Indoor Plants That Are Actually Good For Your Health


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Photo by Ej Yao

Houseplants are a wonderful and simple way decorate your home, adding color and beauty to any room. But did you know that some indoor plants are actually good for your health? You probably have heard about photosynthesis in middle school science class, learning that during this process plants absorb carbon dioxide and then release oxygen in a room, but they can do so much more. Some plants are capable of purifying the air by clearing out detrimental toxins, providing you with cleaner breathing air. And plants have been proven to reduce stress levels and tension, too, as well as to sharpen focus. The following plants are not only beautiful but just may keep you from having to visit your doctor.

Indoor Plants That Are Actually Good For Your Health

English Ivy

According to NASA scientists, the easy-to-grow English Ivy is the best plant for air filtering. English Ivy absorbs formaldehyde, which is often found in rugs, cigarette smoke, grocery bags, and vinyl.

Aloe Plant

We all know of this plant’s healing capability of soothing skin burns and cuts. But it also cleans the air of pollutants that are found in chemical cleaning products. When the air becomes overly saturated with these harmful chemicals, the aloe plant actually alerts you — its leaves start to show brown spots.

Bamboo Plant

This pretty plant works hard to purify the air in your home, clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene, found in many man-made fibers, paint, solvents, and ink.

Spider Plant

This is one of the most common houseplants because of its interesting look and is so easy to grow. But it has also been rated by NASA as one of the top air purifiers, battling pollutants in the air such as carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene.

Peace Lily

One of the few air purifying plants that flower is the Peace Lily. This plant helps to rid the air of acetone, which is released by certain cleaners, electronics, and adhesives.

Lady Palm

This gorgeous tropical-looking plant sucks up ammonia, which affects your respiratory system, and is a vital ingredient used in dyes, textiles and some cleaners.

Indoor plants have even more health benefits

Many studies have concluded that indoor plants contribute to your health in many ways. Plants release approximately 97% of the water they take in, so you can increase the humidity in a room by placing several plants together, which can decrease dry skin, sore throats and coughs. Plants can also decrease symptoms of fatigue and anxiety, as well as lower blood pressure and heart rate. So puts some plants in every room of your house and office, and reap the health benefits plants offer you. These hardworking houseplants do so much more than sit there looking pretty!