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Eight Health Benefits of Houseplants

Bringing the outdoors inside does more than beautify your space. According to NASA, houseplants are actually good for your health because they grab and filter polluted indoor air. So, next time you have an allergic attack or a raging migraine, try a pot of lilies or a dash of daises before you make a doctor’s appointment.

      

While some plants are better than others for absorbing pollutants, all plants have properties that are useful for improving indoor air quality. If you're only going to spring for one plant, get a Chrysanthemum. NASA recently confirmed that Chrysanthemums are the best at removing three of the most common indoor air pollutants. For the best results, however, NASA suggests having 14-16 plants in at least six-inch pots. If you purchase larger plants, you don't need as many to harness the same air cleaning power. Here are a few other ways that plants can help improve your health:

Common Cold

 Indoor plants increase humidity levels and decrease dust, reducing cold-related illnesses by more than 30%.

Drowsiness

Excess carbon dioxide can elevate drowsiness levels. During photosynthesis, plants remove carbon dioxide from the air.

Stress

Houseplants can contribute to a feeling of well being, making you calm and optimistic. Plus, plants have been known to lower blood pressure due to their stress-relieving nature.

Headache

Indoor plants create oxygen and lower the carbon dioxide level, so you’re less likely to be breathing the musty, stale air that contributes to headaches.

Allergies

Exposing your children to plant-related allergies early in life works like a custom allergy shot and will build your child’s immunity.

Congestion

Some plants, like eucalyptus, can help clear phlegm and congestion from your system. It opens bronchial passages, and clears mucus during colds, flu, or bronchitis. It acts as a natural antiseptic. Use eucalyptus as an inhalant and don’t eat it. It has a high toxicity internally.

Dry Skin

Plants are a natural humidifier, and can soften the air and increase the moisture level in your home. Try a pot of English ivy for increased moisture if you live in a dry climate.

Insomnia

Since plants give off oxygen, they can help improve your night’s sleep. Some plants, like gerbera daisies, release oxygen at night, so place them by your bed for optimal oxygen while you slumber.

Houseplants have unique needs, so be sure to ask a gardening professional at your local nursery about the light, temperature, climate and nutrient needs of your plants. Light is the most critical factor that will impact a plant's health. It might seem trivial, but plants know the difference between dim light, low light, and partial light, so be sure to place your plants in the right spot to ensure they receive the right nutrients and can grow. Also, try to keep your household temperature between 58-86 degrees, and water your plants as needed.

If you're looking for the plant of least resistance, Peace Lilies, Dracaenas, and Golden Pathos are some of the most hearty, least finicky indoor houseplants.

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