Plants that heal the home environment

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Healing Plants for the home

I am writing this article to inform you of the plants that heal your home environment.  I have many plants in my home and feel that they bring me enormous joy and happiness, keep me feeling calm with the added benefit of improving my well-being.  I have many plants in my therapy space in my home, here they freshen the air and cleanse the room of impurities.

We are all spending more time inside our homes.  Poor indoor air quality can have a negative effect on our health, from itchy eyes, nose and throad, to irritation, dizziness and tiredness.  NASA’s clean air study found that there are a number of air purifying plants that can detoxify your home and help remove toxins in the air removing dust and germs which can be found in household products, materials and also the furniture.

Typical types of toxins that need clearing are:

Benzene – Found in plastics, synthetic fibers, nylon, dyes, lubricants, rubber, pesticides.

Formaldehyde – Found i wood products, glues, fabrics, paint, insulation and cleaning products.

Trichlorethyene – Foound in paint removers, carpet cleansers, adhesives.




Houseplants are amazing they help improve the quality of the air you breathe in your home. A clean, pure supply of oxygen is vital for every function, organ, tissue and cell in your body, to benefit your health ensure that the places you spend the most time in your home have the right plants in them.

There are many benefits to adding beautiful plants into your home from greenery and colour to beauty, adding life to any room in your home.  Houseplants are literally a breathe of fresh air for you and your home.  For the good of your families health add some of the following plants into your home.



My choice of houseplants

Plants, are natures purifiers and humidifiers.  Adding lovely plants to the spaces inside your home brings the outdoors in, breathing oxygen into the air that you breathe, your mind, body and spirit will thankyou for any plants you add to your home.

I am going to list my favourite houseplants with pictures and underlined links guiding you to be able to purchase them.  I will also add where the plants in the house will be most suited for the health of the plant and to ensure you have a lovely healthy environment.

House plants for your health

Snake plant or Mother-in-laws Tongue

Snake Plant or Mother-in-laws Tongue plant will filter the air of formaldehyde, xylene, benzene and trichlorethylene.  This yellow tipped succulent releases oxygen at night which will aid your breathing when you are asleep.  Place this plant in your bedroom for a great nights sleep.



Spider Plant

I love the spider plant as it is so easy to care for the plant removes toxins from the environment including carbon monoxide and xylene.  It is considered one of the most adaptable houseplant and the easiest to grow.  This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems other than brown tips.  The spider plant is so named due to its spider like plants, or spideretted that hang down from the mother plant like spiders on a web.  This plant is also non toxic for your animals.

Care advice:  You can re pot the tiny spider plants and grow a huge family of plants that look after themselves and look after your health too.




Aloe Vera

I love the Aloe Vera plant due to its many healing properties.  The Aloe Vera plant in my opinion is the ‘wonder plant’ of the plant kingdom. The gel from the leaves can soothe minor burns, sunburn, cuts and dry skin conditions.  Aloe Vera gel can be bought to ease constipation and help with many other digestive disorders.

This healing plant is a lovely addition  to your kitchen windowsukkm ut us very happy in a sunny area.  While being on hand to soothe any kitchen burns, this succulent will be purifying the air of formaldehyde and benzene, found in household products.

Care advice:  This plant will thrive in an sunny location.  Keep the soil moist.




Red-edged Dracena or Dragon Tree

The Madagascar Dragon tree plant is one of the easiest house plants to grow, it recovers well when neglected.  The leaves have a bright red trim which add a flash of colour to your home.  This plant is one of the plants on NASA’s air filtering plants list (part of the NASA’s clean air study) it reduces benzene, formaldehyde, xxylene and toluene, within the air.

Card advice:  This plant has the potential to grow to around 8ft so keep in in a room with high ceilings and reasonable sunlight.  However I have found it grows anywhere in the home.  This plant thrives in your main living space, hallway or conservatory.


Weeping fig

The Weeping fig plant has been a popular houseplants since the victorian times, weeping figs can help to tackle levels of formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Care Advice: These plants like to be kept in the same place and are not keen on change.  They like bright indirect light away from drafts, they purify the air in your home.




Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen plant is a gem of a plant and can make you look like a plant expert it is one of the most durable houseplants you can grow, it will still grow in poor light, draught and dry air conditions.  This tropical plant is proven to be an effective cleanser of formaldehyde and benzene, found in detergents and cosmetics.

Care advice – The plant enjoys low light and humid conditions, so will thrive in you bathroom.  If you choose to keep the plant somewhere else, remember to mist the leaves occasionally to prevent browning.  The Chinese evergreen can be found in many varieties including variated forms.


The Palm Plant

The Palm plant is one of the few plants that can help reduce levels of ammonia that can be found in a range of cleaning products. It has been shown to make an active difference in removing hazards from indoor air.

Care advice:  Humidity loving, this plant will be happy in your bathroom. The palm tree also looks great in offices, hotels, living rooms and conservatories.


English Ivy

The English Ivy plant is an easy growing perennial vine whihc makes the perfect air purifier for your bathroom. Studies show it can help combat mould levels anywhere in your home.

Care advice: Provide your English Ivy with generous watering and four hours of direct sunlight a day, and it will return the love to you with clean, detoxified air.


The Boston Fern

The Boston Fern plant is one of the best air purifying plants.  It helps rid the home of harmful toxins it improves humidity in the home by restoring the moisture in the air naturally. It offers real health benefits if you suffer from dry skin or dry nose and throat.  They are very stylish plants and look good in a macame hanger.

Care tip: The Boston Fern is relatively easy to care for but they do need to stay moist.  Mist regularly and keep in a cool location out of direct sunlight.


I hoped you enjoyed learning a little about the amazing plants that I have showcased above.  If you have any queries please comment below.  Many Thanks  Bridget

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Bridget Thwaites


  1. Hi Bridget, really enjoyed reading through this article! I love the multiple uses of an aloe Vera plant, and thank you for informing me that plants are good toxin removers I never knew that!

  2. really enjoyed reading about where to place different kinds o plants and what they do for us and the storage of the plants which is very detailed.

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