potted herbs in the window

Houseplants can be decorative, healing, produce food and serve other purposes in a home. There is some research indicating that certain plants can reduce indoor pollution, making the air inside healthier (see references below). Other plants can provide fresh food or herbs for our meals. And other plants are simply there to make a room look pleasant. Still other plants, like aloe, serve medicinal or healing purposes.

In selecting houseplants, consider their benefits as well as their needs for care.

Health benefitsEdit

Having a potted plant in your home is great for decor. You can create different moods by varying the type of plant you put into your home. In addition to this, having plants in your house are beneficial to your health.

Fight coldsEdit

Indoor plants have been proven to reduce cold-related illnesses by more than 30%.


English Ivy

Remove pollutantsEdit

House plants can remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) from the air you breathe in everyday.

Your happinessEdit

House plants can contribute to a feeling of wellbeing, making you calmer and more optimistic.

Blood pressureEdit

People with plants in their homes have less stress, and plants have been known to contribute to lowering blood pressure.

Reduces Carbon DioxideEdit

During photosynthesis, plants draw carbon dioxide from the air and expel oxygen.


Some house plants (e.g. aloe) can serve as remedies and provides pain relief.

Removes cigarette smokeEdit

A plant may help you remove the airborne chemicals from cigarettes. ( one of the mose effective plants that removes cigarette toxins is the Peace Lilly)


Plants such as eucalyptus can clear phlegm and congestion from your system.

Improve sleepEdit

Gerbera daisies give off oxygen at night. Filling a vase in your bedroom with these flowers can improve your night’s rest.

Air purifying plantsEdit

Areca Palm, Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, Rubber Plant, Dracaena, Boston Fern, Peace Lilly, Dwarf Date Palm

Ficus bostfern

some big house plants: a ficus and Boston fern



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