5 Best Indoor Plants for your Home

I would love to live in a jungle. The more time I spend in nature the better I feel. Unfortunately many of us live in polluted cities and this affects our health and well being. Plants are therapeutic and help purify our air, promote well being and are good for the environment. We’ve compiled a list of the 5 best indoor plants for your home to help promote a better, healthier home environment.

Living plants boost oxygen levels, and promote clean the air while stylistically enhancing organic style. Studies have shown that being around plants helps improve concentrate in both the home and workplace. Tasks are better performed with greater accuracy, yielding higher quality results while under the calming influence of nature (find out more here).

Plants not only make your home healthier, they also make us happier and more compassionate. Research has shown that those who spend extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have better relationships with other people. In addition, people with plants are much more likely to try and help others, and often have more sophisticated social relationships. People who care for the natural world are statistically more likely to care for others, reaching out to their fellow humans and forming stronger bonds. Don’t we all want happier and healthier homes, communities and planet?

NASA has studied how houseplants can purify the air in space and have found effective results in filtering out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Common household VOCs include formaldehyde (carcinogen found in household products like glue, nail polish, and paints), benzenes (found in plastics, synthetic fibers, and detergents), trichloroethylene (found in varnishes, paints, and adhesives) and other toxic chemicals.

We all want to make our homes less toxic, so firstly considering not bringing items into your house that will contaminate your environment. Secondarily, consider adding elements that help detoxify your home; plants are a wonderful place to start. Even a single air plant on a bedside table can bring a welcome dose of optimism when it’s the first thing you see each morning. So if you’re not sure where to begin, start with one little plant, well tended and loved. Here are the 5 best indoor plants for your home and your health.

Peace Lily

I love these beautiful plants, which are one of the best “clean-all” houseplants The shade-loving tropical plant is not a true Lilly, but it is the perfect versatile plant for every home. I have mine in my living room, but they’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they remove mold spores. Peace Lilly’s are one of the best indoor plants because they are easy to care for,  hardy and forgiving; they will even show a telltale droop when they need water.

Areca or Bamboo Palm

This beautiful exotic looking palm is one of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness. According to NASA, it removes both benzene and formaldehyde and acts as a natural humidifier with about the same efficiency as a small mechanical dehumidifier. The beautiful leafs have a gentle curve to them which is why they are also called butterfly palms. If you buy them as small table top plants, they can grow about 6-10 inches per year depending on how big their pot is; a full grown plant can reach over 6 feet given the right conditions.

Snake Plant

The snake plant, also known as Mother In-Laws Tongue is another easy to care for plant. It is best to keep this plant is  in the bedroom because it converts CO2 into oxygen at night. NASA has found that Snake plants also filter formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. Studies have also shown we sleep more soundly with greenery around so refresh the air and enjoy a more peaceful sleep in a healthier atmosphere with this easy addition.

Aloe Vera

I adore succulents, they are easy to grow, easy to care for and don’t require much water. Aloe Vera helps clear both formaldehyde and benzenes. In addition, Aloe Vera has many uses in the home and it can be applied topically. The Aloe gel can heal cuts, burns and abrasions; it can soothe sunburns and can be used as a hair mask as well. Aloe plants prefer lots of sun, so put them on a windowsill and sit back and watch them thrive.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are incredibly resilient indoor plants with lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers. These are one of the best indoor plants, not only because they are beautiful, but they remove carbon monoxide benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. Spider plants are great for indoor environments and also safe for pets.

We would love to know what you think are the 5 best indoor plants for your home. Do you have a favorite?  If you have some good tips and trips that help make your home healthier, please share in the comments below.

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