Indoor plants are an excellent decorative element for the home or even for the office. They embellish some anonymous corners of the living room, make the kitchen more harmonious and, if they have fragrant flowers, they release their natural scent throughout the house.
If, on the one hand, they are highly appreciated as a home decorative element, on the other, it must always be remembered that they are living beings and that, as such, they may not even be completely harmless to humans.
In particular, we must be very careful if we have small children in the house (in that age group in which everything they find is brought … in the mouth!) And pets who can ingest leaves, flowers or even just touch them.
Yes, because not all plants are harmless, some may have components that irritate the skin or even be very toxic to the body!
At this point, let’s see immediately and together which plants we have to protect ourselves from and which ones are NOT better to keep at home >>
6) Watch out for the dragon tea!
They are two very common plants in the apartment. The first, also known by the scientific name of dracunculus vulgaris, is very poisonous and very common in Italy because its preferred habitat is precisely that of the Mediterranean climate. Even if it smells even a little bad, its bright colors could attract children and, therefore, in the house it should be avoided!
5) The fearsome philodendron
Philodendron is also widespread in Italy: it is a very beautiful plant with a great scenic effect at home, thanks to its large and shiny leaves that can even reach a meter in height. Yet we must stay away, because the petioles of the leaves release a white milky substance that can cause irritation to the skin and eyes and, if unfortunately ingested, can even lead to suffocation!
4) Never put hydrangea indoors
Hands up who has never wanted to have a beautiful lush hydrangea on the balcony, with beautiful purple flowers, vaulted in shades of blue. Yet, behind its great beauty, there is also a certain danger, because flowers and leaves contain hydrogen, a substance that if ingested, has symptoms similar to those of cyanide ingestion. And that already tells us enough that it’s best to avoid having her at home.
3) Beautiful and … lethal: the nightshade
Belladonna has always been used as a herbal remedy, for its anti-inflammatory and beneficial properties on the nervous system, but there are also many contraindications. It can be harmful to the organism even for a simple contact: the nightshade, in fact, contains alkaloids in its fruits and flowers, toxic components that, in ancient times, were used to make a poisonous serum.
2) The unexpected sage
Yes, sage is a well-known herb: it is used in the kitchen to flavor meat and fish, it is used as a herbal remedy for its anti-inflammatory properties and even for cosmetic uses, but apparently not everyone knows that the one used in the kitchen it is the most common salvia officinalis, while the dangerous one is the salvia divinorum which has larger leaves and which contains salvinorin, a dangerous substance with dangerous and hallucinogenic effects as those of a drug!
1) Which are the plants to keep safely at home?
Fortunately, there are some plants that we can keep indoors safely, even in the presence of children and pets. These include areca, a plant that also has the advantage of purifying the air by freeing it from the dangerous formaldehyde emissions that pollute our domestic air.
Another very beautiful plant that grows luxuriantly and that we can keep indoors is the famous mother-in-law tongue (in the last image), also called the sword of San Giorgio or tiger tongue: this too has the advantage of purifying the air because manages to re-oxygenate the environments, freeing them from carbon dioxide. And again, photos, another plant that is useful for counteracting the so-called indoor pollution, or the pollution of domestic environments. Unfortunately, we are led to think that a house is a safe place, instead of between the four home walls there are dangerous pitfalls for our health!