Houseplants are more than just decoration, they are inhabitants of your house. They turn your room into living space, bring life to your interiors. More importantly, they make the air you breath more breathable, releasing oxygen and filtering out everyday pollutants. They also release phytochemicals, which suppress mould spores and bacteria in the air. The humidity they add, helps to the counter the dry air of centrally heated houses. A study conducted in 2008 found that hospital patients with indoor plants had lower stress levels that those without them. It is proven that nature is clearly linked to reduced stress levels. When you’re out enjoying nature, you tend to forget about tensions too. Some of these plants have also been listed in the top 10 best air-purifiers in a study of houseplants by NASA scientists. Another research by the Environmental Protection Agency indicates that indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. Airborne dust, bacteria, and mould spores could be problematic for many people. Cleaning all that up could prove to be quite a tedious task. It’s a lot easier to clean up the air by bringing in a few leafy green roommates. We have compiled a list of 10 houseplants that will not improve the air quality of your home but also de-stress the place as well. Do let us know what you think of it in the comments.
10. RUBBER TREE
The rubber tree is a low maintenance plant, that is easy to grown and is great for cleaning the air. It’s a powerful toxing eliminator and air purifier. They can thrive in dim lighting and cooler temperatures.
9. ENGLISH IVY
As the number one air-filtering houseplant according to NASA, the English Ivy is the most effective when it comes to absorbing formaldehyde. It grows in moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.
8. SNAKE PLANT
Snake plants don’t need much light or water to survive, so they’re an easy choice for any corner of your home. The plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night so add one to your bedroom and absorb the benefits.
7. PEACE LILY
This beautiful plant is a wonderful low-maintenance flower to keep in the home. Peace lilies do well in shade and cooler temperatures, and they can reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air.
6. ALOE PLANT
From soothing skin burns and cuts to detoxing the body, the aloe plant has healing qualities. The plant helps clear the air of pollutants found in cleaning products, and when the chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants’ leaves will display brown spots. It grows best in a nice sunny spot.
5. GOLDEN POTHOS
The Golden Pothos is on NASA’s list for its ability to clear formaldehyde from the air. Try adding it to your kitchen or living room as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines. They grow easily in cool temperatures will low levels of sunlight.
The heart-shape is a popular plant choice for indoor areas, as they’re easy to care for and can grow decorative vines. This plant is also good at absorbing formaldehyde. They last for many years when properly cared for.
3. RED-EDGED DRACAENA
This beautiful, vibrant plant can grow to be ceiling-height. It also removes toxins like xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air. It grows best in sunlight.
2. SPIDER PLANT
The Spider Plants are one of the most common of the houseplants. They’re easy to grow, and are also on NASA’s list of the best air-purifying plants. They are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
1. BAMBOO PLANT
The attractive bamboo palm also made NASA’s list of top clean-air plants with a purifying score of 8.4. This plant needs to be well-watered, in shade or indirect sunlight.
Whether you notice it or not, the presence of your houseplants does have a positive effect on you. Other than removing toxins from the air, you can benefit from them subliminally, making you happier around them. We wonder why aren’t houseplants a priority in schools, hospitals and other institutional buildings. Not all of us can have a garden, or even a window ledge to grow plants on, but everyone can own a house plant, and everyone should. It all boils down to whether you need fresh air or an attitude adjustment, indoor houseplants fit the bill.