Did you ever think that your house plants may be doing more than just adding some life and décor to your home? Well, plants are more than just a pretty accent; they serve a great function in improving the air quality and your wellbeing. Potted plants battle indoor air pollution as well as boost your creative side. Here are a few ideas for plants to incorporate in your home and their functions.
Chrysanthemums were originally cultivated in China and were vastly used for multiple medicinal and culinary purposes. The yellow and white flowers were enjoyed in a sweet drink, while the greens were typically boiled and served as a meal. NASA casted a study on chrysanthemums and found that they were very effective in removing benzene from the air. Benzene is one of the most widely used chemicals in the U.S. and is a very common odorless air pollutant. Benzene is found in plastics, rubbers, dyes, crude oil, detergents, drugs, pesticides, gasoline, and cigarette smoke. Based on continuous studies, benzene is known to cause cancer. Chrysanthemums are highly recommended due to its fight against this pollutant. The flowers last about 6 weeks and care tips include that they thrive in bright indirect sunlight.
2. Bamboo Palm
Another excellent plant that is very efficient in removing benzene from the air is bamboo palm. It also removes a whole list of other toxins from the air; formaldehyde, chloroform, xylene and carbon monoxide. Bamboo palm is a great repellent for spider mites as well. Along with creating fresh air and repelling mites, bamboo palm also emits moisture in the air so it is very helpful during those cold and dry months. This plant can grow anywhere from 3 to 6 feet tall. Care tips include to keep it out of direct sunlight and during summer months, feed the plant with an all-purpose fertilizer.
3. Peace Lily
Another beautiful plant that seconds as a great air cleanser is the peace lily. The large leaves of this plant are a great vacuum for toxins such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene and various other pollutants. This plant also is a great air freshener so you won’t have need for the sprays which harvest a lot of chemicals. Peace lilies care tips include keeping the plant in low and bright indirect sunlight and keeping the soil slightly damp.
4. Golden Pothos
For those who are not known for having a green thumb but want the benefits of the plants listed above, a good starter plant is the golden pothos! Just like the other plants on this list, it is an air cleanser and rids the home of many dangerous air pollutants. This plant is a hard one to kill and will put up with a lot of neglect. Also, the golden pothos is a forgiving plant when it is over watered.
5. Aloe Vera
Another plant that is very easy to care for is the aloe vera plant. Just like the previous plants, aloe vera removes toxins like formaldehyde from the air. What differentiates this plant from the others is that aloe vera carries with it a lot of serious health claims. The plant is full of a liquid that is full of enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and several other compounds that are antibacterial, wound healing and anti-inflammatory. Care tips for aloe vera include keeping the plant in a nice sunny area and never leave in full shade. Also, water the plant deeply but sparingly and, when in doubt, water the plant less, not more.
6. Gerbera Daisies
If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, you may want to consider adding some gerbera daisies to dress up your night stand. Gerbera daisies are unlike most plants. Other plants release oxygen during the day and their photosynthesis cycle decreases during the night. However, gerbera daisies continue their cycle of producing oxygen throughout the night. They are also known to be very helpful for sleep apnea and breathing disorders. Care tips include keeping them in high direct light with a little bit of shade in the summer. Also, it is best to water the daisies in the morning so the leaves can dry out throughout the day, as they are susceptible to rot and fungal disease.