Are you looking for ways to improve your health and wellness in 2020? One area that is known to bring many benefits is the inclusion of plants in the home and/or office. Indoor plants are not only visually appealing but they also offer a variety of healthy benefits.
They assist in breathing as they absorb the carbon dioxide in the air and release oxygen. Plants also clean the air, removing harmful toxins and indoor pollutants. Indoor plants are associated with deterring illness and boosting healing. Again, this is a result of their production of oxygen and the benefits this has for humans in an indoor environment. A final benefit of indoor plants, particularly relevant to the workplace, is that they increase productivity.
So what are the best plants to bring into our homes? Here we recommend 5 healthy indoor plants.
1. Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera plant is perhaps one of most well known "healthy" indoor plants. The Aloe Vera plant secretes a gel with healing properties. It is often used to soothe scrapes and burns when applied directly to the skin. As well as nourishing serum for beauty treatments.
The plant is also one of few that assists in breathing overnight. Although the majority of plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the day, very few do so at night. The Aloe Vera plant is an ideal bedroom plant as it assists with breathing while you sleep.
2. Kentia Palm
The Kentia Palm is also known as the Howea Fosteriana. It is a slow-growing and elegant palm, ideal for indoor environments. The plant is relatively easy to care for and long lasting. It is a beautiful addition to any home or office space. It offers significant air filtration qualities and is a natural humidifier.
When added to an office environment, the Howea Fosteriana is thought to reduce stress levels. Further, it increases levels of satisfaction in the workplace.
The Sansevieria is also known as the Snake Plant or the Mother In Law's Tongue. It is one of the most recognisable plants in the world. It boasts slightly twisted strap like stems with bright variegated colours. As you admire the Sansevieria, it is working hard to purify the air around you. It is one of the best plants for filtering out formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide. The plant does this at night, thus it will clean the air around you as you sleep. It is also a natural humidifier. And if you need another reason to love this plant, it is also associated with good luck!! Read more here.
Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves. It has blue, white, purple or pink flowers. It is often used in the kitchen to add flavour to various foods. Once ingested it has a whole host of health benefits - enhanced memory and concentration, improved digestion, neurological protection and more. However, it is also a desirable house plant due to its air purifying properties. It cleans the air of toxins allowing one to breathe in fresh, clean air. Overall, Rosemary is an all round healthy plant!