Did you know that most indoor plants serve more than just looking good and completing your decor? Many scientific studies have proven that most indoor plants can improve things like air quality and detoxing pollutes. So, that person you’ve been seeing on Instagram filling their home with indoor plants might actually be on to something.
If you’re looking for natural ways to improve the air quality in your home or just looking out for your own well-being, these plants might just be your next home purchase. Here are a few indoor plants that can actually benefit your health.
English ivy does so much more than just adding a rustic look to your home! Its known to purify and absorb any mold in the air. Its also beneficial for people with asthma, bronchitis, allergies and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The saponin components in ivy leaf extracts can make breathing easier by:
- loosening up mucus so it clears out faster
- increasing production and secretion liquid film for oxygen exchange
- making airway muscles relax
The Peace Lily plant is also known for being an air purifier. According to a NASA experiment, pollutants like benzene, xylene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde are some that a peace lily plant can absorb, removing 60% of air pollutants!.
Peace Lilles can also promote a restful sleep because it helps filter the indoor air, increasing the levels of humidity, helping you breathe better.
Investing in a Snake Plant is one of the best things you can do. Yes, its currently trending for home decor but, did you know that it absorbs excessive amounts of carbon monoxide and emits oxygen 24/7? This plant can absorb cancer-causing pollutants such as CO2, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
Hanging eucalyptus from your shower head might be one of the best things you do. The steam from the shower releases the natural eucalyptus oils and that has many health benefits! It helps with:
- Stress Relief: believed to be from the effects of eucalyptol, a major component of eucalyptus
- Pain Relief: inhaling the eucalyptus oil helps with the sensations of pain
- Respiratory Health: when inhaled, the components in eucalyptus oil, including 1,8-cineole, may provide benefit for respiratory conditions
- Sinusitis: eucalyptus oil can reduce inflammation and bacteria while clearing out mucus from nasal passages and relieving coughs
Golden Pothos is another air purifying plant. It removes pollutants such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene from the air. These pollutants can come from paint, glue, gas stoves etc.
This plant naturally increases humidity that protects you from cold and influenza viruses because it can’t be transmitted easily in moist air. It also keeps your skin hydrated at all times.
Ferns contain vitamins A and C, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium, making low cholesterol and contains sodium. Vitamin A provides benefits for better eye health, and vitamin C can boost the immune system and help in the production of collagen in the body. Phosphorus and calcium are needed for healthy bones and teeth.
They can also increase air humidity to ensure your skin is always moisturized and the air doesn’t get too dry.