Plants are vital to our ecology, and provide us with the oxygen we breathe. Indoor plants can play an important role in lowering potential air pollution exposure, and some are also used for medicinal purposes.
In this article we’ll take a look at four popular indoor plants and their health benefits. All of these houseplants serve a useful purpose in addition to looking fantastic in your home.
This plant is native to South America. Peperomia argyreia is a compact plant which is virtually stemless, and forms an endless rosette. Peperomia plants are low-maintenance and can cope with low light levels, which makes them great plants for an office desk with no windows.
Peperomia is also known as watermelon peperomia or shiny bush because of its appearance.
The pellucida peperomia is an edible variety of peperomia. The leaves and stems are rich in nutrients including potassium, beta-carotene, calcium, and iron. Peperomia pellucida can be used to treat autoimmune disorders that affect joints, like arthritis and gout. It can also help to heal fractures and relieve ulcers, and has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties.
This plant’s common name is snake plant. It’s incredibly hardy, and needs minimal care to grow. Dracaena trifasciata is ideal for easy-going people who don’t want to spend lots of time caring for indoor plants. It doesn’t need much attention, yet still performs well under pressure.
If you live in a place with no airflow, introducing snake plants may help to improve air quality. Whatever room you choose to grow it in, a snake plant will remove pollutants from the air and make the space a more healthy place to spend time in.
This plant is also known as the eucalyptus tree. You might be wondering whether a plant that is known for its rapid growth can grow in a pot indoors; the answer is yes, but you will eventually have to move it outside when it gets too big.
Eucalyptus leaves can be used in a variety of ways, including in tea. They are high in flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can lower the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and dementia.
You can also use eucalyptus leaves as aromatherapy. They can decrease nasal congestion, and help to manage coughs and cold-related headaches. You can place some leaves in the bathroom, or include them in your bath routine for a relaxing and spa-like experience. Eucalyptus oil can even be used as a natural bug repellent.
This plant is more well-known by its common name: the ZZ plant. It’s a low-maintenance plant with an attractive upright habit. The added bonus is that it helps to remove air pollutants inside the home, such as xylene, carbon dioxide, and toluene.
There are some interesting varieties of ZZ plant to choose from. ‘Variegata’ has white and yellow touches to the leaves, ‘Raven’ has deep purple foliage, and ‘Zamicro’ is a compact variety that’s well-suited to smaller spaces.
By choosing the right plants for your home, you can bring the outdoors inside while also taking advantage of a range of health benefits. Have you ever chosen a houseplant for more than just its looks?