Here are 6 irresistible reasons why you should grow English ivy at home

English ivy
English ivy adds beauty to interiors and requires minimal care. Photo: Myimagine/Shutterstock

English ivy is one of the most popular indoor plants that require minimal care. However, many do not realize how important it is to grow a plant like this inside the house for its amazing qualities. From purifying the air to medicinal properties, the English ivy can come in handy in many ways. Here are six reasons why the beautiful English ivy should be grown indoors.

Improve air quality

Many studies have revealed English ivy’s fabulous ability to purify the air. This amazing plant can absorb toxins like benzene, octane, trichloroethylene and toluene from the air. It ensures the health of the lungs by creating a pleasant and healthy atmosphere inside the house.

Medicinal properties

As per the studies published by the Department of Zoology at St Joseph’s College, Darjeeling, the English ivy can effectively fight conditions like arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. English ivy is known for its antioxidant, anti-allergic and anti-spasmodic properties. It helps in reducing cough, asthma and bronchitis. Besides, English ivy can be used topically to soothe burn injuries, infection, joint pain, swollen joints and nervous disorder. Consuming its extract can improve the health of the lungs and fights bronchitis and asthma. However, over-consumption of English ivy extract can be harmful.

Pleasant ambience

During the summers, English ivy can make the interiors cool and keeps the spaces warm during the winter. The thick foliage of this plant can cover the walls, granting a spectacular look to the interiors. In a study conducted by the University of Oxford, it was found that the English ivy can make the interiors cooler up to 36% during the summer and make the spaces warmer up to 15% during winter.

Moist air

The English ivy helps in retaining the moisture inside the house. This plant has high transpiration rates. This reduces the carbon monoxide rates in the air. So, growing English ivy inside the house can help keep the air clean.

Removes fungus

It has been found out that ivy can reduce the fungal particles in waste materials. The presence of the English ivy can fight fungal growth in the wet corners and pipes in the basement. So, those who are allergic to fungus or moulds can grow English ivy at home.

Ivy wall

You can keep the walls clean and attractive even without giving them coats of paint or polish. English ivy could be grown here and its beautiful leaves would take over the walls and the fence, giving it a magical look. 

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