Only the best houseplants bring life into your home, for the essence of natural surroundings year-round. They're commonly used in feng shui and interior design for their calming demeanor, as well as for holistic and preventative health.
If you're looking for plants that will thrive indoors and help you purify the air in your home, you're in luck. Here are the best houseplants to refresh the air and de-stress your life.
7 Best Houseplants that De-Stress & Purify The Air in Your Home
Lemon and mint are two of the cleanest, most refreshing scents in the world. They come together in the plant aptly named “lemon mint” in a symphony of aromatherapeutic scents you'll love. While there are many different names to focus on buy lemon-mint labeled with the scientific name, Monarda citriodora.
Not only will lemon-mint purify the air and emit a relaxing scent you'll love, but it's also a functional plant to have around. This fragrant herb works well in dishes, teas, and cocktails.
When most people think of plants that freshen the air in their homes, they tend to think of bloomless green ferns. While those types of plants are most common, there are a few beautiful florals that have the same effects. Chrysanthemums are both fragrant and purifying, making them an ideal addition to the home.
Chrysanthemums generally only bloom for six to eight weeks. However, when they're kept inside and tended to, you may be able to stretch that out. These beautiful flowers are said to clear the air of toxins like ammonia and formaldehyde. Unfortunately, they can be toxic to pets.
Lavender grows in sweeping fields filled with gorgeous pale purple blooms during the summer. With a green thumb, they can also grow in a pot in your home.
Lavender is one of the leading plants used in aromatherapy, particularly for its stress-reducing, calming scent. To grow lavender indoors, you want a small pot and tight soil with adequate drainage at the bottom. Put your lavender plant in a sunny window and watch it thrive.
Spider plants are a beginner-friendly plant that thrives under neglect. If you're likely to forget about watering your plant for weeks on end, you'll love the spider plant.
This plant grows rapidly, creating offshoots that you can divide out and scatter around your home. They like bright, indirect light and are said to reduce formaldehyde in the air.
Aloe vera is a must-have plant for everyone. With incredible medicinal properties, aloe not only purifies the air but can help treat burns and blemishes. Aloe is a plant that communicates its needs pretty clearly: when it's over-watered, it turns brown and unhappy. When it's outgrowing its pot, it gets floppy.
Give your aloe adequate drainage and never allow it to sit in water. With a bright sunny window and the right level of TLC, you might even get to see one of its rare blooms!
Dragon trees (A.K.A. Dracaenas) are another beginner-friendly plant. These plants adapt to the space you provide. In other words, the bigger the pot, the bigger the plant. There are over forty different varieties of dracaenas— be careful that you don't buy one that grows up to eight feet tall.
Dragon trees are desert plants and enjoy bright light and dry soil. Like aloe, they're easy to troubleshoot and correct when a problem arises. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, dracaenas are one of the best plants for removing toxins and purifying the air.
Like the dragon tree, bromeliads were rated as one of the best plants for purifying the air by NASA. These are another brightly colored plant, which sets them apart from the usual leafy green options.
Bromeliads like humidity and sunlight. While you can expect the parent plant to die after a year or two, it will produce offshoots in that time that you can transplant and use to replace them.
Adding only the best houseplants to your home can help you keep the air fresh and stress-free.
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