Planting for Health: How Various Plants Make your Environment Better


Air pollution is a common problem in today’s modern world, especially in large cities. This compromised air quality is taking a toll on the health of humans and animals. There are many ways to improve health by lessening the effects of the environment on your body and home. Plants are a great way to improve air quality, repel insects, and induce sleep. A well-planned garden makes positive changes to your living area.

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Repel Insects
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Mosquitos are an ongoing problem during the summer months. This issue continues far into the fall in the southern states. Humidity in coastal areas also brings the need to fight these tiny pests. Marigolds and lemongrass are popular plants that assist in repelling mosquitoes. Marigolds also attract butterflies, adding to their natural food supply. Citronella does not have to be used in candles to repel mosquitos. It can also be a part of a healthy garden plan.

Breathe Easy

Plants are important to our planet because of the oxygen they produce. Daytime emissions of oxygen are the commonality of most plant life. The snake plant, however, emits oxygen after dark. This carbon monoxide absorbing specimen requires minimal maintenance and thrives anywhere in the home. A simple garden mum is beautiful to look at and removes many chemicals commonly found in the home. Many cleaning supplies add to the poor air quality in the home. Allergy and asthma responses can be attributed to every day cleaners. Garden mums excel at removing xylene, ammonia, and benzene.

Air Purifying

Aloe is not only known for its healing properties. It also acts as a filter for chemicals in the home. If unhealthy spots start to appear on the plant, it is an indicator that the toxins in the home are overpowering. Benzene is a dangerous product shared by cars and other city machinery. It has been linked to leukemia and is hard to avoid. The bamboo palm has a high success rate for clearing benzene out of the air. It does great indoors, as it thrives in with limited light sources.  Formaldehyde is another chemical that can pollute the air we breathe. The golden pothos is known for removing this toxin from the air. Minimal sunlight is needed to grow this vine and it can survive much better in colder temperatures than many other plants.

Rest Well

Lavender is well-known for its calming qualities. Lavender plants can be grown in a pot for indoor relaxation. The scent for outdoor lavender plants can be enjoyed indoors by opening the windows to your home. Gardenias offer a strong scent that can assist with anxiety relief and consistent sleep. These lively blooms are worth the extra work to maintain. The chamomile plant is used in herbal teas meant for sleep assistance. The scent of the flowers can also induce a restful demeanor.

Air pollutants, unfortunately, are here to stay. Many homes suffer from poor air quality. Surround your home with these useful plants to help maintain the air quality, remain calm, and assist with sleep. Plants are excellent sources of health. Many have natural filtering qualities that make the air you breath less toxic. Plant your way to better health.

Do you know of any other plants that can make your environment better? Share with us, below.

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