7 indoor plants that will make your home healthier

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These greeneries will help keep your indoor air clean naturally without the need for an air purifier.

Did you know that indoor plants can remove toxins from the air in your home as well as help you concentrate better? More than just a pretty ornament, they’re also a great aid in promoting good night sleep. While having a comfortable bed and being active helps, most people are unaware that the air-purifying and calming properties of certain greenery can indeed have a significant impact on how you sleep. With the presence of cleaner air, increased oxygen level and aromatic scents of these 7 plants in your house, you can now say hello to a healthier life and a solid slumber.

1. Snake plant

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In case you don’t know, snake plant is one of those few plants that don’t need much light or water to survive, making it a perfect choice to be at corner of your home. This beautiful green is beloved for its ability to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, and while many plants stop doing this at night, the snake plant continues to do so while you sleep – and more oxygen means cleaner air and better sleep.

2. Rosemary

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Who says only large indoor plants can help your well-being? Herbs like rosemary can do the trick as well. Rosemary is not solely a culinary staple. It is said that placing a pot of it in your bedroom has many benefits. The scent that rosemary releases has been known to reduce anxiety, and its also alleged to improve your memory. Therefore, our advice would be to keep a small rosemary plant by your bedside and rub it on your palms before bed to reap the benefits while you sleep.

3. Lavender

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Just like rosemary, lavender is also a popular choice for your bedroom because of its soothing scent. This bluish-purple flower has also been known to help people with anxiety and can even help induce sleep by lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and stress level. While you could light a scented candle, nothing beats the natural fragrance of fresh lavender that perfumes the air constantly for a more lasting effect. Also, lavender can be quite potent, so having a small plant on your bedside may be all you need to get a better sleep.

4. Gerbera

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Gerberas can be great indoor plants as long as your house has enough light for them. The masses of richly-hued flowers can undoubtedly help you to feel cheerful when you wake up or enter your house after a day out. Besides that, they also release oxygen at night and remove chemicals from the air. Apart from all these benefits, gerberas have even been recommended for people who suffer from sleep apnea or allergies.

5. Jasmine

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We all know that jasmine has a strong aroma to it. It is commonly used in the Indian community to make flower garlands. Although jasmine is not a common indoor plant, it has many benefits including reducing anxiety and contributing to better quality of sleep. As a matter of fact, some research has suggested that jasmine provides better quality of sleep than lavender, and it also has been found to lower your heart rate, regulate breathing and blood pressure.

6. Pothos

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Pothos, especially the golden variety, are a popular house plant for many reasons. One of it is due to its ability to survive with very little light and you also don’t need to water it too often. Apart from that, pothos are also good at converting carbon monoxide to oxygen and cleans the air in your home. We say add them to your kitchen or living room as a hanging plant and see the leaves grow down in cascading vines.

7. Aloe vera

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While aloe vera might not be the most appealing looking plant on earth, but it has many medicinal properties like helping to calm a sunburn or healing a wound. As for your home, it can help monitor the air quality in your home and give you a better sleep. Aloe vera helps clear the air of benzene and this is a chemical found in paint and chemical cleaners. If the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants’ leaves will display brown spots.

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Written by Rubaa Shunmuganathan.

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