Did you know that indoor air can be twice, even five times more polluted than outdoor air?
A scary thought, right? Especially considering that most city people stay indoors 90% of the time!
No wonder so many people in the U.S. suffer from respiratory problems. There’s the 26 million who have asthma, for starters.
Even if your home’s indoor air quality isn’t as bad as what’s outside, there are still plenty of ways to improve it. One of these is through indoor plants. They’re proven effective – by none other than NASA – to help improve air quality.
Better air quality gives rise to better moods. Now, wouldn’t you want to breathe in fresher, cleaner air while also feeling great in general?
So, why not bring these following plants into your home? You’ll thank us later once the good vibes they bring set in!
You may know lavender as the plant that blossoms pretty purple flowers. What you may not be aware of is that this bushy and plant belongs to the mint family.
Its flowers alone can already make anyone feel better, but there’s also its relaxing scent. It smells amazing, which is a primary reason for its popularity in the world of aromatherapy.
Its benefits go beyond being a simple mood-booster though. If you’re an insomniac and craving for a good night’s sleep, lavender can also help.
For many people, geraniums are great as garden bedding plants. Don’t let this stop you from bringing them inside your home though!
For one, because these small indoor plants produce so many of those vibrant-colored flowers that can cheer up anyone. There’s also its mild rose-like scent, which researchers have found to help reduce anxiety. That makes them a great accompaniment to your workouts for banishing negative thoughts.
Plus, they’re easy to take care of, so there’s not much reason for you not to have them inside.
3. Boston Fern
The Boston Fern is one of the houseplants in NASA’s list of indoor air-purifying fauna. Not only does it look pretty; it also has excellent air filtration capabilities. They can even help dehumidify the air, which is a plus during the winter season.
How’s that for a mood booster and peace of mind?
There’s power behind flowers, and the rose is one perfect example. Roses symbolize many things, depending on their color, but the most common include love, romance, joy, and purity. They’re so popular in the U.S. that growers produce 250 million of them for Valentine’s Day alone.
Roses aren’t only romantic though. They also have the power to heal. According to a study, it brought relaxation and comfort to office workers who looked at them.
Pro Tip: You don’t have to wait for special occasions to enjoy their benefits. Why not grow your own flowering plants? You can read more here to find out how.
5. Peace Lily
The name says it all: The Peace Lily, with all its white flowers and lush green leaves, is one of the best natural mood enhancers out there.
It helps reduce harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that come from harsh household cleaning solutions. It also helps with air humidification.
This elegant-looking plant also deals with dreaded mold spores. Plus, it’s a hardy plant that requires low light and minimal maintenance, so why not get a few for your home?
6. Parlor Palm
For large indoor plants, consider the Parlor Palm. Not only because they’re some of the cheapest palms in the market, but also because of their excellent air purifying power. They can help minimize, even clear out toxic gases like benzene.
Keep in mind that this palm can grow up to four feet tall. They can thrive in pots though, so it’s a good idea to set them up beside furniture that may produce VOCs.
7. African Violets
The purple color and the pretty petal arrangement of African Violets can already help you feel relaxed. You can feel your mind and body calming down as you gaze upon this beautiful flower.
They also make for good houseplants since they’re small. Taking care of them is a breeze as well. They prefer indirect sunlight, but will grow well under or in artificial light.
8. Chinese Evergreen
Another natural air purifier, the Chinese Evergreen should also have a spot inside your home. They’re low-maintenance, but what really makes them ideal indoor plants is their toxin-removing properties. They work wonders in eradicating toxins that most chemical-based cleaning solutions contain.
Oh, and let’s not forget their small red berries that look amazing against their dark, green leaves. A word of warning though: The berries are inedible – they’re poisonous – so if you have small kids and pets, you may want to look at your other houseplant options.
Yes, we’re referring to the same basil you love in your pasta, sandwiches, and sauces. The fact that the plant’s leaves are delicious should be enough for you to want them in your home.
But basil’s uses go beyond the kitchen. It can also help make you feel better. It contains linalool, which researchers found to have antimicrobial, insecticidal, and calming effects.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a succulent aesthetic plant that boasts of so many beneficial properties. For starters, it has a lot of herbal remedy uses, from helping soothe sunburnt skin to swelling and even scarring. It also holds immense power when it comes to purifying the air.
Apart from helping lower the amount of carbon dioxide inside your home, the aloe plant can also minimize air pollutants and contaminants, including formaldehyde. Best of all, it has shown promising results as a depression treatment.
Live Healthier and Happier with these Indoor Plants
There’s no doubt about it: Indoor plants can help boost your mood, lift your spirits, and even benefit your overall health. They also look great, which makes them perfect interior decorating materials.
So, get yourself some of these good houseplants as soon as you can. You’ll feel great inside and out, while you also give your home’s livability a much-needed boost.
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