5 Surprising health benefits of house plants

When you want to recover from an illness, sleep better or boost your productivity, you often turn to medication, vitamin rich supplements and power foods. But did you know that house plants can be just as effective at eliminating toxins and contributing to a healthy lifestyle?

New research conducted by the University of Technology Sydney, shows that indoor plants reduce air pollution, along with a number of modern malaises such as stress, illness and even short attention span.

Here are some ways you can take advantage of potted plants and flowers.

1. Make it your natural cure

Since the era of the ancient Egyptians, the Aloe Vera plant also known as the ‘lily of the desert,’ is frequently cited as a key ingredient in herbal medicines.

Extracts from the plant have many healing benefits, including medicating cuts, soothing burns, alleviate asthma symptoms and even clearing acne!

2. Boost your indoor air quality
Everyday, our household items emit volatile organic compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene into the air. Sadly, these harmful compounds can come from almost any household items – from furniture and paint to hair products and even nail polish.

NASA conducted a study to determine which plants would best eliminate these harmful toxins, helping to clean the air we breathe. They discovered 27 plants that could help do the trick.


Among the top 3 most effective plants is the Peace Lily (as shown above) and the Snake Plant (as shown below).


The Snake Plant is particularly good as it is one of the few plants that release oxygen into the air at night, making it the perfect plant to have in your bedroom as you sleep.

3. Capture the beauty of natural scents

Air fresheners that are quick to fix bad smells may seem like a gift from the home-cleaning gods, but they really only cover up the scent until its chemicals wear off.

What’s more, according to TIME magazine, many of them contain phthalates – chemicals that have been linked to cancer, decreased testosterone and lowered sperm counts.

Use fragrant plants such as dwarf Citrus Trees to fill your home with a wonderful fresh smell instead of artificial scents. This natural and chemical-free way to freshen your home is also a great way to begin growing your own organic lemons, oranges and limes.

4. Relax and inspire productivity
bamboo plant

Studies have shown that having plants in your home, or even in your workplace, have a positive effect on you. Some well-placed greenery will brighten a space, purify the air and infuse natural scents, helping to create a more relaxing and restful ambiance wherever you are.

Place a Bamboo Palm or Weeping Fig on your desk to help you relax and be more productive at work.

5. Enjoy a goodnight’s sleep
Getting the recommended seven to eight hours’ sleep per night can be difficult, especially when your mind is busy process everything that happened that day.

Studies have shown that the vapour from some plants, specifically Lavender and Jasmine can lead to a more restful sleep. The smell from these plants will induce a state of tranquility that will help you prepare for a good night’s sleep.

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