Now that the days are getting shorter and colder are you planning to bring more beautiful pieces of nature inside? Science says that’s exactly what you should do! Did you know that NASA suggests having at least one plant per 100 sq. feet of your home? Well, understandably, NASA has done a lot of research on the indoor environment, and we should consider their advice as a reliable piece of information.
The VOCs (primarily formaldehyde and benzene) emitted from pretty much everything we have at home can make the air inside much more toxic than the air outside. And during the colder months, as windows are staying closed, we surely need an army of plants ready to absorb the harmful gasses thus filtering and purifying the air we breathe at home, reducing the formaldehyde and benzene levels inside.
So yes, houseplants, in general, are good for your home, but some of them take a small step further and help you even sleep better! While most potted plants are not suitable for your bedroom, there are some that can help you catch some quality z’s.
The Snake Plant is one of the most well-known natural air purifiers. It emits oxygen at night and that is why it is one of the best choices for the bedroom. The NASA Clean Air Study states that the Snake Plant also removes many harmful and toxic chemicals including formaldehyde.
The Pathos plant has shiny, heart-shaped leaves falling down into beautiful vine stems. It’s one of the easiest houseplants to grow and propagate! Its best feature is the ability to filter formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene. It is perfect for the bedroom because it will purify the air of toxins and eliminate odors. It will also increase the oxygen levels in the room overnight.
Just like the Snake Plant, the Aloe Vera plant emits oxygen at night, keeping the air in your bedroom fresh and pure.
The lavender aroma has long been connected to good sleep. No wonder Lavender is a perfect plant for the bedroom. It is believed that its scent reduces stress and anxiety levels. Some researchers even give the lavender’s aroma the ability to reduce crying in babies and therefore help them sleep deeper and better.
Did you know that your wool creations would also like a bit of a lavender aroma themselves? Lavender is the perfect natural moth repellent and a lavender sachet is something you would surely want to have in your closet and close to your wool bedding.
Not only this plant makes a great statement piece in any room, but it also requires low maintenance which makes it perfect for all people without a green thumb. It is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier. By absorbing airborne chemicals, the rubber plant will help you breathe and sleep better during the night.
An orchid is sometimes all you need for healthier sleep. Orchids not only absorb carbon dioxide, but they release oxygen at night, which makes them the ideal blooms for our bedroom. Besides, who minds some tropical vibes?
Plants can make your home look brighter, but they can also cheer you up, reduce your stress levels, and increase productivity. Bingo! Above all, houseplants can act as natural and super effective air pollutant filters that can help you get the restful sleep you need for a bright new day ahead!