Poor indoor air quality poses potentially enormous health risks. Asthma, allergies, inflammation, and even cancer can come from poor air quality. Nothing shines a light to one of those fancy ass expensive air purifiers, but if you’re looking for the less expensive, natural option, these six house plants are the way to go.
1. Jasmine, Jasminum.
Jasmine is a common outdoor vining plant in warmer climates but can do well indoors anywhere where there’s enough natural day light. Its smell can help improve sleep quality and alertness.
2. Lavender, Lavindula.
Lavender doesn’t just smell amazing, but it can help reduce anxiety and stress, slow heart rate, improve your sleep, and may even help reduce crying in babies. I know a lot of new parents who could use some lavender in their lives.
3. Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis.
Rosemary is a plant that can help you improve your memory by 75% according to one study. The effect comes from rubbing it with your hands and then smelling its odor. Not only does it help you stay sharp, but it smells delightful and improves air quality.
4. Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis miller.
Aloe is all business when it comes to air quality. It’s listed among NASA’s top oxygen-generating and air-improving plants. More oxygen in the room can help you get to sleep and stay asleep.
5. English ivy plant, Hedera helix.
English ivy is a great plant to grow in the bedroom if you suffer from breathing problems at night or asthma. Studies have shown that growing English ivy can reduce up to 94% of airborne mold, reducing allergies and lung irritation.
6. Snake plant, Sansevieria trifasciata.
This is my favorite on the list. Snake plants are impossible to kill. Some studies have shown a snake plant in the room helps prevent eye irritation, respiratory problems, headaches, and can make you more energetic.