Houseplants for Better Health

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Playing Drs. Rx: Health Benefits of Houseplants

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Furthermore, indoor air can be up to five times more toxic than outdoor air — particularly during winter months, when windows are sealed to conserve energy — leading to health complications such as allergies, asthma and headaches. A study conducted by NASA demonstrated the effectiveness of certain common plants in reducing indoor air pollution, and many require minimal up-keep!

To improve the air quality in your home, try adding the following low-maintenance plants in each room:

Gerbera daisies
These friendly flowers remove trace organic pollutants from the environment and release oxygen, which can help you breathe better and improve your sleep.


Aloe vera
This easy-to-grow plant not only purifies the air, but its leaves also can be used to treat wounds and infections.


Bamboo palm
This tall plant is a superstar filter for formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. Plus, bamboo has been shown to add much-needed moisture to the environment, which can be beneficial to those living in dry climates.


NASA recommends a minimum of two plants per 100 square feet of floor space, although with plants, more is definitely better!