Super 6 Indoor Plants for Healthy Living in your home

You all have heard or read a very famous quote “Health is wealth”. People usually think that by just taking healthy food will be enough for keeping their life healthy. But this is not completely correct.

Let us understand.

Healthy living not only includes good food but also includes clean air to breathe. With the increase in development, the rate of indoor air pollution is also increasing. Most important and common causes of indoor air pollution are cooking and heating. Indoor plants help in absorbing harmful gases and also adds to the serenity and an aesthetic sense to the room. Therefore, one of the best way to reduce the effect of indoor pollution is planting indoor plants.

A plant can liven up any decor. It can propagate a sense of good health and well-being. For these reasons and more, plants are welcome in our homes. Indoor plants absorb Carbon Dioxide and release Oxygen. They purify the air by removing toxins, help to prevent illness, ease tension and lower stress. Thereby create a relaxed and happy ambience whilst helping you to ultimately work better through improved concentration, increased productivity and enriched overall well-being.

Here are six species that are great for our interior spaces – especially because they are amongst the best natural air purifiers around. Not only do they thrive in our climate, they are great additions to mitigate stress and aid better health.

1. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens or Dypsis lutescens)

The areca palm is one of the easiest houseplants to grow in India. It is also known as Living Room Plant. Areca palm indoor plant is one of the best air purifiers. It absorbs poisonous gases such as Formaldehyde, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from the air and gives clean oxygen. To generate clean oxygen in the house you can put 3-4 plants of Areca Palm in the living room as per space available. You need to clean its leaves everyday. It needs to be kept in the sun once in three to four months.

Benefits:
This plant can combat stressful weather conditions and is reasonably low on maintenance. The areca palm is non-toxic and non-poisonous; if you have small children or pets that like taking everything into their mouths, this plant will be a great pick for you.

What it requires:
Areca palm needs filtered or indirect light. Water it sufficiently on a daily basis. However, you should reduce the amount in winters because the water loss is reduced in this season.

2. Snake Plant/ Mother in Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Other name of snake plant is Bedroom Plant. The most surprising thing about this plant is that it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen in the night also. Perfect for office and home spaces, with a multitude of benefits, minimal care requirements and a striking appearance.

Benefits:
The Snake Plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Additionally, it emits oxygen and filters other toxins from the air such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, etc. When placed in office and home spaces, it can assist in increasing productivity, decreasing stress and enriching overall well-being & health.

What it requires:
This tough and resilient plant grows best in moderate, indirect light or low light areas. It can withstand dark and cold areas too. It does not need a lot of water. So a good watering once a week will be enough. It is important not to over water, so always feel the soil with your fingers and only when it is dry water it again. Also often used outdoors in shady spaces and are very adaptable to most conditions.

3. Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)

Many people say that if you put this plant in the room, the flow of money or sources of income will increase. But factually it is not true. Although this is indirectly true, because this plant cleans the chemical toxins from the air and releases fresh air into the atmosphere, which keeps us healthy and reduces our medical expenses. Thereby helps to save our money. Perhaps this may be the reason behind its name.

The money plant is super easy to grow as it can withstand the sudden changes and extremes of Indian weather, and can grow well in low light too. This plant is slightly toxic in nature; it is advised you keep it out of the reach of small children and pets.

Benefits:
This is a powerful air purifying plant that will clean the air in your house very effectively, by absorbing harmful volatile organic compounds (otherwise known as VOCs).

What it requires:
This plant grows best in indirect sunlight. If soil is little wet, watering or spraying once or twice a week will do or water when it feels dry. Avoid over-watering.

4. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is widely known for its many healing and health-giving abilities. This has been used for ages in medicines, beauty products and health drinks. It is known to be a beloved houseplant too. Formaldehyde (released from paper products, sanitary products, kerosene and wood products) and benzene (in paints and cleaning products) are eliminated by this tropical plant effectively. Aloe vera is also recommended for bedrooms and living areas as it is believed to radiate positive energies.

Benefits:
The healing properties found in the gel of Aloe Vera leaves helps to heal cuts and burns. Furthermore, Aloe Vera emits Oxygen and is an air pollutant filter, especially for those toxins emitted by cleaning products.

What it requires:
This plant needs bright, indirect sunlight. You may keep it on the window sill during the day and bring it inside afterwards. This species requires well-drained, sandy soil for growing. Water it only when the soil looks dry.

5. Peace lily plant (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Peace lilies will really compliment your home decor in the summer when their beautiful white flowers are in full bloom, but that’s not all that they do. The Peace Lily is a beautiful plant and one that can improve your indoor air quality by more than 50 percent. This pretty and powerful houseplant is a master of air pollutant removal. It helps to reduce the levels of mold spores that grow in the home by absorbing these spores through its leaves and circulating them to the plant’s roots where they are used as food. The plant can absorb harmful vapours from alcohol and acetone.

Benefits:
As one of the few flowering indoor plants, Peace Lily purify the air by absorbing air born toxins such as trichloroethylene, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, etc. In addition to producing Oxygen and reducing toxins, these indoor beauties also help to eliminate mould.

What it requires:
This plant does well in shady and no-sunlight areas. It is enough to water it every two to three days in summer season and four to five days in winter.

6. Bamboo Plant (Dracaena sanderiana)

Also known as lucky bamboo – a native African species. It is one of the most tolerant houseplants. They grow easily indoors and do not require everyday care. It grows well in low light and grows very slowly. Lucky bamboo can survive in any indoor condition. They are grown in many different sizes and shapes.

Benefits:
As plants give out oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide from the environment, keeping an indoor bamboo plant will purify the air around it. With more of oxygen, less of lethargy will be experienced and you will feel active and fresh. There are some more benefits of bamboo plant1.

What it requires:
Bamboo plants enjoy bright indirect light, but can tolerate low light conditions, although they will grow more slowly. As with many plants, water is a balancing factor with your bamboo. On the one hand, over-watering is probably the worst thing you can do to your bamboo; it will cause root rot. On the other hand, your bamboo needs adequate moisture, more than is usually provided by ambient indoor air.

Conclusion

The benefits of indoor plants and their ability to filter harmful toxins and pollutants from the air within our most occupied indoor spaces makes the air more breathable for us and ultimately assists in transforming a room into a living space. So use indoor plants to have a healthy living for your family. Hopefully this content will be useful for guiding you about indoor plants for your home.

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1 Comment

  • Anurag Nopany

    Plants add to your decor too.

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