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Houseplant Diary

Potential Benefits Abound

The Skinny

Sure, some of us may question the wisdom and benefits of talking to house plants. Does it actually help them or the person doing the babbling? Lots of us have our doubts. What’s lesser known, but perhaps more scientifically supported, is the fact that some houseplants can deliver real health benefits to their owners. WellWell, of course, has put together a list of possible candidates.

The Slate

Snake Plant

It looks cool, is low maintenance and hard to kill. What’s not to like? Nothing. But these plants are also known to filter out nasty chemicals, like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene—all of which makes it easier to breathe at home.

Peace Lily

Beautiful white flowers aren’t the only thing Peace Lilies deliver. They also remove air pollutants like ammonia, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which cleans up indoor air spaces. As an added benefit, they have a nice floral scent, but allergy sufferers beware, these plants also give off pollen.

Lavender

Lavender is a blessing with its gentle and pleasant aroma. But its scent it believed to be more than simply pleasant. Many believe it reduces stress, which is why it is seen so often in spa products. Ultimately, a whiff may help someone sleep better and reduce their nervousness, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

English Ivy

Ivy may seem old fashioned but keeping some indoors can generate some very modern benefits in terms of helping to purify household air. Some studies even indicate that ivy can contain airborne mold. It just needs bright light and slightly dry soil to thrive.

Spider Plant

It takes a lot to kill a spider plant, which makes it great for those who find themselves challenged when it comes to plant care. That’s great on a number of fronts, including the fact the spider plants generate more chlorophyll than most of their counterparts, which means more oxygen is sent into the household. These plants are also great for taking toxins out of the air.

Pineapple Plant

Forget all those snoring relief aids. Apparently, all you need to knock off unwanted nighttime nose noise is pineapple plants. Okay, they don’t remove toxins from the air, but they do boost oxygen and air quality levels and that’s a remedy for snoring.

Boston Fern

The Boston Fern may just hold the title of the being the champion houseplant when it comes to purifying air. It also removes toxins and acts as a natural humidifier, which is a boon for anyone with dry skin or dry noses and throats. Oh yeah, they look pretty cool too.

Jasmine

Think jasmine and the idea of a splendid fragrance comes to mind in some outdoor paradise. What many don’t realize is that this traditionally outdoor plant can also do well inside so long as it get plenty of sunlight. Once thriving inside, jasmine not only gives off a pleasant scent, they can promote better sleep patterns, according to Wheeling Jesuit University.

Mint

Don’t forget mint. There are not only more than 600 varieties, all of which seem to do well in simple pots, its scent also is believed to boost moods and promote stronger memory functions.

Pothos

Pothos delivers on its promise, hence it is called the Money Plant.  Its promise includes filtering out harmful compounds like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, while increasing humidity that can actually protect people from colds and flus.

Eyes Up

What do you have hanging around that helps out? Let us know at info@wellwellusa.com

 

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