We love the power of plants. Some well-placed greenery can not only brighten up a space, but also purify the air, ánd create a relaxing, restful ambiance in any room. What’s more, Dutch researchers found that hospital patients with indoor plants in their rooms reported lower stress levels than patients without them. How wonderful is that?
That’s why we listed six beautiful houseplants that are not only supereasy to take care of, but also increase oxygen and clear out toxins for cleaner breathing air. Some of them even have the NASA stamp of approval. Try adding one to your bedroom or office space for a little dose of zen. Plant-powerrr!
1. Aloe Vera
The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties. Not only does it soothe skin burns and cuts, it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants’ leaves will display brown spots. Just an FYI: It grows best with lots of sun.
2. Rubber Tree
Rubber trees are good for cleaning the air and are one of the easiest plants to grow, as they thrive even in dim lighting and cooler climates. The low-maintenance plant is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.
3. Red-edged Draceana
This beautiful, vibrant plant can grow to be ceiling-height, making it a great plant for decorating and filling up space. It also removes toxins including xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air. Grows best in sunlight.
4. Golden Pothos
The golden pothos makes the NASA 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 with low levels of sunlight.
5. Peace Lily
The beautiful peace lily 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. Spider Plant
One of the most common house plants, spider plants are decorative, easy to grow, and also make the NASA list of the best air-purifying plants. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
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