Healthy Indoor Plants
Decorating your home with indoor plants and greenery is trending everywhere at the moment, especially with millennials. However, you don't have to be in the cool crowd to appreciate the many benefits of having a plethora of plants around the house. Creating a mini jungle, or even just adding one or two plants, can have great effects on your air quality, health, and more.
Air Quality Effects on Health
Back in elementary school science class we learned that plants need carbon dioxide to 'breathe'. This works perfect for us because we need the oxygen that plants provide, and in return we exhale the carbon dioxide that they need to survive. In addition to clearing the air of all that extra carbon dioxide, did you know that plants also act like a sponge to naturally remove toxic compounds? They either absorb them or break them down into harmless by-products! A recent NASA study found that some plants can eliminate up to 87 percent of indoor air pollution in a day!
Best Indoor Plants for Clean Air
Knowing that indoor plants can have a great effect on your health and home air quality, you may be wondering exactly which plants are the best for clean air. The good news is that there are plenty to choose from, and there is a perfect plant for every room in your house!
- Gerbera Daisies – Gerbera daisies are the fifth most used cut flower in the world. It is a tender perennial plant that eliminates trichloroethylene from dry cleaning, and removes pollutants associated with natural gas, plywood, pressed wood products.
- Aloe Vera Plant – Aloe Vera grows successfully indoors as a potted plant, and emits oxygen at night which helps improve sleep quality. It can also be used to treat burns making it a handy plant to have around the home.
- Janet Craig - eliminates toxins associated with plastics, rubber, synthetic fibers. It grows well in low light, and needs little water.
- Peace Lilies – Peace Lilies only need low light and water to survive and removes formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, but be cautious with where you place this plant because its leaves are poisonous to children and pets.
- Spider Plant – The spider plant eliminates benzene carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene, and also removes toxins associated with cigarette smoke, fire retardants, foam insulation and natural gas.
These are only a handful of the variety of indoor plants you can keep at home. Choose a plant depending on what your clean air needs are, or even how you want the plant to look in your home. Either way you will be benefiting the health and design of your home.
Benefits of Indoor Plants
If you think about it, humans spend less and less time outdoors and are incredibly disconnected with nature. We spend a majority of our time indoors or in cars and other spaces that don't have direct access to fresh clean air that is purified by plants. Sure the air we breathe goes through filters and air purification systems before reaching our lungs, but even those mechanisms and technology can become dusty, dirty, and filled with chemicals over time.
Having cleaner air in your home thanks to indoor plants can provide amazing health benefits like:
- Lowered risk of illness and irritation of eyes, nose, and throat.
- Boosting your mood, lowering stress and anxiety.
- Enhanced concentration and memory.
- Promotes healing and faster recovery times in hospitals or therapy centers.
- Increases creativity and productivity in the workplace.
How to Keep Houseplants Healthy
For a lot of us, keeping your indoor houseplants healthy and thriving is the hard part. For those who weren't born with a green thumb, there is still hope! Typically, most indoor plants die for one reason: not being watered properly or not getting the right amount of sun. Knowing this, the amount of windows and type of sunlight your home receives could determine which plants are the best for you. Every plant needs sunlight to survive and photosynthesize – even indoor plants! If you have very little natural light coming in, consider using small LED lights to compensate during darker hours of the day.
Watering indoor plants on a regular schedule is best. Try setting reminders for yourself until you get in the habit of doing it regularly. The tricky part is to not over water or under water the plant. If you truly can't figure out how much water is needed to keep your plants alive, try a cactus or succulent! They may not be leafy, but they can still provide many benefits to you while inside.
In order to get to know your plant and its needs better, allow a little time to do some research about the specific plant type you want to use so you can learn to care for it properly and keep it healthy for years.
Healthy Living at Home
Bringing a little bit of nature into your home is not only trendy and decorative, but can have amazing impacts on your physical and mental health as well. Start out small with a simple desk plant and before you know it, there will be a tiny jungle in your home or office that is thriving with life and energy, which will only benefit you and your family in the long run. Learn more about healthy living and catch up on our healthy bedroom guide for additional tips. And while you're at it, dress your bed in luxury and comfort with our eco-friendly bedding that provides amazing sleep benefits.