15 Houseplants That Are Good for Your Health

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NASA Clean Air research shows that every average home contains dangerous toxins, such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, and ammonium.

Humans protect themselves from these toxins using a variety of methods, but one of the best is using houseplants, which according to experts, can absorb up to 90% of these chemicals.

This is the reason why people have kept various plants in homes since ancient times because they are not only a green home decoration, but at the same time, they purify the air.

Here are 15 plants that have been proven to be beneficial to your health:

  1. Jasmine

Due to a chemical that relieves anxiety, treats, and mood swings, jasmine has a great effect on our mental health and improves sleep quality. It also raises immunity and even can increase libido.

  1. Spider Plant

These plants are successfully fighting formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and other toxic air impurities, which mostly come with paper bags, napkins, waxed paper, synthetic fabrics, and plywood paneling. Because it doesn`t require much care it is appropriate also for the people who are not experienced with plants.

  1. Peace Lily

This type of plant is great for home decor because of its beautiful white flowers in the summer. However, besides the decoration, this houseplant is a pro at removing air pollutants, such as absorbing ammonia, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde and making the indoor air cleaner. Because of its production of pollen and a floral scent, people who have pollen-related allergies have to be careful by keeping it at home.

  1. Snake Plant

It’s well known that the snake plant improves indoor air quality, why it is a great houseplant for the bedroom. They remove all sorts of toxins including trichloroethylene, toluene, formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene. According to the experts, it is necessary to have more than one plant to optimize the air purifying process. They don’t like indirect sunlight and are considered to be one of the easiest plants to care for.

  1. Rosemary

This type of plant is known as a herb that improves concentration and memory, but it’s also used to ease muscle pain and boost the circulatory and immune systems. Additionally, people who love the taste of rosemary can use fresh leaves in cooking.

  1. English Ivy

It purifies up to 90% of airborne mold that can trigger allergies. It also helps people with asthma breathe better at night and prove people’s restful sleep. Because it is poisonous, keep it away from pets or small children.

  1. Lavender

This type of plant is very effective in relieving stress and insomnia, and soothing restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, and depression.

  1. Aloe Vera

 

 

 

Because of its healing effects, Aloe vera is used for smoothing and moisturizing irritated skin and treating burns, sunburn, psoriasis, frostbite, and even cold sores.

  1. Golden Pothos

Chemicals like trichloromethyl that are mostly found in glue, paint, and detergent are easily removed from the air by keeping the Golden pothos plant at home. Pothos is extra hard to kill, so it`ll be a great starter plant for you.

  1. Rubber Plant

Through the huge leaves, this plant absorbs all the bad things from the air. This plant tends to grow up large, they’re not very difficult to care for, but the leaves should be always clean from the dust.

  1. Bromeliads

They have the ability to absorb poisonous chemicals like benzene (up to 90%). Keep them in bright and sunny spaces.

  1. Gerbera

According to NASA, Gerbera is the best plant in removing benzene from the indoor air and producing oxygen at night. Lung Institute confirmed that gerbera helps people who suffer from insomnia and sleep apnea by producing oxygen.

  1. Boston Fern

It is a great natural humidifier and also helps with air purifying and combating formaldehyde and other unwanted toxins. This plant is easy to grow, doesn’t need direct sunlight, but needs moist soil.

  1. Azalea

Azaleas are gorgeous colorful flowers, but besides the decoration, by absorbing chemicals they improve indoor air. If you have azaleas at home, make sure to keep them misted, because they like a humid environment.

  1. Philodendron

It is very effective in filtering out toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and xylene from the air. The plant doesn`t require much care and likes low-light areas. Be careful, because it might be dangerous if eaten, for small children and animals.

We`d be happy to hear from you in the comments if you have any experience with the plants we mentioned above, and for other useful plants, we could add to the list!

 

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