If “green thumb” are the last two words you’d use to describe yourself, it might be time to brush up on your botany. Aside from brightening up a room and bringing a little of the great outdoors inside, there are some real health benefits to cultivating a few vines, ferns and even fruit plants in your home (just remember to check for bugs before you bring any plant indoors).
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, scientific evidence suggests that the air in our homes tend to be more polluted than outdoor air. And just bringing some greenery into your abode can help. BrightNest, which offers homeowners customized tips and reminders to maintain their homes, shared these healthy nuggets:
• Houseplants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and remove these toxic gases: benzene (found in inks, oils and paints), formaldehyde and trichloroethylene (found in printing inks, varnishes and lacquers.)
• Indoor plants mitigate the dangers of volatile organize carbon (VOC) toxins, which can cause damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system.
• Indoor plants increase humidity levels and decrease dust, which helps reduce cold-related illnesses by more than 30%.
• Houseplants have been known to lower blood pressure and promote better sleep, due to increased oxygen.
Thanks to the extensive database of Plantcare.com and the knowledge of BrightNest, we’ve compiled 26 houseplants — from A to Z — that’ll improve your air, your mood and, best of all, your health.