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The Snake Plant’s Hidden Human Benefit

Every now and then I do a little research into the plant kingdom and it never lets me down. Plants are simply amazing life forms and as many people know, they are perfect companions for humans. They produce food, are easy on the eye and produce oxygen which we all need to breathe.
Some plants go even further and are either directly or indirectly the sources of medicine, hygiene, wellness, water, clothing, hallucinogens and a host of other benefits to humans.

So on my travels through the plant domain I came across the ‘Snake Plant’.
Dracaena trifasciata is commonly called ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’, ‘saint george’s sword’ or ‘snake plant’, because of the shape and sharp margins of its leaves that resemble snakes. It is also known as the ‘viper’s bowstring hemp’, because it is one of the sources of plant fibres used to make bowstrings.

But it’s the plant’s use indoors as a pot plant ( Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) that is particularly interesting and the popularity of the plant soared after an extensive plant study on air-purity in space stations was published by NASA in 1989.
It was discovered that snake plants were the top reducers of indoor air pollutants.
One of the most important ways that snake plants purify the air is through the removal of toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.

And it doesn’t stop there. If you find that you have trouble sleeping at night because of a sore throat or stuffy nose, think about putting a snake plant in your bedroom. They create oxygen at night, which helps contribute to easier breathing, enabling you to fall asleep.

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