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Improve home health and wellness with these 10 plants

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Improve home health and wellness with these 10 plants

By: Andy DeSantis RD MPH

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With spring finally upon us it truly time for homeowners to start thinking about their gardens and plant life.

Whether or not you garden out of necessity or passion, today’s article is all about the versatility of plants and the fact that they serve much more than an aesthetic purpose.

Studies in older adults show that the presence of plants in their living space can contribute to an improved sense of wellbeing.

It doesn’t end there either. Different plants can serve different purposes in your home.

Some are superb bug repellents, others exceptional air purifiers while some are great choices for those living with allergies.

Air Purifying Plants

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Most of us spend the vast majority of our lives indoors, which means we spend most of our lives breathing indoor air.

What you may not have heard, however, is that everyday indoor items give off low levels of air pollutants such as formaldehyde.

Although it’s hard to quantify the actual effect these pollutants have on our health, there are certain varieties of plants that are known to be particularly effective at absorbing these pollutants from the air.

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm is an excellent choice for homes, or areas of homes, that get a ton of natural light. They are an incredibly aesthetic plant and grow quite tall and are known to be able to absorb a variety of indoor pollutants.

Peace Lily

A smaller plant better suited for shady areas, peace lilies will flower all summer long and enhance a room with their natural fragrance. They may not be appropriate for those who are bothered by pollen though and should be kept away from pets and small children.

Other candidates: Garden mum, Boston fern.

Bug Repellent Plants

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I don’t think anyone truly enjoys an excessive insect presence in their gardens.

And while growing certain varieties of insect-repellent plants in itself is not the only step you need to take to prevent a mosquito invasion, it can help.

Lavender

Lavender is an excellent example of a multi-purpose plant. It helps to repel flies, mosquitoes and moths.

Lavender can be utilized both in and outdoors, provides a beautiful fragrance and is extraordinarily aesthetic. The oil from its leaves can also be extracted for use as an essential body oil with healing effects.

Other candidates: mint, basil, parsley

Hypoallergenic Plants

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Allergies are annoying but can be controlled by selecting the right plants for our garden.

Violets

Roses are red, violets are blue and they happen to be plants that won’t bother you!

How’s that for a nursery rhyme? No pun intended.

In all seriousness, violets are a classic selection that are among the least allergenic garden plants and make an excellent choice for those living with allergies.

Other candidates: Summer hyacinth.

There you have it folks, a plant for every purpose!

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome

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