep, adding plants to your environment is the perfect way to keep your health on track.

Don’t wait until things go wrong to give your immune system the care it needs. Prevention is power. Look after it and it will look after you. 

What are immune-boosting plants?

An immune-boosting plant. It sounds magical. But, what actually does it mean? All plants are brimming with health benefits. They increase our mood, boost productivity and freshen the air in our homes, workplaces, or favorite cafes. What makes these particular plants so special? How are immune-boosting plants different? 

The answer is... some plants just do it better. All plants are great, yes. But there are some which are particularly effective at improving our overall health and wellbeing. Lucky for you, here at PlantX we have done all the research for you. We handpicked a selection of green friends guaranteed to give your immune system a powerful boost. For more information about why a particular plant has been added to this section, simply read about its health benefits in the plant's description - it’s all in the details!

Why is the immune system important?

The main goal of the immune system is to protect your body, which is why it is so important. Without it, you would constantly be falling ill. The immune system is one of the more complex systems in the human body. It helps keep you healthy by fighting viruses, harmful bacteria, and abnormal cells. It does this all while recognising the difference between your own cells and alien cells, and only destroying those that could be harmful.

Essentially, a robust and healthy immune system helps you live your daily life. It allows you to come into contact with different people, pets, and environments, while keeping you safe from the different germs and bugs you are exposed to in the process. It’s pretty much core to everything we do, so it is vital we treat it with the respect it deserves and keep it in good condition!

How can plants benefit my immune system? 

For centuries, herbs and plants have been used to naturally treat medical conditions and boost immunity. In fact, over 80% of the earth’s population use plants to promote immunity and encourage healing. But why? What is so special about plants? 

Here are three key ways that houseplants can boost immunity and help your body fight against infection: 

1. Plants improve respiratory health by improving the air we breathe. Plants filter the air we breathe by clearing the air of toxins. This improves our respiratory health. Firstly, plants take in CO2 and release oxygen through photosynthesis and oxygen is vital for us to survive. Secondly, plants can filter out volatile organic compounds from the air. These pesky compounds are known to negatively impact our respiratory health and immunity, so the less we breathe in, the better! Plants also act as natural humidifiers. Higher humidity levels are beneficial for our immune systems, skin, and airways. This is especially important in modern times as we tend to spend a lot of time in rooms where the air is dried out through heating or air conditioning!

2. Plants speed up the body's recovery time from illnesses and injuries. House plants can help you recover from illness faster. Research suggests that patients recover faster if they can see natural settings from their beds. This indicates that plants improve the body's healing abilities. So, having plants in your environment means you create space able to better restore and revitalise your body (both in times of sickness and health!)

3. Plants can increase the number of natural killer cells in the body so you can ward off infections more easily. Plants can help increase your natural killer cells. These cells are one of our vital defense mechanisms against illnesses, diseases, and viral infections, so we need to protect them. Research suggests that people who regularly spend time in nature have more natural killer cells than those who have little interaction with plants. This indicates the more plants you surround yourself with, the better chance you may have at fighting off infection. Another excuse to get some greenery in your house? We think so.

There are some plants that are more powerful at these things than others - and these are the ones included in our immune-boosting plant section! 

Are immune-boosting plants easy to care for?

New to the world of houseplants? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Rest assured there are many immune-boosting plants that are easy to care for. Snake Plants are excellent air purifiers and are brimming with health benefits, all while being very low maintenance and easy to care for. The immune-boosting Snake Plant available at PlantX is a great place to start. Or, if that does not tickle your fancy, simply look for the easy-to-care-for badge on any plants available at PlantX and so you can be sure to choose something suited to your experience level. As soon as you see your plant grow and develop, you won’t be able to hold back your plant parent pride. We guarantee it will be the start of a beautiful and bountiful collection of immune-boosting plants.

The PlantX Guide to Immune-boosting Plants

All plants have naturally occurring benefits - let's face it, mother nature just makes things well. However, as we have mentioned, there are some plants that are in a whole other league. Here’s a guide to those super-special plants which are known for their immune-boosting powers (and many that we have here at PlantX!)

1. Ferns. Ferns are famous for their ability to filter the air we breathe. The Boston Fern is particularly special for adding humidity to the air (double respiratory health kick) all while leaving behind the perfect citrusy smell.

2. Snake Plants. One of the top natural air purifiers. The tiny pores on the leaves of snake plants act as great filters. This means they are also great at absorbing volatile organic compounds in the air. Snake Plants are among the easiest of all houseplants to care for. They can go weeks without water or light and continue thriving. For best results keep them in indirect light and only water when the soil is bone dry. The Snake Plant 'Green' is a great place to start!

3. Money Trees. Money trees have excellent purifying qualities that lead to better respiratory health. They are also able to bring good luck and reduce stress, according to Feng Shui experts. Take a look at the Money Tree available at PlantX.

4. Spider Plants. Spider Plants scrub the air of toxins (like carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde). This increases the oxygen levels in the air, which improves many body functions. Spider plants are very low maintenance and can thrive indoors. They prefer bright indirect light. They need lots of water during the summer but less in the winter. Misting the leaves occasionally is also important for best results. 

5. Areca Palms. Otherwise known as golden cane palm, yellow palm, or butterfly palm. These are great immune-boosting plants. Not only are Areca Palms easy to look after, but they are great natural humidifiers. They also absorb indoor air pollutants and emit oxygen.

6. Aloe Vera. This plant is famous for its benefits (basically because they are never-ending!) Aloe Vera is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that may help protect your skin. The important compounds in Aloe Vera have also been shown to neutralize the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, repair your skin from existing UV damage, and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. For top results, keep in a warm area near natural light. Kitchen counters are a good option.

7. Dracaenas. Also known as Dragon Trees, these powerful plants are great for scrubbing the air and can even ease the symptoms of asthma and allergies. They are easy to care for and prefer filtered light or half shade. The less light the plant gets, the less water it will need. 

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