Best Indoor Plants For Your Home
11th May, 2016
There’s more to indoor plants than meets the eye – not only do they add that extra touch of beauty to your home, they can actually improve the air quality of your household. The right house plant can reduce the pollution in your home, increasing oxygen levels and clearing the air of harmful toxins, so you can breathe easy. Indoor plants also create an ambient atmosphere that has been proven to reduce stress levels, transforming your home into a tranquil space you’ll love to spend time in. So, what are the best indoor plants for your home?
English ivy is undoubtedly one of the best house plants for purifying the air, as it absorbs formaldehyde that can often be found in household cleaning products. Experts also believe that English ivy has a number of health benefits, including reducing mucus build-up in the lungs, which can help those with asthma or COPD breathe easier. English ivy is a strong antioxidant too, as it releases chemicals that help the body neutralise cell damage linked to cancer, diabetes and other health problems. It’s also extremely adaptable – it can be a hanging or floor plant – and easy to grow, as it requires only a little sunlight, watered weekly and fed monthly.
The beautiful peace lily is perfect for busy homeowners, as it is such a low-maintenance house plant. It can survive in very little sunlight and will let you know when it’s thirsty – just look out for that droop. The peace lily absorbs a variety of air pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which can be omitted from detergents, dyes, paints and more household items. The elegant white flowers will brighten any room while it takes care of those toxins, making it a great indoor plant for your home.
Add a pop of colour to your home with the red-edged dracaena, which can easily grow to ceiling-height. This mighty indoor plant is best for eradicating xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air, which can be found in varnishes and gasoline, amongst other chemicals. The evergreen red-edged dracaena thrives best in bright rooms and is great for filling up space in your home, whilst providing health benefits. However, it can be poisonous to pets if ingested, so just be cautious if you have cats or dogs.
The snake plant is best for ridding the air of formaldehyde, as well as absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen during the night, which most house plants do during the day. This makes it a perfect addition to your bedroom, as it will give you an oxygen boost while you snooze. Alternatively, it will enjoy the humid conditions of your bathroom and won’t take up much space at all. Be sure to feed the snake plant at least once a month to make the most of it.
The ever-popular chrysanthemum not only looks beautiful, it helps filter out benzene from the air, which can be found in glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents. This house plant loves bright places, so you should sit it near direct sunlight to encourage the buds to open. The good news is chrysanthemums come in almost every colour, so you can find one to match your décor perfectly. The bad news, however, is they only tend to flower for three to four weeks at a time. Chrysanthemums are easily found, so can be replaced when their time is up, which also gives you the chance to pick another colour.
This sun-loving indoor plant helps to rid the air of formaldehyde and benzene, which can be found in most chemical cleaning products. It’ll also let you know when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air is too much, as the leaves will show brown spots. The aloe vera plant also has healing properties, as the gel can be used to soothe cuts and burns, and has been historically used as a skin treatment. This pretty little house plant is ideal for a sunny window ledge and can be left to grow with minimum effort.