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Our 4 top plants with a purpose

You don’t need to have a green thumb to understand that plants look attractive. But if you were to delve a little deeper, you’ll discover that the benefits of scattering plants around your house are more than just aesthetics.

Plants can add a touch of colour and life to a home, but they also have a greater benefit too. We’ve listed some of our favourite house plants below, outlining just why they’re so useful for your health and for your home, as well as providing tips on how to take care of them.

What houseplants are good for your health?

Aloe Vera

Aloe Barbadensis

Aloe vera plants have a calming effect on the skin, helping reduce itchiness and inflammation in things such as sunburn, psoriasis, and acne. They also make for a great drink too, as they can help lower blood sugar levels and improve your body’s digestive system.

How to care for them?

These plants love bright conditions, so if you can replicate this with some bright lighting it can help them grow without direct sunlight.

Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera Deliciosa

Contrary to popular belief, this plant isn’t actually made from pieces of Swiss Cheese. It gets its name from its unique leaves, which are covered in several tiny holes that replicate the cheese. It’s ideal for your home though, as it’s easy to maintain and actively purifies the air by reducing air pollution.

How to care for them?

Direct sunlight will damage the leaves, while low levels of light exposure can slow their growth rate down. Try and keep them in a bright corner of the house with minimal watering.

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum

This plant is ideal for your home, as it breaks down and neutralises toxic gases such as benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. On occasion, Peace Lily’s bloom a beautiful white flower, making it a popular house plant that’s easy on the eye. What more could you ask for?

How to care for them?

Peace Lily’s thrive in bright, indirect conditions. They only need watering when the plant begins to droop or if the soil becomes dry, so try and keep regular checks on them.

Air Plant

Tillandsia

The beauty of having an Air Plant in your home is that they are one of the easiest plants to take care of, as they don’t require any soil whatsoever. They actively purify air within their vicinity, while any flowers that eventually drop off can be grow into more Air Plant’s – the gift that keeps on giving!

How to care for them?

A light misting with dirty pond water is all they need.

If you want to know more about houseplants, read how our handy guide to indoor plants.

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