Plants have long been an ally of humans. From providing us with oxygen, shade and even food, plants are undoubtedly helpful in many ways. But did you know that keeping plants in your home only makes your space look inviting, it also pose a lot of other benefits? If strategically placed around the house and with the right type of plant, they can purify the air, ward off mosquitoes, and keep allergies to a minimum.
Best Indoor Plants
The ‘Plant of Immortality’, as the ancient Egyptians like to call it, the aloe has extensive medicinal benefits while keeping your home free from formaldehyde. This plant has inside its thick spiky leaves a clear gel that have been attributed to wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Wounds and burns can be directly applied with the gel as it also contains antiseptic qualities. Its gel can also be used to treat minor skin problems and helps your hair grow long, thick and shiny.
The spider plant is perfect for beginners as it is easy to grow and requires little maintenance. Strategically place them in bright but indirect sunlight and soon flowers would burst into spiderettes. This plant is very potent in absorbing carbon monoxide in the air as well as purifying toxins such as formaldehyde and xylene. Xylene is usually derived from petroleum and can cause dizziness, vomiting etc.
The air purifying properties of dracaenas remove toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. It is also easy to acquire as it has 40 varieties with the same benefits. However, this should be thoughtfully placed out of the reach of your pets for it can be toxic to animals.
Also referred to as the jade plant, the money plant’s benefits have been extensively studied to purify the air of volatile organic compounds. In one study it reduced the onset of asthma attacks by almost 10%. It is also believed to bring good luck and financial prosperity in Asian regions.
The mint plant can be grown both indoors and outdoors. However, mint grown outdoors can occupy most of your space as it propagates easily. Keeping it in a small pot can control the foliage while maintaining the benefits of the plant. The plant’s scent and chemical composition is a natural insecticide repelling mosquitoes and other plant pests. Its leaves also add flavor to your favorite beverages and dishes.
Have you heard of citronella oil that is a perfect mosquito repellant? Well, that special oil comes from the lemongrass. Though it can grow up to 4 feet high, it can always be trimmed to fit your space. It also has medicinal purposes especially for stomach ails. The fragrance that this plant gives off also acts as a natural aromatherapy that calms and soothes nerves. And as an added bonus, it can also accompany your Asian dishes.
Basil is known for being a versatile herb and can boost flavor of your dishes. The plant, on the other hand is as effective as an insect repellant as the commercially sold bottled artificial stuff. It wards off flies and mosquitoes so place them near windows and doors where these insects are expected to enter the house.