Indoor Plants With Great Benefits For Your Health

Indoor gardening continues to gain popularity, fueled by greenery-inspired interior designs from Instagram, plant-based podcasts, and online plant subscription services.

While social media trends are notorious for their blooming and faded life cycles, indoor gardening can outlast most because of the many ways indoor plants enhance health and well-being.

It's pretty clear: plants are good for us. They make our homes and gardens beautiful, give us a sense of purpose, and can bring nature to urban settings.

However, did you know that some studies show that plants can be beneficial for physical and mental health? From the humble dandelion to the popular aloe vera, let's dive into what these potential benefits are and the top tips for getting the most out of them.

Aloe vera

This fleshy succulent is a popular houseplant choice due to its relatively low maintenance. However, aloe vera has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy.

Native to the Arabian Peninsula, it contains powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera has many benefits, it can be used to heal burns, treat psoriasis or eczema, reduce constipation, reduce plaque build-up, speed up recovery from mouth ulcers, and treat acne.

How to use Aloe Vera?

To use Aloe Vera on the skin, take out a stem and rub the liquid into the affected area. Talk to your doctor first if you have any allergies.

Snake plant

This impressive plant is native to tropical West Africa and has a bold name - the mother-in-law's tongue! Studies have shown that this plant emits oxygen while you sleep.

The snake plant also removes harmful formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air, improving respiration for a better night's sleep.

How to use a snake plant?

Place the snake plant in your bedroom or in every room in your house!

Dandelion

We often think of a dandelion as an irritating herb that destroys our lawns. However, it is considered an herb by botanists and has been used medicinally by people for many years.

It is said to contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that prevents cells from being damaged. Possible benefits derived from dandelion include: lowering cholesterol, boosting the immune system, aiding digestion, and detoxifying the liver.

How to use dandelion?

You can prepare the roots as tea or use the leaves as a salad garnish. In Asian cuisine, the leaves are used like lettuce: boiled, fried, or prepared to make a soup. Just make sure you wash well before eating! Dandelions are one of the few edible weeds.

Peace Lily

This bright tropical plant is an unstable addition to your living room and is another low-maintenance houseplant. The name of the plant derives from its relationship with Cala Lily and the flower's resemblance to a white flag of surrender.

The main potential benefit of having a peace lily in your home is that it supposedly removes harmful toxins from the air, while also increasing humidity levels. This, in turn, promotes better breathing, relieving sore throats and a sore nose like a natural air freshener.

How to use a lily of peace?

Place it in a dry environment to increase humidity or, alternatively, anywhere in the house. Keep in mind that peace lilies produce some pollen and a floral scent, which means that they are not always suitable for people with allergies such as hay fever.

Rosemary

This woody herb is well known for its use in cooking, providing a fresh flavor. Native to the Mediterranean, it can also be used to make perfumes.

Rosemary is said to have many other potential health benefits, such as being a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

It is believed to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. As a result, studies say that rosemary can improve your concentration and improve your memory.

How to use rosemary?

You can use sprigs of rosemary to infuse olive oil, make lemonade, or make rosemary salt.

Marigolds

Marigold plants grow quickly and are known for their impressive orange blossom. This popular garden plant is said to have antiseptic and antibacterial properties to treat skin conditions, improve wound healing, reduce inflammation, and treat infections.

Marigold is also believed to be a natural insect repellent, making it the perfect addition to your garden.

How to use marigolds?

You can dry these flowers and prepare them as tea or apply a cream/ointment topically.

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Source: Horizons Health

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