Adding plants to your home doesn’t just make your living spaces feel more welcoming – choosing the right plants can also make your home healthier.
Based on the results of NASA’s Clean Air Study the following plants are must-haves for a healthier home due to their air purifying abilities.
If you’re not particularly green-thumbed then the humble spider plant is the perfect houseplant to help you get started. Not only are they easy to look after, but spider plants also help purify the air from carbon monoxide and xylene.
Being fairly forgiving when it comes to the conditions they live in, spider plants can be kept in any room of the house and once it starts producing ‘spiderettes’ you can propagate them and have several plants around the home.
Snakes Plants, also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, are excellent plants to have in the bedroom as they release oxygen at night creating a healthier place for you to sleep.
These house plants are also one of the most effective plants at filtering formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene and trichloroethylene out of the air.
Aloe Vera is often used to treat skin conditions such as sunburn and psoriasis, either direct from the plant or within creams and ointments.
This plant isn’t just useful to have on hand to help treat skin conditions, it also helps purify the air of formaldehyde and benzene. Aloe Vera loves a sunny spot so is perfect for the kitchen window sill.
For a splash of colour in your home add a pot of Chrysanthemums to a sunny spot in your home.
As well as producing beautiful bright blooms this plant will purify your home of ammonia and benzene as well as a whole host of other toxins.
When you think of Ivy you may just imagine it covering the exteriors of old buildings, however English Ivy can be very beneficial to have inside the home.
English Ivy is great at absorbing mould from the air. Hang the plant somewhere sunny and it will help keep your home mould free.
This is just a small selection of the plants that will help you have a healthier home. They’re nice and easy to keep alive, so whether you’re a green-thumbed expert or a plant parent beginner, there’s a perfect plant for everyone.