If you have ever shopped for houseplants – and most of us have – it’s likely you made your final choice(s) based on their visual appearance and how hard they were going to be to take care of. These things are important, but there’s one more thing to keep in mind when choosing new houseplants for your home; their health benefits.
Staying healthy is a bigger deal than ever in a post COVID-19 world and your good health – both mental and physical – depends on more than just exercise and what you eat. The environment you live in can affect your health significantly too. And the right houseplant can make a big difference in your mood, your stress levels, the quality of your sleep and even your breathing.
A pretty houseplant is great, but pretty plant that quietly works its magic in the background to boost your health is even better. Here are five houseplants that can help solve a few common health-related problems, as well as elevate your home decor.
Spider plants are very good at removing formaldehyde from the air in your home. Removing what??? That’s right, formaldehyde, the average home has lots of it. It’s on all sorts of things you bring into your home including paper bags, waxed paper, facial tissues, paper towels, napkins, particle board, plywood paneling, mattresses, some furniture and all kinds of synthetic fabrics.
Spider plants can help remove all that nasty formaldehyde – which, if left unchecked can can cause the following:
- watery eyes.
burning sensations of the eyes, nose, and throat.
In addition to formaldehyde, spider plants can target carbon monoxide and other toxic air impurities as well. Even better a spider plant is super easy to care for -great for those with a less than green thumb – and can live happily in shadier spots in your home since it doesn’t like to be placed under direct sunlight.
Lavender is a beautiful flowering plant that has a very gentle and pleasant aroma. Best known for its stress-relieving mental benefits, the scent of lavender is often used in spa products like bath salts, skincare creams, soaps and candles.
You can place a lavender plant anywhere in your home, but putting it in your bedroom is especially helpful since it may help you sleep better. Catching a whiff of lavender may also help soothe restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Another great houseplant for the bedroom, the snake plant (also known as the “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”) is among one of the most popular choices for improving indoor air quality. It actually gets most of its job done at night, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen as you sleep.
Snake plants also remove all sorts of toxins from the air including trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and xylene. To optimize its air purifying power throughout your entire home, you’ll likely need more than one plant. Plan to get anywhere from 6 to 8 snake plants that are of waist-high height for optimal air purification.
Rosemary is a herb that has been used in folk medicine for centuries to help improve concentration and memory. It turns out that there may be some merit to this claim since a study conducted by Northumbria University in the UK found that people who were exposed to the scent of rosemary essential oil performed better on tests and questionnaires compared to people who were exposed to no scent at all. So adding one to your home office desk may boost your productivity as well as make the space more attractive in general.
Peace lilies will really compliment your home decor in the summer when their beautiful white flowers are in full bloom, but that’s not all that they can do. This pretty and powerful houseplant is a master of air pollutant removal – working hard to absorb ammonia, benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene throughout your home.
These houseplants also work well as home decorating pieces. Pretty peace lilies can make a gorgeous addition to any dining table, side table or entryway table and are a favorite of home stagers (such as myself) as they clear the air – no home seller wants to make buyers cough and sneeze – and quickly beautify odd corners or empty spaces that need to be adorned but not cluttered up.
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