Top 15 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Relieve Stress

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Are you interested in cleaning the air in your home? Giving it a brighter, more relaxing ambience? Then look no further than house plants. Even if you have a “black thumb,” there are certain plants that need very little care, and even some that need almost no light, so no matter how dark your room might be, there is a plant that will work well for you.

Plants not only bring a bit of nature into your home, but did you know that they can reduce stress and relieve tension? Dutch researchers performed a study in 2008 and found that hospital patients who had plants in their rooms had lower levels of stress than patients who had none.

Let’s not forget that winter is almost upon us. This means, for most of us, piles of ice and snow with bitter winds that drive all but the hardiest indoors. Our well-sealed, energy-efficient homes have a wide variety of toxic chemicals. Almost all of our modern day furniture contains a volatile, organic compound called formaldehyde, which is constantly being emitted in low levels. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen and can trigger asthma attacks and even allergic reactions in some people. Formaldehyde is in the pressed wood (sometimes called particle board) of furniture and kitchen cabinets. It is found in carpet glue, emitted from natural gas stoves, a part of paint, flooring glue, caulk, furniture finishes, and those water and stain resistant coverings that are applied today to almost all types of upholstery, curtains, carpets, rugs, and clothing.

Back in 1989, NASA scientists tested a wide variety of common houseplants for their ability to remove formaldehyde from the air. We are including those plants and some other plants that have super air cleaning power. Mix and match what suits you.

Put one houseplant in every room, and you should notice a difference in the way your house smells and feels in a matter of days.

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