to De-Stress Your Home
By Lydia Schoonderbeek
House plants are the ultimate in functional decorating. Some well-placed greenery can not only brighten a space but also purify the air, and they’re also helpful in creating a more relaxing, restful ambiance in any room. We all know that spending time in nature is linked to reduced stress levels and relieves tension. That’s why we’ve rounded up five beautiful houseplants that are easy to take care of and effective at increasing oxygen and clearing out toxins for cleaner breathing air. So try adding one to your bedroom or office space for a little dose of Zen.
1. English Ivy
NASA scientists listed the English Ivy as the number one best air-filtering houseplant, as it is the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing formaldehyde. It’s also incredibly easy to grow and adaptable — try it as a hanging plant or a floor plant. It grows in moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.
2. Rubber Tree
Rubber trees are good for cleaning the air and are one of the easiest plants to grow, as they thrive even in dim lighting and cooler climates. This low-maintenance plant is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.
3. Snake Plant
Snake plants don’t need much light or water to survive, so they’re an easy choice for any corner of your home. The plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most plants do during the day), so add one to your bedroom for a clean-air boost.
4. Spider Plant
One of the most common houseplants, the Spider plants, is decorative and easy to grow. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
5. Golden Pothos
Try adding it to your kitchen or living room as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines. They grow easily in cool temperatures with low levels of sunlight.