Did you know that houseplants can help you enjoy a healthier life?
Houseplants are more than just decorative. Plants, in general, help clean toxins from the air and promote a sense of wellness. Some plants are even useful for fighting or preventing specific health conditions.
Which of these nine healthy houseplants do you need in your home?
Anthurium for Anxiety
Anthurium is a type of flowering plant. They are relatively easy to grow but don’t tolerate direct sunlight well. Research has shown that having an anthurium plant in your house can reduce your stress levels and calm your anxiety.
Areca Palm for Sinuses
This gorgeous, tropical looking plant brings a sense of sunshine into a room. It’s big enough to be a dramatic accent or serve as a partial room divider.
Try adding this plant to your life if you have problems with colds and stuffy or swollen sinus. The Areca palm adds moisture to the air like a humidifier.
Boston Fern for Skin Conditions
A Boston fern is a pretty addition to a well-lit room. It is small enough to hang in a basket from the ceiling or to place on a shelf.
This houseplant helps remove toxins like formaldehyde from the air. It also releases water into the room, helping to keep skin moisturized, making it great for anyone who is challenged by eczema, psoriasis or unexplained rashes.
English Ivy for Asthma
English Ivy is the beautiful climbing plant that winds its way up fences and the sides of old buildings and other structures. It instantly brings sophistication and charm to almost any space.
Ivy has been used medicinally since ancient Greek civilization. Ivy releases a substance called saponins, which can help you breathe more easily. It calms the muscles in your airways, allowing oxygen to flow more evenly. It can also help break up mucus that may be inhibiting breathing.
Mint for Digestive Problems
Mint makes a useful kitchen plant. It has lovely, delicate leaves that produce an inviting smell. Put it on your kitchen windowsill for decorative purposes as well as cooking.
Mint leaves, most notably peppermint, can relax digestive muscles and help you digest your food more efficiently. It can also fight gas and stomach ache.
Pluck the mint leaves to make tea or add to juice. You can also chew them.
Money Plant for Healthy Lungs
This beautiful plant grows like a tree and can get quite tall, up to about 8 feet when grown indoors in a container. It requires a lot of water to thrive.
Famously studied by NASA in research on clearing the air of toxic substances, the Money plant can remove many harmful chemicals from your environment. These include benzene, a chemical that has been found to damage the lungs and cause cancer.
Be careful with this plant in your home. It can be poisonous to pets and children if ingested.
Rosemary for Obesity
Rosemary is a herb that grows with spiky leaves. It can easily be kept small for use in the kitchen or other areas of the home.
Rosemary extract has been shown to decrease the speed of your body’s ability to break down fats, which can help keep you full for a more extended period. Use fresh rosemary and other herbs to add flavor to recipes in place of fat. You can also sip tea made from rosemary leaves.
Stevia for Blood Sugar Control
Stevia is attractive and easy to grow in your home. Use a pot at least 12 inches in diameter and keep the soil well-drained.
Chew on the leaves of your Stevia plant to experience its sweetness. You can dry out the leaves and use them in place of sugar, thereby causing sugary foods to have a less dramatic effect on your blood sugar levels. One study showed that Stevia lowered glucose levels and insulin resistance in diabetic rats. More research is needed to know how well Stevia may work in helping diabetic humans, but it is a great sugar substitute.
Spider Plant to Prevent Cancer
This dramatic plant features leaves that throw themselves down in shoots to create a new plant. Spider plants look fantastic in hanging baskets and will thrive in most indoor environments as long as they get plenty of sunlight.
The EPA has identified three primary indoor toxins that can contribute to cancer growth: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. A spider plant helps cleanse the air of these chemicals. It can also help control chemical smells like those caused by fresh paint.
Houseplants are not a substitute for regular medical care, but they can help improve your health. Try adding plants to your life to create a healthier environment for you and your family.