While they make for fantastic decor, there are actually a lot of benefits to keeping more than just fake plastic plants from IKEA in your home. Houseplants help assist breathing by increasing oxygen levels, all while cleansing the air. They can help fight against dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Studies show working in the presence of plants can help increase productivity, concentration, and even memory. I’m far from a botanist I’ve had my fair share of plant funerals (RIP) but I’ve done some research and here’s a few options if you’re looking to add a little green to your life and home.
If you’re just starting out, this may be the right greenery for you. Pothos require low light and are much more forgiving of missing a watering or two than other plants. In fact, they give you a little nudge when they’re thirsty with some droopy leaves. Not to mention, they’re gorgeous.
There’s a reason aloe is so trendy right now. It’s versatile; filled with vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Even if you don’t plan on cutting off any leaves and using them for DIY health and wellness, the plant still looks great.
Snake Plant/Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
Also able to sustain in low light and waterings, snake plants are on the NASA list of plants that filter and clean the air. Similarly to the Pothos, if you’re just starting out, this may be a great option.
My former Alpha Phi is showing. I’d be lying if I said a lot of the reason Ivy is on my list isn’t solely because I love Ivy. Known for purifying air, it’s pretty easy to grow but requires bright sunlight (not direct). Luckily, Stevie has never been one for munching on plants. If your animals are, these should be kept out of their reach.
With more than 40 different types, Dracaenas are known to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. They can also be toxic to animals, so be intentional with where you place them.
Do you have any greenery in your home? What’re your favorite plants?