Green Thumb Not Required: Healthy Houseplants
Having house plants in your home not only looks super cool but it also makes your home a healthier place! Plants can purify the air and bring life to indoor spaces that often feel stale and stuffy, especially in winter. Believe it or not, studies have found that plants can help with memory retention and concentration. So, when you're on the phone with Grandma and she tells you about the 'good old days', you'll be able to pay attention instead of thinking about how sad your window sill looks without any plants.
For today's 3 Top Tips, we've rounded up 3 house plants that are great to have in your home for purifying the air and don't require a green thumb to keep alive (just a regular thumb will do).
Spider Plant: This is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and it removes formaldehyde & xylene from the air. Once it gets growing, it gets shoots that have teeny flowers, which then grow into baby spider plants! You can remove these offshoots and then give them to your friends to plant in their own pot. Spider plants for everyone! Take it from me, I've had a spider plant for two years and while it almost died once (almost certainly from over-watering), I revived it! It's still kicking and looking spider-ific. Pro Tip: spider plants also look really neat as hanging plants because of those dangly baby offshoots.
Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law's Tongue: Yes, it's got some interesting names, which we'll leave alone for now...but this plant is a workhorse because it removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene & xylene from the air. It's really hard to kill, as it prefers drier conditions so if you forget to water it, no biggie! In addition to my spider plant, I also have one of these, and I like it because it looks stylish and the leaves come in a variety of colours & patterns (did you know a plant could be fashionable? Now you know).
Aloe Vera: This is a common household plant and it's often found in the kitchen because its gel-like interior can heal and soothe cuts and burns (just break some off and rub it on the affected area). It loves sun, so as long as its home is a sunny spot, you'll have a hard time killing this succulent. It purifies the air from benzene and formaldehyde. It is so trusted for its healing properties that it's found in many skincare products, like this one, this one, and this one.