A Guide to the Best Indoor Plants that Improve Overall Health and Wellness
The health and wellness of our loved ones is one of the most important things we worry about. It’s relieving to have some control over the air you and your family breath and by incorporating some of these plants into your home, you may alleviate some pesky symptoms leading to an improvement in general wellbeing. Below are 5 indoor plants that NASA has deemed the best at improving air quality in your home, and the best part, they all bring a nice touch of nature into your home.
One of the most well-known plants for improving health is Aloe Vera, famous for its great benefit to the skin and healing properties. What you might not know is that this plant is also great for purifying and maintaining air quality and with its help, you can clear the air of pollutants which are found in most common household cleaning products. It works to absorb airborne compounds from things such as paint and cleaning agents and can be picked up from most nurseries or home goods stores like Bunnings.
This particular plant was found by NASA to be the very best air-filtering plant to have in your home, simply because it is the most effective at absorbing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a colourless and pungent chemical that is used as a preservative in many products found around the home and workplace. Exposure to this chemical can lead to the progression of cancer, which English Ivy combats by absorbing it through the leaves.
Studies show that this plant can also drastically improve symptoms of asthma or allergies which can help increase both the quantity and quality of sleep. English Ivy is especially proficient at absorbing and reducing airborne mould in your home and is low maintenance, meaning it can be left with slightly dry soil in a sunny spot.
Another plant that NASA deems great for absorbing harsh compounds and reducing the number of toxins in the air is the Peace Lily. It is well renowned for its ability to break down airborne compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air as revealed by NASA’s analysis of indoor houseplants.
These low maintenance plants don’t thrive in direct sunlight and will give you all the benefits of clean air if you place it away from natural light in a cooler temperature area.
This palm does a wonderful job as an indoor air purifier as it reduces airborne formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide, much like the Peace Lily. While this plant does require plenty of water and a small amount of indirect sunlight, if you take care of it, the benefits will be numerous. One of these added benefits beyond air purification is that it acts as a natural humidifier which means it produces around a litre of ambient water every 24 hours. For those living in drier climates or if you have breathing issues, this plant would be very well-suited to your home.
A Boston Fern is known for being a low maintenance, easy to care for plant. As well as this, they’re immensely skilled at purifying and improving the air in your home by holding the ability to remove compounds like formaldehyde, plastics and even cigarette smoke from the air. This process works as the fern’s leaves absorb the compounds and turn them into materials that it can use. It has also been proven to improve humidity by helping restore natural moisture to the air, greatly benefiting those who suffer from dry skin and/or dry noses or throats.