Indoor Plants for a Healthy Home
Indoor plants have always been a nice touch in home decor, but over the past few years, I feel like I've seen people adding plants literally by the dozens. I admired it from afar, but was absolutely against spending a ton of money on something that would require me to take care of it all the time.
Like a dog, and I'd already been there.
I finally gave in one day when I was on a maniac shopping spree at IKEA. You know the feeling.
There I was, surrounded by hundreds of cute plants, with all of my home decor dreams within reach. So the purchase was almost inevitable.
Indoor plants are not only a nice decor touch- they actually have numerous health benefits!
Some of these benefits include:
collecting dust and other allergens
purifying the air of pollutants
adding more oxygen- which is always good, and could help you sleep better!
improve mood- bright blooms always make ya smile!
I always say that the set up and decor of your home can have a huge effect on your overall health. While there is actual science to back it up (like photosynthesis, for example), plant decor is no exception!
At MK On the Run we love everything that looks good and makes you better at the same time, so here are 7 Indoor Plants that Improve Health and Look Really Good!
8 Indoor Plants that Improve Health
1) Aloe Vera
I've always loved Aloe plants- we had a few in my home growing up. This plant helps to remove harmful pollutants in the air and gives back a lot of oxygen. Like other succulents, its very easy to maintain and is such a nice touch on a shelf!
The Aloe Vera plant is even cooler to have around, because the water it stores in its leaves can be used as a gel with various healing properties. It can be used to accelerate healing of sores and sun burns, is thought to help skin and prevent wrinkles, and people even use it to treat dental plaque. It may even have benefits when consumed!
2) Mass Cane
photo via homedepot.com
This plant is a great option for the house because its low maintenance, can survive against most challenges presented by indoor lighting, and is slow growing. They look like a tree, without being the size of a tree, which makes for amazing indoor decoration. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, this plant is a good air purifier because it helps remove formaldehyde in the air.
This article gives more detailed information for caring for your mass cane.
3) Dumb Cane
Probably my favorite plant in my home right now is this Dumb Cane! A less tree-like Mass Cane. I absolutely love the color of this plant and the way it brightens up the room.
While this plant is good for air purification, it comes with an important note. The Dumb Cane gets its name from its poisonous sap, which if consumed can leave vocal cords numb temporarily. Due to this, its not recommended for those with small children or pets who might chew on the leaves, or to keep it out of reach!
4) Snake Plant
Snake plants are one of the best indoor plants because of their low-maintenance and durability. Plus, the tall, patterned leaves make a bold statement in any room.
These plants are great for air purification because they are one of the few plants that continues to produce oxygen even after the sun goes down. They can help remove toxins in the air. This makes it a great bedroom plant, since having more clean oxygen is great for a restful sleep. I have one, but I want twenty. :)
5) Gerbera Daisies
Brighten up your kitchen or office with the gerbera daisy! They come in a variety of colors so you can pick one you love and make your space feel even more like home. The colorful addition might make you smile more and improve your mood.
This plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene and benzene from the air, which are harmful pollutants that enter the home from doing laundry or printing with ink.
6) Spider Plant
Spider plants are a funky, yet classy, addition to a room. The double color on some varieties is a nice way to brighten up and add texture to any room design! These plants are also good for for air purifying and are good for regulating air humidity.
I absolutely love the look of Ivy- cascading out of a hanging basket or down a shelf. Its a nice way to complete any boho-look. It gives me an old cozy library vibe too. I don't know if that's just me. Ivy is also thought to be good for health.
Typically an invasive species outdoors, Ivy grown indoors is more controlled. The downside of indoor English Ivy is that it is poisonous to house pets (and us, but we're less likely to give it a nibble).
Ivy is thought to also be good for purifying the air of pollutants, but most notably was proven to reduce mold in this study.
If you're looking to add some color to your home, this light purple is fun yet calming. Lavender has a great smell, as I'm sure you've experienced. Adding a nice relaxing fragrant to your home might help with improving your mood and keeping you more relaxed!
What are some of your favorite plants to decorate with? Do you feel better with them? I'm only a few plants in, but very open to adding to the collection soon!