We’ve just celebrated the last few days of fun, masti, family and food and there’s plenty more coming up all the way till December. While we’re busy with the festivities and fun, and the crackers and noise throughout it, what we are left with is smoke, bad air and plenty of impurities floating around. House plants are a natural way of keeping your home fresh and healthy all the time. Here are 7 which you must own!

House plants aren’t just great to look at but do much for the home and health. Homes always have some amount of dust, grime and impurities that we breathe daily and that can adversely affect our health. Indoor air pollutants are considered to be of grave environmental risk to people. When we live and work in places where air stagnates and is full of contaminants, sick building syndrome results, characterised by eye and ear infection, nausea, headaches and more.

Almost 90% of our time is spent within our home. Wood, furnishings, paints, mold keep leaching toxic chemicals over a period of time. Although it might not be possible to identify all contaminants and take individual precautions, one natural and non intrusive way of doing this is by adding potted plants to the home decor. Plants and the microbes they carry, remove carbon dioxide, clean heavy impurities, improve mental and emotional health and reduce blood sugar and stress.

If you’re not sure where to start, or think you don’t have a green thumb, then choose among the below 7 incredibly useful home plants suggested by NASA’s research, ensure you follow the basic care instructions and get started.

1. SPIDER PLANT

Spider plants are easy to grow and maintain, and great for beginner enthusiasts. They thrive on indirect sunlight, have shoots that grow on the tip of them and eventually give rise to many more spiderettes or baby spider plants that can be in turn grown around.

The plant removes pollutants such as xylene and formaldehyde present in wall paints and cleaning agents.

2. FICUS

Ficus trees can be found in many public places, but the one grown indoors are more sturdier and grow to a length of 2-10 feet tall. Needing just little, indirect sunlight and very little maintenance, this plant can be placed both on the patio as well as inside the house. 

The plant removes pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene found in floor cleaning agents.

3. PEACE LILY

Peace lily is not just beautiful to look at but has some serious air-cleaning capabilities. They are small in comparison to other plants, easy to grow and flower throughout summers. They do give out pollen so must be kept at a minimum, but thrive with very little watering.

This plant removes formaldehyde, ammonia and benzene found in surface cleaners and other chemicals.

4. SNAKE PLANT

One of the hardiest indoor plants, snake plants needs occasional watering, can survive in dry conditions and need very little sunlight. They can be placed anywhere in the house and look particularly good in bedrooms. 

The plant takes care of formaldehyde, benzene and many other chemicals found in most cleaning and detergents

5. BAMBOO

Although it is said that you must be gifted this plant, you can buy it yourself and it will be just as effective for your home. These palms thrive in bright light, full sun, and grow very tall. They can filter a large surface area and do not produce allergens.

The plant takes care of much of the formaldehyde present around the home. 

6. ALOE VERA

Aloe vera is a versatile plant that isn’t just good for the air we breathe but also has immense medicinal value. The leaves have a clear fluid that is full of vitamins and minerals, is anti-inflammatory and even without direct application, does wonders for the skin.

The plant removes formaldehyde and is good to have around the home.

Among the dozens of things we add to our home decor to enhance the decor and add to its beauty, house plants are the most undervalued of them. Increasingly more and more people are realising the significance of adding a little bit of the outdoors to their indoor space, not just for the look but considering their health as well.

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