It goes without saying that every home is instantly elevated with the addition of house plants and greenery. However, did you know that house plants can have some amazing health benefits for your home? Low maintenance, easy to care for and a quick way to inject some natural beauty into the home, it’s no surprise that plants are back in vogue. It’s not all about the aesthetic though – houseplants can pack a punch when it comes to health benefits too. From the healing powers of the Aloe Vera plant to the air purifying qualities of the Peace Lily, here’s our guide to the top five houseplants that will not only bring a little zen to the home but help you breathe easier too.
1. Aloe Vera
An aloe vera plant is a stylish and practical addition to the home. This succulent plant purifies the air of formaldehyde and benzene – two chemicals commonly found in household cleaning products – and has amazing healing properties too. The gel inside its leaves is full of vitamins and naturally anti-bacterial making it ideal for treating minor cuts and burns including sunburn. There is also some evidence that aloe vera gel may help improve dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. To harness the healing powers of this plant simply snap off a leaf, open it up and rub the inside of the leaves over the affected area for instant relief.
Sansevieria’s are more commonly known as ‘Snake Plants’. Sansevieria’s are one of the most recommended plants for improving air quality in the home. In fact, the experts at NASA have found this yellow tipped plant to be highly effective at removing the harmful toxins that naturally build up in the home. Another known benefit of the snake plant is that it releases oxygen at night, helping you to breathe easier. Place one in your bedroom for a better night’s sleep.
3. Spider Plant
The resilient spider plant is an excellent choice for those who are new to keeping houseplants. It’s undemanding, easy to care for and will quietly battle common environmental toxins including carbon monoxide and xylene. If you have pets, the Spider Plant is ideal as it is one of the few houseplants that is non-toxic to animals. Introduce one or two to your home to feel the natural health benefits.
4. Peace Lily
The elegant flowers of the Peace Lily make this an attractive houseplant. It is not just about the aesthetic though; Peace Lilies have been proven to combat harmful household chemicals including benzene – a known carcinogen. The Peace Lily is also highly effective at removing mould spores from the air. To get the real benefits place yours in a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.
5. Botton Fern
With its mass of lush green foliage, the Boston Fern is thought to be one of the best air purifying houseplants. This evergreen plant not only helps to rid the home of harmful toxins it improves humidity by helping to restore moisture to the air naturally too. Because of these air-purifying properties, the Boston Fern is said to offer real health benefits to those who suffer from dry skin or irritably dry noses or throats. They look super stylish when hung around the home in macramé hangers.