Health & Wellbeing

These houseplants might help stop you from getting sick, says NASA

Who knew?

According to NASA keeping a certain type of plant in your home can actually prevent you from getting sick.

While scientists and experts alike have long preached the benefits of having plants inside the home, NASA scientists are now saying that adding some greenery on your bedside table can actually boost your sleep and general wellbeing.

According to experts the presence of plants reduces stress, anxiety and helps with the removal of airborne pollutants. 

Elle Decor and The Joy of Plants delved into research from NASA and the American College to determine which houseplants are best suited to your bedroom – and the benefits they provide.  

Areca Palm 

Researchers say that this palm is perfect for anyone prone to colds and sinus problems because it releases moisture into the air. This in turn, makes it easier to breathe and more likely to fall asleep faster.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera releases oxygen continuously throughout the night, making it an ideal bedroom addition. It also fights benzene – which is found in detergents and plastics – and helps keep your rooms air pure. 

English Ivy

Researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that English Ivy in particular removes 78 per cent of airborne mould in just 12 hours. 

Peace Lily

This beautiful plant can cleanse air and improve it by 60 per cent. It also absorbs mould spores through its leaves and circulates them its roots to use as food.

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Spider Plant

his houseplant grows super quickly and can remove up to 90 per cent of the toxins from the air in your bedroom in just two days. It’s especially great for people with dust allergies. 

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