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5 Indoor Plants To Help Keep You Healthy

Did you know that, aside from looking good, houseplants can be valuable allies in your ongoing wellbeing?

Studies by no less a body than NASA have conclusively shown that certain plants excel at removing volatile organic chemicals from the air. These VOCs are found in air fresheners, cleaning products, solvents, glues, paints, new carpets, new furniture and many other household products.

It makes sense to furnish your garden room with a few of these health-improving plants, but which to choose? Here’s our guide to the five you’ll want to grow.

Spider Plant

Suitable for even the least green fingered person, spider plants are very robust, and have been shown to remove benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene from the atmosphere. Happy in a pot or hanging basket, spider plants enjoy bright indirect light and don’t need too much watering.

Kentia Palm

This graceful palm is beautiful to look at, and hydrates the air well. It tolerates shade but is happy in bright too, and is easy to look after. As well as removing toxins from the air, the kentia palms can be used to section off part of the room if required, as they can grow to good heights.

Peace Lily

Producing gorgeous white blooms, the peace lily came top of NASA’s list for the removal of benzene, formaldehyde, acetone, trichloroethylene and alcohols. This plant does best in shade, and should be kept moist at all times. Other than that, it’s an easy to care for plant which will bring a lot of happiness when it flowers.

English Ivy

You’ll be familiar with ivy on trees and outdoor walls, but it also makes a very good houseplant. As well as being visually appealing - perhaps trailing over shelves or bookcases? This climber excels at absorbing formaldehyde. Happy in a pot or in a hanging basket, ivy doesn’t need much sunlight and is easy to care for.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a succulent which is very easy to grow, and loves to sit on a sunny shelf or windowsill. Known to help clear formaldehyde and benzene, the plant is also known for its other health giving properties. The gel from the fresh leaves is outstanding at healing cuts, stings and bruises - the perfect plant to have on hand in your garden room for any garden mishaps.

With so many pretty houseplants to choose from, and such toxin-clearing benefits from each, isn’t it time you stocked your garden space with some greenery?

Date: 25/05/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges