Detox While You Sleep? There's A Houseplant For That
Indoor plants brighten, enhance and spruce any space. This month, make a resolution you can actually keep by adding some greenery to your bedroom, living room or office. Don’t just take our word for it, behold the many benefits of houseplants, courtesy of our friends at The Sill:
- They improve air quality by absorbing toxins
- Reduce stress and fatigue
- Increase concentration and creativity
- Soften stale interiors and add color
- Boost morale and productivity
- Increase satisfaction in the workplace (even more than windows!)
You don’t have to have a green thumb to reap the rewards on indoor plants! The Sill’s team of Plant Specialists is helping us (g)round up the best buds for all your needs, so you can find your botanical bliss in 2016. These aren't your garden variety plants. More than just adding aesthetic value, they’re powerful air purifiers.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally, more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels” -- just another reason to go green! So, let's get on with it.
FOR THE HEALTH + BEAUTY ENTHUSIAST:
Say hello to healing Aloe (aloe vera).
Perfect for the healthy beauty enthusiast (and anyone with fair skin), the inner gel of aloe leaves soothe minor skin burns, sunburns, rashes and irritation, reduces the sting and itch of insect bites, produces natural antiseptics, brightens skin and reduces acne outbreaks and wrinkles. The un-broken-open plant itself also helps monitor air quality (when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air become excessive, the leaves will display brown spots) and it filters out benzene and formaldehyde from indoor air. A succulent species, aloe vera does best in dry and warm conditions, in direct or semi-indirect sunlight - and only requires water about 1x a month during the fall/winter, and every other week during the spring/summer. Skip the bathroom or kitchen (where there’s too much humidity for it to thrive), and place aloe vera on a bright, sunny bedroom windowsill.
FOR THE DRAMA QUEEN:
The rubber tree (ficus elastica) is a low maintenance plant with unexpectedly eye-catching foliage.
This no muss, no fuss ficus filters out formaldehyde from indoor air. One of the easiest plants to grow indoors, the rubber tree thrives in nearly any environment. Simply, place it in medium to bright, even indirect sunlight and water 1x a week. It looks lovely in the dining room -- the moody hues and attractive foliage make it feel more grown-up, and its large size makes for great residence inside the comfort of a mod floor planter.
FOR THE FENG SHUI FOLLOWER:
The jade plant (crassula ovata), also known as the money plant or stone lotus, boasts vibrant green, glossy leaves -- reminiscent of the gemstone, from which it gets its name.
High up on the Feng Shui ladder, the Chinese believe it brings prosperity. Known for its longevity, it grows well in any average indoor environment with bright to moderate, indirect sunlight. A succulent, the jade plant stores water and is extremely susceptible to overwatering. Water no more than 1x a month. A resilient plant in the right conditions, it can be pruned and trained, making it a great bonsai, especially for beginners. It’s ideal for the classic collector (of houseplants), the Feng Shui follower or anyone in need of some good luck. Place it in your living room and get ready for your guests to ooh and aah!
FOR THE SELF-PROCLAIMED PLANT KILLER:
The snake plant (sansevieria trifasciata), also known as the mother-in-law's tongue, absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (most common houseplants only do this during the day), and rids air of formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
It comes in a variety of different eye-catching variations and can tolerate bright to low, indirect sunlight; very tolerant of low light and even artificial light. It only requires water 1x a month during the fall/winter months and every other week during the spring/summer months (unless in a dry environment, where soil drys out quickly). It’s easy to grow in almost any environment, making it perfect for anyone with a brown thumb, bad sleepers or anyone with a dim, ground-floor apartment. Pro tip: keep the snake plant in the bedroom where it can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen while you snooze!
To purchase any of the fab foliage mentioned above, visit TheSill.com.