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7 Household Plants for Health and Decoration

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Miracle Nwankwo

When thinking about decorating our homes, we consider a lot of things but rarely do we take our decorating decisions eco-friendly. In as much as we pursue comfort and happiness, we must work towards keeping our environment safe for our health and wellness.

If you are considering committing to saving the world from global warming, decorating your home household plants is a good way to start. Flowers are an eco-friendly way to transform the look of any home, but most importantly, they are budget-friendly. Not to mention how easy it is to place them in strategic areas around your home to make it look more appealing.

Whether you are moving into a new home or revamping the old one, adding flowers as a fundamental part of your home decorating design has great advantages. There are certain plants and flowers with great health benefits that can also help improve your health just by being in your home.

According to onegreenplant.org, a 1989 NASA experiment found that certain indoor plants can improve the air quality in a home by absorbing chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air. The research found that some different houseplants could act as natural air filters.

Therefore, knowing and selecting the right plant or/and flowers is all you need to get started. To help make this decision right, we have suggested 7 indoor plants below that can improve your overall health and wellness.

Aloe Vera: 

The famous Aloe Vera plant is widely known for its healing effects, it smoothens and moisturizes irritated skin and treats burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis, and even cold sores.

The plant is also great for purifying the air. It works to absorb airborne compounds from paint or cleaning agents. Additionally, like Jasmine flower, Aloe Vera improves overall sleep quality; it produces oxygen at night to combat insomnia, according to House Beautiful. 

However, make sure you speak to your doctor first in case you have any allergies.

Snake Plant: 

Unlike its name, the snake plant is a very good and healthy plant suitable for home decoration. Many experts suggest snake plants for bedrooms because of their ability to release oxygen at night and remove all sorts of toxins including trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, and xylene, and absorb carbon dioxide. It is considered to be one of the easiest plants to care for.

Rose Mary:

The Rose Mary leaves has a unique and outstanding mental health benefit. According to Life Hack, “Rosemary is a herb that’s been used in folk medicine for centuries to help improve concentration and memory. It turns out that there may be some merit to this claim since a study conducted by Northumbria University found that people who were exposed to the scent of rosemary essential oil performed better on questionnaires compared to people who were exposed to no scent at all.”

“The memory-boosting component of rosemary is thought to be caused by a compound called 1,8-cineole, which may cause increases in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Although you may be able to take advantage of a more potent scent by using rosemary essential oil with a diffuser in your home, it doesn’t hurt to keep a rosemary plant nearby in places like your home office or any other room where you could use a mental boost.”

As a bonus, you can use the fresh leaves in cooking. 


According to Brightside.me, Lavender is a great help to relieve stress and insomnia and soothe restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, and depression.

This flowering plant has a very gentle and pleasant aroma. Although this plant can be anywhere in your home, it is advisable to put it in your bedroom to aid better sleep at night. 

Golden Pothos:

This is a very common houseplant, known for being exceptionally tough and hard to kill. Like other plants, Golden Pothos has air-purifying qualities as well.  

According to NASA clean air report: Pothos may not remove formaldehyde, it does remove other chemicals like benzene and trichloromethyl from the air. 

What stands it out is its ease of maintenance so if you’re looking to start your horticulture journey, this one is a great start.

Peace Lilies: 

True to its name, this plant brings a sense of peace and relaxation and is also believed to improve air quality. It is great for home decor because, in the summer, their beautiful white flowers are in full bloom. 

This peaceful and powerful plant is a master of air pollutant removal – working hard to absorb ammonia, benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.


According to onegreenplanet.org, Boston ferns ranked in NASA’s list of air-purifying plants for their ability to remove compounds like formaldehyde, plastics, or cigarette smoke from the air, according to SF Gate. These compounds are absorbed by the fern’s leaves and turned into materials that the plant can use.

This houseplant is also a great natural humidifier. Its boost of moisture can help make sure your air and your skin won’t get too dry, says Health Essentials.

According to Life Hack, if you live in a location where humidity tends to be a problem, the Boston fern may be the most ideal houseplant to bring into your home. Place this type of fern in an air-conditioned room of your home. It may also indirectly benefit any dry skin you may suffer from, which can often be a side effect of highly air-conditioned indoor spaces. 

These seven plants are just a few out of the many indoor plants that are great for decoration and can improve your overall health and wellness. We encourage you to go over and beyond in trying to find out these healthy plants as you begin your horticulturist journey in changing the ambience of your home.

Happy Decorating!

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