Whether you live in a house or a two-bedroom cozy apartment, living in a city where the hustle bustle of large crowds and traffic is a norm tends to take a toll on environmental pollution. If you are looking to spruce up your space with a touch of greenery with in-house plants, then look no further. Even if you are a noob don’t worry, our list of herbs and plants don’t require high maintenance and can survive days without requiring too much time and effort. On the upside they add a touch of greenery, naturally, cleanse the oxygen you breathe, eliminate toxins that can damage your health, and instantly brighten up your place. According to an in-depth analysis conducted by NASA in 1989 below is a list of houseplants that do all that and more.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
This beautiful indoor Ivy rids the air of benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. It can also reduce mold growth. English Ivy is best known as a climbing vine since it spreads fast and climbs up the side of walls and tree trunks. Due to its natural spreading, horticulturists recommend keeping it as an indoor plant.
Furthermore, this plant requires constant temperature, plenty of water, well-drained soil, and direct sunlight. Even as a dry extract this plant serves man by working as an effective expectorant to treat cough.
Gerbera jamesonii (Barberton Daisy)
Barberton Daisy is a beautiful outdoor plant native to Eastern Africa, now popularly being used as an indoor plant. This plant cleanses the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. It thrives in a range of temperatures, requires moist soil without over-watering and plenty of sunlight. We recommend keeping it on your balcony or windowsill.
Ficus Benjamina (Weeping Fig)
Also known as the Weeping Fig or Ficus tree, this plant is an evergreen plant that cleanses airborne formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. Placing it in direct sunlight is not recommended since that can burn its leaves. Instead, keep it in the shade with plenty of indirect natural light. Water frequently, but we urge you to allow the soil to dry before watering.
Please Note: if you have pets, specifically dogs or cats, this is not the plant for you since it is poisonous for animals. Ingesting can lead to oral irritation, salivation, and vomiting.
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
This beautiful plant is ideal for those without a green thumb. Peace Lilly requires light watering which makes them suitable for those with a busy lifestyle. Spathiphyllum is best kept in the shade since direct sunlight can burn its leaves. Keep it in a dark corner and water once a week. Peace Lilly is the most effective at eradicating Volatile Organic Compounds, including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
Please Note: This plant is mildly toxic if ingested by both humans and pets. Symptoms include nausea, difficulty swallowing, and a burning sensation in your mouth or skin. If you experience these symptoms, please consult your medical health professional immediately.