(N.Morgan) Many people enjoy having houseplants to add a bit of nature to their indoor decor, but houseplants can also provide health benefits that many are unaware of.
Some plants possess a powerful calming effect as well as cleaning effects, thus can significantly improve the quality of your sleep and health.
Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
The Areca Palm cleanses and purifies the air and removes all the toxins and carbon dioxide.
It also releases a certain amount of moisture in the air, which is especially beneficial in winter when the heating system dries out the air.
Many people have Aloe Vera in their homes because of its healing properties.
The gel inside the leaves is excellent for helping to heal burns and cuts.
Aloe Vera however, is also a great plant to improve your indoor air quality.
It is easy to grow (and hard to kill for those of you who do not possess a green thumb) and it helps to keep your home free from benzene which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners.
A Ficus Benjamina in your living room can help filter out pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
The Sansevieria Trifasciata plant is great for boosting your immune and respiratory systems.
It can relieve headaches and reduce high blood pressure too.
It emits oxygen and removes carbon dioxide from the air during the night.
Ferns are very popular houseplants and the Boston Fern is one that offers not only beauty but also has many healthy benefits.
These plants act as humidifiers and can help to restore moisture in the air so they are perfect for those who suffer from dry skin and other cold weather problems.
They can also help to eliminate traces of formaldehyde and they look beautiful hanging from baskets all around the home.
The video below offers more suggestions for houseplants that will help you get a more restful slumber.