How Plants Improve your Health - The Benefits behind Houseplants in your Home

Updated: Oct 11

There are two types of people in this world....those with brown thumbs and those who hoard houseplants. I have been on both ends of that spectrum, but today proudly incorporate houseplants into my home (and advocate it for my holistic home clients).

That's because houseplants do so much for your health. Yes, aside from just adding that extra oomph to a room and design, they also help you and your home out....a lot. Curious to know more? Here are some of the ways in which adding houseplants can benefit your health.


Improve your Home's Air Quality 

Did you know your home's indoor air quality is 2-5x worse than outdoors? Yikes! And that's according to the EPA's website. Things like dust, chemicals, and bacteria can linger in your home's air causing you some serious health problems like respiratory issues and even cancers.

Thankfully, houseplants can help with that! The oxygen produced by plants can filter the mold spores, airborne microbes, and bacteria that lead to poor indoor air quality. There are even some plants that can also absorb harmful chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde. NASA did a study that focused on how plants can absorb these and other chemicals in your home, thus improving your air quality.

A few plants that help remove these chemicals are the Peace Lily, Spider Plant, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Chinese Evergreen, Snake Plant, and Bamboo Palm.

Boosts your Mood