NASA Says These Houseplants Can Improve Your Health

By: | November 3rd, 2017

Poor indoor air quality has been ranked as one of the top environmental risks to humans. Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up, which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, throat, ear, and eye irritation.

NASA has found a simple solution that anyone can use to improve overall wellbeing

A study by scientists from NASA suggests that adding some greenery to your bedside can remove some airborne pollutants and may even improve your health.

Delving further into the research conducted by NASA and the American College, Elle Décor and The Joy of Plants teamed up to find out which houseplants are best suited to your bedroom.

Try these fantastic houseplants to improve your health

Areca Palm:  This Madagascan plant is ideal for anyone prone to colds and sinus problems because it releases moisture into the air, which can make it easier to breathe and sleep at night.

Boston Fern:  This air-purifying plant offers both beauty and health benefits. The Boston fern is particularly adept at removing formaldehyde.

Aloe Vera:  This aesthetically pleasing plant is easy to maintain. It has been named as one of the best plants for air purification by NASA.  Why? It releases oxygen continuously throughout the night and helps keep the air super clean.

English Ivy: This plant is commonly associated with Christmas. Researchers found that English ivy removes around 78 percent of airborne mold in just 12 hours, which makes it perfect for your bedroom.

Lady Palm: The broadleaf lady palm is one of the few houseplants to filter out formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, and toluene.

Chinese Evergreen: This extremely popular houseplant removes toxins from the air. It grows well in areas of the home where other plants won’t grow, such as low-light bedrooms.

Dwarf Date Palm: The pygmy date palm, or miniature date palm, is a drought-tolerant plant; it’s brilliant at removing indoor air pollutants–especially xylene.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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