Use Houseplants to Create a Healthy Home

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For low humidity. If your home has low humidity levels, try a pot of English ivy. This type of plant is a great natural humidifier and will increase the moisture levels in your home. Bonus: English ivy also does a great job of purifying indoor air! For more tips on balancing your home’s humidity levels, read: We Love Humidity and So Should You!

For congestion. Eucalyptus is great for congestion because it helps to clear phlegm and other blockage from your system. It opens bronchial passages and clears mucus during colds, flu or bronchitis and is also a natural antiseptic. Safety note: Don’t eat eucalyptus – it can be toxic if ingested!

For common air pollution. Having almost any type of houseplant in your home will help remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs). But Spathiphyllum (Peace Lilly), Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant) and Chrysanthemum are all especially great at removing indoor air pollution. These plants are best at filtering out contaminants like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which are toxic ingredients found in most store-bought air fresheners and household cleaners.

For insomnia. Since plants give off oxygen, they can help improve your night’s sleep. Gerbera daisies release oxygen at night, so they’re perfect! Place them by your bed for optimal oxygen intake while you sleep. Bonus: Gerbera daisies are also great at removing benzene and trichloroethylene from the air.

For general plant care. If you find your newly purchased houseplants are starting to look a little sad, keep them healthy with these tips.

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