Indoor Plants for Health

Having plants indoors can provide many healthy benefits. Aside from brightening and enlivening a room indoor plants can also help rid the air of pollutants, toxins and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). By helping to keep the indoor air cleaner and purer indoor plants can help you stay healthy and active by fighting fatigue and sickness.

English Ivy

English ivy (Hedera helix), which is otherwise known as common ivy, has been shown to be a highly effective indoor plant at removing unwanted chemicals and toxins from the air. English ivy is an evergreen climbing plant that can grow in many different settings and climates.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are known to remove potentially harmful chemicals from the air, such as those found in paints, varnishes and dry-cleaning fluids. Peace lilies are evergreen, perennial plants with large leaves. They are native to tropical regions and don't require excessive light or water to survive.

Spider Plant

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) have been shown to purify indoor air, especially when it comes to formaldehyde, which is found in particleboard often used in furniture. Formaldehyde is one of three chemicals of particular concern in indoor office environments, the other two being benzene and TCE. Spider plants are popular houseplants due to their adaptability, nice looks and long, narrow leaves.

Weeping Fig

The weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is another plant that is effective at purifying air of chemicals like formaldehyde. Often sold in stores simply as a ficus plant, the weeping fig is a species of fig tree that is a popular houseplant in temperate areas because of its elegant growth and tolerance of poor growing conditions.

Boston Fern

Boston ferns are popular perennial houseplants often grown in hanging baskets. Another air-purifying indoor plant, Boston ferns are otherwise known as sword ferns and are native to Florida, the West Indies, and Asian Pacific but grow anywhere with damp soil that is rich in nutrients.

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