The Best Houseplants for Clean Air and Better Health
Getty Images/Steven Nilsson Yes, there are toxins in the air around us, but there’s a simple way to cut down
Yes, there are toxins in the air around us, but there’s a simple way to cut down on them — without a HEPA filter. According to the Wall Street Journal, “a growing body of global research is showing plants can reduce dust particles and contaminants, such as formaldehyde and benzene, that come from cigarette smoke, paint, furniture, building materials, and other sources.” What’s more, a recent study cited in the London Daily Mail found that potted plants in offices reduced fatigue, stress, dry throats, headaches, coughs, and dry skin among workers. Which plants are best for keeping you healthy? Here are a few good ones for both desks and bigger spaces — culled from the Wall Street Journal and easywaystogogreen.com
1. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Hardy with tall, blade-shaped leaves, it can tolerate low light and will survive irregular watering. Perfect for black-thumbed couch-potatoes.
3. Janet Craig
Glossy, deep green foliage makes this bushy plant particularly appealing. Look for species from Hawaii, and don’t be tempted to overwater, which can cause leaves to develop brown and yellow spots.
4. Spider Plant
An easy hanging plant to grow and maintain, this species is named for its long, thin leaves that resemble spider legs. Poisonous to cats.
6. Rubber Tree
A spot near a sheer-curtained window with bright, indirect sunlight is ideal for this popular plant. Keep it moist in the growing season.