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7 House Plants With Health Benefits

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It’s true that indoor plants don’t just look good but also make people feel good, both mentally and physically. 

Having houseplants in your environment can boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity. They can also reduce stress levels, fatigue and colds, keep the air clean indoors by absorbing toxins, improve sleep quality, and even your breathing. Plants add life to your environment, reduce noise levels and are therapeutic. The real question is, what can’t they do?  

Introduce any of these houseplants to your home and enjoy the vibrance they add to your home decor while they quietly work their magic in the background. 

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Spider Plant

The buoyant spider plant is an excellent choice for those who are new to keeping houseplants. It’s easy to care for and only needs to be watered occasionally. If you’ve got pets, the Spider Plant is ideal as it is non-toxic to animals. Spider plants quietly remove environmental toxins, primarily formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is the dust or particles left behind from paper bags, facial tissues, paper towels, plywood panelling and synthetic fabrics.

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Aloe Vera

This succulent plant is a very practical addition to any home. Chances are you probably already know why. Aloe vera is known for its substantial healing properties. The clear gel inside its leaves is full of vitamins and naturally antibacterial making it ideal for treating minor cuts, burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis, cold sores, or simply to soothe irritated skin. To harness the healing powers of this plant simply apply the substance directly over the affected area for instant relief. You can keep them under indirect or partial sunlight. 


Pothos are a great start if you’re looking at getting the benefits of houseplants but aren’t a natural green thumb. This plant has been shown to filter benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene but isn’t as powerful of an air-purifying plant as others. Not all is lost however, a study from the University of Texas showed that people who spend time around plants like pothos are more likely to be helpful, more caring and empathetic.

Snake Plant

This no-nonsense indoor plant gets its name because of its thin, upright leaves with irregular banding that resembles a snake. Its adaptations are the reason why it’s considered to be one of the easiest plants to care for. The most ideal spot for a snake plant is in the bedroom as at night, these succulents absorb carbon dioxide, convert and release it into oxygen, giving you a sound night’s sleep. In fact, experts at NASA have found this plant to be highly effective at improving air quality and removing toxins that naturally build up in the home.

Peace lilies are beautiful plants to add to your home decor, especially in the summer when their beautiful white flowers are in full bloom. The peace lily is another houseplant that NASA has named to be the most efficient natural filters, as it is found to be great for absorbing compounds in the air and improving air quality. It’s also proven to combat harmful household chemicals like carbon monoxide, ammonia, xylene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. As our buildings and houses become more energy efficient, we end up trapping pollutants inside, which is where house plants like the peace lily come into play, keeping the air fresher and safer. You can also place peace lilies in places of excessive moisture like your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room as they’re also highly effective at removing mould spores.


Lavender is a herb that is more than just a delightful-smelling indoor plant, it is also useful to relieve anxiety, depression, insomnia, lower blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of cortisol (a stress hormone). Moreover, research also suggests that consuming hot tea with lavender can help in easy digestion or cure an upset stomach. So just on those days you forget to unwind, take a few deep breaths of the relaxing scent and let it calm you down and relieve you of your restlessness.

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English Ivy    

English Ivy is known to be the best air-filtering houseplant. If you suffer from asthma or breathing problems, it will help you breathe easier as it has the ability to purify up to 90% of the airborne mold and filters out formaldehyde that could trigger allergies. Which is why it’s a good one to place in your bedroom to help you get a restful sleep at night. Be cautious that the Ivy is poisonous, if eaten by pets or small children.

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