Let’s talk plants.
When you are living at home with your family, it’s simply not something you really think about.
It’s only when you’ve moved into your own apartment that you appreciate that no home is complete without some. House plants not only spruce up your home and fill empty spaces, they are also a great test of your ability to raise children in the future (just kidding). In all seriousness, studies have shown that having plants at home can boost your creativity, concentration, productivity and even your mood. Additionally, certain plants can decrease indoor air pollution substantially, amongst other benefits.
The term ‘indoor air pollution’ may raise some eyebrows but we promise, it is a thing! Indoor air pollution refers to the physical, chemical and biological contamination of air which can have adverse effects on your health and cause headaches, respiratory problems and even reduce cognitive performance! These contaminants can come from construction material, occupants themselves (eg. cooking, using certain household products) and may even be linked to a building’s design (eg. lack of circulation).
Now that we have practically cornered you into buying more plants, here is a list of common household plants which are generally resistant to neglect and provide the most benefits.
If you google Jasmine, it becomes apparent that it is appraised for a host of it’s medicinal benefits such as treating skin and gastrointestinal diseases. However, the scent of jasmine alone is said to improve your quality of sleep and increase your chances of waking up with a more positive attitude.
This one might come as less of a surprise, as the scent of Lavender is often used for relaxation purposes. Nonetheless, Lavender not only helps you sleep better but it may reduce your heart rate and blood pressure.
Aloe Vera is already well known for it’s ability to soothe damaged skin. But did you know it is also what we often call an ‘oxygen bomb’? Common in plants living in dry environments, these plants exchange air with the environment at night rather than during the day. Translated, this means that your Aloe Vera plant would be removing carbon dioxide from the air at night and providing you with oxygen during the day. It also breaks down two common VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compound- pollutants which can pose a risk to human health due to their toxicity in smaller concentrations): Formaldehyde and Benzene. If this plant hasn’t been raved about enough, it’s also pretty hard to kill. We’re talking…you pretty much have to TRY.
Yes, this plant is as beautiful as the name suggests but this plant ain’t just a pretty face! The Peace Lily can substantially improve indoor air quality by removing toxins from the air, as well as reducing the microbe count in the air, which, just in time for spring, can even help relieve allergy symptoms.
Other than the fact that it’s super convenient to have certain herbs at home if you’re an avid cooker, this useful plant’s aroma is also said to reduce anxiety and stress. Yep, we’ll order three.
NASA actually did a pretty interesting study on houseplants beginning in the late 1980’s, with the intention of providing better air quality for space stations. Many of the plants listed below were featured for their benefits.
This leafy plant purifies the air of toxins such as: benzene, xylene and formaldehyde best of all. It also helps with humidity by restoring moisture to the air naturally. Assuming you have remembered to water it, of course.
This exotic sounding plant is a little on the larger side and is great for corners. It removes benzene, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air and similarly to Aloe Vera, doesn’t die without a fight.
Not to be easily confused with the Philodendron, The Pothos is easily recognized by its large heart-shaped leaves and works great as a hanging plant. It will survive in a variety of lighting conditions and eliminates benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene and more from the air.
While still easy to care for, this plant’s need for balance may make it more of a challenge to care for than some others on the list. The rubber plant mostly absorbs formaldehyde and can grow up to 2 meters tall, so keep that in mind.
This tropical plant comes in many variations and can make a room more stylish in an instant. Though it doesn’t remove as many toxins from the air, it will remove formaldehyde.
Similar to Aloe Vera, the snake plant is also an ‘oxygen bomb’. It’s resilient in different environments and removes formaldehyde best.
Other than to keep this name thing going, this plant is featured for its ability to remove formaldehyde and xylene from its environment. It grows quickly and also looks great suspended from a high place. When your plant matures, it will even sprout small white flowers.
Equipped with a list, we hope this will help you to decide what plant is right for you, next time you are looking to ADD TO YOUR LIFE with some good old houseplants. If you have pets at home (assuming you don’t live at a MILESTONE), some of the aforementioned plants may be toxic to cats and dogs. Please double check before potentially purchasing one!