5 Houseplants that can make you healthier | Zero Waste Living | Boomi

5 Houseplants That Can Make You Healthier

Going green doesn’t just refer to purchasing eco-friendly products & being less wasteful… it can also literally mean adding more green into your life with potted plants! 

Bringing houseplants to your home can be a great way to brighten up your living space, AND they can have significant health benefits as well. 

Do you know some of the BENEFITS houseplants can deliver?? 

1. Cleaner Air

Plants can act as natural air purifiers, helping to rid the air in your home of toxins

As we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, plants do the opposite! They absorb light, the carbon dioxide in the air and water to manufacture sugar — the byproduct this process creates is oxygen! 

No matter how fancy of an air filtration system you have at home or in the office, none have the ability to create oxygen. 

In short, plants help to keep the AIR MOVING and filter out the bad stuff, like airborne molds, bacteria, and chemicals. 

2. Reduce Stress

Studies have shown that by having houseplants around, patients in hospitals had decreases in blood pressure and reported lower levels of pain. 

Studies in office settings have shown that individuals with plants closer to them reported less anxiety and lowered heart rate. 

3. Better Sleep

Having plants around can help you breathe better, reduce stress and anxiety, so it’s a no brainer that you’ll sleep better with these little green guys around too! 

Certain plants can give off a SOOTHING effect that will ease the body and mind, making it easier to get the beauty sleep you deserve, and wake up feeling fresh and relaxed. 

4. Fight Colds

By reducing the amount of toxins in the air, as well as providing humidity that helps to REDUCE DUSTplants can help prevent colds and coughs

Of course just having a plant doesn’t fully protect you — make sure you’re always practicing good hygiene like washing your hands and keeping your fingers away from your face. 

5. Boost Memory & Productivity

Studies performed in school and office settings have found that the presence of plants increased creative performance and problem-solving skills. 
Keeping a houseplant has been shown to help with memory retention — though we’re not surprised that by sleeping and breathing better, you’ll be able to remember stuff and get more things done! 
So, What plants should you choose?

1. Aloe Plant

Aloe Plant | Zero Waste Living | Boomi
You may have put aloe gel on your skin to soothe a burn before, but the plant has a number of healing properties. 
It does a great job of cleaning the air, and you'll even get an indicator the plant is doing its job as the leaves will display brown spots from absorbing pollutants in the air. 
> clears pollutants 
> monitors air quality

2. Snake Plant

Snake Plant | Zero Waste Living | Boomi
Don’t let the name scare you, the snake plant is another easy one to care for, and especially good for filtering out toxins. 
It has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide, and some studies have found it to decrease stress levels. 
> Filter out toxins 
> Controls allergies

3. Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen | Zero Waste Living | Boomi

This leafy plant is a beautiful addition to any home or office, and does a great job of filtering out pollutants and toxins. 

**Not a good plant to keep in the house if you have pets though!
> Improves air quality 
> Increase mood & productivity

4. Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos | Zero Waste Living | Boomi

The pothos plant can purify the air and is great for eliminating any funky odors you may have going on… 
It’s also known to alleviate eye irritation after long days of staring at your screen. It’s a breeze to take care of, surviving in low light and drought-like conditions — if you’re a less experienced plant-parent this one is for you. 
> Increases humidity to fight dust
> Absorbs CO2

5. Moth Orchid

Moth Orchid | Zero Waste Living | Boomi

This beautiful orchid slowly releases moisture into the air, helping reduce dust and keeping coughs, colds and sore throats away. 
While it has great health benefits, the moth orchid is also one of the most strikingly beautiful of plants, and its vibrant color is sure to brighten up your mood on any day. 
> Improve air quality
> Reduces stress  
What plants do you keep at home?
Article was written by Olivia Plotnick

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